The combination of dogs and motorcycles isn’t a novel one. How many fine boys have you seen riding in the comfort of a sidecar with their ears flapping in the wind? If your answer is zero, you should get out more. Because Michael Fiala’s bike was a Kawasaki Ninja, he opted to do things a little differently—no sidecar to take Sox the husky for a ride. So why not the pillion passenger?
Michael Fiala decided to sell everything he owned (save his motorcycle) and go to Hawaii after graduating from university a few years ago. His father offered him a puppy, a fluffy baby husky named Sox, to keep him company on his lonely voyage. Fiala had to figure out how to get his puppy around with only a motorcycle once he arrived in Hawaii. Fiala was up for the challenge as a qualified animal behaviorist, biologist, and dog trainer. He progressively trained his adventurous companion to ride on the back of his Ninja’s pillion until Sox the dog became a bike dog.
Fiala chose to return to the continent after six years of riding the roads of Hawaii with a dog on the saddle to complete his dream of visiting all 50 states, all national parks, and all MLB stadiums in the country. He traded his Ninja for a Concours 14 and returned to the mainland to embark on his epic journey. Of course, he’ll be accompanied by Sox.
That was over a year ago. On the Kawasaki, the duo has traveled over 60,000 miles, visiting 35 states and 21 national parks. Fiala outfits fellow traveler Sox with goggles and a small open-face helmet to keep him safe on their trek. It’s difficult not to assume that the dog’s expression is one of sheer happiness. You’d almost believe he’s grinning…
After they’ve seen all 50 states, national parks, and baseball stadiums, what will they do? Fiala has huge plans for the future: she wants to see all seven continents.
He also started documenting “Sox and Michael’s” exploits on Instagram a few months ago, but it’s well worth a look if you need a push. Any terrible day will be brightened by images of husky-wearing goggles.