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Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Christie a.k.a. @Christieland

About a year ago I profiled Krystyna (KK), or on Twitter @KK352, a true lady motorcyclist! I tweeted once again asking for help finding more female riders and KK responded with a recommendation to contact her friend Christie a.k.a. @Christieland. I did and she said yes!! Christie has some amazing skills you can check out her blog Passed by a Chick!

Christie with her racing mechanic, Nikki Nienow

Christie with her racing mechanic, Nikki Nienow

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 7 years

How did you learn to ride? MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation)

What was your first motorcycle? 2003 Suzuki SV650S

How many have you owned? 5

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I initially wanted to learn how
to ride simply to know the skill and see if I might like it.  I had this idea in my head it’d be cool to know how to drive well, ride a motorcycle, fly a plane, James Bond stuff like that.  In case I ever needed to make a quick getaway and that was the only vehicle around!

Tell us about your riding. Turns out I really liked it.  I had so much fun in my MSF class that I knew I wanted to buy a street bike.  I got the Suzuki SV650S and started joining group rides in the mountains and occasionally commuting through gnarly Silicon Valley traffic to my job at Google.

A friend suggested a track day, which turned into another track day, which turned into racing lessons, and then racing.  Four years later I quit racing, and at that point I was fast enough at Sonoma Raceway to qualify for AMA SuperSport but declined to make a run at the pros, deciding instead to cash in my chips and walk away in one piece.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?  Take an honest look at your driving ability, if you can. Everyone says they’re a good driver, naturally.  But are you, really? Do you know how to drive defensively?  When unexpected things happen on the road, do you blame others, or think about how you could have avoided the situation better?  If you feel you’re a good driver and can also keep your ego in check, go for it.  For me, motorcycling changed my life.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle?  I rode my
niece’s boyfriend’s Harley from Omaha, Nebraska to South Carolina two
summers ago.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? Off or online? No

Do you have a favorite riding story? They’re almost all favorites.

What do you do when you’re not riding? Ride my bicycle!  I race road
and mountain bikes now.  No more motor bike racing for me!  My
husband, a former pro motorcycle racer, and I are expecting our first
child in late August, so I’m not racing anything right now (except to
the bathroom, about a million times a day) but am still logging lots
of miles on my pedal bikes.

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Grace a.k.a. @SeismicCoach

I am so glad on February 11, 2010 I decided to start this blog to chronicle my journey into motorcycling. It has not only recorded my story, but has opened the door to share other lady rider’s stories as well! We are such a beautiful and diverse group and I have another female motorcyclist to add. Please welcome Grace or on Twitter @SeismicCoach from British Columbia, Canada. Check out her web site Seismic Coaching.

Grace a.k.a. @SeismicCoach

Grace a.k.a. @SeismicCoach

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Two years, but missing this third season.

How did you learn to ride? I learned to ride with the fine folks at Pacific Riding School. I come from a road cycling and technical mountain biking background with some race experience. Some key bicycling skills translated naturally (with minor adjustments for a heavier bike) into motorcycling, including leaning and counter-steering, looking far ahead, looking beyond the turn, traffic awareness, braking concepts (front-wheel vs. rear wheel), and keeping an eye on road conditions.

What was your first motorcycle? A 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S40. It’s a great starter bike that, like me, was small and compact with a solid thirst for adventures.

How many have you owned? Just the one so far. Looking to buy the next one ASAP.

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I’m an adventure motorcyclist at heart. I still love to mountain bike, but motorcycling takes adventure and travel to the next level. Everything about the open air appeals to my core – the smells, sharper focus and awareness, open to the elements, and even the dynamic “textures” of air during a ride – can’t get enough of it. At the time I got my Class 6 licence, I was several months into launching my own consulting business and had just finished Big Contract #1. Learning to ride anchored the deep-soul gratifying independence and flexibility borne of building a business. Now it permeates much of who I am and how my business grows.

Tell us about your riding. Every ride is pure pleasure regardless of purpose. I took a couple of short solo trips within the province and gained some new skills and confidence at Reg Pridmore’s CLASS course in Rosamond, California. I live in a more rural area with easy access to city centres. Many rides are about scouting different routes and back roads.

Duffy Lake loop

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?Taking the MSF course (in Canada, MSA, Motorcycle Skills Assessment) is a no-brainer.

