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A supercharged day with the vibrant variety host and ALO's motor editor Lonnie Trujillo.

Kerri’s Take on Motorcycles

We (ALO and I) have kept in touch since my cover shoot a couple of years ago. I had ALO’s editorial team on my old KLSX radio show in L.A., and they invited me to be a judge at a multicultural pageant (Miss Asia USA 2007). That’s how it all started.

But then came the email. Checking my computer on that warm day got my gears turning and sparked excitement through my entire body. Motorcycles!

The editors were asking me about the new Ducati Sport 1000, and the key question was would I review it? Hot, hot, hot, and I wasn’t describing the brutal San Fernando heat wave the Valley was having that day or mocking Paris Hilton, I was talking about a sport bike. As quick as my fingers would dial the phone, I let them know this was something not only hot but something I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to create a permanent review and lifestyle column. It seems to be a perfect fit for me and the Community.

My love for motorcycles started at a very young age, around three or four to be exact. My uncle had an old Norton, which I would ask to sit on and then pretend to ride. A few years later, my brother got a scooter that my sister and I learned on (and crashed on). Needless to say my father was not very happy about this and still isn’t to this day—which I wholly and completely understand, but I love to ride anyway. Eventually we graduated to Honda 50s, little kid dirt bikes and then I ended up with my own Yamaha TT-R125L years later.

Which leads me to where I am now.

 

Who’s Kerri?

Kerri Kasem currently hosts "The Rub" on Si TV. She's also the host of three radio shows including "Racing Rocks" (syndicated on over 120 stations) and , "The Solomon Free Money Hour" on 97.1 KLSX in Los Angeles, and "Pet Talk" with Harrison Forbes also in the L.A. market.

I have owned a few street bikes, with my first being a custom pearl white Suzuki GSXR 750 (a sport bike). And read this everyone: It’s not a beginner’s bike! Sport bikes were, and still are, my passion. But I was scared to death of it; in fact, it sat in my garage for months before I got the courage up to ride it, and when I did, I slowly took it around quiet neighborhoods and practiced the basics.

The bike was a souped-up racing machine that I had no business on, so I sold it and got myself a more sensible beginner’s bike, a Harley Davidson Sportster. I had a string of bikes from a BMC ridged Bobber to a Harley Dyna Low Rider, all the way up to what I am currently riding now: a gorgeous black 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600, which I can now handle.

So what does all this rambling mean? Riding bikes has been empowering for me. I have done a handful of motorcycle TV shows, and I even tried my hand at building a bike on “Build or Bust.” I can’t tell you the mail I have received from women (and a few men) who tell me how inspiring it was to watch me ride and now they have signed-up for a motorcycle riding class or bought a bike. Doing something you never thought you would or could has an effect on you. It leaves you with a new taste for life. One of my favorite quotes from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is “Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body too.” And that is exactly the mental attitude you need when first learning to ride.

Kerri’s Take on Motorcycles (part 2)

 

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