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July’s Readers Ride: Elise and Wally


What really got me into riding was the rivalry between my next door neighbor and I. We are the same age and grew up together. Every time one of us did something, usually the other followed or tried to outdo somehow. He got two dirt bikes one summer. The same summer I got my first dirt bike a YZ125 (he had the TTR225 :P ).

I like how riding can be both social and independent. Going out and meeting new people or riding with your friends is great but on the flip side, just taking some me time on my bike is rewarding too. It’s such a rush – specially racing. For a while I used it as filler during the off season when I was skiing. Now it has become so much more.

I see myself currently 8000 miles away from home in the great dust bowl of the middle east. When I hear the jets fly overhead at all ridiculous hours of the night I am reminded my bike is in good hands back home. I also think maybe one day – I’ll kick those pilots asses in a race. See how big they feel in the mess the next day when their jet loses to a bike. Take that!

Anyways I have to wrap this up. Rocket fire could come in at anytime and I don’t want to lose my work. Ride safe!


Age: 57

At 17 yrs old, I decided to do something different, so I took up riding, my first bike was a 54 Pan Head Chopper, I got my motivation to continue riding from the Movie Easy Rider and the Easy Rider Magazine, still having my first copy dated back in 1962, and now my first issue of 2Ride 2010.

I enjoy country roads and around the lake, the longest trip I took was to the Milwaukee Original Harley-Davidson building. I did ride Metric bikes for awhile, but always went back to Harleys, owning two custom Deuces, and the one in the pic is the official Mascot bike for the Florida Gators, as soon as I seen it in a for sale ad, it reminded me of an old 69’ 343 Javelin in the same color I used to own.

I think I’d like to ride a Road King someday, as I hear they are a great bike to cruise distances with.



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