About

Hi there. Welcome to Pillioness!

Are you looking for answers to burning questions like these:

  • Liz at PillionessCan you make a motorcycle more comfortable?
  • How can you feel safer while roaring down the highway?
  • Should you keep your motorcycle in the living room?
  • Do you need help for your bike addiction?
  • Why do vintage motorcycles bring a tear to your eye?

…And, one for the ladies…

  • Can you still look like a woman when you’re wearing 25 layers of bike gear, and you have a bad case of helmet hair?

These are the Big Questions, for sure.

Don’t worry – I can help you out with some answers.

Why Pillioness?

I’m Liz Hardy, and Pillioness is my brain child.

It’s grown out of my 28 years as a motorcycle pillion passenger.
Being a bit of a princess, I thought the word ‘pillion’ could stand to be a little more girly.
And so Pillioness was born.

I know I could ride my own bike.
Of course I could.
But I love sitting on the back of my furry soulmate Pat’s motorcycles.

We roar through the New Zealand countryside together, racking up our next quarter of a million miles, and grinning like maniacs.

I’ve found it doesn’t matter whether you sit on the front or the back of a motorcycle.
Both experiences can change your life for the better.

Meet the Pillioness Team

 

Liz Garage Princess

Liz
Garage Princess

Liz hates getting her hands dirty. (Yeewwww…)
But that doesn’t mean she won’t.
She spends a surprising amount of her time out in the garage.
She’s probably either looking for the 9/16 spanner, or taking glamorous motorcycle selfies (even though she forgot to brush her hair).

New ideas for her next Pillioness article often wake her up at 3.14am.
That means she’s pretty cranky over breakfast.
Luckily, there’s usually a bike in the kitchen to make her smile again.

 

Pat Beard Master

Pat
Beard Master

Pat knows so much about bikes, he’s like a motorcycle Wikipedia.
(Only accurate. And a lot funnier.)
He’s been riding for almost 50 years, and has had dozens of bikes.

He’s a famous professor who owns about 8,000 books (and wrote some of them himself).
Even so, he rocks a wild biker beard.
The last time he shaved, he was 17.
He lives by his personal philosophy: you always need another book – and another bike in the shed.

 

Hector Head of Motorcycle Security

Hector
Head of Bike Security

Hector the ginger biker cat is usually on high alert in the garage.
He takes his security work very seriously.
As soon as he learns to stop purring so loudly, he’ll be utterly terrifying.
But he’s also bright orange, so he’s lost the element of surprise already.

Hector doesn’t care.
He’s ready to rumble.
And while he waits, he snores like a bear on a pile of clean rags.
Yep, the security situation is locked up tight with Hector in charge.