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GetYonder EDITOR IN CHIEF Stephanie Hampton ADVERTISING/MARKETING Reginald Hampton CONTENT COORDINATOR Shareef AsSadiq CONTENT WRITERS Stephanie Hampton Shannon Lewis SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Yolanda Darnell GY LIASONS Tysaun Cook Kathy Demerle Todd Lucas Yvette Cruz Dawn Phillips Anthony Simpson Tiffany Nichols Nate & Shannone Pridemore

CONTENT

2017 Calendar Of Events.................... 08 Check Out What's Happening in 2017

Riding In Thailand............................... 10 A Day Spent Touring The Island

Featured Motorcycle Club.................. 14 Pound 4 Pound MC

Introducing SpotWalla........................18 A Data Location Manager

AULDR.................................................. 20 Meet The Founder Of AULDR

Featured Rider...................................... 26 Meet Ksolo "Da Ryder" Harris

So Much More Than Bikers............... 28 Professionals That Enjoy Riding Motorcycles

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AMERICA'S ULTIMATE LONG DISTANCE RIDERS

Meet The Founder of AULDR


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SO MUCH MORE THAN BIKERS

Meet Professionals That Share A Love For Motorcycles

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Pound 4 Pound MC

FEATURED RIDER

Ksolo "Da Ryder" Harris

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RIDING IN THAILAND

A Day Spent Touring The Island

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

Don’t just ride for the miles, be sure to capture the memories!

Words can't begin to express the gratitude and love I share for all of those that continue to support Get Yonder Magazine. We thank those that have shared in their travels, through our various Get Yonder forums. While we are rapidly growing, it's our intent to be a positive force within our community. As we approach our 5th issue of Get Yonder Magazine, we seek to show a positive side of bikers, in hopes that our presence alone, will no longer pose a threat. This issue is dedicated to the hard-working professionals, that share a love of being on two wheels. We honor the bikers that are wrongly depicted and judged, based on preconceived notions, that stem from what they see or hear through media. We highlight professionals of all walks of life, within our motorcycle community, in an attempt to dispel the negative perception that seem to follow bikers. In this issue, we have an up and close interview with the founder of America's Ultimate Long Distance Riders, a female rider that shares a recent trip to Thailand, and the men of Pound 4 Pound MC, as our Featured Club. For those that enjoy riding cross-country, be sure to check out the SpotWalla highlight on page 18. Hope you enjoy! Ride safe! Get Yonder!

Stephanie Hampton Editor-In-Chief Get Yonder Magazine shampton@getyonder.com

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and first responders charities

50 states. 500 memorials. You, your motorcycle, And a good reason to ride.

A self-directed ride 1APR17 - 31OCT17. Visit seven memorials in any state to achieve Finisher status. Or travel cross-country. It’s up to you. Sign up at www.tourofhonor.com Benefiting:

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2 017 MO T O RC CALENDAR

APR 22 The 2017 Queen

City Biker Blessing will be on April 22nd 2017 in Matthews, North Carolina.

MAR 10 The 76th Annual

Daytona Bike Week will be held from March 10th-19th 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

MAR 31 The 2017 Annual All Female Ride will be held from March 31st to April 2nd 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.

APR 28 Kingz of the South-

MAY 25 Myrtle Beach Bike-

fest will be held Memorial Day weekend from May 25th to May 29th 2017 in MyrtleBeach, SC.

Carolina Chapter will host their Royal Bash starting April 28th 2017 in Columbia, SC.

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Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally will be held May 3rd to May 7th 2017 in Panama City Beach,

JUN 3 The men of Ironbred

MAY 3 The Panama City

The men of Pound 4 Pound MC will host their annual anniversary from June 2nd to June 4th 2017 in Memphis, TN. MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary in Atlanta, GA.

MAY 7 Kingdom Knights MM

will host their 9th Annual Biker Blessing May 7th 2017 in Capital Heights, Maryland.

APR 6 The 43rd Annual Soul page 08

Brothers MC Anniversary Week. April 6th-9th 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

MAY 18 Hypnotiq MC 16th

Annual Cabaret will be held May 18th-May 21st 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky.

JUN 10 Laconia will host

their 94th Motorcycle Week June 10th to June 18th 2017 in Laconia, NH.


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AUG 25 Diamond Clusters

MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary August 25th-26th in Atlanta, GA.