1)     Try custom-fitted vented earplugs. It’s a personal preference and, given that I like long rides, I no longer get headaches from sustained loud noise;

2)     Although not imperative, solid bicycle handling skills can ease the transition to motorcycling. Just remember the front brake lever is on the right-hand side on a motorcycle.

3)     Age is inconsequential;

4)     There’s a reason that you’re curious about motorcycling. Listen to that inner voice. Take a stand for your curiosity and desire to keep learning. No such thing as a silly question as everyone had to start at Square One, including the pros.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? The longest trip was an overnighter from the Fraser Valley area of British Columbia to Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The first day of the trip felt longer because Island weather greeted me with sun, rain, wind, hail, sun, clouds, sun, more rain, more hail… in July! Oddly, I didn’t mind it. The plan with the next bike is to take multi-day trips. With my business, I have the flexibility to take an extended trip and notify clients well in advance. I’m currently savouring the process of dreaming, planning, and researching that first big trip.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I’m a member of the LIME (Ladies International Motorcycle Enthusiast) group based in Vancouver, but I tend to ride solo or occasionally with a friend.

Do you have a favorite riding story? One of my favourites is the time I refueled at a quiet gas station in Fort Langley, BC. Imagine a petite woman, solo and gassing up, as an older gentleman with grizzled white beard and tousled hair limps toward her with a crooked, toothy grin. His first words were, “That’s a really nice bike. I remember my first bike when I was 15…” His was a love story of his first bike and the impact of riding throughout his life. I leaned on my bike and listened to the whole thing – wasn’t in a rush. I soaked in his every eye-twinkle, chuckle, and gesture. That could be any of us x years from now. Everyone has a unique and beautiful story, motorcycle-related or not.

What do you do when you’re not riding? I run, mountain bike, and kayak… oh, so West Coast! My business recently launched an initiative called Moto Leadership which brings relevant leadership development to professionals who ride motorcycles, although it’s also open to non-riders. The first event is slated for June 2014 in British Columbia, so there’s plenty to keep things hopping. And, as always, there are extended trips to plan!

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Lois

Have you ever heard the old saying, “you have not because you ask not?” Well, this applies to me and my next guest, Lois. I’m racking my brain trying to remember how I came across her website Lois On The Loose. You have to go take a look at all her accomplishments! Lois has several epic road trips under her belt, written two books (I’ve got to get these!!), a contributing writer and editor to several publications, and also does public speaking. Wow! Back to the old saying … I reached out to Lois earlier this year asking if she’d like to add her profile of a female motorcyclist to my blog. She said yes, but was about to leave on a trip and would do it when she had some spare time. And she did, so now I’m adding another lady rider to the mix. I am so glad I asked Lois. I think this is the 80th profile of a female motorcyclist! Join me in welcoming Lois Pryce from London, UK.

Lois Pryce

Lois Pryce

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 12 years
How did you learn to ride? I did an intensive 5-day course in London.
What was your first motorcycle? A 1959 BSA Bantam D7

Lois and her first motorcycle

Lois and her first motorcycle

How many have you owned? 8
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I just thought it looked like a lot of fun!
Tell us about your riding. Adventure, exploring, off-roading, world travelling…

Lois in Morocco and a camel sign

Lois in Morocco and a camel sign

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Don’t let anyone put you off – there is so much fun to be had on two wheels and so many great people to meet – it opens up a whole world.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? 20,000 miles, from Alaska to Argentina
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? No, but the collective of worldwide motorcycle travelers is an unofficial international club!

Peru desert riding

Peru desert riding

Do you have a favorite riding story? So many, I couldn’t even begin… they are all in my books
What do you do when you’re not riding? Play the banjo in the UK’s only all-girl bluegrass band The Jolenes, mess about on boats, go kayaking, write, read and grow stuff in my garden.

Seriously friends, I encourage you to hop over to Lois On The Loose to find out more about this amazing woman motorcyclist!

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Jen a.k.a. @JRod_70

I love it when someone raises their hand, or in this case Tweet, wanting to join in with the other lady motorcyclists on my blog! My next friend is Jen “JROD” Dunstan from Southern California. Follow her on Twitter @JRoD_70 and check out her photos on Tumblr too. And if anyone ever says to me, “You ride like a girl” I hope they mean like Jen!

