How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?
4.5 yrs. I was never the person who lovingly looked at motorcycles and thought they were beautiful. My fiancé has been riding for 35 years, I rode on the back of his bike for a couple of years, the thought of riding myself never did cross my mind. One night it came up that I should get my licence, I wasn't enamoured by the idea but for my birthday I got lessons! Feeling like I was probably going to hate it I warned that it might be a waste of time! Well... In the first 5 minutes of being on that bike I was hooked.. Line and sinker! I LOVED it and I honestly wish I had started years ago!
What kind of impact had riding had for you? Has riding helped you to overcome a hardship in your life, if yes how?
I was afflicted with Lyme disease 2 years after moving to Canada in 2010. Being extremely sick and overcoming it I've learned to take opportunities as they are presented and to not sweat the small stuff. Riding is pure bliss, mentally, physically and emotionally and having a stressful job, it helps release that. It challenges every day and provides endless opportunity to learn and self-improve.
Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?
Riding solo and riding in groups are two very different entities. It's important to ride in groups with people you know and trust. You should never push yourself past your ability as it will almost certainly end in disaster. I love the feeling of riding with a good group of people, it's a social event with great people! I ride solo a lot also, I commute to work any and every day I can, it's the best part of my day. The thing about riding is that, you don't always need a destination.. Just getting on a bike is already the most fun you can have!
What kind of bike do you have and why? What kind of riding do you do or have you done? (Dirt, off road/enduro, road trips etc.)
3 months after I got my licence I went on a 4000km road trip through the US on my ninja 650 (1st bike). Within another 6 months I participated in my first track event and the obsession began. I loved the intensity and challenge. There was incredible highs and also the lowest lows. My 2nd bike was a GSXR 750, definately the love of my life ha ha! Amazing bike on the street and track. Unfortunately I was involved in an accident tho year which I was lucky to come away from with only a knee injury, my bike wasn't so lucky. This year I bought a BMW s1000rr, a bike I had coveted for a couple of years. I felt ready for this bike, life is too short these days not to make your dreams a reality!
What's been your favorite or most memorable riding experience?
My track events. Never have I met such amazing, friendly, helpful, selfless people so willing to impart wisdom and knowledge. I have some of the best memories at the track! I won a sponsorship to race in the US this year and represent women in the sport alongside my teammate but unfortunately this didn't happen due to COVID.
Future riding goals/ plans?
Racing and many more track events. I always want my skills tomorrow to be better than today. Track time can improve riding skills immensely and could save you from a potentially life threatening situation on the roads. Racing was never an intent of mine, frequently fear has held me back from a few things in life but nowadays I aim to conquer them all! I've come to realize that I have a need for speed and adrenaline! So often I've felt an undertone of feelings by women that they can't ride a motorcycle, they aren't good enough or that it's a "man's sport". I'm here to tell you that you are good enough, it is possible and it's the most amount of fun you can have with your clothes on!!!!
What else would like to ask to your fellow riders?
I would like to ask more women to believe in themselves and LET'S RIDE! I also want to thank every one who has been so kind and pivotal to getting me where I am today!
What are your social media handles?
IG: @ride4yrlife, FB: @Ride4yrlife