AUG 30 The men of Atlanta

Chapter Rarebeed MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary starting August 30th-Sept 3rd 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

JUN 21 The 4th Annual

AUG 2 The 40th National Bessie Stringfield All Female Ride Bikers Roundup will be held will be held from June 21st-25th August 2nd-6th 2017 in Kansas 2007 in Killeen, Texas. City, MO. JUN 21 Rarebreed MC will

host their annual anniversary in Los Angeles, CA from June 21st to 25th 2017.

SEP 16 The ladies of Klutch

& Khrome MC Detroit will host their 1st Annual Anniversary September 16th 2017.

JUL 3 Black Girls Ride will

host their 3rd Annual Coast To Coast Ride from Los Angeles, Cali to Brooklyn, NY.

AUG 4 The 77th Sturgis Mo-

torcycle Rally will be held August 4th-13th 2017 in Sturgis, SD.

AUG 10 Next Level MC will JUL 12 Kingz of The South

MC will host their Annual Anniversary July 12th-16th 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

host their Annual Anniversary weekend August 10-13th in Chicago, IL.

AUG 18 Hurricane Biker

Girls 15th Annual Anniversary will be August 18-20th in San Diego, CA.

OCT 7 The Have Iron/Will

Travel Ride To Eat will be held on October 7th 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

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s a motorcycle enthusiast, one can appreciate the universal love of riding on two wheels. With few exceptions, no matter the country or place, you will always find a population of those that share a passion for riding. Being introduced by her father at a very young age, Cynthia “Snacks” Franklin, is no stranger to motorcycles. As she got older, throughout her high school years and thereafter, her love of motorcycling continued to evolve. After moving to Dallas, Texas, she became a member [and now current president] of 2 Deep WMC. While riding on her Harley Davidson Softail Slim, she has traveled to numerous states. Whenever she’s not working, she enjoys riding with her club sisters. However, as an employee of PepsiCo, and a member of their Global Operations team, she is frequently required to travel outside of the country. When possible, she tries to take advantage of her time away, and sometimes choose to extend her trip.

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On a recent work engagement, she traveled to Pattaya, a city on the eastern gulf coast of Thailand. She and a friend, Sweet Redd, from Austin, Texas, decided that they would use the time to do some sight-seeing.


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The ladies took a one-and-ahalf-hour flight to Phuket, an island of Thailand, composed of some of the most popular beaches, Prior to their flight, the ladies researched renting a Harley motorcycle on the island.

After contacting the Harley dealership with no response, they decided to rent from Nicky's Handlebar & Hotel. It was a local bar and hotel, located on Patong Beach in Phuket that rented Harley Davidson bikes.

Snacks and Sweet Redd rented a Fat Bob and a Softail to ride, and selected to take an all-day, guided tour on the island. The tour guide rode an Ultra Glide and took the ladies on a ride for about 330 miles.

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The guide took the ladies to all the most popular beaches. They visited the known tourist locations and a few of the areas that the locals enjoyed. The complete tour lasted roughly 8 hours, which include them stopping for lunch. The island temperatures where close to 85 degrees, however, it started raining on their way back, so the ladies ending up getting soaked.

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The ladies took plenty of photos and enjoyed the beaches and beautiful views. They made it back safely with no issues. One memorable part of the trip for Snacks was the condition of the motorcycles. She stated that the tour guide took them on a gravel, dirt road, and each time they would hit a bump, it sounded like something was falling off the motorcycles. Though she enjoyed her trip, she would try to rent a Harley from the dealership, for a better riding experience. Snacks is currently planning her next trip and states that she plans to ride to the US Four Corners, this upcoming year. Though work may sometimes take her away from enjoying her love for two wheels, she always finds a way to squeeze it in her schedule.

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Introducing SpotWalla: Data Location Manager

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data.

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ason Jonas, founder of SpotWalla, has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. In 2000, he decided on taking some time off to travel and ride his motorcycle across country. During this time, GPS technology or tracking mechanisms, weren’t as prevalent as they are today. As a result, he got lost on the road, and was unable to keep his family updated on where he was. In 2008, as a promise to his sister, he created SpotWalla. It was initially introduced to his friends within the motorcycle community, however, over the years as its technology progressed, it is used by a number of communities.

What is SpotWalla?

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data. The SpotWalla allows complete control of the information being exposed, all in a secured and private environment.

