Digital Exhibition: Kim Maroon
Name: Kim Maroon
Vehicle: 1973 Honda CB350 Four “Josephine"
How did you get started riding motorcycles?
I jumped in to photographing vintage cars and motorcycles in 2016, rode as a passenger in Boston's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (my first time on a bike!), and then met the women of a local group, the Boston Moto Babes. Taking photos was fun but I had a growing curiosity about what it would be like to ride and have my own bike, just learning would be a personal accomplishment. So I took the MSF course in 2017 and then bought my bike a year later. I’m completely new to driving a standard vehicle and always learning.
What is your favorite thing about riding?
The sense of freedom and the feeling of courage. I love how everything is amplified-- all the sounds, sights and smells-- it makes me feel more connected to the places I'm traveling through. Riding is also very much a kind of therapy for me. I can bring all my stress and anxiety to my bike, take a ride, and instantly my mood is lifted— I'm more focused, positive and refreshed.
Outside of riding, it's the people I've connected with through bikes that have made the experience that much more special. I've made friends with folks from coast to coast all because of motorcycles. There have been times where I'm out riding by myself and I end up meeting people. Having a vintage bike especially people recognize it and always seem to have a story or memory about it.
There's a big community of riders and enthusiasts in and around Boston and it's growing fast. Between friends who ride, clubs like The Litas, Boston Moto Babes, local shop Mad House Motors, and a community bike nite, Babes Bikes Beards, I feel so lucky to be surrounded by folks who are positive and encouraging.
Do you have a favorite place to ride?
This is only my second season but currently I really love riding around the old country roads outside Boston through Stow, Sudbury, and Hudson MA. I've lived in Boston for 8 years without a car and having my bike now is HUGE for exploring new places. It's opened up so many possibilities and I love getting lost for a whole day finding new stuff.
This summer I attended my first Babes Ride Out in The Catskills. It was a crazy accomplishment for me to make the ride from Boston to New York. As my longest trip to date, I felt super proud when I rolled into camp. I learned so much more about myself and riding that weekend simply from getting out of my comfort zone, pushing my skills a little further, and riding with a new group of ladies. Meeting so many other women riders out there from all around the East Coast was amazing!