Jen a.k.a @JR0D_70

Jen a.k.a @JR0D_70

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 13 years

How did you learn to ride? Soon as I turned 16 I begged my parents to let me take the MSF course. I actually had my motorcycle license before my driver’s license, it was awesome 🙂

What was your first motorcycle? A 1985 Honda Rebel 250

How many have you owned? I’ve owned 6, still got 3 in the garage as of now. 1985 Honda Rebel 250, 2002 Suzuki SV650S, 1974 Honda CB360, 2004 Honda CBR600RR, 2004 Yamaha TTR125, and 2003 Honda CR125

Jen and her CR125

Jen and her CR125

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Both my parents are riders, my mom worked at Harley Davidson for a number of years too before I was born. Though they tried their best to hide their two wheeled adventures from me and my sisters as we grew up, Dad couldn’t resist and we always had at least one motorcycle in the garage.  Every spring he would fire one up, my sisters and I would coming running with our mom’s helmet and jacket and we would beg for rides all day long.  He’d ride us to the beach and back until the tank ran out of gas. He and mom would go out for rides and I would sit at home and just wish I too could know the open road like that. Super proud to say now that all 5 of us in the family have our M1 licenses!

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Tell us about your riding. Commuter, pleasure, vacation, racing, or ? All of the above! Though these days I do much less on the commuting side – I find the freeways of California to be insanely dangerous compared to my small town roads on the east coast. I will occasionally street ride for pleasure but my main passion is now racing. I used to race my vintage ’74 CB360 with my dad back in New England with a group called the USCRA (United States Classic Racing Association). Now out here in California I race with the CVMA (Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association) on my CBR600. Racing motorcycles is an absolute thrill and the racing community is a tight family, one I’m proud to be a part of.  I’ve also really gotten into dirtbikes living out here in the motocross mecca and my husband just bought me a 2-stroke CR125 to replace my kiddie TTR125 (yep he’s a keeper)!

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What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?

1) If it is your dream, then go for it!

2) Take a MSF or comparable learners course. It seriously makes a difference and is much better than testing at your DMV!

3) Learn on a bike that is comfortable for you. Some folks new to riding think they need the newest, biggest, baddest bike there is out there. Not true! Mid size and small size bikes are tons of fun and have way too many merits for me to count here. Point is; do your research, sit on as many bikes as possible, and buy what is sensible.

4) Ride with like-minded riders who are responsible. I once was stuck on a group ride with a bunch of hooligans and hated every minute of it. From then on I promised myself I’d only ride with people I know to be experienced and responsible riders.

5)  Try a track day! I think every rider should one day know the joys of an open track free from cars, pedestrians, cops, and other hazards. I had no clue track days existed until I was already a street rider of 6 years. Had I only known sooner!

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What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Probably the trip from Orange County CA to the Laguna Seca MotoGP race in Monterey Bay northern California … just under 800 miles round trip.

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Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? Off or online? Race organizations: USCRA, CVMA. Online communities- OCmoto.com, Socalmoto.org  and Girlclutch.com (racing) and I am a proud assistant to the annual Femmewalla Women’s Only track day event, happens every December at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Please check out the FaceBook page

Femmewalla

Femmewalla

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Do you have a favorite riding story? The best day of my entire life was the day I married the love of my life, Alexander Dunstan, on the start/finish line of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway on October 13 2011.

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Best Day Ever!

We first met each other at a track day back in Loudon, NH, completely fell in love and we felt it very fitting that we tie the knot at a racetrack as well. Lucky for us we have some really amazing friends who made it possible for us to marry at our favorite race track and then share our combined passion for motorcycle and riding with a half day track event for all attendees.

Stunning!

Stunning!

Alex and I had a few laps all to ourselves that day and all the anxiety and stress of wedding planning melted away as we carved the corners together in unison.

Wedding Lap!

Wedding Lap!

What do you do when you’re not riding? When I’m not riding I’m probably working, hah! Which actually turns out alright because I work at Troy Lee Designs (mx gear company) so I still get to think/talk bikes all day anyway! I also enjoy mountain biking, crossfit with Pandemic Crossfit of Norco, and doing some art projects on the side whenever I get the chance.