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What are some of its benefits?

With SpotWalla, you’re able to share your travels and rides with your family and friends by creating “trips.” This will allow them to follow your travels, as the app updates with location data. In addition, once a “trip” is created, it will allow you to send text messaged updates, delivering up to date information. It allows you to track stops, such as restaurants, gas stations, and hotels. It saves the data from your entire trip for you to retrieve and review at any time. The user can limit the location data as needed, and provide an external link for tracking.

What devices does it support?

SpotWalla supports the following devices: • APRS Device • GibbyTrip for iOS • Bubbler GPS for Android • INMARSAT Communications Device • DeLorme inReach • SPOT Personal Tracker • Email • SWConnect for iOS • Generic Device with GPX Support • The Wirie pro Device

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"He was my bestfriend. We did everything together."


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ife will sometimes serve us experiences, that will ultimately change us forever. It teaches us that we must stop moving at times, to slow down and live in that very, single moment. Moving forward, in return, we gain a peace, a comfort and sometimes even a new found love! Robert "Rob" Carlo and his brother, Michael Carlo, were the best of friends. With only a threeyear difference in age, they did nearly everything together. Both men served as firefighters within the New York City Fire Department (FDNYC). Michael was the fun guy, while Robert was known to be the older, hard-ass. The younger brother would always express an interest in riding motorcycles, and often suggested they purchase one so that they could ride together. Robert would always shut the idea down, by emphasizing their need to work. Then something happened that would change Robert's life forever.

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Distance Riders On September 11th, 2001, at 34 years old, his younger brother, Michael, was killed in the World Trade Center attacks. Though devastated at his brother's passing, Robert continued to work as a firefighter. A few months later, while sitting in the fire station, two of his buddies came and told him that Harley-Davidson was releasing a 9/11 inspired, Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle, honoring the victims of the tragic event . Robert purchased a Harley in honor of his late brother. The dealer even customized the motorcycle with his name. Robert started riding with a group of firefighters. His first long trip would be to the 100th Harley Davidson Anniversary, in Milwaukee. In 2003, his father purchased a Harley-Davidson too. Riding with his father brought them closer. They enjoyed riding, seeing the sights and taking trips together.

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Robert retired from New York City's Fire Department, and moved to Northern California. It was then that he became more involved in distance riding. At one point, he rode for 35 hours on a 2004 Texas Chopper with no sleep, in order to participate in a commemorative ride. He would eventually ride over 60,000 miles on his Chopper, which is why most of his friends considered him a little crazy.

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The group and points would be based on an honor system, as no certifications or anything of that nature would be required. There would be no cash prizes or big payouts at the end of the year. It was to promote fun, riding, and meeting new people. Despite being called America's Ultimate Long Distance Riders, by no means did he claim that the participates are the baddest of the bad. Again, it was a catchy name that he thought would attract those that shared a After moving to California, it was his personal goal common interest of riding distance. to ride to every state, visit every National Monument, every National Park, and camp in every National The members of the group considered riding to be Forest. He also wanted to visit each military cemetery more of a lifestyle, as opposed to a competition. The as a tribute to the fallen soldiers. He thought it would competitive side of the group was to keep it fun and be a good time to do a few Iron Butt certifications interesting, as the more points you accumulated as well. He made a list of all the places he wanted to when riding, the higher position you obtain on the visit and thought it would be cool to include a few board. As an incentive, and to pay homage to the Iron Butt Association (IBA), he thought it would friends that also enjoyed riding long distance. be nice to provide an extra credit for having rides Robert created his own Facebook group, America's certified. In addition to promoting the IBA, as of Ultimate Long Distance Riders (AULDR). He thought 2017, he incorporated Tour of Honor, as part of his the name was kind of catchy, and would be useful for point system as well. He also contacted the group any marketing tactics. He created a point system to Rever, which is an app that allows motorcycle riders use, that would allow points for each of the different to plan and track their trips, while connecting with entities on his list. The points would run from the other bikers. For the second year, Rever offered an beginning of the year and end on December 31st, end of year Total Mile Challenge, which coincides starting all over again on Jan 1st of the next year. with the miles earned in the AULDR group.


