I’m so excited to share my second session in my personal project series, Mothers who Ride. Meet Dlayne, she is the mother of two beautiful daughters, wife to a Police officer, has the best laugh in the world, and she also rides a motorcycle. I was invited into the Swensen’s home to spend the morning as Eva and Reina gathered eggs and made breakfast. Then I tagged along with Dlayne and her husband Clayton as they rode up the canyon on their bikes. I love that they ride together.
Here is a quote from Dlayne about how she started riding:
“I started riding because we thought it would be a good way to cut down on the cost of filling up our SUV once a week during the summer when I didn’t need to take my girls to school. We initially looked at getting me a scooter, but when I realized that the endorsement and riders class was the same for scooters as motorcycles, it didn’t take long to shift my train of thought! Within a few short weeks, we had gone from talking, to taking the beginning riders class, to owning my baby CBR250. I took a spill within the first two weeks on my way to work and I thought for sure I would be too scared to keep riding, but I surprised even myself getting back on my bike! I realized that I really loved riding, and that I was going to overcome my fear of crashing in order to keep doing it.
I love the feeling of power and control that you get from a motorcycle. I’ve never experienced another feeling like it. I can put in my headphones, and it’s just me, the wind and the road. You have to focus more on a motorcycle, and it’s almost therapeutic to clear your mind in such a focused way. I love feeling the change in the air as I ride the hills and valleys on my way to work. I love the smells in the air as I ride through the city. There just isn’t the same experience of connecting with your environment when you’re in a car. I’m positive I’ll ride until I’m old and grey! Oh! And how could I forget.. The ‘motorcycle wave’ makes me downright giddy. Every. Single. Time. I just love it. ”
know any other bad-ass mothers who ride motorcycles? you know what to do… firstname.lastname@example.org