A few years ago, my partner and I decided to buy a cruiser so we could enjoy riding together. Sure, it was fun, but riding “bitch” didn’t last long. First time out, I tried out my partner’s beloved ’87 Ninja in a high school parking lot and promptly dumped it braking in a turn. So we picked up a little “73 Kawasaki 125 enduro; a “throw-down” bike that I could play around with whenever we went camping. Before you know it, I was ready to take my rider’s ed class and hit the street. I started out on a Suzuki TU 250x and enjoyed honing my skills on it for a couple of years. It soon became clear that I needed more power for longer climbs in these lovely Utah mountains. Last September, I graduated to my “big girl bike,” a BMW F700GS. My “Ruby” is a delightful ride and I take her out every chance I get. I’m completely hooked. There’s nothing I love more than spending a Sunday hitting our fantastic Wasatch “twisties.” I’ve even learned to tinker around a little with some light motorcycle maintenance. Oh, and I still play around in the dirt on my little KLX 140, the new camping bike.