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How long have you been riding for?
Legally, I’ve been riding since 2017. I’ve been on two wheels since I was about 9 or 10? Started messing around on 150cc scooters with my big brother, and then really getting a crash course on the winding mountain roads and narrow streets of the Caribbean on my dad’s old beater, a Yamaha Virago 750. I took a survival rider’s course a few years ago with ProRide to keep my mom from having an aneurysm.
What got you into riding?
Primarily, my father.
My father has always been the adrenaline junkie in the family. And of course, it was passed down to me. He is the one who taught me everything I know about two wheels. Especially how to go fast.
However, over the years, I’ve come to realize that it’s the freedom that drew me in, and kept me here.
What kind of impact had riding had on you? Has riding helped you to overcome any hardship in your life, if yes how?
Riding has helped me over come something I never thought I would experience in my life. Earlier this year, I was hit by a taxi driver who blew through a stop sign, and was knocked clear off my bike. This was in February- my very first ride of the season. I’m lucky I wasn’t hurt worse than I was, but it fucked me up. It’s been a long and difficult recovery. And I had to say goodbye to my Rebel, that was written off. The accident brought a whole new set of challenges in both my professional and personal life.
But all that being said, it also brought positives to my life. It gave me the time and space that I needed to take care of myself and my family. To not sweat the small stuff. To listen to my mind and my body when it’s telling me to slow down. To let go.
It also allowed me to upgrade to a new, bigger, faster bike that I had been wanting for a while now – just hella unfortunate given the circumstances. It’ll take more than a brush with death to keep me from riding!
What kind of bike do you have and why? What kind of riding do you do or have you done?
My current bike is a Honda Shadow 750. Cruisers have always been my first choice.
I like that they are loud and powerful and lower to the ground. A proper ‘dad bike’, if you will.
I’ll never say no to a café racer or dirt biking, though!
What has been your favorite or most memorable riding experience?
Lane splitting and weaving in and out of sunset traffic jams in San Francisco, with my dad on the back, holding on for dear life, laughing like mad the whole time.
Future riding goals/ plans?
I upgraded to a 750 Shadow, that I want to learn to modify myself. Throughout this process, also learn more maintenance other than you’re regular oil change. I’m building up to longer day trips and camping on bikes and riding across the US when the border opens up again!