Joy, since when are you fascinated about motorcycles?
I’ve always had some draw to bikes I suppose. My dad used to tell stories of his heathen upbringing rallying bikes around the desert. When I was 12 my grandpa taught me to ride his little Honda and while I crashed it definitely gave me the bug. When I think about bikes and riding bikes I think about the thrill, the exploring, how all my senses are peaked, and the ongoing learning that happens every time I’m on a bike.
You’ve been on “Babes Ride Out”. What is it all about?
Babes Ride Out is an all girls motorcycle meet-up in the desert. In theory it is an incredible idea about creating an environment where women riders, both new and experienced, young and old, from all over can get together and share a passion for riding.
But aren’t there still only few women riding motorcycles?
At this point 14% of riders are women and I see that continuing to grow as it is becoming more accessible with smaller, lighter bikes and women’s gear. I don’t like to dwell on their being a difference between men and women riding. I ride and race alongside boys everyday and more often than not I am more committed to the lifestyle and beating boys around the track.
Where would you still like to go with a motorcycle?
Everywhere! I can’t think of any trip I’d like to take where it doesn’t involve spending time on a bike. For me it makes a more engaged experience. As for trips I’m actively planning, I want to ride up to Alaska, my home state. I would love to spend time riding in South America too. I’d love to be back in Europe on a bike… the list goes on and on.