58 Year Old Motorcycle Mama

It must be the sign of the times…nearly every adult male in my family and extended circle of family and friends has gone out and bought a motorcycle.
I’m refering to the those huge leather and chrome motorized lounge chair models that you see everywhere in traffic these days.
They come fully equiped with CD player & stereo radios with sound-surround speakers implanted all over the bike…helmets where the driver and passenger can hold conversations as they are roaring down the highway, adjustable windshields, hot and cold running water and a mini fridge! Just kidding about the last two, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t figure out how to add those options in the near future…

Now that we are destined to have $3.00 or higher gas and fuel to get around, it makes perfect sense to invest in this form of transportation.
I will not argue that these machines are sleek and stylish and kick butt in the fuel department. My major concern is that even with all the style and accomidations for a comfortable ride..these machines are still basically made for one person.
Yes, they have these cute little passenger seats complete with arm rests on the rear of the bike…I’ve determinned that this is to help in the illusion that you are safe as a baby in a car seat and attempts to give the passenger that “At One With” feeling of the ride and the open road.
I will now relay my experience with this “At One With” feeling of being said passenger.

After being left behind on numerous occasions when all the guys would load up and hit the open road, I buckled under pressure one afternoon and decided to give this motorcycle passenger riding a try.
I want to interject at this time a little insight into the comfort zone of this 58 year old artist, photographer, designer and all round “feet planted firmly on the ground” kind of gal.
I am built close to the ground and would rather walk to a destination or get in my reliable little VW Beetle to get me where I want to go.

I was handed a helmet and although it too was shiny and sleek..it felt like I had just been handed a hollowed out bowling ball and I was suppose to put this on my head?
My second thought was OMG what is this going to do my hair…LOL and how does a person hold their head up with this thing on!?
I quick rushed to the bathroom to look in a mirror (that’s important you know)… and started laughting so hard as I recalled the old joke about the little kid having her face stuck in the school bus doors!
Okay so it was too small, so I went back to the garage where I was handed another hollowed out bowling ball and promptly felt like I had just arrived from the Planet Pluto.
Everyone was getting anxious to get going and not wanting to be left behind and I knew it would defeat the purpose if I followed behind in my VW…I put my image sensitivities aside, went in, got one of my old Cowgirl Day’s necker’chief’s, braided my pony tail, re-applied the hollowed out bowling ball Planet Pluto helmet, cowboy’d up and just went for it!

Riding a motorcycle to “feel the wind and freedom of the road” is an understatement when you are said passenger. Even with the cute little passenger seat and upholstered armrests, you are sitting up a little higher from the driver and let’s just say even with my protective goggles (more to the Pluto costume) I started “feeling the wind” until the tears were streaming down my face…and the “freedom” part is a bit daunting because you still really only have a pair of belt loops on said husband’s jeans… so I was hanging on by the seer hope that Levy’s hadn’t contracted the lowest bid on the belt loop sewing!
Are we having fun yet?

Well I hung in there… my husband knew I was in total blacked-out terror so he did take it easy on me, but did let me know through the handy little voice in my helmet that it was going to be a 100 mile round trip.
I had ridden motorcycles with my husband some 20 years ago…but that was before my body would lock in any given position only to be relieved through prescription medication…LOL…
After about an hour of wizzing through the canyons of the Nevada/Arizona/Utha desert mountains we happened upon a little cafe’ where I guess it was deemed that we would partake in lunch.
Yep you guessed it…I was locked in the sitting position on the back of said motorcycle and even after my husband got off and kick standed the bike, I was still sitting there, only now at a slant of the bike at park. I couldn’t even raise my arms to take off the Planet Pluto Helmet and handy eye wear…
All the Road Warrors of our excursion now gathered around the bike with the “old lady sitting statue” and had a great laugh. My son being one of them and has since been removed from my will…
They did eventually get me off the back of the bike… but try and catch a visual of Yoda walking with all of these macho motercycle dudes.

All kidding aside, I did survive my 100 mile round trip maiden voyage and it doesn’t matter that I was numb for several days after…next time I will take some “Extra Strength Something” if I see another road trip looming.
I have traded my “Planet Pluto Helmet” in for a more stylish smaller “Hitler Storm Trooper” skull cap…I don’t see myself doing the leather thingy as I tend to resemble an egg roll and I know that tatoos are definatly not on my list…my ears aren’t even pierced!
In closing I just want to say that I consider myself so fortunate and blessed to have had more experiences then one person should ever see in one lifetime…and adding “Sometimes Motorcycle Mama” is just another notch in a well worn belt.
Oh and by the way if you see me out and about and I have bugs in my teeth…pleeeese tell me!

Susan Bergstrom
Written for Mesquite Local News
Mesquite, Nevada

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My personal Senior Citizen account on taking the plunge and joining in on the Thrill of the Ride on the back of a motorcycle…

I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
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I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
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  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    haha lol luv this hehe, one thing for sure, your a brave lady hehe dawnxx

  • Thanks Dawn…glad you enjoyed!!!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Jan Szymczuk
    Jan Szymczukover 4 years ago

    Wonderful (if painful) story!

  • LOL..thanks for viewing Jan!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    great writing Susan…It flows and the humour is great. I could imagine you riding and being frozen in sitting position…lol…you are gamer than me, i wouldn’t be a passenger on a bike!!

  • LOL…yes it was an experience for sure…getting better at it as we ride more trips!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Outdoors2
    Outdoors2over 4 years ago

    Courage is dusting off yer butt and saddling up again… or sumthin like that, John Wayne said
    Cracked me up Susan, a sequel is definitely in order, maybe you can find yer own Vespa? lol

  • Oh I don’t think so…LOL …thanks for taking the time to read…appreciate it, nice to hear from you!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaover 4 years ago

    100 miles, for your first time out…have they NO MERCY….you DEFINATLY get BIG POINTS for that…!!!!! Terrific story Susan…I have not been on one in over 20 years, and shhhh no helmet., at the time….what the heck was I thinking?!

  • …I still think my fingers are frozen…LOL …it was fun I think…I don’t remember much of the trip! Thanks for reading my friend!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • MissingYou
    MissingYouover 4 years ago

    you are one amazling Lady….i so enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of your adventures:)

  • Thanks Robin…though everyone would get a chuckle! Good to hear from you!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 4 years ago

    ha ha I am dying laughing. Your humorous honesty is crackin’ me up!

    You remind me of me and my style of writing with a funny sense of humor. :) (I wrote for 2 newspapers back in the early 1990’s with these funny type tales.) Great job! ;)

  • I don’t know if you remember Erma Bombeck…I was an avid reader of her and I adored her humor at everyday events…thanks for reading Sharon!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 4 years ago

    Great story Susan,
    you are amazing and brave too. I loved humor.
    i would of chickened out.. I rode on a motorcycle once back of the driver i burried my head into his back as he went 100 miles an hour.. down a small street…

  • Well I don’t go on many trips but I can now say that I been there, done that!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Goodonya Susan . . . As a mad motorcyclist myself . . . Nothing better than an open road and a nice bike . . .
    Remember in a car . . . It’s the destination . . .
    On a bike . . . It’s the journey . . .

  • You sound just like my husband! Thanks for viewing, reading and your comment! Appreciate it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Appel
    Appelover 4 years ago

    LOL!!!! Thank-you for a wonderful story!!!! Love it!!! You had me laughing til there were tears coming!!! I can just imagine it!! Great story and thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • …and thanks for reading…thought everyone would at least get a chuckle or two…I try to add humor to everyday events in my writing…if you can’t laugh at yourself…!!! Thanks!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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