I am so excited that Christen responded to a tweet of mine looking for lady motorcyclists to profile. I’m embarrassed to confess I didn’t see her direct message from May 7 until a couple of days ago. Thankfully, Christen graciously accepted to add her story here!
Christin or “Oki” [seems like there might be a story behind that nick name] is known on Twitter as @CVoros161 is from San Diego, CA. Check out her blog Christin.GirlClutchRacing.com!
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 5 years. I received my motorcycle endorsement in 2006, but didn’t start riding until 2008.
What was your first motorcycle? The first 6 months I was learning how to ride, I had a 2004 Kawasaki ZX636. I purchased my 2008 Honda CBR600RR in October 2008.
How many have you owned? Just the one.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I remember sitting at iHop eating breakfast with my boyfriend-at-the-time and seeing a girl ride by on her own bike and thinking, “Wow that is so cool! I want to be that girl!”
Tell us about your riding.
I started riding for leisure and commuting on Fridays and in the summer. Now, it’s a strictly race/track bike. I‘ve been racing with the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association
(CVMA) since September 2011.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?
Just go do it! Take the MSF
course and get your endorsement and experience the freedom that comes with it. There’s no reason not to! I still find it incredibly empowering seeing girls riding around on the street or gridding up on the race track… And don’t let your guy friends try talking you into starting on a 250cc if you feel comfortable on a 600! Your money, your bike, your choice!
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I think I logged 400 miles on a ride in one day riding around San Diego and/or Riverside counties.
Do you have a favorite riding story? There are so many. Spending the entire day with girlfriends on their own motorcycles, rolling 30-deep up the Orange County coast on PCH is one I will always remember.
What do you do when you’re not riding? Cross-train. I log a couple hundred miles on my road bike every month, as well as training at Pariah Crossfit in Oceanside 3-4 times a week. I also work full-time and am a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
P.S. Ladies! Let me know if you’d like to share your story too! Email me at: pamela(dot)court(at)gmail(dot)com < Trying to keep the spammers at bay!