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

Strathcona Tattoo 1 Year Anniversary Party

Strathcona Tattoo had their 1 year anniversary party this weekend in Vancouver. Jesse Albert had his crew along with guest tattooer D-Boy Shanchez doing walk-ins all day. I dropped by the shop around 2 and the guys were so rammed that I had to come back after closing time. These guys pumped out some wicked tattoos and had all their customers full of beers and pretzels all day long. Afterwards, the party continued two doors down at The Heatley where Elliot "River Wolf" played some of his records. Strathcona gave out 100 free beers and there were door prizes raffled off which were donated by local companies like The Shop Vancouver, Born A Bad Seed, Rish Jewelry and of course a couple hours of tattoo time. The local shops in Vancouver do an awesome job, thanks for a good night!!

Stay Wild Fall Issue: Release Party

Becky Goebel

I had a chance to write a two-page article about The Dream Roll for the Fall issue of Stay Wild Magazine. They're hosting a release party tomorrow night in Vancouver, BC at The Shop Vancouver (432 Columbia St.) from 6-9pm. The first 25 people through the door will get their hands on a limited-run Stay Wild patch (pictured above). There will also be Postmark beer for sale and free kombucha from the Brew Dr. Kombucha team. Come drop by, pick up your free copy of the magazine and say hi!

New Roller Mag

New issue of Roller Magazine is out and features a pretty rad couple pages featuring Born Free 7. This mag is totally Japanese but we've been getting it at The Shop Vancouver for quite some time and it's fucking cool anyway. 

These dudes also have a rad blog on their website with a ton of photos from Born Free posted up, lots of vendor booth photos too which is cool. Pick up a copy if you can find one!

'Mikey Revolt' Photo Show

Mikey Revolt from Forever The Chaos Life flew into Vancouver to put on a photo show during the Spit N' Shine weekend hosted by The Shop Vancouver. It was a killer kick off night and the beers were flowing (I feel like I say that a lot... we're always on the beers). Mikey is a rad dude and also does social media and other cool things for Lowbrow Customs so he's got a lot going on. Really great to meet everyone who came up over the past week and super excited for this to happen next summer!

Dude knows how to take a killer photo that's for sure. There was a couple bike builders who came up from Seattle on their bikes as well. There's Dalans bike pictured below.

Ashley had a baby that morning but that didn't stop him from crushing the 'Dad Bike' down to the show. 

Cory Jarman from San Fran also had a section at the show featuring his paintings. Check out his site here.

We got out for a ride with Mikey and his wife one night and it was pretty crazy. He takes photos like a mad man. He was on a bike he's never rode before on a road he's never rode before standing up on his pegs with no hands, looking through his camera, facing the wrong way in the wrong lane to get this shot (below). Love seeing behind the scenes shit like that. Hope to cross paths with you soon buddy!

Spit N' Shine 3

The 3rd Annual Shop Vancouver Spit N' Shine went down on Saturday over at Crab Park in Vancouver. Bikes started showing up an hour before the thing was even suppose to start and we knew it was going to be big. It was about 5 times bigger than it was last year, so good thing we hosted it in a massive parking lot instead of trying to have it on the closed off block in front of The Shop. 

TJ called out the name of the first ticket pulled for the 2006 Paul Smart Ducati and the dude was standing right in the front all ready with all of his tickets. It was pretty awesome to see someone actually be there win it. 

Pretty hyped on this weekend and all the people that came from out of town to be a part of it. We had the dude who won Best In Show at Born Free 7 hanging around with his winning bike as well as some Portland folk and photographer Mikey Revolt who flew in from Ohio. Always a good weekend to be around and a good warm up before Disaster Daze happens this coming weekend!

Here's the full-length event video made by Blaine Connolly who's been putting them out there lately.

3rd Annual Spit n Shine from Blaine Connolly on Vimeo.

3rd Annual Spit n Shine hosted by The Shop Vancouver

Dirt Quake USA 2015

It only took 10kms after crossing into America before our brand new Sprinter blew a tire. It was most likely a Canadian screw that was sticking out of the rubber considering we loaded the choppers at the most used workspace in Vancouver. After jacking up the rear of the passenger van with the 3 old-ass motorcycles in the back, we drove another 5 hours south toward Castle Rock, Washington.

  This isn't just any old oval race track... it is dozens of young biker freaks from all over the country racing their choppers, cafes, 3-wheelers and everything else unsafe and not made for a classic race track. We set up our tents, drank a couple cheap American beers and passed out.



Norm from Motorcycho Magazine was there... full-force.

Norm from Motorcycho Magazine was there... full-force.

Who are you babe of my dreams? @thedreamroll

Who are you babe of my dreams? @thedreamroll

The races included divisions such as Harley motors, ladies, lawnmowers, snowmobiles and choppers-only. It was carnage. We watched a dude fully get thrown off his chopper only to get ran over by a massive enduro driven by a guy in a chicken costume. Then there was the flying slice of pizza and then the Harleys who started hitting a big dirt jump in the center of the track.

Preston Burroughs

Preston Burroughs

The Rusty Butcher dudes were there doing what they do best, ripping around a track and hitting random piles of dirt as table-top jumps.

Emily from See See kills it on a chopper 

Emily from See See kills it on a chopper 

The ladies class was rad as usual. Tori from See Sees took the gold medal even though the bike she practiced on shit out on her and she rode the HD 750 that she had never been on before. That chick rules.

Tori from See Sees on the bike she planned on racing

Tori from See Sees on the bike she planned on racing

Blaine Connolly's '77 Yamaha XT500 bike @frat_slut_

Blaine Connolly's '77 Yamaha XT500 bike @frat_slut_

The Canadian set-up

The Canadian set-up

Our lead-hand Sam took gold in the vintage classic devision of the Pro series the night before Dirt Quake took off. He rode the track both days and made Canada look rad.

The weekend ruled. Dirt Quake 2015 highlights: drunk racing around barrels at 2am, the truck that pulled the boat crash (I was somehow in the back of this truck...) the above bike & it's owner, the flying 3-wheel pizza, the river, Kiki and her boobies, motorcycle babes of America and the dirt that still lives between my toes.