WHAT IS YOUR ROLE/POSITION IN MOTORCYCLING?
I am a certified motor driving instructor at the KNMV (Netherlands Motorcycling Federation) and besides that I'm a traffic controller on a motorcycle.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MOTORCYCLING?
Like most of the girls start: sitting on the back of the bike of my boyfriend.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE/ENJOY IN MOTORCYCLING?
Everything! To be correct... the part where I can show that a woman can drive better than a man on a motorcycle! That's the reason I'm a instructor. ;)
WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE, YOUR GOAL?
To teach everyone who wants, but especially women to ride a bike properly so they are not afraid in difficult maneuvers. To show them that they can enjoy motorcycling even more because they are not as limited as in driving if they ride safely. It is not difficult to handle a motorbike. It's difficult to get home after a long day driving one. I feel it as my responsibility to make shore my students make the right decisions.
DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL/MENTOR THAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO JOIN MOTORCYCLING?
Yes. I saw her driving on a Africa Twin. one year before i started with driving lessons to get my own license. Her long blond hair underneath her helmet made me feel so cool and proud of my own race. She made me buy as a first motor a Africa Twin. I'm only 1,66m so it waschallenging. But after that I knew I could do almost everything on 2 wheels.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOTORCYCLING?
I would not directly recommend it but motivate women. The only reason why i would recommend it is to have a new biker (girl) friend as there are still too few women on a bike