Motorcycle lawyer Russ Brown: Michah shares about grabbing the handlebars of her 883 Sporty and its clear riding keeps her moving forward in life!
Name: Michah Gordon
Location: Bassett, VA
Occupation: I am on disability due to my MS, I bartended at Applebee’s for 10 years before my doctor took me out of work in 2005. I was diagnosed in 2004. I went to college after that to find a job that didn’t depend on my physical attributes. Have a BS in Accounting and Finance; unfortunately, I have not been able to find a job in my field since I graduated in 2009.
What bike you currently ride: 2001 883 Sportster
When did you start riding and what got you involved in motorcycles? My first ride on a motorcycle would be when I was a child with my big brother. My husband got a lowrider in 2007 and had me driving him around in a field at a motorcycle rally, a few months later, he bought me my Sporty and I was on the road riding side by side with him rather than on his.
How has riding motorcycles impacted your life? I have met some really great people riding and I stay involved in raising money with poker runs to help many groups, like MS, Cancer Society, and our local SPCA. Riding is also my defense mechanism for keeping my mobility so I can ride.
What has been your biggest challenge with riding? Gravel, I hate it and taking off on a steep hill. The biggest challenge is overcoming MS so I can stay on 2 wheels and not have to get it triked!
What do you like most about your model motorcycle? My motorcycle used to be purple, gross, I just am not a girly girl. I finally got it painted green, my favorite color with blue ghost flames with black tips, its smoking hot! I also love the size of my bike, it’s perfect for me, although with my long legs I could use a 2 inch extension on my forward controls!
What modifications have you made? The paint job, took off the buck handlebars and put on drag bars, 4 inch risers to the drag bars, lowered her an inch with a lowering kit and dropped it another inch with shorter shocks. I put the gold and silver bar and shield flames dress kit on the gas cap, derby cover, mirrors, timing cover, everywhere they made one for, lol! Lots of chrome to dress her up, need more though!
When you’re not riding motorcycles what are you other interest? This year I have taken up gardening and really have found a different inner peace when I am working out in my garden. I also love puzzles, anything to work my mind. I used to love fishing, but since I have been riding, a sunny day consists of riding, not boating and fishing anymore!
What advice do you have for other women riders? Always travel in groups, you never know what may happen out there on the road, you are more likely to be seen in a group versus a solo ride. Never, ever let a man or anyone else tell you that you cannot ride, because you can, you can do anything you set your mind out to do!
How tall are you? I am 5 foot 7 inches.
What is your weather like year round? I live in the mountains of VA, summers are hot, winters are cold, but we ride all year long.
How is riding therapy for you? It clears my head when I have a lot on my mind. It also keeps me motivated to keep my mobility, I don’t like riding in the B-seat anymore!
Keep mobile girl and the shiny side up!
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