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What it’s like to be an Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner!

We catch up with our 2016 Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Leah Misch to find out how she is enjoying all her new gear.  
She has been fortunate to receive some help from some of our sponsors with install of her new parts and even helping 
to take some photo’s.  We love nothing more than being able to help riders stay safe on the road with new gear for 
them AND their Motorcycle!  

GG- How did you hear about the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover?
  LM-I saw an add for the contest as I flipped through American Iron Magazine dreaming about buying a new pair 
of riding boots after literally wearing a hole through my 6 year old riding boots.
GG- What promoted you to enter?
  LM-I tore out the page from the magazine add and thought about entering the contest for almost a month before 
finally deciding to sit down and write the essay.  I’ve always struggled with writing and hesitated entering the 
contest since I thought I wouldn’t likely win.  But as I trained for my first Half Ironman I thought back to the 
days when I contemplated if I could run a 5k.  The beginning steps in anything is to ‘try’.  Even if I didn’t win 
the contest, it would get me to take the first steps in writing a book many people have told me I need to do.
GG- Now that you have won, what do you think of the prizes?
NEW SPORTY EDGE!!!  Ill totally put everything to good use in finishing my 50 state goal
GG- If you could encourage others who are down on their luck for any obstacle in life, how would you encourage them? 
What would you say?
  LM- “Take the first step in faith, you may not see the whole staircase; but just take the first step”- “Life begins 
outside of your comfort zone”.
Life’s like a bike; to keep balanced you must keep going’- Einstein         
  These quotes were some of my most life changing quotes as I took many first steps in life when I wanted to give up.... 
instead I keep going as I continue to live towards my bucket list goals I set for myself after leaving an abusive 
relationship I was lucky to survive. Ex… Running my fist 5k after overcoming morbid obesity. Taking my first steps 
after breaking my back to later finishing marathons.  Flying into hurricanes to help victims of disaster during 
crisis situations. Learning to first ride a motorcycle and years later traveling across the country on a motorcycle, solo.

GG- Any advice for others thinking about entering the Ultimate Biker Makeover contest in 2017?
  LM-You Go Girl is a motto I share with others to overcome adversity, break through barriers, and achieve the goals 
you set for yourself. 
 Remember, the only limits are those you set for yourself.  Take the first step and just try; you may not see what’s 
at the top of the staircase, but just take the first step to try something new because life begins outside of your 
comfort zone
GG- Any special words you want to send to all the sponsors who help make this happen?
  LM-Thank you for sponsoring a contest which encouraged me to not only keep riding safely; but to learn how to work 
on my bike myself. I added a set of tools to my Christmas List and hope to continue exploring motorcycle maintenance 
and the DIY work on Scout!  Thanks Garage Girls and all the awesome sponsors! 
Special thanks to Sara Liberte for starting a contest that literally changed my life.  I’m excited to ride fashionable 
and safe as I continue my 50 state goal
P.S. my 50 state goal first started when I put on my list “to see the Statue of Liberty”.  I got in my car and drove 
by myself from Minnesota to New York to see the Statue of Liberty.  The statue represents a woman escaping the chains 
of tyranny, which lie at her feet as she holds the flaming torch of liberty in her right hand)- You Go Girl!  
Thank you Sarah ‘Liberte!!!’
After doing a solo trip in my car to the east coast to see the Statue of Liberty; I gained the confidence and 
love for traveling.  That is when I added to the bucket list ‘watch the sun rise or set in all 50 states by age 30’…  
Alaska is my last state, which I’m now hoping to finish my 50 state goal and take Scout with me safely in style  
You Go Girl!!

The ULTIMATE Factory Custom!

A new title from Motorbooks reveals the story of H-D’s CVO models

Since the inception of the CVO line, which began in 1999 on an FXR platform, one fact has become crystal clear: CVO models are not for the timid. Indeed, these motorcycles have absolutely no place at all among the meek. A survey of CVO owners, those individuals who recognize the intrinsic value of top notch performance and knock-out good looks, reveals that while CVO owners are people from varying walks of life, they share similar outlooks: they enjoy making an entrance, they push the limit, they know quality.

 Consistent in media reviews of CVO models over the years is a pointed remark about the premium price tag. Equally consistent however, is the follow-up by most reviewers that the particular CVO model in the spotlight is a good value! Counterintuitive? Perhaps, but comments such as these make it clear that there’s more going on with CVOs than first meets the eye. And these bikes always bring a veritable vision assault at first glance so that’s saying something! Sure, value is found in the limited production numbers but there’s an intangible element here that checkbook math simply can’t explain.

The opportunity to dig into the ephemeral rationale floating in the mist of the CVO aura drew me to accept an offer from Motorbooks to author this book. Here is their press release:

Motorbooks is excited to announce the arrival of a new Harley-Davidson book, licensed by Harley-Davidson. Chronicled here for the first time, Harley-Davidson’s CVO motorcycles are pure eye candy. Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles:The Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations by Marilyn Stemp will be arriving in stores in mid-March.


The pinnacle of Harley-Davidson customization–that’s exactly what the Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations(R) motorcycles are: custom-shop details that push the boundaries of style and performance with high-impact paint, killer wheels, big engines, and exclusive technology. Designed in-house since 1999 at Harley-Davidson’s world-class Willie G Product Development Center, built by the factory, and available through Harley-Davidson’s dealer network, these machines set themselves apart from the pack. Harley-Davidson(R) CVO(tm) Motorcycles: the Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations is the first book to showcase these works of two-wheeled art and the story behind them.

Produced in limited numbers, and always in high demand, CVO(tm) motorcycles are defined by the riders committed to riding the best. Whether you have one of these high-performance motorcycles in your garage or have one in your sightline, Harley-Davidson(R) CVO(tm) Motorcycles provides a close look into the Motor Company’s ultimate custom motorcycles.


Marilyn Stemp is the current editor of Iron Trader News online and was founding editor in 1989 of the well-respected consumer magazine IronWorks with her late husband Dennis Stemp. Marilyn freelances for motorcycle industry and consumer publications and edits the Sturgis Rider Daily during the Sturgis Rally. When she’s not promoting and inventorying the world’s largest Evel Knievel collection she rides a mid-‘90s Sportster and is restoring a 1954 Flathead.

Motorbooks is excited to announce the arrival of a new Harley-Davidson book – licensed by Harley –  that I think your audience is going to love. Chronicled here for the first time, Harley-Davidson’s CVO motorcycles are pure eye candy.

Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles:The Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations by Marilyn Stemp will be arriving in stores in mid-March.
Learn more here: http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9780760346044/Harley-Davidson-R-CVO-tm-Motorcycles.html

View a pdf of the book here: https://quayside.app.box.com/s/ggjccz54ce9ex4uxtidpdhobuxts3zo9