It’s that time of the year again, 2016 is winding down and people are starting to think about making New Year resolutions. We thought it would be fun to ask our moto experts what resolutions they have for 2017.
I would like to work more on supporting veteran charities through a group I started in 2010 called Diamond Posse: Women Serving Veterans. We originally formed with just five women who rode every day of National Armed Forces week from San Antonio, Texas, to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to honor the sacrifices our veterans have made so we could be free.
We’ve raised $10,000 for the Center for the Intrepid, a rehabilitation facility to treat amputees and burn victims. We’ve also raised money to provide a service dog for a veteran.
I am also working on a woman's guide to motorcycling book that I’d like to complete in 2017.
A friend asked me a few years ago how many states I’ve traveled to. I proudly said all 50, but then he asked me how many on a motorcycle. I had to think about it and then realized I’ve only ridden in 38 states.
My 2017 goal is to finishing riding all 50 states including a trip back to Alaska next summer; a winter vacation to Hawaii, where I'll have to rent a motorcycle and ride; and the remaining ones including Oregon, Washington, and the Northeastern States.
In 2017, I resolve to become more diligent about performing pre-ride checks of my bike. Lately I have become complacent about making sure my tire pressures are correct, all of my lights are working, drive belt is undamaged, etc. before taking off on a ride. It only takes a few minutes, and there’s the very real possibility it could avoid a serious accident.
In 2017, I’m going to try and ride as many different kinds of motorcycles as possible. It’s not just fun, but you can also learn lot. Different types of motorcycles have advantages and disadvantages, and gaining a better understanding of everything on two wheels will help me build better motorcycles and motorcycle parts.
My 2017 New Year’s resolution is this: I want to work smarter, not harder. I already work 16 hours a day, every day, 8 days a week. I want to look more at the bottom line and less at what people expect from me. I love my company and I have millions of ideas flopping around in my ugly head, I just have to figure out which ones are the best for my business!
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