I’d like to give a special shout out to the female athletes competing in motorcycle racing. They are pioneers in the sport and they pave the way for future generations of female riders and racers worldwide. The more we promote our ladies in the professional level, the more young girls will grow up seeing that they too can ride and race. Please everyone, check out our female racers and follow them/like them/view them, show some support! Social media is now a legit metric companies recognize and every time you hit the like button, you are improving these ladies odds of funding for future seasons of racing.

Melissa Paris  @meligirl13 (AMA Daytona Sportbike #13 )

Elena Myers @elenamyers21 (AMA Daytona Sportbike #21)

Caroline Olsen @carolineracing (AMA Supersport #44)

Patricia Fernandez @lady_racer804 (AMA Supersport #804)

SHELINA MOREDA @shelina93 (AMA Harley Davidson Vance & Hines, Supersport)

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Kathy a.k.a. Guz

My next guest was sent over to me from @OrgChaosChicago, her name is Kathy “Guz” Guzman motorcyclist extraordinaire and blogger!

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? I have been riding for 38 years

How did you learn to ride? My dad bought my brother and I Honda 70 trail bikes.  I sat on it and just took off.  The wide knobby tires and bulky frame made it a perfect way to learn to ride.

What was your first motorcycle?  The Honda 70 Trail Bike.

Honda 70 Trail Bike

Honda 70 Trail Bike

How many have you owned?  I have owned 3 bikes in my life time.  The little Honda – a Kawasaki 550LTD that I rode all through college and my Harley Sportster.

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle?  Freedom.  Time alone inside my own head while trail riding as a kid.  The open road and untold adventures the ride gives me as an adult.  Freedom.

Tell us about your riding.  I ride because I ride.  I take my bike everywhere.  Tooling around the city, long road trips like Black Hills and charity runs through neighboring communities.  I ride year round – and living in Chicago – that is saying something!!

Freedom!

Freedom!

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?  Get out there and do it.  Follow your passion – the ride will never disappoint.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle?  The longest road trip I have made was from Chicago to Sturgis and back again last summer.  15 women, bikes and the open, unpredictable roads – I can’t put into words how amazing it was.  Actually – I can – and I did – check it out here

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups?  Yes – *Organized Chaos Chicago – a woman’s motorcycle club.

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Do you have a favorite riding story?  So many really – each time I get on the back of my bike there is a new story being woven into the fabric of my life.  Riding with like minded women is a gift to me – the camaraderie and laughter shared – there is nothing like it in the world.

What do you do when you’re not riding?  Think about riding.

*Organized Chaos Chicago is a women’s motorcycle group, committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists.  Our mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in all communities, while reaching out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education. (Source)

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Julie a.k.a. Shooter

I’m loving cyberspace and connecting with gals from all over the world! My next guest I “met” through a Twitter connection is from Chicago, IL. Friends, I’d like you to meet Julie a.k.a. Shooter. Her Twitter handle is @OverLapLighting. Check out Julie’s web site OverLapLighting.com.

Julie a.k.a. Shooter

Julie a.k.a. Shooter

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 4 years

How did you learn to ride? Ride Chicago

What was your first motorcycle? Honda Shadow

How many have you owned? 3

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I thought it was cool!

Tell us about your riding. I ride for the convenience but most importantly the joy 

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? JUST DO IT!!!!

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Chicago to Sturgis

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I am part of a new organization called *Organized Chaos

Do you have a favorite riding story? Just riding with friends is AMAZING

What do you do when you’re not riding? I am a theatrical lighting designer/ photographer [Check out her web site here.]

*Organized Chaos Chicago is a women’s motorcycle group, committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists.  Our mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in all communities, while reaching out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education. (Source)

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Sofia a.k.a. @CandyStripes327

I’m so excited to be able to serve up another profile of a female motorcyclist! This time I have Krystyna a.k.a. @KK352 to thank for introducing me to Sofia. She is also known on Twitter as @CandyStripes327  or CVMA #327 at the track! Sofia is from San Diego, CA. Check out her racing profiles on BigHeadzRacing and GirlClutchRacing. Pretty cool stuff.

Sofia

Sofia

How long have you been riding a motorcycle?  Five years

How did you learn to ride? Motorcycle Safety Foundation

What was your first motorcycle? 2003 Suzuki SV650S

How many have you owned? 5 total; 1x Gen1 SV650, 3x Gen2 SV650S and 1x CBR600rr

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Initially it was all about commuting … but that only lasted a year. Now it’s a complete addition and I don’t want it to ever end.

