The Quest to Ride – Part 2

Diana in Ocean City Bike Week

After many trials and errors, I did find a really great guy.  He didn’t have a motorcycle, but he wanted one badly!  You see, he raced motocross and enduro as a teen, but gave it up when he went off to college.  Ever since his divorce he’d been wanting to get back into riding…and the huge boom of motorcycle-related TV shows like American Chopper and Biker Build-Off were fueling the fire in his gut.  We were both wannabe’s like mad!

Finally the opportunity arose for him to purchase a totally customized used Sportster with an awesome flame paint job.  Jay’s brother advised him that it was irresponsible & dangerous, but I told him that if he passed up this opportunity he would regret it for the rest of his life.  So he bought the bike.

Diana and Russell

Jay rode his bike from Newark DE and I drove my car from Baltimore MD, and we met in Ocean City MD for Delmarva Bike Week that year.  We chatted with Paul Yaffee about the Billy Lane Sha-Sha shoes Jay was wearing, and Russell Mitchell bought me a beer (he said I smelled nice)!  We hung out with Jeff Shelton at the Independents Chopper booth.  I was completely enamored with the entire biker lifestyle!

Diana and her famous friends

In Delaware, riders with a learner’s permit are not permitted to carry passengers, but Jay would take me for rides on the back every now & then anyway.  We went to bike nights at Hooters and found our way to the Union Hotel where tons of bikers gathered every Sunday for live blues bands and fresh pit beef. 

While we were riding, I found myself constantly looking over his shoulders to see him working the controls.  I just had to know how the thing worked, so I set myself to work finding an open slot in a local Basic Rider course… 

* This article first appeared in print in the September issue of Fast Lane Biker Delamarva and is the second in an ongoing series of articles by Diana Green.