One Time I Rode...

Melly brings insanely positive vibes to the Vancouver motorcycle community. She is a writer, a teacher, and a badass rider. Recently, she hosted a "Motorcycle Storytelling" night and offered to write about it for Road Apples, so here it is!

“One Time I Rode…” – A Motorcycle Storytelling Night by Melly Kage

Last weekend the first ever “One Time I Rode…” motorcycle storytelling night took place at the community hub, The Shop Vancouver. The place was filled with old and new friends, who all came out to hear some stories of the speakers I curated from my circle of riders. We shared love stories about certain bikes, adventures of being stranded by the side of the road or flying down a perfect highway, memories about the first exhilarating, infecting time in the saddle or about the last metres of rolling along before you drop down or the engine gives up, and nostalgia about cruising around with your sisters and brothers or scary solo endeavours. The night had everything from poetic to hilarious, from thoughtful to light-spirited, from long narrations to short anecdotes. After the five slotted storytellers, some guests from the crowd got inspired, went to the front and spontaneously told their own tales – I believe every rider has at least one. 

I have been planning this event for a while, and for several reasons. First of all, I am very passionate about stories, reading, writing, listening and telling them! It often seems to me that it is a lost art or a neglected skill: to tell a good tale, to be present and share something from the heart, mind or personal experience that is longer than a caption, more direct than a text message and deeper than a photo – as much as I love beautiful imagery and quick connection, I think communication and true bonding thrive on words, and get even better with eye contact and in 3D. 

The second reason is, that storytelling about motorcycles is a great way to bridge the times without riding, for example when you are injured, your bike refuses to run, the rain never stops or the winter brings minus double-digit windchill. Reminiscing old and recent anecdotes of the best or worst two-wheeled travels ever, or even presenting dreamy ideas about future roadtrips gets people pumped to jump on their motorbikes and go on the next ride, ready for whatever story it will bring. 

This first round of “One Time I Rode…” was a lot of fun, and Volume 2 is already planned: it will happen on May 11th at the Carnegie Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. I am thrilled to combine my love for riding, writing and bringing people together with this kind of event, and look forward to Volume 3 in a dirty garage, Volume 4 being an all-women storytelling night and so on and so on. Ride ride ride everyone, and keep making stories to tell!

Photos by: Tj Schneider

Words by: Melly Kage