Sunday, July 30, 2017

Why Dainese?

Dainese Racing Lady P. Estiva (front)
The Dainese Racing P. Estiva is a moderately-featured perforated one-piece suit with elastic inserts and decisive cut lines targeted primarily to men and women track day riders. Though moderate in design and features, this suit has managed to attract the attention of many motorcycle racers as well. The Dainese brand offers a less expensive option in protective race gear. 

Dainese Racing Lady P. Estiva (front)
For me, the Dainese Racing Lady P. Estiva's styling, breathable internal lining and durabilty are what sold me on the brand from the beginning. On top of the small motivator of seeing all of my favorite Moto GP racers wearing the brand initially. This suit can be found in both men's and women's cuts, unfortunately, the women's sizing ran a bit small in some areas and too large in others for me. It's difficult to size a one-piece suit for women for obvious reasons of course. Therefore, when looking to purchase a one-piece suit, be prepared for possible sizing issues. It seems that this male dominated sport/hobby that we love so much, has yet to catch up with the fact that more women/girls are entering the disciplines of road racing, super-moto, enduro racing or simply street and track riding. Until this message reaches the mass motorcycle suit manufacturers, I would recommend ordering 1 or 2 sizes larger for good measure - especially if you're purchasing online.
Super-moto sliding I thought I'd
test run the Estiva Suit (2016)
It's easier to take these suits in as opposed to adding elastic/fabric to let the suit out. If in fact you choose the latter, I would strongly urge you to send your suit to a knowledgeable motorcycle suit specialist who has experience in this area.

Knowing what it feels like to hit the ground at speeds of 60 - 90+ I would not want my perforated race suit nor street jacket compromised by someone's lack of experience in stitching and working with race grade materials.

Constructed of race grade Cowhide leather, brand specific S1 stretch fabric for elastic inserts and CE rated Pro Shape protectors, the Racing P. Estiva suit offered many of the same great features found on their more expensive suits.

After racing and riding in several brands, I noticed Dainese was the first to incorporate elastic inserts. These are the thick layers of breathable elastic found in the areas where the rider/racer requires the most flexibility in movement. Elastic inserts can be found around the collar, under the arms and in the groin areas. In some brands, the leather is sewn leather-to-leather, causing the rider to exert more energy than needed to simply get comfortable while riding. The Dainese elastic inserts help to provide a more natural feel and decreases the time it takes to break into the riding gear. It only took a few sessions of practice for me to get comfortable in this suit and has lasted me 3 successful seasons of racing.

Most race suits and riding gear comes equipped with impact protectors found in the shoulders, elbow, and knees. Dainese's pro-shape protectors are cushioned to absorb the impact in these areas including the hips, all are placed perfectly for ease in movement. In newer suit models they've even incorporated the external aluminium shoulder protector as well. Dainese understands that riders need to focus only on the ride, not spending time readjusting their riding gear for a comfortable fit.

The "P." in the name Racing P. Estiva stands for PERFORATED which is normally worn during warmer temperatures. All riding suits come with liners, this suit liner is also perforated and built in with a nano feel for the purpose of ease in slipping the one-piece suit on in temperatures of 90+ degrees. In short, the rider doesn't even know it's there but provides an extra layer of comfort as the suit begins to take on the shapes and bends of the rider wearing it. Dainese does makes a non-perforated versions of the Estiva Race suit and other types of riding suits and jackets. Contact any D-Store in your area for more information


Undoubtedly, motorcycle riding gear exists because things happen. While developing race skill and pushing limits I've become familiar with things happening in particularly, on the ground.
1st Place-AM Moto3 winner
(Summit point, WV - 2017)
From experiencing hot and wet asphalt, uneven pavement, rumple strips, grass to gravel pits, my Racing P. Estiva suit has been through it all. Walking away from each event, this suit has  assisted in helping me reach the podium several times over. I've been thankful to have the Dainese brand on my back and bottom for protection. 

Dainese prides themselves on being the leader in developing innovative, protective gear specifically targeted around the athlete. It would only make since that average road warrior and street riders would experience the same level of protection in Dainese's riding jackets, boots and gloves. My vote is in go to for the experience.

