Why I got into motorcycles...
Updated: Oct 11, 2018
I have lots of people ask me why I got into motorcycles. I'm a busy body. I like to have projects to work on to take me away from everyday life and give me a creative outlet. A few years ago, I got the itch to start a new project. My last large project was building a wood fired pizza oven using brick, fire mortar etc. It was a very therapeutic exercise for me and I felt like I needed that again. My cousin came to visit me one day on his 1978 Suzuki GS550 cafe racer he built. This bike was hot. He spent two years working on every little detail on this bike. From tires to exhaust and then even custom wood work such as the seat hump, grips and kick starter cover. I asked him a million questions and decided that I wanted to get a project bike. With no desire to actually ride it... Weird eh? Did it last... nope.
Later that year, I found a 1981 Honda CB400T for sale for a good price. I went out and had a look. Clean ride, only missing covers and the tires needed to be replaced, but not too bad otherwise. I took it for a short ride in their yard and decided to buy it. I brought the bike home and it sat. It sat for probably a year at least. I was in a relationship at the time that was deteriorating and I was looking at any chance to be on my own and reflect, so I took the whole bike apart. It was in boxes and on shelves. I started to work on the frame and parts, cleaning each one and then painting them. The bike sat for longer again. I had no motivation to continue.
A friend of mine invited me to a group chat on Instagram where we shared motorcycle builds we saw and shot the breeze. They convinced me to continue my build. So I finally got it to a state where it was together and ready for safety. I got it safetied and then contemplated getting my license to ride. Shortly after, I left my relationship and was on my own with my kids. I got my bike to a state that I liked and was rideable, but not totally finished. Some time went by and I met a girl. She didn't ride, but respected that I loved working on these bikes and that I wanted to get my license.
Come spring, I got my learners license and even just taking the course gave me a huge itch to keep going. The addiction was on in full force. I ended up buying several other project bikes, started Prairie Moto by Little Mouse on the Prairie with my girlfriend and now here I am... a new but fairly successful clothing and accessory line, 4 project bikes and a love for something that I never thought I would even do.
When they say 4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul... that doesn't begin to explain the real feeling you get while riding. The sights, the smells, the sounds... you feel all aspects of your environment and it's pure bliss......
Photos 2 and 3 by Vanessa Mayberry