WHAT IS YOUR ROLE/POSITION IN MOTORCYCLING?
I currently ride a Harley Davidson Road King. I enjoy motorcycling as a hobby and also photograph motorcyclists professionally. I ride between 5,000-10,000 miles/ year.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MOTORCYCLING?
After photographing motorcyclists at a photographers workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1998, I realized I really wanted to ride! I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class (offered in each state of the United States) to learn and to get my motorcycle endorsement on my drivers license. I asked a lot of questions from riders as to what bike I should purchase knowing that ultimately I wanted to cruise, to travel, camp and have adventures by motorcycle. Something I'd been doing in my car for years but now I craved the wind in my face. I rode a small Honda Rebel 250 for 3 months then graduated up to a Kawasaki ZL600 in-line 4. Loved that bike but got bit by the Harley bug after riding a friends Road King and have been on Road Kings ever since. Great Touring bike!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE/ENJOY IN MOTORCYCLING?
Wind in the face. Freedom. Exhilaration. That zen feeling that comes from being 100% focused. The physics of 2-wheels. The fact that there's always something new to learn. Meeting other motorcyclists, learning, laughing and sharing adventures with one another.
WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE, YOUR GOAL?
Pleasure. Touring. Adventure. Photography. I plan to learn to trail ride this year.
DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL/MENTOR THAT ENCOURAGED YOU?
No one, except me, encouraged me to start motorcycling. After I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class, I met many mentors. I realized the more I paid attention to what experienced riders were sharing with me, the better my riding experiences. A woman motorcycle mentor showed me techniques and capabilities of two wheels. A guy friend I met while shopping for my second motorcycle encouraged safe riding, leading by example and telling me smart riding tips. I believe, "The more you know the better it gets"
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOTORCYCLING?
Motorcycling is empowering. Boosts your confidence and keeps you humble at the same time :) Like learning any skill, it develops something in the brain that is correlated with growth of mind, body and spirit.