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Since the initial purchase of his first Harley-Davidson, honoring his late brother Michael, Robert has traveled over 310,000 miles via motorcycle. Just last year alone, he traveled over 50,000 miles. His love of riding distance is evident, and he continues to enjoy touring the country and the therapy that it provides. He encourages other riders, through the use of his AULDR point system, to take the time to stop, and learn something by visiting monuments that they may have otherwise passed. He states the group is aimed at those who put the most effort into their rides, not so much about who

has the most time or money. When asked what the term "getting yonder" means to him, he expressed that, "it's time to put some miles on the bike. You don't have to have a plan, you just ride, take some back roads, and enjoy the company that you're with!"

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To contact Robert "Ro Bert" Cato or gain additional information concerning his group, request to join the AULDR group by searching for America's Ultimate Long Distance Riders on Facebook or by visiting the website at www.auldr.com.

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ou hear the loud pipes well before you see them. They pull up, wearing leather jackets and boots. Some may even have on a skull of some sort. You cringe in fear, not knowing what’s next! Then it happens! They start to approach you, and one extends their hand and says, “Hi, nice to meet you!”

Whoah! That was a close one, right? After all, they are bikers, known for causing chaos, and havoc. Wrong! There was never a threat. You can’t automatically assume that all bikers are affiliated with violence. You can’t assume that their intentions are to steal from you, or to harm you in some way. The negative perceptions that we sometimes see on movies or television shows are far from the reality of those that enjoy a two-wheel lifestyle. Are there some that give good bikers a bad name? Absolutley, but is it fair to judge them all according to the actions of a few?

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What if I told you that a biker saved my life? What if I told you that a biker tutors my child? What if I told you that a biker prayed for me? What if I told you that the VERY same people you meet daily, that you interact with in white medical coats, custom suits, scrubs, at the banks, in military or police uniforms, are the very same people that you unknowingly meet in leather jackets and boots…..on two wheels! Did you know that bikers are doctors, lawyers, professors, CEO’s, policemen, accountants and so much more? They are professionals, they are mothers and fathers, devoted husbands and wives and yet, because we’ve been brain washed by various forms of media, it’s hard to understand that, they are no different than you! Meet seven professionals, all from different walks of life, that share one thing in common, a LOVE for riding motorcycles!

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? The sweet spot for me is the access to freedom on the open road coupled with arriving at a destination and getting off your bike to be greeted by other bikers. Motorcycling also provides me with plenty of opportunities to participate in community service and charitable activities. How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? Myths and fears surrounding bikers and the biking community are partly based on lack of education and awareness. There is that perception out there that as a group we are troublemakers. Almost without exception these misconceptions disappear when people are made aware of the fact that bikers are respectful, everyday people.

Dr. William “Code Blue” Sweezer Profession: Heart Surgeon Length of Profession: 30 Years • Years Riding? 8 Years • What Do You Ride? 2009 Harley Davidson Road King • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled to 22 states via motorcycle. Recently for my birthday, I traveled from Texas to Key West, Florida at the Mile Zero Landmark. • Motorcycle Club: Rarebreed MC-Houston, TX Chapter

As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? Yes. My motorcycle club recently approached a restaurant in Houston, TX to fellowship and have dinner. We were confronted by heavily armed private security guards who told us that we could not come into the restaurant unless we left our colors (vests/cuts) outside on our motorcycles. Clearly it was the management’s perception that we were bad news and bad for business. We promptly left that restaurant without incident and gave our business to another popular venue that welcomed us without questions or confrontations. How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? For each of us, there is always that constant work-life balance challenge. Every day when I wake up I feel blessed and privileged to go to work. In the intense, highly-structured, open heart surgery operating room environment, the keys to success are teamwork, focus, discipline and trust. One of the most powerful benefits of being a biker is that it truly allows me to relax and be myself. When I am outside of the medical arena, I make a point of leaving all connections to my profession behind. It doesn’t really matter that I am a heart surgeon and it’s something that I don’t mention. Motorcycling is so much more than a diversion or escape. As you travel and meet other riders you experience a universal brotherhood which enriches your life and gives you an opportunity to enrich the lives of others.

