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Kick Like Ya Mean It

A woman’s motorcycle odyssey in search of an identity

Margaret Dean
Ellemeno
Published in
9 min readMar 14, 2024

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Self-Portrait with Murky Water. Image by the author, created during an identity crisis.

“I won’t sell it to you.” He said. “There are many other bikes here that are far more suitable for you. Choose something else.”

I argued. Let me try.

He shook his head. “If you get it wrong, that thing can kick back and break your leg.”

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Margaret Dean
Ellemeno

Neurodivergent, semi-reclusive oddbod. Sometime biker, sometime photographer, oftentime just very confused. Still waiting for clarity in my late middle age.