2018 found us celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Ultimate Biker Makeover! Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover along with a photo. Deadline for entries was June 22nd 2018. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Karen’s story of powering through not only one type of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but 4 was pretty compelling. How does one get through a blow like that? We all just couldn’t get over how tough this must have been for Karen, but were happy to read that riding her motorcycle to chemo and radiation was what empowered her through it all. This confirmed to us all that we needed to help this woman stay out riding on the road. Riding was how she was surviving.
Karen has had some time for this all to sink in, her prizes showed up and she got straight to work installing them on her bike. We asked Karen to give us an update on her life since winning the Ultimate Biker Makeover, here is what she shared with us.
I was a little embarrassed telling my own story to win a contest to only benefit myself. But the actual writing of my story, and having been considered “worthy”, has more than made up for my original reluctance! I would certainly encourage every woman to go for the chance to get “Hooked UP” by the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Along with the confidence that being chosen brings, getting down & dirty in your own garage, wrenching on your own bike, is so satisfactory! I love it when guys ask who did the work on my ride, and I simply smugly answer , ME!”
Congratulations again Karen, we are so happy to help keep you on the road riding and staying in the fight! We couldn’t do this with out the support of our sponsors, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Spectro Oils, S&S Cycle Inc., Memphis Shades, Corbin Seats, Bare Knuckle Choppers, and Star Brite.
Photos by Mikel Benoit.