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Jason “J-Law” Ross Profession: Attorney • Length of Profession: 5 Years • Years Riding? 20 Years • What Do You Ride? 2007 Harley Davidson Road Glide • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have had the pleasure of taking two cross-country trips, led by my club brother, Highway Smiley. We recently traveled to 26 states in 6 days, and had the honor of visiting Niagara Falls and seeing the historical Freedom Crossing, which is where the slaves crossed into Canada for their freedom. • Motorcycle Club: Kings of Cali MC

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? I love just being one with the road. Riding my motorcycle is therapeutic for me. It’s the one place where I can’t be reached for hours at a time. No cell phone connected to my radio, no one to talk to other than myself. It’s true “ME TIME”. I can just be in my thoughts and when I come off a motorcycle ride, I am totally REFRESHED!!!

How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? I feel that the negative stigma placed on bikers is due to a lack of understanding of what bikers stand for. All Bikers, whether they are African American, White, Latino, or any other ethnicity, share one common theme: a love for the road, and a respect for life. There is no greater feeling than being on the road, free from the world and just the high that one experiences from the freedom of being one with the road. The media doesn’t publicize the many community service programs that motorcycle organizations sponsor to give back such as Feeding the Homeless, Family Day BBQ’s, Back Pack Give Aways and many other community focused events. As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? I have been greeted with so much love and positivity on the “Bike Set” that I enjoy riding my motorcycle to professional functions and when the people see me riding away with my vest on, they later come up to me and say, “I didn’t know you rode motorcycles and were in a “motorcycle gang”. I politely respond, “Yes, I love riding my motorcycle and I especially love participating in the community service events my motorcycle organization, Kings of Cali MC sponsors here in the community, would you like to donate to our next event?” How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? It’s hard to totally separate the two. I love my profession and I love riding my motorcycle. On the set my name became J-LAW after passing the bar exam and everyone knows me as the Kings of Cali Attorney. I share my travels on my motorcycle with my clients and it helps them to see me as a more well-rounded person and not just an attorney. I can engage with my clients on a more personal level and it helps foster a genuine professional relationship.

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Profession: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Length of Profession: 19 Years • Years Riding? I initially started in 1983, while in high school, but stopped for several years. I started riding again roughly 3 years ago. • What Do You Ride? 2016 Harley Davidson Softail • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled throughout the state of Florida, however, I recently joined Tour of Honor and anticipate on riding to the memorials starting April. • Motorcycle Club: No Official club, however I am in the local Ft. Lauderdale HOG chapter.

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? I can’t pick one thing, I love it. I’m learning what I like and what I don’t like, each time I ride. I love taking long trips and reflecting on my ride and checking my odometer and thinking, “those are my mile!” I joined the Facebook group, America’s Ultimate Long Distance Riders and the Get Yonder Facebook group (of course). I like seeing where everyone is going and what they are seeing along their way. The AULDR group does a point system when you travel to a National Park, Cemetery, Forest, etc., so it’s fun catching some points along the way. How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? Down here in South Florida, there are a lot of bikers that give bikers a bad name. When sport bikes come out of nowhere and are all over the speed limit, even I think that it’s annoying. Bikers get the reputation of being a “rough crowd”, but I think bikers are like big teddy bears in leather. Some of the nicest people I’ve met are bikers. As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? The only negative with my profession and having a motorcycle is that people will say things like, “oh, haven’t you seen people or taken care of people that have wrecked on a motorcycle?” Well, I’ve taken care of people that have been in bad car accidents, fell off ladders, and ran through a sliding glass door trying to answer a telephone too! How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? That’s easy….I usually work doing the week, and occasionally on weekends. When I’m not working on the weekend, I’m riding my motorcycle.

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Profession: Healthcare Consultant (Specializing in Healthcare Information Technology) Length of Profession: 29 Years • Years Riding? 44 Years • What Do You Ride? Yamaha FJR1300 Sports Tourer • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled the US and the Canadian Rockies from Denver through Canada to Alaska.  I have also covered more than 40 states on my motorcycle.

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? I have been riding motorcycles since I was 4 years old. I enjoy the ability to get on my motorcycle and see all the sights that surround us in this great country. Motorcycling allows me to disconnect from work and open my mind. I have taken up visiting Tour of Honor sites to pay homage to our fallen heroes. I am a bit of a history buff; riding motorcycles and seeing historic sites is a bit of an addiction of mine. How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? Some of it is earned but most of it is from the few that give us all a bad name. I make a point of trying to be a responsible motorcyclist and take the time to talk with those who ask me about my bike or where I am traveling to or from. As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? The people I work with are either in awe of where and how often I ride or they just think motorcycles are dangerous. I have had peers follow my spot tracks while on trips and want to see my photos upon returning.