    Sunday, July 9, 2017

    BIG GLOVE, Little Glove


    Sometimes people need to prove some things to themselves. This past race wknds. participation was for ME. I needed to prove to MYSELF that I didn't lose my heart for the sport.

    I did as promised and behaved myself by staying in the back and not pushing anything which was really hard to do. All in all I had a great time on track w/my race buddies, all of the women racers looked amazing out there #girlpower.

    Sending a great big THANKS to our Race Circuit - ASRA/CCS racing Championship Cup Series Racing for always putting on the best race events for us.

    My clutch-wrist held up well w/the extra large glove for the brace to fit in (in pic) Huge thanks to Justin at Trackside Parts Club for the help. I'm glad I went out there.


    Turn 5 at Thunderbolt - I was just taking it easy as promised.

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    FAQ's (continuously adding info here)

    1 - HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? - I was kidnapped by a few girlfriends and taken to Myrtle Beach - Bike Week.
    My 1st ride ever on the back of a friends, friend's bike who only rode 55 mph and who couldn't see in the dark (poor thing) - In my defense I didn't know the child was blind. I drove faster than 55mph in a car on a regular basis, I knew that wasn't going to suffice. Thankfully we went to "the strip" where (there were so many bikes for show) we could only go about 12 mph. Plus it started to get dark and well I didn't wanna die at 55 mph with a blind guy (I found out the guy couldn't see well while on the strip). It was then that I sought a faster, safer, rider with much better eyesight and the ability to teach me how to maneuver NYC traffic safely. During the same summer I found a teacher. He was at least a 20 yr. street rider who had never been on track. By 2009 I was Class M licensed and ready to fly. My sense of speed was beyond beginner street rider and the bike I started on was above my skill level (which a lot of street riders hop on and find out that fact a little bit too late). Luckily, I was aware enough to know that I wanted to go faster but it wasn't going to be safe in the streets. 
    I sought out a Track Day Organization to gain more skill on the street. From then on I've been riding and racing on track and that my friend, is how it all started for me. Currently, I am fully supported by Absolute Cycle Experience Track Day Organization

    2 - WHO TOLD YOU WHERE TO LOOK? - Google (duhhhhhh). Look up "motorcycle track day near your zip code" I didn't know the 1st thing about what I needed to get started on the track. So I actually searched for Women Track Riders. The initial search brought up only 2 women M. Paris and E. Meyers. I read their start stories and the most relevant one was Melissa Paris'. I saw all of the gear she wore, and the way she looked on the bike in those turns. Yep that's what I wanted to do. I did a little more research because I still hadn't found a way to get on track. Well I typed in the above quote and ran across a Track day Org. that frequented the closest track to NYC. Know that any track day organizations website should tell you what you need to bring for your 1st day on track. I had all of this street gear but only the helmet was acceptable for a track day. Pay attention to every thing you need or you might not be able to get on track. Some organizations rent gear but your size and sit may not be guaranteed (esp. if you're a woman)

    3 - HOW MUCH DID YOUR GEAR COST? - A lot. It's truly rider preference but I certainly recommend not skimping on your safety. My gear costs what I thought my body parts were worth. Basically, it was an investment. I still have my 2-piece Spidi Race suit (in the photo) till this day and it still fits. The boots lasted until I started racing and the gloves well... I wore those out quickly. The helmets are good for 5 years or a good drop on the floor. INVEST whether you want to just hit the track one time or become a track junkie or a racer, INVEST IN YOUR BODY. Thank goodness for Nexx North America Helmets, sponsors since 2013 check them out here 

