She Defies Gravity and Can Ride Circles Around You
17 years old Harley Madison Curtis has no fear as she defies gravity, riding upside down on her Yamaha TTR110E, locked in a 12′ globe of steel surrounded by fog and flames. No biggie.
You can say it is in her blood, Harley is as a tenth generation performer and is traveling with her family across the country. Her and her two brothers, ages 13 and 23 perform a steel cage motorcycle act, The Real Steel Riders. Even if you are born into it though, an act like this takes guts, and this girl’s got ’em.
Harley is one of the few women in the country that perform this act, she is also one of the youngest. She started learning to ride the cage at age fourteen, and just finished her first full year of performing in front of an audience. In 2015 Real Steel Riders performed every week in a circus while dialing in their act to perfection. When she is not training or performing, Harley still gets her school work in through Virtual School, which allows her a flexible schedule.
What’s really impressive about the young Steel Riders is that they are mostly self-taught. Their parents showed them the basics, but all of the tricks, including riding upside down, they learned on their own. Some lessons were learned the hard way. Harley’s debut performance was on a cold night and her fingers were numb. She did not have a good sense of where she was on the brake, so when she pulled too hard she was in the wrong place, wrong time. She was upside down at the top of the globe. Harley made the 12′ drop with the bike landing on top of her. Wisely, the Riders wear helmets and armor during the show, so she walked away to ride again. Now her favorite tricks are when she is riding upside down.
Harley and her family love the adrenaline rush. Not only from riding top speed in a tiny globe, but from the thrill they get performing. The louder and more excited the crowd gets, the bigger the rush, the better the show.
Harley hopes to continue riding and performing with her family. She would like to ride on the street some day, a Harley of course, but is waiting for the ok from Mom and Dad, the streets are dangerous.
Watch video of Harley and her younger brother Lincoln riding The Globe:
Want to learn more about the Real Steel Riders, visit: Real Steel Riders Facebook Page