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Tell us about your riding. Racing! I initially got into motorcycles because I needed to save money on my commute (30mi each way), with the intention of “never riding in groups”, “Never going to the track” or any such madness … let alone racing.

Now, I only ride track. I no longer had a street bike, but I am racing with Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association and supporting SoCalTrackdays. I am considering racing other organization such MotoWestGP (Willow Springs), WERA (Las Vegas Classic) and maybe AFM (Buttonwillow). I would like to race regionally to support my sponsors better. Currently I am sponsored by Torco Lubricants, Snug Harbor Motorsports, ACT Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Bell Helmets, OCSuperbike, Podium Tire, Racetech Suspension, Woodcraft, Bazzaz and Livewire Energy.

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What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?

1. Do it. The sooner the better.

2. Learn from certified instructors; As much as you may love your significant other, the student/teacher thing will be strife. Avoid at all cost.

3. There is a lot of free advice out there… and it’s worth less than you would pay for it. A lot of guys try to impress girls on bikes with their knowledge of riding and most don’t know what they are talking about so take advice with a grain of salt.

4. If you can avoid it, don’t race the Same Classes as your significant other… more strife. I haven’t needed to worry about this one, but we did talk about it and agreed it might not be a good idea as we are both pretty competitive.

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What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? 300ish miles … been a while since I did a street ride.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? BigHeadzRacing: A group of folks connected through corner working for SoCalTrackdays, whom also share other interests such as getting together at the Regale Beagle or Mission Valley Starbucks in San Diego

GirlClutch: An all girl club lead by my friend Christin, CVMA #61, which is mainly a street riding group

GirlClutchRacing: Also lead by Christin and a subset of the aforementioned group, this group is targeted at Racing.

Do you have a favorite riding story? Winning my first sportsman class, Amateur Formula Twins, after working my way up from the back of the grid after a bad start, and lead the entire race up to the very last turn where 2nd tried to pass me on the inside and forced 3rd place off the track when I shut the door on him. It was my proudest moment and was my inspiration for bumping up to expert after only half a season as am amateur. I have been chasing faster folks ever since, but I am working my way closer and even placed 3rd as an expert.

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What do you do when you’re not riding? I am a software engineer by trade, but I spent a lot of my free time doing much of my own work on the bike. I am also a bicyclist and I am looking forward to enjoying the off season with some surfing.

I definitely recommend that girls learn how to do simple maintenance on their bikes. Doing so will help with the skills of riding if you know mechanically what your bike is doing for you and foster a closer relationship with your machine. Honestly, I even talk to mine, and yes, I even name my bikes.

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Christen a.k.a. @CVoros161

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!

Christin racing!

Christin racing!

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 5 years. I received my motorcycle endorsement in 2006, but didn’t start riding until 2008.

How did you learn to ride? I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s motorcycle riding course.
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.
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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!
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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 belong to any motorcycle groups? GirlClutch.com, and CVMRacing.com
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.
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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!

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Dani

My next guest Dani Kelly is from Los Angeles, CA and we met via Twitter! You can find her @DaniKelly1. Dani is a multi-talented gal besides motorcycling she also is an actress, singer, dancer, and model! You can learn more about Dani and her career on her website DaniKelly.com.

Dani Kelly

Dani Kelly

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 5 years religiously, first started at age 7.

How did you learn to ride? I didn’t get good until I was in my twenties and took a class.

What was your first motorcycle? The first one I bought myself was a 2008 Harley Davidson 1200XL Custom Sportster in Cherry Black

How many have you owned? 6

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Freedom. I ride for the autonomy, for something that is mine and mine alone that no one can take away. I ride because I feel skilled and capable and empowered. Also, it beats the traffic!

Dani Kelly

Tell us about your riding. I’ve ridden to Sturgis on a 28 day trip with three friends when I was 25 that changed my life. I ride daily. I love long rides on Sunday mornings.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? I say do it! Take a course, pair up with other riders who will teach you and protect you on the road, learn what they know and go from there.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I rode cross country for 28 days all the way through Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, California and I can’t even think of where else. I saw the arches national park which looks like the old Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoons, I have seen Monument Valley, waterfalls, ruins, forests, mountains, deserts, I have ridden alongside a baby burro which was one of the biggest high’s of my life, I’ve seen Buffalo on a Mesa overlooking my bike, there aren’t words for the amazing things I’ve seen, done, people I’ve met….

