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

9 Responses to “Why We Ride – Book Review”

  1. I’m sure it was a little bittersweet to find Karen’s entry. I’m glad she submitted it.

    Without even realizing it, she left you with the gift of her own words, to remind her family and friends that she truly loved what she was doing.

  2. I bought the book, and have read it cover to cover. There are so many inspiring stories in it. I’m so glad that Karen left you this kind of gift. I’m sure you will treasure it for years to come.

  3. Cool sounds good…!

  4. Diana, once again you have captured the essence of women riders and what this book is all about. Your review on Why We Ride is exactly what I hoped women riders would get out of the book, and as usual…you have used your amazing use of words to describe all the feelings revealed within. Karen’s death is tragic and unfair…but she left behind her story of her love for riding and along with all the great things about Karen, nobody will ever doubt her love for riding and the people she met along her journey. Once again, I thank you for being a part of this book, it would not have been possible without women like you, Karen and all the others…I am honored to share the road with you.

  5. I haven’t got my copy yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Karen’s entry gave me goosebumps. I didn’t know her, but when I was out riding Saturday she was on my mind.

  6. Thanks for the review. I’ll have to go and check it out.

  7. Just ordered my copy… don’t know why I waited so long…. being the “guru of immediate gratification” that I am, I just called every bookstore on my way home to see if I could get it on the way home today instead of ordering it.. no dice so I ordered it…….

  8. Whoa… We were thinking the same thing on our ride this last Saturday. Just as Karen wrote it.

    Nice gift. I guess we all have something to say and it’s all important. Sometimes it means even more when we are no longer around to speak it, but people can still hear it or read it. Thanks.

  9. I believe this book is an on demand publishing set up which means the books are made to order.

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