    4 - DO YOU HAVE HELP IN THE PITS? -  Yes, Always. It's not like I always have a pit crew of my very own, that I can pay to be there but there has been one person that has assisted me from the beginning. Remember the blind guy who rode 55 mph? Yeah NOT HIM  (LOL) but the one who truly taught me how to ride has definitely jumped through plenty of hoops to assist where he could to be there especially since I've gotten faster. Personally, I think he digs seeing me whoop some of these guys butts. Also, I had to basically hog tie a gentleman that I call "Mr. Bishop" to assist me for the last 2 years. A former racer himself, he tells me what I need to hear and makes me think about the important things. I have a mini Pit Crew who does come through for me regularly along with my knuckle head Track Family and fellow racers, who look out for me if I need anything. WE ALL HELP ONE ANOTHER OUT NO MATTER WHAT. We know what we need. Racers are racers. I have a few "secret weapons" that i can reach out too at the drop of a hat who will surely have me covered. Overall, all racers are there to help all racers its just how we take care of each other.


    I used to think that also when I first started.If you're over 21 and have a full-time job or jobs and your parents never rode anything other than a bicycle than guess what? You're paying for everything on your own. Oh, SPONSORS? My sponsors are: Nexx North America Helmets, Absolute Cycle Experience and Porsche Taylor (owner operator of Black Girls Ride Magazine) These businesses p
    rovide FREE product and services to me at all times.
    Those providing racer support are: Vortex Racing, Moto-D Racing, and Armour Bodies Race Plastics. These companies provide discounts for their product, which means I still pay for their products just not full price. Financially, THREADER24 RACING is primarily funded by myself, and by my pit help if I can't cover something like my race entry fees. WINNING or reaching the podium pays them back 10 fold they said.  

    6 -  ARE YOU REALLY THE FIRST LICENSED BLACK WOMAN IN U.S. HISTORY TO ROAD RACE in an AMA SANCTIONED EVENT?  YES! I Joi "SJ" Harris received my race license in May of 2013. I began racing in 2014 with the American Sportbike Racing Association/Championship Cup Series a.k.a. ASRA/CCS who is Sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA). Feel free to Google that fact also. I researched this fact in 2012, I would be the 1st of my kind in the U.S.A. (I've always posed, if anyone would like to dispute that I am not the first African American Woman in U.S. history to achieve licensing as a motorcycle road-racer to please present proof, I will gladly relinquish the crown and honor her as she so well deserves). 

    7 - DID YOU HAVE TO GO TO A RACE SCHOOL? Yes. Every racer has to attend a race school to receive a race license for their respective race circuit. These schools are usually offered the Friday of the ASRA/CCS race weekends. Absolute Cycle Experience offers Race Schools throughout the schedule of their track day events. Race Schools are not based on speed and technique, they are based on making sure that every First Time Racer is capable of executing a race track safely and knows the signals and flags that come along with racing. JUST REMEMBER: DON'T CRASH IN THE MOCK RACE. you won't get your license. (That's what I did) I went straight when I should have turned (whoops).

    8 - AREN'T YOU SCARED TO CRASH? Not quite scared, but it crosses my mind at times, but a racer can't let it stop us. Weren't we all scared of crossing the street before we understood what made us scared? It wasn't us actually walking across the street, we were more afraid of the possibility of getting hit by a moving vehicle. Once we became confident in our ability to look both ways before crossing a road the fear diminished. THAT'S have to analyze WHY YOU ARE AFRAID, then the fear is lessened.
    Track riding and racing, teaches us to analyze why we crash so that we do NOT make the same mistake again, and basically learn from it.
    We become confident in in our riding  abilities and grow. When trained properly, which I wasn't, many racers learn on dirt bikes or mini bikes because they are much more forgiving during a crash than a sport bike, and not to mention much less expensive to repair. In short when it comes to crashing, I've learned to accept that I am not the greatest rider that exists and that there is always something to learn when on track and pushing limits. Sometimes I'm going to eat it if I'm impatient. Everything takes time. Face your fears you never know what you can missing out on.