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? Unofficially I have a click of AMAZING women and we are very tightly intertwined… and a few guys too!

Do you have a favorite riding story? I have a million! Where to begin, what to start with. LOL One of my best friends and I were riding in Wyoming and it began to drizzle. She wanted to stop to put on her rain gear and I instead was like no the drizzle feels good. Well in less than an hour it was hailing with thunder and lighting and buckets of rain. I was drenched head to toe, my jeans weighing me down while she was dry. I was so cold. We stopped at four or five motels, all of which had no vacancy. I begged to pay for a room, not have a room, and just let me dry my clothes but you had to have a room to do so. She was laughing for hours while I froze my ass off. I’ve never argued with that woman since when it comes to riding!

On another occasion we were in Montana somewhere and hadn’t seen a gas station for miles. My little Sportie lasted about 120 miles between tanks and we were long past that. We pulled off into this abandoned town looking for gas because we had no options. We found people cooking chicken and they told us insane stories of bloodshed over water in that town and to be careful and sold us a gallon for I think $20? If not more. It was definitely eerie.

What do you do when you’re not riding? I hike, I model, I play with my puppy, I drive to the beach and meditate, I work on articles, I sing, I dance, I sip wine and spend time with my AMAZING boyfriend. I do a lot!

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Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Rene’

I’m so glad my friend Rene’ and fellow Minnesotan is joining with her story! I’ve known Rene’ about four and a half years. I always knew she could ride, just didn’t own a motorcycle until … let’s let Rene’ tell her story!

I grew up in the “country” and we had mini bikes long before we had pedal bikes.  I started out on a Honda 50 before I even entered Kindergarten.  I have two sisters and we each had our own little Honda 50 … then as we grew, my dad replaced the 50’s with 70’s and then ’90’s … then as we were older, our friends had dirt bikes and so we usually rode Yamaha’s 125’s and 250’s.

Then my dad bought me an 250 Exciter and my mom a 650 Shadow which is what I preferred to ride because the 250 was a little small … then I “grew up,” went to college and got married.

I have always wanted to get back on a bike but money was very tight when we started out, then “life” came … kids, work … but I never lost the desire to get back on a bike.  I have been married 25 years with five kids. My husband finally agreed that it was “time.”

We purchased a Harley Davidson – 1200 Sportster full of chrome [can you say shiney?].  I have to admit, sometimes I just go out in the garage at look at it because it is just so pretty.  But then, riding it … wow.  I was nervous at first to get back on a bike because it has been so long, but very quickly, I thought, “Yep…this feels right!”  My husband also got a Harley so that we could go riding together as he really did not want to ride on the back of mine … plus, he wasn’t invited to ride on the back of mine 🙂

Rene's sweet ride!

Rene’s sweet ride!

I enjoy riding because there is a sense of freedom with riding a motorcycle.  Freedom from “everyday thoughts”…. when I am riding, I am only thinking about the motorcycle, shifting, looking at the rode in front of me, thinking about how the bike feels, the wind, the sounds … everything else such as work, responsibilities … etc … goes “out the window” when I am on my bike.

I only have about five miles to ride to work and back, but yet, it is enough to change my mood.  I look forward to going to work because I get to ride my bike to work and then I find myself watching the clock for the end of the day when I get to get back on my bike.  Also, I find myself constantly thinking about the weather.

Riding a bike takes some thought … what can I wear to work today?  Did I grab my hair clips?  Will my lunch and work shoes fit in my saddle bags?  Do I need to stop at the grocery store after work today?  What is the weather like?  Do I have my sun glasses?  All that stuff – it takes longer to get going to work but it is all so worth it … just being on the bike, makes all the extra “thought” worth it.  I find myself smiling inside when I am on my bike. Other women usually say, “I just don’t get it” and I think … “Yep, if you have not been on a bike, then, yep, you probably don’t get it.” It’s something only other bikers can understand.  And I am glad to be part of this group.

Advice … I have not been back on the bike long enough to have any advice – maybe … it doesn’t matter what you hair looks like after a ride – all that matters, is that you rode!

When I am not riding, I am at work or home with my kids – and if I have any extra time, I love to read but those are rare times.