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Why I Ride: Click - Featured in Jonna Travels

 

Name:  Jessica a.ka. “Click”

Residence: Kingwood, Texas                                                      

Occupation:  Self-Employed: Jess’s Gemstra Boutique

Vice President, Sisters Eternal WMC, Harris County

 

1. When did you start riding?

It’s kind of a funny story. I bought my bike in August 2014. I had a mishap that scared me a little bit, so my bike stayed parked for about 5-6 months. I finally picked it back up and really started riding in April 2015. One of my friends basically said, “Look, you just got to do it.” He lived in a separate town, so he would meet me halfway and then we would go riding. I took back roads to get there, of course, but it was a starting point and I kept going from there. It was baby steps at first, but once he got me on the highway, it was on from there.

 

2. Why did you start riding?

When I was little, my dad rode. He had a Honda Goldwing. I started riding on the back of his bike when I was about four. We usually just went around town. My dad passed away when I was 10, so those are very fond memories for me. After that, it was just something I always wanted to do. When my husband and I separated, I decided I was going to do everything I’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t been able to. I went and took the safety course and got my endorsement.

 

3. What was your first bike?

It was a 2004 Sportster 1200. I wanted something that wasn’t super expensive. This way, if I did wreck it, I wouldn’t waste a lot of money. Plus, it was something I was comfortable on. Once I really started riding, I was only on it about six months when I was ready to upgrade, but I had that Sporty for about two years.

 

4. What do you ride now?

It is a 2015 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. My favorite thing about it is the paint job. I have the Hard Candy Cancun Blue and it is beautiful! I saw it and knew I had to have this bike.

 

5. What is a typical ride for you?

I don’t think there is a typical ride. I go anywhere. Sometimes it’s to events with my club and sometimes I feel like going for a ride and ride aimlessly with no destination in mind.

 

6. What would be your ideal ride?

That’s hard to say. I have a long list of places that I want to go to. My boyfriend also rides and we want to start going on trips.

 

7. What is your favorite thing about being on two wheels?

Just the freedom of it. It’s a feeling like no other. I don’t even know how to explain it. For me, I feel closer to my dad when I’m riding because that was one of his major loves.

 

8. What is your worst bike memory?

That would be the mishap I referred to when I got my first motorcycle. The driveway has small curve at the end and when I came off it, it hit pretty hard, which caused me to throttle. I panicked! Everything I had learned went out the window. Luckily, I was able to get the bike to a stop before I hit anything. I ended up about six inches from the neighbor’s house. I wasn’t hurt and the bike didn’t have any issues. I picked it back up and pushed it across the street where it sat for 5-6 months. It could have been a lot worse.

 

9. What is your best bike memory?

That would be when my club sisters and I went to the hill country here in Texas. It’s where the Three Sisters is at, which are three gorgeous roads that have a ton of curves and hills on them. It’s one of the best roads for motorcycles in Texas. This was before I had actually joined the club. I told Blaze (VP of Sisters Eternal, NW Houston) that I wanted to go out there for my birthday and she ran with it. We got a cabin and the whole club went out there. We had a blast! That was my first time riding on any major curves. I was so, so nervous. The day we got there, we dropped our stuff off at the cabin first and got back on the bikes to go riding. That night, the girls noticed that I had been struggling a little bit, so they gave me tips and pointers. I took their advice and the next day, I was keeping up with them. It was such a good time.

 

10. How long have you been with Sisters Eternal?

I started hanging around with them in 2015, so almost two years. I have been an actual patch holder for almost a year.

 

11. What prompted you to join?

I was in the military and I’m used to that kind of camaraderie. Everybody has each other’s back in the club and that’s what I was looking for because I wasn’t really getting it in the civilian world. I had friends that were in guys clubs, so I searched for women’s clubs. I started out talking to Blaze and met up with everyone, and found that was where I belonged.

 

12. Has your veteran status affected how you ride?

I think it does. I definitely have more awareness of everything around me when I ride. I’m also very protective of my sisters and we’re always there for each other, which is the kind of thing I experienced in the military.

 

13. How did you get your biker name?

I’m into photography. I used to have a photography business, but now I just do it for the club and as a hobby. I do a little bit of everything, but when I had my business, my favorite thing to do was capture events, like weddings, birthday parties, bridal showers. I like capturing the candid moments versus the posed stuff

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Why I Ride: Loctite - Featured In Jonna Travels

Name: Sisters Eternal WMC, NW Houston, Public Relations Committee Member, Loctite (https://www.sisterseternalwmc.com/)

Residence: Houston, Texas             

 

1.  When did you start riding?

I started riding on June 1, 2016. This is my first year riding a bike. I had never been on one until March of last year.

 

2. Why did you start riding?

My best friend’s husband committed suicide and I helped her to get through that. When I wasn’t with her, I would go with a friend on the back of his bike and we would ride. On our third ride, I said, “You know what? I’m ready to be in control.” He didn’t believe me, but I kept telling him I was serious. Finally, he took me to a Harley shop and I bought Lucille.

 

3. What was your first bike?

Lucille is a Sportster 1200 and that’s what I still ride now.

 

4. What is a typical ride for you?

Usually, I’ll hook up with a few friends and we’ll go to a place called Thirsty Parrot. It’s about 60 miles away, out in the back country. There’s some twisties to get there and it’s a biker friendly place. We’ll go there and grab lunch and then we’ll ride out to the national forest. In this forest, there are hills and twisties and corners, plus it goes by the water. It’s a great way to enjoy the scenery.

 

5. What is your favorite thing about being on two wheels?

The feeling of freedom. I know when I jump on my bike that I’m about to completely clear my mind of everything that stresses my entire life out. I like to smile and sing when I’m on my biker. It’s the clarity I get from refreshing my soul on a bike ride.