    9 - HOW DO YOU GET BACK OUT THERE AFTER A CRASH? - Me? I get back out there and go just as hard as before like nothing ever happened.
    In the last question, I mentioned how important it is for a track rider/racer to analyze why they crashed. Since I began racing I've learned the importance of this more an more. If I don't know why I crashed than I am bound to do it again and be hesitant and tentative every time I go back out. For example, if I low-side crash, the first thing I'm thinking about is what type of low-side was it. was it a front tuck or rear slide out? In which I've done plenty of one and recently experienced the other for the first time. Once I figured that out, Then I'm analyzing what I did to cause this crash. After, I get up from the crash and learn that my body is ok, more things become clear. I can say "oh, I chopped the gas", or "I grabbed the brake instead of applied it smoother", or "did I check all of my tire pressures before I went out?" "Could it have been cold tires or did I lose focus" etc. It can be anything at any given time because conditions are always changing while riding and racing on the track. In my opinion, the faster we're able to understand what we did to cause the crash, the quicker we are able to overcome it and seek to do better next time. No one ever gets out there to go sliding on the ground deliberately. JUST GO BACK OUT THERE AND GO FOR IT AGAIN THE RIGHT WAY. Don't dwell on things because crap happens. (Read my other blog post gives a bit of insight into my brain after crashing "Big Glove, little glove")

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Summit Point Cycle Fest: May 27 - 29

    An amazing roller coaster ride of a RACE WEEKEND from the rainy-sunny down pours, to the ๐Ÿšฉred-flags and WINS ๐Ÿ† RACE DAY#1 - 4 races scheduled for me. I hit the grid... AWESOME START I completed 4 laps in like 4/5th place and the red flag comes out. The race stops...We wait on hot pit for our restart and the drizzle ๐ŸŒง arrives ๐Ÿ˜จ Race#2 CANCELLED...we're sent back to the paddock ๐Ÿ™ "I was doing so well".

    The rain arrived in down pour formation. I made some new best friends Sterling & Shane at the Dunlop Motorcycle Tires/Dunlop Tires canopy "RAIN TIRES PLEASE SIR's ๐Ÿ˜‼️I missed my 2nd Race #5-Moto3, couldn't get my rains on the bike fast enough btwn races. I did make races #7 & #11 which were both "WET" events and survived. I was super proud of myself considering that I've never raced in the rain before on rains tires nor DOT's and managed to finish overall TOP 5  in all class positions. GO ME๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

    RACE DAY #2 - 2 races scheduled for me. I entered the ASRA MOTO 3 race w/o qualifying to substitute for my missed race on Day 1. No qualifying, I gridded last.
    Race #9 ASRA MOTO 3 racers to the grid. I started at the very back of the pack, weaved my way through a few on the start and commenced to stalking my prey ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Awesome battles btwn. myself and fellow ACE-Mate Sonny for 1st place in class THE GIRL WON that one  ๐Ÿ˜. GREAT RACE ROY and SONNY‼️ Absolute Cycle Experience. Called home to Markbilt Racebikes to let'em know the good news and that there was only 1 more to get through.

    Race #13 500 SuperSport racers to the grid... I grid up knowing Absolute Cycle Experience Race Team coordinator and Threader24 Sponsor 
    Roy Cadoo is behind me waiting to catch me for the weekend. 

    He catches me in turn 4/5 I and I stay behind him up all the way to TURN 10 staying close I COMPLETELY FIT BEHIND MY WINDSCREEN knees and all. ๐Ÿ˜ณTOTALLY. At Turn 1 I enter first, Roy's coming, I shift out, "GO SJ" shift again "GO (still no Roy) This is gonna be so cool ๐Ÿ˜" I thought. TURN 3 arrives "I SEE YOU BABY I'M COMING IN HOT๐Ÿ”ฅ" 5th gear no brakes no bogging I'm like "H๐Ÿ˜ณLY ๐Ÿ’ฉ I made it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ up the hill" and then SCRAPE๐Ÿ’ฅ⁉ SPLAT๐Ÿ’ฅ‼️ ️FLING - I'm airborne๐Ÿ’ฅPOW, SLAP, gravel, sky, gravel, sky, grass, sky...and ๐Ÿ’ฅSPLAT๐Ÿ’ฅAll I could think of during this long crash was "damn how fast was I going I'm not done crashing yet?" 

