Featured Ride: Jenny Vu’s Bike

By Driving Pretty


Hey! I’m Jenny Vu, I’m currently 21 years old and I started riding when I was only 18. I am Vietnamese and when I was younger I got to travel back to Vietnam a lot and I loved their “motorcycles.” When I turned 16 years old, I decided to take a motorcycle course. I wasn’t aware how to drive a manual at the time either, the school was not a good one and needless to say I failed. When I was 18 years old I finally was able to convince my parents to let me have a bike; a 2009 Ninja 250. I’m a self taught rider. There were many learning curves for me; mainly staying on balance when coming to a stop. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve dropped my bike; at busy intersections, stop signs, lights, you name it. It got to the point where if I dropped my bike I just stood by and waited till a bystander came to help me pick it up. I’m not a big person mind you, 5’2 and 100lbs. I strived and somehow did manage to teach myself and get my licence. I was able to keep up to the 600’s and 750’s on my 250 (not straightaways, but during curves). Later that year, I went back to Vietnam and I realized that those “motorcycles”, that were the primary reason I started riding were, in fact, not motorcycles but scooters. Too late though, I was hooked.


I loved my 250 to bits and pieces. My bf at the time and I had a falling out, he got drunk and trashed the bike. It was a red, stock Kawasaki color and after getting a beat down, I was not discouraged. I bought red duck tape and taped the fairings together for the time being, just so I could continue to ride.

Shortly thereafter is when I got into modding my bike. I replaced the fairings, exhaust, got flush mount signals, an integrated taillight and a few other mods. This is where my journey began; it was a blessing in disguise.

Topping out my bike during a highway cruise I realized I needed an upgrade. In September, I found a 2007 GSXR 750 for a great price, it was perfect.


During the long grueling winters of Calgary, I took it apart. Changed almost everything since then.

Here’s a list:

Pearl white paint job
Iridium Visor
Iridium Hugger
Core Steel Braided Brake Lines
Aftermarket levers
Windscreen Bolts
Purple Anodized rearsets
Custom painted rims
Fender Eliminator kit
Tinted Signals
Purple Signal Bulbs
LED Vent Lights
Custom Tank Pad (it says live fast, die pretty)
Purple Bar-ends
M4 Short Exhaust
Power Commander III
K&N Air Filter
White Painted Calipers
Purple Brake reservoir
Purple Parking LEDs
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT
Custom White Seat

Thus, duke was born. The designs on the side were a little touch from myself. Purchasing vinyl sheets, I cut and designed it on my own. The only part of the bike that went into an actual shop was for the installation of the PCIII and the rearsets. I’m mechanically inclined and try to do everything on my own, where I can’t, I have a trustworthy friend to help out.

Duke may not be the most expensive and probably not the nicest bike out there, but he’s mine and I put hard work, blood, sweat and tears into making him what he is today (yes, I refer to my bike as a he). If you have a passion as great as this, don’t let it go. Doubt your doubts before you doubt yourself.



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