While road tripping is a common way to travel, Manny and Ramona take it to another level, choosing to see the world from the seat of their motorcycles.
Before adopting a nomadic way of life, Manny made great use of his motorcycle technician degree. Studying at the City College of San Francisco, he learned the innovative, hands-on skills required to repair and maintain motorcycles. After the program, he opened his own shop, building a local clientele that relied on him all of their motorcycle-related needs but also as a friend. With riders zipping up and down the northern California coastline and beyond, his business was booming. But with the business and friendships, Manny found he had no time to ride himself. His customers would tell him the most exciting stories about their travels and the places they’ve been, and eventually he wanted to experience that for himself. After nearly 10 years in the motorcycle business, he found someone to run his shop and set off to see the world.
Ramona, on the other hand, had no background in motorcycles when she decided to jet off to Europe. Having studied art history at the University of New Hampshire, she learned all about pre-renaissance, baroque and modern art before obtaining her degree. Once she was finished, she knew she wanted to earn her master’s degree but she also knew she wanted to do it somewhere where she could experience some of the more historical aspects up close. Her research led her to the Studio Arts College International, where she earned a Master of Arts in Art History in Florence, Italy. Just before the end of the yearlong program, Ramona met Manny, who was passing through town. She went for a ride on his motorcycle and the rest is history—though it took some time to get there.
Though Ramona’s program ended in July, Manny was taking off at the end of June to explore the drive up to the French countryside. He invited her to go with him, but Ramona stayed behind to finish up her degree. However, she couldn’t stop thinking about the appeal of travel and her connection with Manny so when the program was over, she sold some of her things, bought a motorcycle and met up with him in France.
The pair has since traveled to 30 different countries and counting. Their motorcycles provide an added freedom, giving them the feeling that they are experiencing the country as a part of it rather than passing through. Their backgrounds lend themselves perfectly to their lifestyle. Manny’s experience with motorcycles ensures that they are able to fix any problems they may have while the traveling gives Ramona a chance to keep her art history knowledge fresh, exploring museums around the world as they go. Some of their favorite pastimes also include visiting famous landmarks, finding the best food each town has to offer and wine tasting at the world’s best vineyards.
Now they’ve expanded their talents even more by writing about the adventures they have together. In addition to weekly columns for various publications, they have started a blog on couples motorcycle travel. Some of their favorite spots are Germany, Romania, Argentina, China and, of course, Italy—but they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.