    I just wanted to lay there and let the clouds stop shaking 
    ๐Ÿค•. My Wrist was dangling, but MY LIFE SAVING Nexx NorthAmerica/NEXX Helmets was up a little and still attached under my chin๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’— #nexxhelmets.

    I was having trouble breathing because my HIT AIR Vest from Trackside Parts Club deployed while airborne and was squeezing me letting me know that I was A-OK ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ. Yes I suffered a broken clutch wrist, but who needs that oneMY THROTTLE HAND IS STILL GOOD✊๐ŸฝSEE YOU IN JULY MY FRIENDz ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE ๐Ÿ˜ˆ.

    THIS IS MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING "you either do it or you don't." HOLD YOUR LINE ✌๐Ÿพ

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017



    Well it certainly seems like everyone is doing IT now doesn't IT? 
    Your IT, isn't the same as my IT but we all have an IT that's being done. 
    I should love my IT that I'm doing. You should love your IT that you're doing 
    yet, everyone is not doing IT.



    Sunday, May 14, 2017



    - New Paint Scheme
    - New Sponsors
    - New Suit (not in this photo)
    - New Website (link above "SCHEDULE")


    • My MAY 27-29th CHAMPIONSHIP CUP SERIES - Summit Point Race Recap
    • A Girl's Race-Life ๐Ÿvs Real-Life Thoughts.
    • I Went Naked...Kinda ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    • SJ's Motorcycle Gear Reviews (Various Blog Posts)
    "I've received all of your email suggestions from my website and I thank you all for your encouraging words of wisdom and support. I've taken some of your suggestions and as you can see I'm on it. I HOPE YOU ENJOY MY TAKE ON LIFE SIDEWAYZon2s" - SJ

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017


    Finally I make this trek to Daytona International Speedway from NYC. I chose to make this trip on my own because I wasn't too sure at first that I was going but, "Later Stella (March 2017 Northeast Snowstorm) I'm blowing this joint"         Image result for daytona 200 2017
    I've been driving for about 8.5 hrs now, and made a pit stop somewhere in NC. I lean back in my car seat, sleepy but thumbing away at this BLOG of mine. Do I share what's really going on in my head, or just talk about the start of my race season? The crazy thing about it is that I can't truly give you one thought without the other AND... ARE YOU EVEN INTERESTED?  

    ARE YOU EVEN INTERESTED IN what's really going on in a racer's head? Well, just when you thought you weren't, I bet'cha you are now - THE THOUGHTS OF A RACER who happens to be a girl/woman.

    - I AM NOT here to prove anything to you. YOU don't make a difference in whether or not I come in 1st, 2nd, or 23rd Place. 

    - I AM A MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACER, A SUPERIOR ATHLETE much better than the rest when compared to the mainstream/regular athletes we see everyday. 

    - ME, REGULAR? NEVER. I have way too many unique characteristics for any sports anchor, to ever cover our races and call anyone of us, simply regular.

    MY MERE PRESENCE on the grid BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS. As most stand by and watch us fly with a smile on their faces, very similar to the ones we wear in our helmets. WE MAKE YOU WISH YOU KNEW HOW TO DO IT LIKE US. 

    - I AM A MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACER, ONE WHO COMMITS turns, curves, obstacles, there is no turning back once we are in it. We are the truest in living out the phrase "GO HARD OR GO HOME" most of us go home when the races are over, some battered some bruised but guaranteed to be SMILING ALL THROUGH IT.


    and to have fun while doing it. I'll see you going SIDEWAYZ my friend. 
    xoxoxo - SJ #24

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    ...and always L๐Ÿ‘€K for the people w/the camera.

    My FUN photo! ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จCaptured by none other than the amazing photography team 

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017


    SJ's long time Track Family Absolute Cycle Experience (A.C.E.)        offers a steady home with their track day organization,                    school and race  team.

    " I can certainly call ACE home, this is where my desire to race began" - SJ

    While SJ has had the honor of experiencing most of the track day organizations that frequent her (closest to) home track, ACE has been the organization that has offered the most available training days to SJ since earning her CCS Race License in 2013.

