KRISTIN

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Kristin (kiki) 4o

How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?

12 years and 50,000kms, i have four riding uncles who inspired me! I always wanted to be badass like them!

 

Riding helps me manage depression and stress, it's like therapy. Just me, the machine and the road. I've also met some of the best people in my life through riding. It's a unique community. I can't believe how much has changed in 12 years, especially the number of women riders. I used to be the rare one, now there's a whole tribe! It's one of those things that's hard to explain to someone who's never experienced it.

Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?

Bit of both. Solo rides are best for head clearing and just enjoying the beauty of being on two wheels. Group rides are great for camaraderie and the feeling of belonging. Mostly I defer to small groups or solo because I'm a bit introverted and it helps me recharge. A chance to let everything go and be mindful in the moment.

I have a 2006 Honda Shadow Aero 750, silver and white and named Angelica. I always wanted a cruiser, ever since I'd been on the back of my uncle's Harley at age 11. I just ride, doesn't matter how far. I love putting the pegs down in any twisties I can find and pushing my bike to its capable limit. Maybe one day I'll try the dirt or get on the track.

 

I just did an eight day solo trip to Great Falls, Montana just to go to a tiki bar. It was an amazing experience. I was utterly petrified before I left. I rode through terrifying thunderstorms on the way to Spokane the first day. Only snow could have been worse! It was incredibly empowering to just be on the road, on my own, following my own path. I was on all new roads and never seen before places. Amazingly, i never felt lonely and the positive energy and amazement that I got from so many folks along the way was very special. I'd been struggling with my self worth lately. I never thought about my trip as being all that big of deal but in the end, it really was and I feel pretty bad ass about it. I've inspired others. It helped me remember to not underestimate the influence you have on others. It was the first time I'd done something like, I always thought I needed a boyfriend or husband to make such a trip but now I know I don't and this was a really valuable lesson for me. I think I've finally learned to be comfortable in my own skin.

A bigger bike, because a wise man in Idaho once said "if it doesn't scare you, it's not fast enough!" More road trips. Track time. Maybe I'll learn to pop a wheelie!

 

I don't have much to ask but I would like to tell those riders out there who aren't sure about going on a longer ride to just go, ride, get out there. Do your pre-trip, top up the tank and grab that throttle.

IG @motovangroover