By Tayla Adams
What’s up everyone. This month, I sat down and had an in depth conversation with new motorcyclist Travis Frazee. Please read below to find out what’s it’s like to be a new rider in the greater Los Angeles area.
T: When did you first get your motorcycle?
TF: So, I got this motorcycle a couple months ago. My dad found it on Craigslist. Someone had crashed it in the past and they just wanted to get rid of it so they could get something new. It really only had the little bump in the tank on the left side, other than that it’s pretty much good to to go. He got it up in Burlingame in the San Francisco area, loaded it up on his truck and brought it down.
Before that, I had a 50cc scooter. I don’t know what company it was, just some random brand.
T: Where did you find it?
TF: The year before I looked on Craigslist and I found this guy selling the scooter, and I needed it because I was always riding my bicycle before that. I had a couple hip surgeries when I was in the Army, so riding the bike got to be a little much. I’m a comedian so I want to get around LA, I can’t ride a bicycle everywhere. The scooter really changed the game for me initially. The first six months it rode pretty good. I took it on some trips such as up and over Sepulveda, not on the freeway obviously because it’s too slow, but I pushed it pretty hard.
Then one day the belt snapped, and that was the beginning of every belt I ever bought snapping after that. Which usually cost me a hundred bucks because someone has to come pick it up and take it to their shop. I buy the part, and maybe we’re looking at like $120. It happened to me three more times after that, so it was time to get rid of that thing and get a motorcycle.
T: So, you always knew you were going to upgrade to a bike when you had the scooter?
TF: I didn’t actually. I would’ve ridden that thing forever. I was always hesitant because when I was in third grade, my dad got in a really bad motorcycle accident on his Harley on the 101 in San Francisco. He hit the car in front of him, laid the bike down, slid probably sixty yards, had a compound tib-fib fracture on his right lower leg. The peg took out part of his leg which if he hadn’t had his leathers and his boots on he’d be an amputee for sure.
I always liked it because I grew up on the back of a Harley. I went everywhere with him, but it always turned me off after that. But I love it. I love it.
Thanks so much for reading the first installment of this sit down with Travis Frazee. Remember to come back for the next part of this interview.
Stay safe in these streets!