    "I would like to thank Roy Cadoo and the Absolute Cycle Experience Race Team for this amazing opportunity." - SJ Harris, Threader24 Racing

    THREADER 24 is looking forward to the 2017 race season. It is going to be an AMAZING EXPERIENCE - ABSOLUTELY!


    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    CATCH UP on THE LATEST NEWS from June - Christmas 2016 ;)

    I mean ๐Ÿ’๐ŸฝWhat else would I post? ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON! From SJ & THREADER24 RACING. #sidewayzon2s ๐ŸŽŠ #twofour #SJharris #happyholidays #24
    Before I left I had to check out the Int'l Motorcycle Show and the 17’ GSXR 1000 with all of it'Z bellZ๐Ÿ””’s & ๐Ÿ“ฃHornZ๐Ÿ˜. #Gsxrgirl #gsxr1000 #gsxr #howsitlookonme #zuklife #racergirl ๐Ÿ’— (at IMS @ Long Beach Convention Center)
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    ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ “TERRAINS MAY CHANGE BUT THE RACE REMAINS THE SAME.” - SJ#24 #quotethat๐Ÿ˜‰ #stayfocused w/#threader24 Happy to be back on track w/the @absolutecycle #trusportbike track family #markbiltracebikes #vortexracing #motodracing #nexxnorthamerica #ccsracing #blackgirlsride w/#sjharris24
    It’s about that time…Withdrawal is setting in time to #sidewayZon2s again…๐Ÿค”hmmmm… DAYTONA for the 1st time๐Ÿ’ญ CAUSE
    WEEKEND RECAP: 1st time back at @virnow since becoming a racer. I CAME, I RACED, I LEARNED how to beat up on my racer buddies next season @virnow RECON AT ITz FINEST๐Ÿ˜ˆ. Thanks to #ccsracing for always putting on a great event. @absolutecycle #trusportbike for making this weekend happen for me. NO WOOD๐Ÿ˜BUT I STILL FEEL GOOD๐Ÿ™ˆ#racervocabulary you #dirtybirds It was a pleasure seeing all of my #friendZ @palentinopossi and especially meeting some new ones @megzmeggah. There you have it folks a complete race weekend recap #sjzstyle๐Ÿ˜‰. BACKED BY: #nexxnorthamerica #vortexracing #armourbodies #blackgirlsride #threader24 #motodracing #markbiltracebikes
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    Look at what I found while looking through @etechphoto on the @ccsracingus website - CAN YOU FIND THE REST OF ME?๐Ÿ˜œ #sjsidewayZ #literally #changingfaces #2pipes #ninjagirl #ontrack #sidewayZon2s
    REFLECTIVE: So you want to ride a motorcycle? Oh you want to be a racer huh? ARE YOU READY?
    It’s fun, it’s probably the most exhilarating thing you will ever experience. THE RUSH, THE EXCITEMENT of everything, the FELLOW RIDERS you meet on your ADVENTURES and TRIPS. The TRACK FAMILY, the CAMARADERIE, the CHALLENGES, the RACING, the ADRENALINE PUMP, just the plain DAMN FUN of it all.
    Then there’s THE LOSS of friends that may or may not agree w/your choices, the DETACHMENT from family that may or may not exist to support you, the LOSS of close rider friends that used to ride w/you but no longer hang because they secretly envy you actually accomplishing what you set out to do whatever it is. There’s the LOSS of fellow racers/riders that succumb to injuries/accidents suffered - WE FEEL THAT LOSS, so closely within ourselves. WE KNOW OUR PAIN WE KNOW OUR HURT. Though we may not know one another personally WE FEEL the LOSS. It can be so heavy at times, and so damn scary that it’s just as easy to accept because WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO THROW A LEG OVER. WE ALL FEEL AND we all THINK about IT.
    We don’t speak of the thoughts that run through our heads, we don’t speak of the “what ifs” and the cheats we’ve had. We dear not speak of those thoughts. Thoughts like that have no room for what WE RACERS/RIDERS/ENTHUSIASTS DECIDE TO PARTAKE IN. Yet they exist.
    This past weekend seemed to be filled with a ton of highs and lows, ups and downs, personally and around me. ALL MOST OF US ASK IS TO KNOW that WE ARE HAVING THE TIME OF OUR LIVES - LITERALLY. Most of us love the hell outta you and if you are still reading this you love us right back just as much.
