About Me

meonbik

Photo Credit: Mandy B.

Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog!

Like many people I have loved motorcycles for most of my life, but owning a bike just wasn’t in the cards for me until I was in my late 20’s. In the years since then, motorcycles have become a HUGE part of who I am (my living room is full of motorcycle gear, the bathroom is full of motorcycle magazines, and I have fairings stored in my spare bedroom), so I wanted to create a place where I could share stories, photos and tips for other riders, particularly riders in Newfoundland – where we make every effort to make the most of our incredibly short riding season.

I do NOT consider myself an expert on any aspect of motorcycling, and I don’t want people to read my blog and think “she’s been on a bike for six summers and she thinks she knows it all”. I don’t know it all and don’t pretend to. But I DO strive to constantly educate myself on all things relating to motorcycling, and to work on my riding skills every time I’m on two wheels. Also, I’d like to let it be known that I’m not particularly well-educated in the written word. I make my living dealing with numbers, so writing is a welcome departure from work and a means to express some creativity. There will be the odd spelling or grammatical error, so please excuse that.

I shun suburbia, living on the edge of downtown St. John’s and escaping to the trails when the city gets on my nerves. I share my life with my partner Mark, who is an even bigger motorcycle nut than I am. He’s been riding since…well…let’s just say a long time, and has forgot more knowledge about bikes than I’ll ever possess. He’s a great resource for this blog.

I ride a 1997 Yamaha YZF600R (Thundercat) streetfighter, a 2010 Yamaha TW 200 and a 2009 Suzuki Vstrom 650. Mark rides a 2001 Yamaha FZ1 streetfighter, a 2009 Kawasaki Versys 650 and a 2006 Kawasaki KLX 250 dual purpose. On evenings and weekends from April to November we can usually be found on the various roads or trails of the Avalon and beyond. Aside from riding, my other interests are long distance running, reading, and brewing beer and wine.

Keep the rubber side down!

Krista

  1. Great start on a blog,keep up the great writing!

  2. Thanks so much Brad! Check back each week or so, looks like it’s going to be a great summer so lots to write about! 🙂

  3. Anxiously awaiting your next installment Krista!

  4. Observations of a Perpetual Motorcyclist

    Looks like you live in a stunning part of the world for riding, and writing.

  5. Hi, Krista. Nice blog! My wife and I have been in St.John’s for a year now and we don’t want to miss out on another summer of riding, so we have just bought a bike here. It would be nice to meet up with someone local to show us the good places to ride if you’re interested? Rgds, Stuart

  6. nice blog, thanks for following me on Twitter. Not many ultrarunning, motorcycle nuts out there. LOL

  7. Hi Krista, I am new to riding, having just bought a brand-spanking-new 2014 Honda CB500FA, and I have some questions for you, but I can’t find a working link to your email address anywhere on your blog, so I’m hoping you will see this message and write back to me via my included email address.

    Thanks,
    Glen

  8. Hi Krista, Thank you for finding my blog which led me to yours. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who is good with numbers but struggle with writing. Which to leads us to write anyway so others can read about our story and the joy of motorcycling.

    I’m so looking forward to making a pit stop in Newfoundland on my journey and hopefully to connect with you.

    Ginamarie

  9. Hi Krista, thanks for following curvyroads, and I am looking forward to following your adventures! Will we see a Voices video soon too? 😉

    We have ridden up in Nova Scotia, but never made it as far as Newfoundland. Now that we are retiring, I hope we can make it up there and will reach out for advice and to see if we can meet you, when that happens! Stay warm until spring! Lynne

    • Hi Lynne, thanks so much for subscribing! I do plan to make a short video in the very near future, not sure how it’s gonna turn out though! Be sure to look me up when you make it to the Rock, I don’t think you will be disappointed in this place 🙂 Take care!

  10. Hi, I don’t ride, but my Son does, I do however live in Harbour Mille, curious as to what brought you to our community? was it a random visit or do you know anyone here

    • Hi Bonnie, thanks for reading. We don’t know anyone in Harbour Mille. The reason we decided to ride there was because Route 212 was mentioned on the website BestBikingRoads.com.

  11. Nice blog, I live in Lancaster PA and just started planning a ride that will take me from Amish country up into the Adirondacks in NY then cut over to the coast of maine and follow it up to nova Scotia,then to newfoundland from there I plan to go across Canada over to Alaska, then fly my bike home or possibly sell it in Alaska, this trip will take up to two months. Your blog has been informative. It gives me good insight on where I want to ride in newfoundland. I am planning on buying a Ural 750 gear up with a side car. It can handle off road trails as well as paved roads. This won’t be for another couple of years, but part of such a long solo ride is good planning, so I am taking my time with it.

    • Sounds like an amazing adventure Bill! I completely agree with you about planning, it takes a while to do enough research that you don’t miss out on seeing something really interesting while travelling through an area. If you have any questions about Newfoundland, don’t hesitate to contact me!

  12. Hi Krista
    my wife & I are planning on a trip to Newfoundland this summer and I was searching for recommendations for our trip. We live in Manchester NH and have been to Nova Scotia/ Brunswick/PEI/ Quebec multiple times but this will be our first trip to Newfoundland.
    We have a Valkyrie Interstate with 96 K on it and will probably get a trike but not sure what we will be taking to Newfoundland.
    What places would you recommend seeing in Newfoundland? What ferries would you recommend? Any recommendations for places to stay near the ferries?

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