Motorcycle Stories from the road: La-La Land – by Krit Campbell
When I finally sat down to write this month’s installment of La-La Land, a certain song by Willie Nelson kept creeping into my mind.
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turning our way
And our way, is on the road again.
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.”
These were my sentiments exactly when Joe ( Joe Biker) informed me that Nick G., Owner of NYC Choppers was going to give us a bike to use for the season here in Connecticut. What excited me even more was the bike he chose to hook us up with! He builds some really awesome machines, but for me, I am all about the bobbers. I lucked out that Joe pulled up with the Chrome Tank bobber, which has Joe’s H&L engine in it, and a lot of the options that I have chosen to use on my bike in my never ending nightmare Shovelhead Bobber bike build which has been going on for over a year. Due to this fiasco of a build, I had no bike to ride during last year’s season and it had a really negative effect on my summer and my psyche!
This year it is like I get to test-drive a mock up of my bike, all summer long, to figure out what works for me, and what doesn’t. It is not often you can have this luxury- and I am SO thankful!!
Beside a few pairs of ripped jeans from the exposed Primo belt drive, and running out of gas (twice), this bike has given me back my fierce sense of independence, and my self esteem. Had Joe known how immediate my psyche would change for the better, he would have brought home a bike for me the same day I sold my Nightster in 2009! LOL!
Pictures do not convey the beauty of this bike, or the positive effect it has had on my anxiety-ridden depression, which really peaked when our Country’s economy went down the shitter. It has been a really hard 2 years in the bike business, especially for the custom motor builders like us. But, once I fire this baby up, and take off like a ferocious bat out of hell down the lazy turns that fill the roads in our Connecticut town- I forget the past, and immediately feel better about the future.
As any rider will tell you, stress relief is just one of the perks of riding. I also have always felt a sense of independence and accomplishment while riding my bike(s). It is something I will never stop doing, and hope to pass down to my new niece Alyssa Rose. We girls can do anything we want- including being a bad-ass motorcyclist. I am living proof that we can keep up with the boys, and as a matter of fact- this season they are now going to have a very hard time keeping up with me!
Till next month-
PS- Twice in the last week, while I was out riding through “The Connecticut Valley” I was followed home by a male biker. Both asked the price of the bike and said they were so impressed by what they saw flying past them on Route 8 that they had to follow me (al-be-it about a ½ mile behind) to find out more! Anyone interested in the Specs or the Price of this hot machine- email me at [email protected]
Thanks Krit. I’ll be seeing Krit and Joe Biker at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City along with Carmella from New York Rider Magazine. And remember, we are here to help you if you have been injured in a biker accident. We are bikers and attorneys.
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