Biker Spotlight: Sharon Lynn
So being that it’s March -- basketball’s biggest month -- we figured what better way to kick off our monthly Riderz Law “Biker Spotlight” than with a spirited young lady from the great "Hoosier" state of Indiana.
Sharon was born in Chicago, and now lives in Indiana. She describes herself as a “blogger / writer / poet / smartass, part tom boy, part girlie girl” who “loves watching people do the double take when they see me go by on my V- Rod.” She rides a tricked out, jet black, drag machine! In fact, Sharon has drag raced this bike on tracks around the country.
We like her already. So we asked her a few more questions, and here’s what she told us:
What do you ride?
A 2007 HD VRSCDX Night Rod Special.
Any modifications on that bike?
Reach control kit & seat, bars from a 2007 V-Rod, heated grips, LED tail light, Supertrapp Fat Shott slip on mufflers, Dynojet Power Commander 3, Ness lowering kit, lots of black powdercoat: controls, bars, pegs, shifter, levers...and more when I can afford it. Soon she will be rockin' a ram air inspired airbox cover from my friend Jason Saratt of Hellcat Customs in Phoenix Arizona. His work is wicked cool.
How long have you been riding?
I took the Harley Rider's Edge Class in May of 2007, never rode before that.
What’s your favorite place to ride?
I like to head out toward Lake Michigan or Starved Rock on a warm fall day to see the leaves changing, and I REALLY loved the ride I hitched with my AZ Friends to Tortilla Flat.
What is your best riding story?
Wow, there are so many, I got to ride in 11 states this past summer, but my fave story is this: My Mom passed in '07, she loved lightning. The morning after her passing it was storming like crazy. I said “that's Mom up there saying do that again.” I took a few of her ashes to Superstition Mountain in AZ. The next day it stormed like crazy, lightning bolts spread across the sky. I decided to take a few of her ashes on a ride to Graceland in Memphis. I said out loud, "Mom, no storms this time, I'm on 2 wheels & rain isn't cool. Lightning is fine if you must, but no rain, ok?" Riding into Memphis at 8:30 pm, the sky was lit up with heat lightning and bolts, and it only rained a few tiny drops on my tank, then nothing else.
What was your worst riding experience?
Because of Midwest winters, the roads sometimes take a beating. I live out in corn country, so our roads aren't always the first priority when it comes to repair. Late last spring I was out for a ride, and came up to a young guy at a light on a rocket that I got a wild hair about flying past. I turned onto the highway, nailed the throttle, and as my bike hit that sweet spot around 85mph, where she changes identity and starts to fly, I notice that the shirt I was wearing was not "speed friendly." (You find these things out the hard way it seems.) JUST as I'm about to pass him, I had to let go with my left had to stop what could have been an incident
, but I was still wide open on the throttle. At that very moment, I hit a big buckle in the road, and the bike went semi-airborne and sideways. Scared the hell out of me, but more than that, it pissed me off because that guy on the rocket thinks he BEAT ME! I was shaking for the whole ride home. Since then I've had her up to 120mph, and only when wearing a jacket, but, for the most part, drag racing has greatly reduced the frequency of 'road antics' and I usually behave myself.
Other than riding motorcycles, what is your favorite hobby?
I was a TaeKwonDo student, reached 3rd Degree Black Belt in the ATA, and was an assistant instructor, but due to screws in both knees from ACL repairs, I chose to retire. I'm crazy about my 3 Rescued Siberian Huskies and like to rollerblade & scooter mush them. It's a suicide mission, I'm a masochist, I know this.
Anything else about yourself or your riding experience you'd like to share with our readers?
I chose to take the Riders Edge class on the fist Mothers Day after my Mom's passing to distract me. Little did I know that it would change my whole disposition. A little over 3 years, and 19,000 miles, I am a new woman. Last summer I dipped my toe into the drag racing pool. My very first real race was at the AMRA Fall Finals in Bowling Green, KY. Talk about baptism by fire! I actually won the first round, and broke out in the second. (As far as I'm concerned, giving the guy next to me a 2 second head start and still beating him at the finish line is a win to me, even IF I went 'too fast'!) This year I plan on hitting 4 AMRA events, 3 in Kentucky, and one in Michigan. The plan is to hook the bike up with nitrous *big cheesy grin* -- with the help of the guys at Valley Racing in Beecher, IL.
Can I mention that I'm looking for sponsors for AMRA races? 3 events in KY, 1 in GA, MS, and MI. [Contact Riderz Law if you're interesting in sponsoring Sharon!]
Oh yeah, and go to www.beltdrivebetty.com
and vote for me in the "Real Lady Riders" calendar contest, you can vote once every 24hours, voting ends on the 16th of March! And check out my friend Cindy at
. I won't put a helmet on without one.
Thanks Sharon! Give us a holler next time you ride out this way. We would love to meet up -- and see if any of us can keep up with you on that V-Rod! And thanks to everyone else who has sent in pictures so far. We’ve gotten submissions from a lot of cool people and great-looking bikes that we would like to share on our website in the future.
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