What it’s Like to be Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Leah Misch

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Leah Misch

(Story and photos courtesy of Garage-Girls/Sara Liberte)

We catch up with our 2016 Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Leah Misch to find out how she is enjoying all her new gear. She has been fortunate to receive some help from some of our sponsors with install of her new parts and even helping to take some photos. We love nothing more than being able to help riders stay safe on the road with new gear for them AND their Motorcycle!

Garage Girls- How did you hear about the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover?

Leah Misch -I saw an ad for the contest as I flipped through American Iron Magazine dreaming about buying a new pair of riding boots after literally wearing a hole through my 6 year old riding boots.

GG- What prompted you to enter?

LM- I tore out the page from the magazine ad and thought about entering the contest for almost a month before finally deciding to sit down and write the essay. I’ve always struggled with writing and hesitated entering the contest since I thought I wouldn’t likely win. But as I trained for my first Half Ironman I thought back to the days when I contemplated if I could run a 5k. The beginning steps in anything is to ‘try.’ Even if I didn’t win the contest, it would get me to take the first steps in writing a book many people have told me I need to do.

GG- Now that you have won, what do you think of the prizes?

LM- AWESOME; I LOVE EVERYTHING!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING I WON ALL THESE AMAZING PRIZES!!! I LOVE SCOUT’S NEW SPORTY EDGE!!! I’ll totally put everything to good use in finishing my 50 state goal.

2016 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Leah Misch

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016 winner Leah Misch surrounded by the cache of goods she received.

GG- If you could encourage others who are down on their luck for any obstacle in life, how would you encourage them? What would you say?

LM- “Take the first step in faith, you may not see the whole staircase; but just take the first step”- “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.”
‘Life’s like a bike; to keep balanced you must keep going’- Einstein

These quotes were some of my most life changing quotes as I took many first steps in life when I wanted to give up…. instead I keep going as I continue to live towards my bucket list goals I set for myself after leaving an abusive relationship I was lucky to survive. For example, running my fist 5k after overcoming morbid obesity. Taking my first steps after breaking my back to later finishing marathons. Flying into hurricanes to help victims of disaster during crisis situations. Learning to first ride a motorcycle and years later traveling across the country on a motorcycle, solo.

GG- Any advice for others thinking about entering the Ultimate Biker Makeover contest in 2017?

LM- You Go Girl is a motto I share with others to overcome adversity, break through barriers, and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
Remember, the only limits are those you set for yourself. Take the first step and just try; you may not see what’s at the top of the staircase, but just take the first step to try something new because life begins outside of your comfort zone

GG- Any special words you want to send to all the sponsors who help make this happen?

LM- Thank you for sponsoring a contest which encouraged me to not only keep riding safely; but to learn how to work on my bike myself. I added a set of tools to my Christmas List and hope to continue exploring motorcycle maintenance and the DIY work on Scout! Thanks Garage Girls and all the awesome sponsors!

Special thanks to Sara Liberte for starting a contest that literally changed my life. I’m excited to ride fashionable and safe as I continue my 50 state goal.

P.S. My 50 state goal first started when I put on my list “to see the Statue of Liberty.” I got in my car and drove by myself from Minnesota to New York to see the Statue of Liberty. The statue represents a woman escaping the chains of tyranny, which lie at her feet as she holds the flaming torch of liberty in her right hand – You Go Girl! Thank you Sarah ‘Liberte!!!’

After doing a solo trip in my car to the East Coast to see the Statue of Liberty, I gained the confidence and love for traveling. That is when I added to the bucket list ‘watch the sun rise or set in all 50 states by age 30’… Alaska is my last state, which I’m now hoping to finish my 50 state goal and take Scout with me safely in style. You Go Girl!!

Garage-Girls Declares 2016 Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

Garage-Girls and GEICO Motorcycle are proud to announce this years Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Leah Misch from LaCrosse, WI. Leah was selected among over 63 entries to this years contest from the story and photo she submitted.

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Leah Misch

Leah Misch shows one of the reasons she was in desperate need of the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Misch will be rockin’ some new gear soon after winning the Garage-Girls 2016 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 as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 9th 2016. 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. Leah will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by J&P Cycles, clothing by Hinjinx Apparel, gear from Baker Drivetrain, Vance & Hines Exhaust, S&S Cycle, Klock Werks and MUCH MORE!!

Leah Misch; an American Red Cross Volunteer, sent in her story of overcoming many obstacles while traveling cross country solo on her motorcycle. We all know challenges are difficult when you have traveling companions, but they are that much more difficult when traveling solo.

“The roads took me from coast to coast through high winds, forest fires, hail, tornados, and many thunderstorms. In the 17,000 miles I turned this past year; I literally wore holes through my riding gear. My worn out gear is unfashionable and unsafe which is exactly why I need a biker makeover, especially after the events on Lookout Mountain.” Leah wrote. She goes on to tell of how she learned first hand the importance of proper riding gear and how imperative it is to keeping you not only on the road, but more importantly safe. Leah’s story can been seen on line at www.garage-girls.com

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com

If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com

About Garage-Girls
Garage-Girls.com is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 8th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!

Win the Ultimate Biker Makeover From Garage-Girls and GEICO

How would you like to score a HUGE list of parts and accessories for you AND your Motorcycle? You can if you enter the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016, brought to you by GEICO Motorcycle.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo (jpeg no larger than 5mb) to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com Deadline for entries is June 29th, 2016. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will get to take home all the prizes which include; a wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, a new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tires, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket and Gloves by J&P Cycles, clothing by Hijinx Apparel, exhaust from Vance & Hines, surprises from S&S Cycle, Klock Werks and MUCH MORE!! GEICO Motorcycle during the 76th Sturgis Rally will announce the winner LIVE on the Buffalo Chip Stage Thursday August 11th, 2016, winner will also be posted online at www.garage-girls.com.

Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016

Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com

About Garage-Girls
Garage-Girls.com is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 8th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!

Garage-Girls Ultimate Makeover Contest Winner

ubm-2014-mainCongrats to Chris Gibbany for winning the Garage-Girls’ 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover contest! Chris competed for the grand prize along with 84 other contestants by writing a 600-word essay describing why she needs a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover.

In Chris’ winning entry, she emphasized the various ways she has been “hunkering down” in life, a daily methodology so that she can put herself through school and provide herself with all the things she needed most. While she clocks plenty of miles on her Harley’s odometer, before the contest, Chris didn’t own a riding jacket. With the makeover, Chris received a ton more than just a jacket.

She’ll also be getting matching gloves and a helmet from Roland Sands Design and J&P Cycles, a revamped wardrobe full of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a cleaning kit from Wizards Products, a case of synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, clothing from Hijinx Apparel, a set of Avon tires, and a Mustang Motorcycle seat.

Read all about Chris’ big win by heading over to Garage-Girls.com.

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Sara Liberte of the Garage Girls talking to Progressive Suspension about some of their new 2010 products at the V-Twin Expo

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