    So bare w/us WE LIVE OUR LIVES ON EDGE, ONE MPH,ONE SPLIT SECOND AT A TIME. ๐Ÿ˜˜ ✌️#sidewayzon2s #threaderracing #twofour ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿ’จ
    NEVER FORGET YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM: #LBracing “I TOLD YOU…” #ironwillracing “GET THAT KNEE DOWN SJ!” #absolutecycleexperience “SLOW DOWN TO GO FASTER ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ” #markbiltracebikes “HAVE FUN” #blackgirlsride “WE LOVE YOU GIRL” #motogirlgt “YOU’VE GOT THIS #ycrs "RADIUS=MPH BREATHE SJ, CHEST DOWN” #sportbikesinc “JUST RIDE” #mybeenies “TEXAS ROADHOUSE?"๐Ÿ˜‚That’s motivation✊๐Ÿฝ #streetreams & #family "WE ARE PROUD OF YOU” #motodracing #nexxnorthamerica #vortexracing #armourbodies #threader24
    “WHEN IN DOUBT, THROTTLE IT OUT"✊๐Ÿฝ #ridelikeagirl๐Ÿ˜‰ #Pinit #sidewayZon2s #sjharris #letsride #womensupportingwomen #mytshirtisbetterthanyours ๐Ÿ˜œ
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    SJ is ON THE BOX AGAIN! This time with this little guy named “Trigger” and TPM’s USLB 300 CUP SERIES. Anyone interested in helping me travel to MORE of my races this season? Feel free to send a gift of any monetary value to my personal PayPal account button here at ๐Ÿ‘‰ “THE JOURNEY” tab. I TRULY APPRECIATE YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND BELIEF IN THIS JOURNEY. See you from the next podium view. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    MEMORIAL DAY WKND. I was supposed to race at Summit Point w/CCS but decided to learn what it feels like to keep the THROTTLE WIDE OPEN IN THE TURNS IN NJ w/TRU-TPM & Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS).
    Yes Patience is a virtue, but this #roadracing thing has me CRUSHING so badd… I can’t wait to get on track
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    ๐Ÿ’ฅ I CRASHED… I was face down and in motion on the concrete in a split second but was only going about 50/60 mph. CONCRETE HURTS, no matter how fast you hit it with your body. Whether you have 10 lbs of protective gear on or not, IT HURTS and THE GRASS is no better. OUCH! Crashes seem to hurt worse when you can actually hear your motorcycle scraping, dragging, and flipping on the ground while you’re experiencing the same thing. Even worse… The motorcycle was not mine.
    The crash took place while following a coach into a left turn. I TUCKED the front wheel of the huge 02’ 750. It just went SPLATT SCRAPE, DRAG, FLIP and my little body felt like it went BOINK, SLIDE, TUMBLE, ROLL. After I stopped rolling and realized that I was still able to move (thank goodness) I managed to pick myself onto my feet and give the thumbs up to the corner worker while I waited for the ambulance and salvage truck to come and get us off the track.
    Back at the pit, I shrugged it off hoping the bike was salvageable to finish out riding for the day. YES I still wanted to ride. Unfortunately the left foot peg had broken off as well as the fairing stay and the Clutch Lever so my track-day had ended for that weekend.
    After 2 weeks, the bike was fixed and I was back at a track-day with a different organization, seeking to master that turn that took me out. IT WAS WAR ๐Ÿ˜ˆ. Lol.
    This particular track-day weekend was one of the most unforgettable days I’ve ever experienced on the track. On this particular day, one of the coaches crashed and succumbed to his injuries days later, HE DIED. Things became all to real at that point. I’ve lost close friends and family to riding motorcycles on the roads, I’ve seen a few gruesome accidents on the city streets involving motorcyclists. I mean, I had come to the race track to develop more riding skills to be safer on the street but realized, the risk of getting on a motorcycle at any point, anywhere, be it street or track doesn’t change. IT’S A HELL OF A RISK NO MATTER WHAT.
