Lifes Short! Get that Motorcycle Now!

Encouraging words to middle-age women to make your dreams a reality

By Edi Aragies, Atlanta, Georgia

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Ever since I was a young child I dreamed about riding and racing motorcycles, but it didn’t happen that way.As life would have it, I found a little Arab mare (or maybe she found me) that nobody could work with and we hit it off. So at 10 years of age I had my first horse.

Animals have always been a big part of who I am. I grew up on a farm in Africa where I could hear lions calling out in the night. Livestock and wildlife always surrounded me. Sometimes I brought injured creatures home to nurse them back to health. Other times I raised youngsters that had been abandoned.

My parents were always conservative and strict when it came to anything related to motorcycles.My brother, 5 years younger than me, was allowed to ride dirt bikes and race sportbikes.I was always left with the ultimatum, “If we catch you on a motorcycle your horses are gone!”So I chose my horses and hung onto my love and passion for motorcycles through the lens of my camera since I was a teenager.

But photographing motorcycles just wasnt enough anymore. I found my first bike, a 1996 Honda XR200R I named Moya, in 2009. I brought her home and sat and stared at her for five days. Then I got on her and taught myself how to ride! Once I figured out how to ride, it was an amazing feeling to come flying down the pastures!

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Edi is in her happy place with her 1996 Honda XR200R, which she learned to ride by practicing in the same pastures where she rode her horses.
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When Edi moved from Africa to the United States, she was finally able to pursue her motorcycle dreams. This photo of her “loving on her Honda dirtbike” illustrates her passion for the sport.

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Edi’s beloved second bike, a 2001 Suzuki RM125 two-stroke she named Solo.

Soon afterwards, a Suzuki RM125 found her way to my home, and don’t even get me started on two-strokes. I absolutely love them!Needless to say, I have never looked back.

My life really changed in early 2010 after I had to undergo surgery due to severe endometriosis.My career as an equestrian came to a halt.I will always miss working with horses but I do not regret the change. I had devoted most of my life to training horses, so it was time. I now have time to ride my own horses and the freedom to ride my motorcycles.

My boyfriend surprised me with my first streetbike in December 2010. I will never forget that Christmas morning when he gave me a little bell with a key and told me to go look in the garage.There she was, a gorgeous little 1996 Honda CB250 Nighthawk parallel twin!She was really loud because the previous owner cut the baffles out of the dual header pipes, but I loved her and had her for five years, putting more than 18,000 miles on her.She was the best first streetbike any person could want.

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Edi’s first street motorcycle, she named Nandi, is a 1996 Honda CB250—the same kind of bike many beginners learn on in Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourses.

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Edi learned how to ride the way many guys do—in the fields and woods on her Honda 200cc two-stroke (left), then moved on to a small displacement Honda streetbike (right).

Shortly before my little Honda Nighthawk found a new home in May 2014, I bought a 2002 Suzuki SV650. The SV is a naked standard streetbike with a similar upright riding posture like all my other bikes. The SV650 is a V-twin and just a fabulous machine with a lot of torque and power, but yet easy to ride and not nearly as aggressive as a sporty inline-four of similar size.

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Edi’s next streetbike was a 2002 Suzuki SV650 V-twin she named Duma, which means Cheetah in Swahili.

As a middle-aged woman I feel immense pride when I get on my motorcycles and ride.There is nothing more soothing to my soul or therapeutic to my spirit than this.

The racing and track days teach you so much more about riding and your motorcycles. You learn about the mechanical aspects of it, like how changing one little setting can make a huge difference to the performance of the motorcycle.You learn how to identify and control when your motorcycle moves a certain way under you. It’s an incredible feeling, and most certainly equips you for the road.

I hope that my love, passion, and joy for motorcycles will always be infectious.I also want to encourage other women my age through what I do to go get on that motorcycle and ride!You are never too old, and life is too precious and short not to do it.It is never too late to start and it has changed my life in so many ways.

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Edi’s 2001 Suzuki RM125, which she named Solo, is set up for racing on asphalt.