 

6. What is your worst bike memory?

My worst bike memory is the first day I brought my bike home. Mind you, I had never ridden a bike in my life, not even a dirt bike. My buddy that got me into riding, my father-in-law, and my husband were running me through a quick lesson on how to work the clutch and the shifter and the brakes. Once I thought I had it, I took the bike across the street to the parking lot by the park. There’s no one there except this one little car parked in the lot, but I figure I can maneuver around it. I hit my first corner and had no problem. I was able to make the turn. When I came to my second corner, the little car in the parking lot freaked me out. I panicked and hit the throttle, which caused me to hit the curb, and I flew over the handlebars. I landed in the grass, thank God! I busted out laughing. The guys started running and I thought they were running to make sure I was okay. Nah. They ran to the bike and checked to make sure it was okay. It had a few dents in it, but it was still able to be ridden. I vowed not to get back on my bike until I had taken my [motorcycle safety] course, which was scheduled for the next weekend anyway.

 

7. What is your best bike memory?

I’d have to say it was International Female Ride Day, which was May 6, 2017.* We have a group of six or seven girls that like to ride together all the time and it was one of the girl’s birthday. Well, she planned the ride out for us. She knew that one of the girls like twisties. She knew another girl likes back roads. She knew that I love water, and she knew the other lady likes to ride when it’s dusk, when the sun is going down. So, she planned this entire ride where we went over 450 miles and rode into the sunset as the sun went down over our city. It was great!

 

*(Author’s Note: This is an annual event that occurs on the first Saturday of May each year. For more information, click here.)

Why I Ride: Blaze - Featured in Jonna Travels

Name: Sisters Eternal WMC, National President, Blaze (https://www.sisterseternalwmc.com/)

Residence: Houston, Texas             

Occupation: Accounting

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 When did you start riding?

When I was eight years old, I found an old Honda dirt bike in the shed of a property my father purchased covered by things such as a roll of carpet and other miscellaneous items which needed to be cleaned out of the shed. After tinkering for a brief time, we had the dirt bike up and going. Once I climbed in the saddle, I have never been able to look back.

 

Why did you start riding?

Ever since I was a small child, I have always had a love for motorcycles. I was captivated by the artwork and individuality from each rider through the customization and design of their machines. At the fairs, I found myself always choosing a motorcycle replica over the monster trucks, boats, and other options available on rides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was your first bike?

Honda XR75

 

 

What do you ride now?

MY DREAM BIKE! Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special: “Maverick.”

 

What is a typical ride for you?

Monday through Friday I typically conquer what I like to refer to as, “the motorcycle Olympics.” Living in an overpopulated city full of aggressive drivers who feel that their need to arrive somewhere is far more important than the next definitely provides its challenges. All-in-all the average person will tell you that you would have to be a maniac to ride a motorcycle in Houston. If you remain offensively defensive, however, you’re perfectly fine! The trick is to keep your head on a swivel looking for, “escape routes.” On the weekends, I am usually out and about with my Sisters working on fundraising for charities such as the Alzheimer’s Association, exploring, or looking for twisties to ride. After all, “Life is a Daring Adventure or Nothing At All,” in the great words of Helen Keller!

 

What is your favorite thing about being on two wheels?

Throughout my life, it’s become much more than just a hobby, but also a part of who I am. It’s given me a desire to dream, discover and explore. It’s also introduced me to many riders, friends, and even uncovered some family stories of the sport. I’ve enjoyed riding the sand dunes on dirt bikes growing up just as much as falling in with hundreds of choppers carving through scenic escapes along the way – and all the while the bond is the same. It’s all about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines. It’s the best feeling in the world and I could never imagine not riding. From the moment I climb in the saddle, my worries and stressors from this chaotic world we live in immediately fade away without fail. It’s the best medicine in the world. I truly Thank God for the blessing that I’ve been given of not only learning to ride, but also for having a father who gave me the knowledge to be able to maintain my own machine. 

 

What is your worst bike memory?

In the Winter of 2015, I was in a collision with a pickup truck. When I came to, the Bluetooth module on my helmet had connected to my phone to which I woke up to, “Welcome to the Jungle,” by Aerosmith blaring in my ear. I had broken the bones in each of my forearms and shattered both wrists, but at the time I was not quite clear on what had transpired. All four lanes of traffic were backed up across the highway, to which I was spread across two. The only thing I could see was my bike lying next to me with holes where there should not have been any. After a horrible rush of adrenalin, my temperature freezing, and my body shaking with what felt like the longest ambulance ride known to mankind, we finally arrived at the hospital. As they were wheeling me into the emergency room, the paramedics asked me if I had any questions. Which, of course I did. I always do! I inquired as to how long it would take to heal being I had never broken anything prior. When they told me that I was easily looking at two months, I then asked if there were any ways to speed up the process while explaining that two months was just not acceptable. After all, I had things to do!

 

What is your best bike memory?

There truly are so many that it is hard to choose just one! I will say that the Sisterhood in which our women’s club, Sisters Eternal WMC, has formed across the nation is complied of many things that make each trip special whether a short or long haul. It’s a warm smile on a cold and rainy day while you’re drenched from head to toe in your leathers in the middle of winter, a friendly hug that quickly turns into a pile of Sisters tackling you, or even a cheerful hello while taking in to gorgeous scenery across the horizon realizing just how far you’ve come together. It’s all that a good and lasting friendship is, only better. It’s treasured. It’s sacred. It’s knowing that there will always be someone there for you no matter what time, day or night. It’s dreams shared and goals achieved. It’s counting on others and being counted on. It’s real. It’s family.