I found my next guest through Eve (May 14, 2012 profile). Kari a.k.a. Bluekat is from Oregon, Eve sent me a link to Kari’s blog, bluekat’s Journeys because Kari is also a female motorcyclist! I am thankful to Eve for the “introduction” and to Kari for saying yes!
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? About 4 years, since 2008
How did you learn to ride? I took Basic Rider Training through Team Oregon.
What was your first motorcycle? 91 Vulcan 500
How many have you owned? Three. The Vulcan, a Suzuki C50, and my current Ninja 650R.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? It came out of the blue (no one expected it!) My husband returned to riding after a 20+ year hiatus. For some wild reason I decided to learn to ride. I was as surprised as anyone by this revelation.
Tell us about your riding. Mostly commuting. Sometimes it seems like it’s the only time I can find for riding. Great way to relax after a day at work. We also do a little touring, but usually only once a year.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Not much advice really, but if you want to ride. Don’t let anyone convince you that you can’t. I highly recommend taking a class from professionals.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Last year’s tour from Oregon to Glacier National Park. I think it was a little over 2,000 miles altogether. Going to the Sun Highway opened on the last day we were there, and we had a fantastic ride over the pass.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? We are a part of an informal moto-blogger group. Some of us are local, but others are across theU.S.and even around the world. We’ve met and ridden with a few riders/bloggers in our area. In fact our Glacier Tour last year was with some other fellow moto-bloggers who invited us along. Most of my riding is solo, but sometimes with friends and family on occasion.
Do you have a favorite riding story? I can’t think of a favorite at the moment. There are so many good memories: the first time learning to ride, the first get together with fellow moto-bloggers, first trip to the Redwoods, and our trip last year to Glacier. They’re all favorites.
What do you do when you’re not riding? If I’m not riding motorcycles, you can probably find me on a bicycle, either on the road or on the trails. Guess I just can’t stay away from two wheels.