I never would have thought in my wildest dreams I would race a two-stroke, but I absolutely love it. No amount of words can describe just how absolutely passionate I am about motorcycles; the sound, the sheer power of an inline four screaming down the track, the thumping of a big twin as she roars down the road. I get all jittery and weak in the knees when I hear and race a two-stroke.

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Edi says motorcycles remind of her cheetahs with their beauty, acceleration, and power.

I now have the best of both worlds, combining my love and passion for my motorcycles and wildlife though the foundation called “I Ride for Cheetahs.” I started the foundation last year and use it to raise awareness for the fight of the cheetah and other endangered wildlife that face possible extinction.
Life is short, so why not fulfill that dream, get on that motorcycle and ride!

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11 thoughts on Lifes Short! Get that Motorcycle Now!

  1. At the age of 41 and after couple years of being a passenger I just bought my first motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster! I’m so happy and excited for my first ride!

  2. Thank you for this inspiring story! At 59, I just took the motorcycle safety class, got my license, and bought my first bike: a Suzuki GZ 250. I had wanted to do this 40 years ago, but life, and being a single parent, got in the way. I went to Sturgis for the first time last summer, on the back of someone else’s bike, and now, I am looking forward to progressing to a bike that I’ll be able to ride there next year! I am having so much fun and am SO SORRY I waited so long! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

  3. I’ve always wanted a motorcycle and finally, at 44 years old, I got a Honda Rebel 250. My kids are in college and high school and cannot believe that their mom is riding a motorcycle! The MSF course is wonderful and I feel so much more confident after taking it. I’m burning up the roads now, on my own motorcycle!

  4. Great story and very inspirational. I just bought my first bike today, four years after completing my MSF course and saving money, loaning out money, and saving money again. I pulled the trigger today because I am tired of sitting on the sidelines. Life is short, and I fully intend to embrace all of my passions that God will allow. I am beyond excited, nervous, and also proud of myself for taking the leap at 45 years old. Thank you WRN for keeping me inspired, and thank you all for helping me to realize that I can do anything I set my mind to!

  5. I thought of owning a motorcycle for many years. But back then good girls didn’t ride motorcycles. So I got married, had children, divorced, remarried, and went on with life. Shortly after our son’s 25th birthday he passed away in his sleep. He was perfectly healthy and then gone from a brain aneurysm. The following year, determined to live life for ourselves and our other children and grandchildren, we took a much anticipated trip to Amsterdam. While we were there, there was a motorcycle dealer convention at our hotel. Every morning they would unload a tractor trailer of bikes right outside the breakfast area. We started talking and decided now was the time to learn to ride.We came home and I immediately scheduled classes and bought a bike as did my husband. Our nine grandchildren love to hear us coming down the road and all line up on the steps to watch us leave.All my life I heard how dangerous a motorcycle is. Well if a healthy 25-year-old can pass away in his sleep, there is nothing absolutely safe. So buy the motorcycle, take a chance, I will not go until it’s my time. Until then I’ll be the one living life to the fullest.

    1. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story with us Penny. So sorry for your loss, but seems that jumpstarted some amazing things in your life. All the best to you.

  6. It’s so inspiring to hear of someone like me — older than the average beginner cyclist — just starting to get involved in this. Just got my license at 54 and now trying to figure out what kind of bike to get. When I feel like I’m too old for this, I read stories like yours and figure “why the hell not?” Thanks for encouraging others to take the leap!

  7. Absolutely never too late! I rode for five years in my 20s, took a 40-year break, and then got my second bike at age 65 two years ago. It pains me to think how many years of ecstasy I missed, but getting back into it—I don’t know, I just shake my head with wonder about how lucky I am to be riding again. Go for it! Now!

  8. I have been riding for many years, first on dirt bikes. My life changed four years ago and decided to buy my new bike, a 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. What a wonderful ride. Just turned 30,000 kms on her and still have more to go next summer. Snow can put a damper on things. I encourage all women to follow their dreams. You will never regret it.

  9. Great article, Edi! It’s good for me to see and witness the sport I love through another enthusist’s eyes. I hope we all feel weak in the kness hearing a bike.

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