Why We Ride – Book Review

Tami Walker

If you are a frequent reader of our blog you probably recognize Tami Walker and Diva Customs.  You probably also know that she compiled a book filled with 101 inspirational stories of women riders and how/why they decided to grab life by the throttle.  “Why We Ride” was published in mid-April.

Some of the stories are short, some are long, some made me laugh, and some made me cry.  They are as varied as the women who wrote them.  Even despite the variations, I found several themes amidst the stories as well—divorces, marriages, childhood memories, family traditions, and perseverance.

Each story is presented on it’s own page exactly as it was submitted—with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typographical errors intact—which gives the book an air of authenticity.  These are not storybook characters, they are real women who ride.

It was fun to flip through the pages and find stories written by women that I know and members of the moto-blogging community (and of course me!).  What I didn’t expect was to find some stories of “celebrity” women bikers.  I won’t spoil the fun (you’ll have to read the book yourself to see who is in there!), but here is a passage from Karen Fortner’s story that particularly touched my heart because of her untimely passing last month while doing what she loved to do the most—riding with her family and friends.

“While on long rides, I listen to my music, do lots of soul searching, remember those who are no longer with me, and enjoy the beauty of the world like never before.  I have never known honeysuckle, flowers, and the great outdoors to smell so sweet!  There is nothing like fresh air and two wheels under you to make you feel like one with the universe.  Motorcycling has taught me to slow down, stop and smell the flowers and enjoy life.  Many special people have come into my life due to riding.  People in the motorcycling community are some of the nicest, thoughtful and inspiring people there are, and I feel so very blessed to be a part of this special group!”

Karen Fortner

“Why We Ride” is available in both paperback and hardcover versions, and can be ordered from Amazon.com or at WhyWeRide-DivaCustoms.com