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How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? I keep the two separate for the most part. I may be guilty of doing route planning on the job from time to time. My vacation time is planned around major rides. Instead of living to work, I work to ride!


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Dr. Denise Weems-Bryant

Profession: High School English Teacher and Adjunct College Professor Length of Profession: 23 Years • Years Riding? 12 Years • What Do You Ride? 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled from to Dallas, Virginia Beach, New Orleans, and throughout the state of Florida (Key West, Miami, & Orlando). • Motorcycle Club: Queenz of South Birmingham, AL Chapter

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? I enjoy the liberation that it brings as well as the opportunity to see the world and meet people of all ethnicities because motorcycle riding is such a universal pastime.

How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? I just view it as people fear what they don’t know or understand. Although it carries a negative stereotype, a closer look at the subculture of bikers will reveal something completely different—a brotherhood/sisterhood and camaraderie that is parallel to that of a military unit. As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? I haven’t had any negative experiences because my colleagues find it very adventurous. My students think it’s “cool”. Surprisingly, I have found that some of my college students share the same passion of riding, which helps to establish a rapport with my students. How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? My motorcycle life doesn’t enter my professional life and vice versa. They are handled as two separate entities.

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Dr. Filmore Pain

Profession: Public Health Professor Length of Profession: 7 Years • Years Riding? 11 Years • What Do You Ride? 2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled from Texas to Atlanta. I also traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary. • Motorcycle Club: 2 Deep WMC Dallas, TX

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? The freedom. The freedom from all electronic devices, and all things work related. No call me, text me, skype me! Just completely free from all interruptions.

How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? I think it’s unfortunate and unfair. I think it’s very short-sided that people fail to realize that we are mothers, daughters, grandmothers and everything in between. As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? Not so much a negative experience, however, when I am out of my professional surroundings, it surprises them when they seem me on my motorcycle, as opposed to when they see me in my professional attire.

How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? Well, because I work in public health, they intertwine. For example, I keep a first aid kit on my motorcycle. My motorcycle club is involved in STD and HIV awareness, so that’s something that we have been doing for years. Once someone gets to know me, and learn that I work in public health, they feel comfortable in talking to me about things in the public health arena. I get a lot of questions about different things that are going on, for example, the Zika virus.

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How do you feel about the negative stigma that sometimes accompany bikers? Totally unwarranted! Some of the most down to earth, sincere and outgoing people have been bikers, both 1% and no percent, all creeds, colors and political affiliations!

Ray Richards

Profession: State & Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Length of Profession: 19 Years

• Years Riding? 4 Years • What Do You Ride? 2011 Harley Road Glide Ultra • Places Traveled Via Motorcycle: I have traveled to 33 of the lower 48 states. • Motorcycle Club: Rarebreed MC-Detroit Chapter “The Motor City Flock”

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hat do you enjoy most about riding motorcycles? I enjoy the Freedom. I also enjoy the experiences and meeting other people. I love the ability to get out of my suit and jump into those leathers, hitting the road and getting away from the rigors and stressors of the profession that I love. I often say, if riding a motorcycle was a generally accepted activity, it would put a lot of psychiatrists out of business! That Yonda/asphalt therapy is a hell of a treatment for all that ails you! Lastly the camaraderie and brotherhood between my club brothers and others in the MC world!

As a professional, have you had any negative experiences with being a biker? Most think that I am crazy, because of the inherit dangerous nature of riding. Some think I’m not serious about what I do in and out the courtroom because riding a motorcycle is a bit far from the generally accepted norm of the legal community, of country clubs, golf and martini lounges for extracurricular activities!  Some also think that riding is a mid-life crisis, or I am trying to over compensate for something negative in my life. All Hogwash! Riding, believe it or not, has significantly helped me in my legal career, psychologically and spiritually. It helps with stress management and lastly it gives me a medium to think things out about my cases without all the distractions of the office or of life in general. It’s just me, my motorcycle and the road! Riding to California and back 2 times in one year, picking up 14 southern states on another run [where on some days of riding we pounded over 1100 miles in under 18 hours] isn’t some mid-life crisis compensation event ...I love to ride my motorcycle and will continue to do so, God willing, until I can’t throw this right leg over my Harley Davidson to mount up! How do you separate your professional life with your extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles? When I’m not trying cases, I’m riding or plotting to ride!

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