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Leslie Padoll of New York shares why she rides through international campaign

NY, NY - Growing up in a family of riders, it was natural that Leslie Padoll would have a "desire to get on the road." As a designer living in New York, Leslie is always in search of a chance to get on the road — whether it's a cross-country trek from California to New York or a two week cruise through India's Golden Triangle.

Despite the fact that riding's often seen as a "masculine thing," Leslie's love of bikes and the freedom of the road have remained since childhood. "I just want to do things because they are worth doing," she said. Riding is her way to connect with herself, let go of insecurities, and rediscover what's important in life.

"Whether I get something out of it for myself or inspire someone else, then I feel like I'm doing the right thing."

What she rides: 2013 Harley-Davidson® Sporster 883™

"There's something really, really romantic about the connection with your motorcycle …" Leslie's Harley, Francie (named after her grandma) is the bike that changed her perspective on riding. Francie helps Leslie escape the pressures and responsibilities of the city and find "a place of happiness."

- Engine Torque: 55ft-lb
- Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
- Cooling: Air-colled, Evolution
- Fuel: 3.3 Gallon tank @ 51 mpg
- Weight: 573.2 lbs

Modifications: Vance & Hines Exhaust

Leslie's favorite NY cruise is a, "perfect three hour journey for when you need to get away from it all," she said. It begins in the heart of Brooklyn and stretches to the open countryside of Hobart in upstate New York. Along the way you'll find camping, fishing, and a great roadside diner in Phoenicia. Once in Stamford, relax and let the small-town vibes wash over you like a cool breeze (or occasionally, a torrential downpour!). With a handful of quaint places to eat and stay, you're likely to find great conversation and new friends no matter where you end up.

Catch Leslie's story in her #WhyIRide video which has become widely shared this week in Social Media. Leslie's video link: Here

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Edited by: Diana Merrill Claussen

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