Marina 

Van Driel

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Marina, 29

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

Been riding since March 2019. My parents had a bike and rode it all through Europe in the 70s, and I remember always knowing I wanted to have a motorcycle when I grew up so I could take trips like they did together. My husband and I plan on it!

What kind of impact had riding had for you? Has riding helped you to overcome a hardship in your life, if yes how?

It’s been a great way to build my confidence and self esteem. I wasn’t sure I could do it, and was afraid of regret not trying. I challenged myself to see if I could fulfill the dream I had as a kid to ride as an adult, and tada! I finally just started.

Do you prefer to ride solo or groups and why?

Solo or with my husband - though I hope to ride in groups soon! I find it tricky navigating other riders if they aren’t confident as they can be unpredictable, but I look forward to gaining experience and trying more group rides.

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.)

Suzuki GSX250R - it had good reviews from beginner riders and I prefer a sportier look. So far we’ve enjoyed riding on the island, to Campbell River along the old island highway, and the sea to sky a few times. Mostly city and suburban riding though! We hope to do longer trips in the near future. I have to upgrade my bike first!

What's been your favorite or most memorable riding experience

When I was a kid, sitting on the back of my dads bike, which was parked in the garage. I remember telling myself when I’m an adult, I’m going to ride one of these.

Future riding goals/ plans?

Would love to do A few European roadtrips, especially to see family - but first I think we’ll explore North America

What else would like to ask to your  fellow riders?

To continue being patient with us newbies. I’m so shy in front of experienced riders and I don’t want to mess up! I’d also like to ask if anyone knows of a bmw f 800 gt for sale because I’m looking!

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