    I decided that I would just develop my skills to ROAD RACE because I wasn’t giving up the ride. I felt that if I was at a risk no matter what, why not get faster in a safer environment? I LOVED SPEED. Everything was fast, as an athlete I was always quick. It was just natural, on the motorcycle it was easy to go fast and just as easy to lose my life going fast on the NYC streets. I thought it’d only be a matter of time before I went and caused myself a real problem. (SheZ a bit mischievous and a tad bit rebellious๐Ÿ˜‰). We run less of a risk of getting hurt in a controlled environment such as a circuit/race track than we do on the open roads and city streets. The day that a teacher, a coach, a friend, lost his life at the track was the day I decided to LIVE mine.
    TO THE RACE WEEKEND, WE SALUTE, FOR those in pain or recovering, FOR those who reached the box, FOR those who competed and completed and FOR those whose 1st time rocked… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘ˆ WE DID IT๐Ÿ˜ƒ AND WE’LL DO IT AGAIN at the next RACE WEEKEND #sidewayZon2s (bought to you by #threader24 ’s friendly neighborhood racer girl - SJ w/a huge thanks to ASRA/CCS racing and NJ Mini GP. TO THE RACE WEEKEND, WE SALUTE!
    I was a passenger aka “a back-pack” aboard what became my very first motorcycle put on track, an 02′ Suzuki GSXR 750. I named him “BLUE BOY” even though I didn’t own it :P, it was mine when I threw my leg over it. 
    As you can see, the tank was bigger than my entire torso and flipping that thing around on the track was NOT happening easily. On the street, the requirement was not as demanding, I rode in a straight line, stopped at a light or 2 or 22 (in NYC), made a turn hear and there and that was that. When I asked to put this thing on the track for a track-day…WHOOOOOOOOOOO WEEE, I JUST KNEW I WAS THE SUGAR and the HONEY in the ICED TEA (throat clearance). Until…
    …BLUE BOY and I became one with concrete.
    #inthelid IJS it’s what I do…
    REFLECTIVE: So you want to ride a motorcycle? Oh you want to be a racer huh? ARE YOU READY?
    It’s fun, it’s probably the most exhilarating thing you will ever experience. THE RUSH, THE EXCITEMENT of everything, the FELLOW RIDERS you meet on your ADVENTURES and TRIPS. The TRACK FAMILY, the CAMARADERIE, the CHALLENGES, the RACING, the ADRENALINE PUMP, just the plain DAMN FUN of it all.
    Then there’s THE LOSS of friends that may or may not agree w/your choices, the DETACHMENT from family that may or may not exist to support you, the LOSS of close rider friends that used to ride w/you but no longer hang because they secretly envy you actually accomplishing what you set out to do whatever it is. There’s the LOSS of fellow racers/riders that succumb to injuries/accidents suffered - WE FEEL THAT LOSS, so closely within ourselves. WE KNOW OUR PAIN WE KNOW OUR HURT. Though we may not know one another personally WE FEEL the LOSS. It can be so heavy at times, and so damn scary that it’s just as easy to accept because WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO THROW A LEG OVER. WE ALL FEEL AND we all THINK about IT.
    We don’t speak of the thoughts that run through our heads, we don’t speak of the “what ifs” and the cheats we’ve had. We dear not speak of those thoughts. Thoughts like that have no room for what WE RACERS/RIDERS/ENTHUSIASTS DECIDE TO PARTAKE IN. Yet they exist.
    This past weekend seemed to be filled with a ton of highs and lows, ups and downs, personally and around me. ALL MOST OF US ASK IS TO KNOW that WE ARE HAVING THE TIME OF OUR LIVES - LITERALLY. Most of us love the hell outta you and if you are still reading this you love us right back just as much.