His Ninja gleamed in the sun.  He spent hours working on it to make it run as fast and smooth as possible.  Weekends, he could be found racing along the long, curving,  country roads with his buddies.  One day a spit of wet sand caught his tire…months of recuperation from broken bones.


My ex-husband was an avid motorcycle rider and racer.  He took a few spills during his riding career and ended up with broken bones on occasion…luckily nothing worse.  I went riding with him many times on his Kawasaki Ninja!

Trying my hand at Mr. Knowitall’s Flash Friday 55:

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  1. My youngest was hit by an suv a couple months ago. Scary. He’s doing ok but therapy is going to go on for months.


    • Terribly sorry to hear of that, Michael. It was one thing for me to ride with him decades ago when there wasn’t the traffic that there is here now…no way would I get on a motorcycle with all the crackpot drivers out there! I’d be too scared.


      • Hugh settlement coming his way and his father-in-law Talked him into buying a bigger, better, ball buster… Out of my control. Just handed it over to God.


        • I hope he will stay safe. And what other choice do you have…it will be what it will be. You have my sympathy, Michael….


  2. Welcome to the Friday Funfest!!
    As a rider myself, I really liked your story
    I usually post at 8 on Thursday night.
    But you may play whenever you can
    Loved your 55 My Friend
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End


    • Thanks so much for the warm welcome. The photo of the motorcycle on your blog is what sparked my story tonight. I thought you must be a rider too. I’d like to join in again…this was a lot of fun. Enjoy your weekend too!

      Gayle ~


  3. ManicDdaily

     /  January 28, 2012

    Your 55 is a complete story! Yet has a haiku like quality. (Sneaking up like a ninja.) K.


  4. Interesting diversion from your normal posts. This just shows how versatile and agile you are with words and images! 🙂


    • The prompt is to write a story in only 55 words…flash fiction. I’m glad I could pull it off. And thanks for the lovely compliment, Lorna! 🙂


  5. Androgoth

     /  January 28, 2012

    It certainly looks like a lot of fun
    Gayle… What a little Ninja 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx


  6. Nothing like riding on a beautiful day, although the extent of mine has been a moped and I crashed it but, oh well. My husband had one, too.


    • I always thought mopeds looked like fun…but again..the traffic around here is atrocious. Sorry to hear that you crashed it..hope only the bike was injured, Laurie.


  7. Gosh .. I’ve never been on a motorcycle. I find them to be too scary.
    I like the idea of having metal around me when there are other people
    wearing nice metal around them. BUT … I do admire how beautiful some
    of them can be.
    This one looks really special. You di a fabulous job on the 55 word Flash Friday.


    • I first rode on one with a boyfriend when I was a teenager and then my husband took up riding again after we had been married for years. I really enjoyed riding with him but like I said, I wouldn’t today. Unless, we were out in the “boonies” somewhere where there were few cars. I can barely to stand to be on the road in my well-protected car with some of those aggressive drivers. Hugs…. xoxo


  8. riding/driving motorcycle is very tempting but its very risky too. 🙂

    love and hugs.


    • When I was younger, the risk part didn’t seem to enter my mind…I always felt very safe. I feel very fortunate when I think back on those days that I was kept all in one piece.



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