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Welcome to Back of the Bike Life! We are Pat & Trevor Machado, a motorcycle couple who love to take two-up adventures. Two-up means we are two people on one motorcycle.  Trevor is the rider and Pat is the passenger.

We have been riding together for a little over five years.  Trevor has been riding motorcycles for 38 years and has taken some very long trips.  I had been on a bike before, but no major riding. Trevor introduced me to riding by starting out slow, we did some day rides and then moved up to weekend trips.  In 2020 we rode in 18 states covering over 15,000miles.  We found that we loved riding together, visiting new towns, cities, and states, and decided we needed more!  Trevor and I met 6 years ago and got married in 2020, yes, during a pandemic! Crazy right, well not as crazy as our idea to sell our home and all our belongings and take to the open road on a motorcycle!

Sometime in 2018, we decided that we were going to focus on our vision of a life of travel by motorcycle.  We came up with a plan on how we would work, save, plan, minimalize our life and make our dream come true.

I have also been planning a blog in my mind for about three years, I just didn’t know what it would look like or how it would be done.  I am a picture taker and have thousands of photos of our adventures.  I knew there must be a way to capture and share these journeys and that is how Back of the Bike Life came to be. 

This blog will share our journey and adventures, provide valuable information regarding motorcycles, trip planning, rides, routes & maps, photo’s and everything you need to know about being on the back of the bike!  In addition to sharing our bike life, we will also share what we do with our time off of the bike.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Meet Pat

Hi, I’m Pat and I am the passenger on our motorcycle.  I have spent most of my life climbing the corporate ladder.  Most of my career has been in healthcare and insurance, working the financial side of things for large and small companies.  I don’t mind this work, but I’d rather be on the back of the bike!  I love photography and my children will tell you that I have tortured them for many years with my need to capture every moment!  Trevor and I have four daughters and a few fur babies, and they all keep us on our toes!  Now that our girls are all young adults, we are ready to pursue our dream of motorcycle travel, and as our good friend calls us, become gypsies! I am excited to travel the great USA and share it with anyone who wants to listen!  I will be writing for the blog as well as taking most of the pictures, most of which are taken on the back of the bike! 

Meet Trevor

Hi, I’m Trevor and I am the rider of our motorcycle.  I have been riding since I was a teen, starting with dirt bikes and making my way up to our current bike, the Indian Roadmaster.  I took off on my bike when I was seventeen and came back two years later, so my love for riding is deep.  I work in technology and run my own consulting firm, which means I mostly work from home.  It also means that I can work anywhere in the USA, and that means we can ride to any destination, set up home, work, and explore whatever new city and state we are in.  Yup, sounds like gypsy life to me! I will provide this blog with my motorcycle knowledge, share safety tips, product reviews, rides, routes & maps for great trips and adventures.  I also handle all the technical items needed to run this blog.

We are happy you are here, and we look forward to sharing our love of motorcycles and travel with you.  Please enjoy our articles and photos and leave a comment if you’d like.  You can also contact us if you need a riding route or maps!