“Me and my friends kind of have a joke about our bikes: We ride it. It does what we want. No complaints.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Jade
- Vehicle in Question: 2004 Yamaha RI Sport Bike
- Spotted at: Lake Quannapowitt, 450 North Avenue, Wakefield MA 01880
- Odometer: 84,475
- Nickname: My boyfriend
Q: That’s one pink bike. What are you doing at Wakefield Lake?
A: The Wakefield Lake is where I meet up with the majority of people I ride with to go for a bike ride. When I first got my license, I use to ride with this kid. We would do laps around the lake.
Q: Can you tell me a little about the bike?
A: It’s a 2004 Yamaha R1, which is a 1,000cc bike. I got it last April and I haven’t really done much customization except for the customized heart-shaped exhaust. I also put halos in the headlights and painted it. Other than that, it is pretty much stock.
Q: Can you tell me about the initials on the back of your bike?
A: They’re my friend Jimmy’s initials. I’m originally from Chelsea and Winthrop. I met Jimmy when I I moved up to Tewksbury. He ended up being one of my really, really, good friends. He was in a motorcycle accident last July and died in September.
Q: How do your parents feel about you riding a motorcycle?
A: My dad rides and I ride with him all the time. He yells at me all the time. He says if I ever get into a motorcycle accident, he is going to kill me. If I’m dead, he’ll make sure I’m dead.
Q: What made you paint the bike pink?
A: Pink and black are my favorite colors. This bike was actually going to be black with pink flakes. Then I got really excited and said, ya know what, just paint it pink. Why not? They also powder coated the pegs and brackets, and painted on pink pinstripes on the wheels.
Q: Did you do the pink lights before or after the paint job?
A: I had the pink lights on the side done when I put my HIDs–super bright bulbs–in. Then the pink halos were put in over the winter. My speedometer used to be blue and now that is pink too.
Q: Do you ever get slack for being a girl who rides?
A: Not really, most guys think it’s cool that I ride. One time I was riding with some of my guy friends. We got on the highway and they started going slow because they thought I would go slow. Then I started going by them and they were like, ok, she can ride!
Photos and interview by Melissa Ostrow
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