Back to the Throttle With Moto Guzzi…

Back to the Throttle With Moto Guzzi - Val in Real Life

Last time I talked about the physical and emotional process of getting back to riding after a crash. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the technical aspects of re-gearing and choosing a new motorcycle. The logistics of starting over… As a result of the crash, my motorcycle was totaled and my gear was destroyed in the effort …

The Journey Back to Riding

The Journey Back to Riding - Val in Real Life

How do you make a comeback? An epic one. I don’t have a formula for you. I can only share my experience. I do know that mine has had three important pieces to the puzzle so far: logistical, physical, and emotional. And they’re all intimately connected. For those of you who need a recap, the short version is that on …

What Motorcyclists Want You to Know… Part 2

In my previous installment of what riders need drivers to understand, I talked about the practical points of motorcycling. Those things, involving safety and etiquette, keep riders and drivers alike healthy, happy, and in one piece on the road. If you missed that one or need a refresher read, click here. As Motorcyclist Awareness Month comes to a close though, …

What Motorcyclists Want You to Know… Part 1

This is a piece I’ve been noodling on for some time but the importance of it escalated for me after being taken out by a careless driver in January. I’m slowly regaining ground physically and emotionally but it’s been a long road. In the aftermath of the crash, so many of the challenges and stigmas motorcyclists face came down on …

Immersed in Motorcycle Travel at Horizons Unlimited

This past weekend I attended my first Horizons Unlimited event. This gathering of motorcycle travelers is just one of many Horizons Unlimited events that happen all over the world each year. They are part of a larger online community and resource network serving the motorcycling community that brings us together for learning and fun in real life. Horizons Unlimited – …

The Business of Personal Impact…

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Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first Horizons Unlimited gathering. There was great comfort in being immersed in this motorcycling community, surrounded by people who understand what I’ve been through and why I want to get back to riding so badly. They get it. Obviously I’ve had a lot to deal with in the course of …

Moto Gear: Crash Tested

My original intent with this gear review was to highlight what I chose, why, and how these pieces have performed for me. I still get to do that, but in the wake of January’s accident, I also get to be very real about how they performed in their primary duties… protecting me in a crash. Sadly, there’s really no gear …

Why I will get back on the bike…

Motorcycling is a dance. Unlike driving a car which is much more passive, riding a motorcycle is an active, engaged experience. You learn the nuances of your bike. You use your entire body to move with her and embrace the landscape you’re riding through. You are part of it… the scenery, the smells, the weather. It’s immersive and rich. Passion… …

Keeping it Real… Again.

I thought today I would be posting about the anniversary of Snowpocalypse, what I learned, and how I changed my habits to be prepared for something like that again in the future. But instead I am writing from a raw place of anger and pain. And that is not what I anticipated so soon into my transition towards motorcycle and …

The New Adventures of Val…

Last week marked my 43rd birthday. And I left you hanging as to what I’ll be taking on as my travels shift towards solo. Granted, it’s not exactly a well-kept secret but I guess I should just make it official here on the blog anyway. But before I do, I think it’s pertinent to lay out how I came around …