Monday, May 16, 2016

One Way to Convince Your Parents That Motorcycles Are Cool...

Here's how this story goes:

I brought my mom to her first AMA event at NJ Motorsports Park and sat her on the bleachers where a lot of crashes take place, Turn 5. I figured if she was going to approve of my "CRAZY," then she would have to be convinced that Motorcycles are not "death machines" nor are they for "organ donors" and that the gear really does help the racers get through and walk away from most crashes. At this point my mom has never even seen an up close and personal car accident, let a lone the flipping of a motorcycle 5+ times while the rider slides and tumbles across the asphalt and into the grass SAFELY.  

The races begin, my mom's all 
"OMG, the colors are so nice" and 
"Oh Joi, look at how far he's getting the bike over..." and 
"Are they holding these bikes up on their knees?"

It was so cool to watch her actually dig this sport. THEN IT HAPPENED, after 3 laps into the race, one of the Pro Racers crashed in Turn 5. The crowd simultaneously responds to the crash as a symphony 

My mom's one voice beat out the +70 fans as she screamed 

I looked around to see like half the stand of fans looking at her as if she was nuts like "of course" and my poor mom's heart was probably in her throat. I was watching the drama take place in my moms head while we all waited for the little racer guy to reappear from out the smoky dirt cloud made by the flipping bike that just bucked him off of it. When she was able to see the crashed racer walking and waving to the crowd, signaling that he was ok, everyone clapped and cheered and MAMA SJ turned around and gave me the dirtiest look... LOL.... It was as if I personally plucked the dude off of his race bike or something, all I did was find a seat in the stands to watch the AMA races. I mean, it was totally innocent. TOTALLY.

After a few more races and a few more crash angles she was ready to go. While on the stroll back to the car she asked,
 "Joi, is this what you said you wanted to do with those bikes you ride?" 

I just grinned... 

...And there you have it folks. 
Mamma SJ Desensitized... 

RACE ON YOU CRAZY KIDz #sidewayZon2s

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MOM's & Motorcycles in NC

We actually made the trip... From NY - NC, 11 hrs to the mountains and 10 hrs back to NYC (I drove straight in and out) Thanks for rolling with me ma. Yes, my mom came along and she was not expecting "THE BEST MOTHER's DAY GIFT" ever she says.

The Little Switzerland Inn, located in Spruce Pine, NC was the hosting site for Robin Dail's - MotoGirl Cafe's "MOUNTAIN MOXIE 2016" Event. Angela Sink's Team Motogirl GT (in which I am apart of)  was invited as special guests to this event along with a host of inspirational motorcycling mommas from across the states. An all women's motorcycle conference on Mother's Day Weekend, it was beautiful. 

Below are a couple of photos from the event. 


My FACEBOOK PAGE is available @SJ Harris-Threader Racing where I posted a little video of the venue and a few more photos there as well or just click the link here =>

Aside: My mom (not in the photos above) had the best time just relaxing on the deck overlooking the amazing BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. It was Mother's Day Weekend, I wasn't sure what to expect myself but I'm glad she enjoyed herself. Without my mom backing this crazy SidewayZ thing of mine I wouldn't/couldn't do it even though, I scare her half to death... It's hard not to Love what we do. HERE's TO THE PARENT's OF MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACERS 
"Oh the things we put them through." 

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Friday, May 6, 2016

What's This Blog Stuff

I'm back here learning how to blog and attach it to my webpage. I started a tumbler blog thingy... but it seems that no one really goes on tumbler so I'm attempting this. I hope it attaches just as easily. This is a test run post but i figured I'd make it worth checking out. 

I ask a few questions after my lil' paragraphs because I prefer to interact with folk who stop by so don't be shy and reply, leave a comment, go to my webpage at and let me know what you think. I only ask to please be respectful... Thanks in advance. Now lets go SidewayZ.

Hey there, my name is Joi (it's pronounced JOY). I also go by the nicknames of S.J., Snook and Snookie. I've been an athlete since I can remember and these nicknames have been around for just as long; except for "S.J." SJ are my initials and only those that really know me can basically figure it out. (Don't ask what it stands for), SJ is the newest alias, and she exists on 2 wheels. A ROAD RACER IN THE MAKING. 

* What's your name and what brought you by this particular blog?

Anxiety is setting in, because I have to drive to NC later on today (8-10 hr drive) for an appearance at MOTOGIRL CAFE's MOUNTAIN MOXIE (motorcycle) Event w/Motogirl GT this Saturday. It's Friday morning at 2:17am and I have been awake since 8am Thursday. No matter what time zone you reside in, that time is known as "SLEEPY AS HELL" you do the math. (LOL w/zzz's on my mind) 

*Do you find yourself up late? ...thinking too much?

It's Mother's Day Wknd. I'm thinking about dragging my non-motorcycling mom with me to the above event for her mother's day wknd. some daughter I am huh? By George she's going to get on a motorcycle and like it...dagggnabbit... one day. I may get her on the back of an ole guy's Gold Wing or something, you know the kind of bike with the full back seat and arm rests, it goes "beep-beep-beep" when it's going in reverse like a garbage truck or something? Yeah that one. ;) (wink-wink)

(maybe one day I'll hear that also)

You know something is lost forever when your mother can't find it.