“I’d like to think riding was in my blood even before I bought my first bike. My journey in riding is a bit of a family affair….
In the 1950s, my grandpa rode a Triumph Thunderbird back in Jamaica. Growing up, my best friend’s dad rode, and I was hooked when he let me ride on the back around a parking lot when I was 12. My mom rode dirt bikes when she was younger and I grew up hearing stories of her and her sisters taking trips to Death Valley to ride.
When I was finally ready to get my own bike, my aunt (who owns 2 Harleys) gave me a lot of guidance and help. Now, I’ve been riding for 3.5 years and I’ve even successfully convinced my three brothers to buy bikes as well. We ride together whenever I visit my hometown of Nashville, TN.
In motorcycles, I’ve found so much more than just a new hobby. Not only have I gained new skills and bonded in new ways with my family, but I gained a wild, weird, and supportive new family in the #DCmotoscene and in the wider motorcycle community.”
Sharrae Rae from Washington, DC rides a 1985 Honda Nighthawk 450 & a 2015 Yamaha XV950 Bolt.