Two Wheel Rhapsody

May 30, 2011

Since last week’s ride two wheels definitely have gained more importance again. But nothing else has happened ever since except the prep work of more book readings and a Group Book Launch party. Both events will be scheduled in June.

The collective Book Launch party is organized by the San Francisco Writers Community I had joined in December of 2009 to find out what it takes to write and publish a book and to get an understanding of promoting and market a book. I met many likeminded people and we are all on the journey together. This journey is exciting in its own way and deserves an evening of fun.

Saturday, June 18 at Café Royale, 800 Post Street @ Leavenworth, San Francisco  7 PM

The second event will be my first book introduction in a book store.  I am looking forward to this one since I have never done  a reading in a book store. I am sharing this evening with well established authors. I am looking forward to an exciting evening. This is a public event.

Tuesday, June 28 at Book Shop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco                                          7:00-9:00 PM

However – there is a lot more in the pipeline in terms of meeting new people, creating new opportunities, discussing and evaluating possibilities. The beauty is that the possibilities are endless.

Stay tuned. There will be more. One thing at the time.


Birgit the Circuit

May 23, 2011

Once an adrenaline junkie, always an adrenaline junkie!

The attentive reader of “To Drink the Wild Air” does know that I have sold my last street bike back in 1995 after I blew up the engine of my Kawasaki KLR 650 and shortly before I moved to Mexico City. There was no need for a bike in Mexico City and I had to concentrate on different things down there as it turned out. Mainly to make sure that my stuff didn’t get stolen left and right.

I never rode a bike ever since again until 2010 when I took a test ride on a Kawasaki KLR 650. Already then I jumped on that bike and rode it like I never took a break. That ride was only a short one on the streets in the city and of course the bike’s characteristics can be compared to a tractor rather than to a slick race bike. Nevertheless it was a bike and I rode it.

Yesterday Sunday May 22 2011 was the day when “Birgit the Circuit” awoke again. I was invited by friends to go on a bike ride, riding a sports bike and we had reserved the whole day.  

My fascination for bikes never had disappeared and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would forget how to ride a bike.  Yesterday morning I sat on this Ducati 888, turned on the engine, threw in first gear and rode. The moment we hit US 1 it was like always. The same feeling, the same control, the instinct, the know-how and the knowledge of  how a bike of this caliber will behave and how much power there is to control. We went fairly fast into the first batch of windy roads in the back country. A slight adjustment to the bike was necessary. When the roads got twisty and fast I rode fluid but not flawless. Mis-shifting , losing power coming out of the turns, breaking too late or too  early going into the turns ( both can lead into scary situations), and the simple adjustment to the bike. The feeling of riding was the same like a long time ago on the race track. The necessary focus, the excitement and the fun. It was great !

On our way home we switched bikes and I rode the Aprilia RSV 100 to the end of our ride. What power house that engine is. The fusion of improved materials, perfect geometry, an incredible power band and acceleration showed me the improvements of 16 years I literally was missing in action in terms of street bike riding and my even longer absence off the race track.

Who says it cannot be done???? Not that I want to get back to the racing scene but I think it would be nice to take some laps on a racetrack again to realize that time is a relative thing. Some people might have lost their instinct for riding a bike over time but in my case it just went into hibernation and now it is back again!!!!!  What I will do with it will be the question.  It will be important to find a healthy balance and combination. To be able to fuse the more settled side of me with the wild side but still live a responsible and “normal” life.

Post launch-party

May 16, 2011

Post launch-party. I took a breather and I was distracted by other issues like the Bird Hotel and the challenge to attract more feathered guests with effective Marketing. Any suggestion is highly appreciated.

Post launch-party. My efforts to re-connect with the local biker scene took shape and I had a good start with this venture  at the the open house event at Scuderia West in April. Through people I have met there I ended up yesterday at the female riders appreciation day at the BMW Motorrad dealership in San Francisco. In the past never a true BMW fan now I was impressed by the new BMW bikes.  The temptation to sit on one of them and to ride was great. The way things shape up I not only re-connect with the crowd itself but also might get the chance to taste the slick new combustion engine technology. These new BMW bikes are hot – to say the least.

Post launch-party. The most important thing in development though is that there will be another book reading/signing event at the West Portal Book shop on June 28 2011 at 7PM.  This will be a short presentation but a good opportunity for all the people who missed the actual launch party. More details about the event once the date comes closer.

Book Shop West Portal

And so my New Life remains unpredictable and exciting. I never know what a new day will bring until it happens and the situation brings new challenges, decisions and situations which have to be adapted according to current circumstances. New Life also can be exhausting – but I embrace it every day and go with the flow.

Thank You!

May 9, 2011

Last Saturday was the get together to celebrate the book for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

I want to thank all of my friends and people I met along the way for your support and interest in “To Drink the Wild Air” and I was glad to see that everyone enjoyed the program.

The raffle of a bag full of feathers was an eye-opener or an optical illusion. The 969 feathers seemed a lot less according the estimations of all participants. 90% have guessed a number below 500. Only a fraction of people came up with guesses above 800 or even beyond 1000. The main thing was that it was fun to guess.

Further news on the book is that it is available in E- Version for the Amazon Kindle (to be found on the Amazon link) as well as for any other electronic readers like Nook, I-Pad, I-Pod etc. The interested person will find the Smashwords button on my Blog page from where all the versions can be downloaded.

The journey will continue. Stick around and follow the blog.

Thanks again for helping to make the launch successful.

Examined by the sfexaminer

May 1, 2011

Below is what I have discovered on this warm sunny Sunday morning on May 01  in the SF Examiner.

As I said before – the word is out – everybody is invited – many people already have signed up – this is the echo!

See you all next Saturday!

Here is the link :  \”To Drink the Wild Air\” in the Examiner

Dapper Dan circles around baby peregrine falcons


By: Staff report 05/01/11 8:15 AM
Dapper Dan
Keeping watch: A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines. (Ben Margot/AP)

Image of the week

Keeping watch: A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines.

Something to read

To Drink the Wild Air
By Birgit Soyka ($16.95)

The San Francisco author’s memoir covers her journey from motorcycle racing in her youth to corporate burnout and her quest to reclaim her adventurous spirit. A book-launch party is 4 p.m. Saturday at, 524 Union St., San Francisco.

Lend a hand

Golden Gate National Parks volunteer program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.; details at]

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