A MOTORCYCLE STORY
We asked our new friend, Farah, how she got into riding motorcycles and little bit about her riding story. Farah purchased her first motorcycle from us, a 2019 Iron XL883™. Originally from the Netherlands, Farah moved here to be an Au Pair, a child care provider through an international cultural exchange program here in the United States.
Just turned 25 on the 9th of May
From Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
In the States since February 17, 2020
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN MOTORCYCLES?
"I believe it all started when I was dating my first boyfriend when I was 15-16 years old. That time in the Netherlands you could legally smoke from the age of 16 and we would smoke inside his garage where his dad had this huge and heavy Harley-Davidson® stored. I can’t remember what model it was...but whenever I went for a smoke, I just sat there staring at that thing, fantasizing how cool it would be me driving that bike on the open road.
A few years later my dad, Foppe, now 64 and still riding, came home one day with a bike. I didn’t even know he had a motorcycle license, so that was a nice surprise. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to hop on the back.
“We shopped for new helmets together and went out for a ride a couple of times. I thought it was the coolest. Thing. Ever.
From that point the idea [of owning one] grew stronger and stronger.”
WHEN DID YOU START RIDING?
"So two years ago when I was thinking about 'what to do next in my life?'
I found an opportunity to work as an Au Pair in the United States...
I thought 'this is it!' it all just clicked. And I already saved some money which was enough for a license.
I mean...going to the States for a nice job, buying a bike and drive cross-country, ride Route 66? That is the ultimate dream! And now I am finally starting to live it. At first, I was scared to tell my Dad that I wanted to start taking lessons and that I wanted to drive through America...but he supported me right from the start without any doubt! He is the coolest and best parent ever.
It’s only been almost a year since I got my license. But every time the weather was great and I had some spare time left, I would go for a ride. I already got thousands of miles on my watch."
My host Dad from Au Pair and I went shopping motorcycles together, he actually pointed out this bike to me and I fell in love with it. He supported me a lot in finding a bike and to figure out how to get it, which is super amazing. Now there is an Iron 883™ standing in the garage, my host dad wants to buy a motorcycle for himself too! He’s the best and I am really, really happy I can be part of his family. And, I consider them my family, now, too."
YOU MADE A BIG MOVE TO THE STATES AND DECIDED TO KNOCK OUT SOME AMAZING DREAMS! WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT RIDING?
"For me it feels like total freedom.
Every time I get on the bike I just feel so much joy and excitement. Just seeing my bike sitting in the garage puts a smile on my face! The control, the speed, the view...it’s my happy place. It’s the only way to clear my mind, for real."
HAVE YOU TRAVELED CROSS-COUNTRY OR GONE ON ANY MEMORABLE TRIPS?
"I remember first time riding solo after getting my license I was out for hours! I think I was gone for about 4 hours just riding through my province. When I got back, my cheeks were hurting from smiling the whole time.
Back home the furthest I’ve driven is from Leeuwarden to Rotterdam (around 2h drive) for a birthday party and I was following my friend who was driving by car and she was the one that had the navigation running. While we were heading over there I read some exit signs and was pretty sure we needed to take that one. Next thing I know she called me (I have a Sena communication system) and told me she missed the exit - while missing the second exit we needed to take! I thought that was really funny.
In the end: we missed a handful of exits, took some wrong turns and almost witnessed a car crash happening. So we arrived later than we initially wanted to at the party."
DO YOU SHARE YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE WITH ANYONE? FRIENDS OR FAMILY?
"I talk about it a-lot, haha. And I love taking people with me for a spin. Especially when they’ve never sat on a bike before! Some even scream from excitement.
The moment they take off their helmets and start talking how they experienced it... that always makes my day.
Whenever I go out for a ride I’ll always post a video or picture on my Facebook and Instagram (@elevenseasons) for my friends and family to see. I get a lot of comments that people really like seeing my updates. Also because for us Duchies, America is a different planet, haha!"
WHAT’S A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM YOUR RIDING EXPERIENCE?
"Oh, yes...so the first time my best friend Tanja ever sat on a bike was on the back of mine - and she loved it! Every chance to go out for a spin together we took it.
One quite sunny day we took my bike to drop her off at her mom’s place, which is a 30 minute drive away. When we just entered the highway, out of nowhere, it started to rain. And not just rain... it was POURING. And, of course, she wasn’t really wearing any kind of rain resisting clothing. Even through the seams of my leather jacket it started to leak water. I imagined her being pretty drained, cold and probably really pissed. Or maybe even scared... Because it was her first time driving through any kind of rain on a bike and the road looked so, so slippery... I felt so bad for her and hoped she wasn’t panicking or anything.
When we finally arrived at her mom’s place and she was mounting off I was already starting to apologize, but she cut me off screaming 'THAT. WAS. AWESOOOOOOME!!!'”
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS GREAT SPORT?
"Freedom, dare to dream, and live a little."
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