AG Seattle, WA., because it’s just so damn beautiful.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
AG I joke that I became obsessed with motos because when I was a little girl, my dad promised to take me for a ride on his bike, but never did. Maybe there’s some truth to that… maybe it’s because my mom was hell bent against it, and grounded me for a month when she caught me on the back of my best friend’s scooter in junior high? Whatever the cause, I spent junior high campaigning for a scooter, and high school daydreaming about a Sportster. When I moved to Seattle at 21, I was hanging out with this cute awesome motorcyclist guy who took me on adventures. He got sick of listening to me say I wanted to ride, and finally said, “So do it already!” It was the first time it occurred to me that I could actually just DO it. He helped me find a ’76 Honda 400 Four ($400), guided me through getting it running, and taught me to ride. I married him 15 years later.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
AG ’08 Yam XT225, ’08 Yam WR250R, ’08 BMW G650XCountry, ’73 Honda CL 350 Scrambler
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
AG Rainier Ravens
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
AG Gently rolling two-track deep in the forest.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
AG I ride because invites me into the moment, into focused attention. I find it’s a lot like performing music – it’s challenging and rewarding, as difficult as you want it to be, brings together like minds, and demands all of your awareness. I can’t worry about the mortgage and ride at the same time. At least, not for long.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
AG I’ve always been a curious person. I find almost everything interesting in some way, I love to learn and explore. So, in that sense, yes. My curiosity means I’m game to try most anything – as long as it doesn’t involve heights. But in the traditional sense of doing adrenaline-producing activities, definitely not. I was a band nerd. I was library aide of the year. I won a free book for listing the most similes.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
AG More legitimate gear options — same armor, same pockets, same protection as the men’s versions. Also more portrayals of women in legitimate gear. I want women riders to not be an anomaly, so we can just get on with riding without the politics.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell us about? If so, what is it?
AG I’m a commercial photographer (AngelaGoodmanPhotography) with the good fortune to do most of my work in the motorcycle sector. I’m currently working on a personal project creating portraits of the Rainier Ravens. I also teach the beginning and intermediate MSF course, so come take a class with me!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
AG Several years ago, my husband and I rode the WABDR in early October. It was too late that year, and our whole trip had been very cold and soggy, and sometimes impassibly muddy. Up by Lion’s Rock, we started getting into more and more snow. Neither of us wanted to turn back, and we both thought at that point there was more snow behind us than in front of us. It took something like three hours to go one mile, and I fell over at least three times and melted a hole in my new fancy riding pants. With every break, we debated whether to continue or turn back. At some point a few rangers came by in their trucks, quite surprised to see us up there. They were pretty clear about the fact that we should not continue with our plan, which was disappointing, but a relief to have some data to make a decision. That relief was short-lived though, as the shortcut road out was in pretty rough condition. I hadn’t eaten, was tired and frustrated. I made an error crossing a rut, and went down again in fairly dramatic fashion. I had HAD IT. I threw my helmet across the field, then sat on a rock and cried. But then I ate something, and got over it. We rode out without incident, laughed about it later, and followed it up the next day with stunning riding and great BBQ. That’s actually the 2nd worst. The real worst one also involved failure to eat lunch.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
AG Woke up in a campground to find the guys from Klim had left a My Little Pony and mudflap with a Mudflap Betty on our bikes.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
AG Coffee when it’s cold, beer when it’s hot.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AG 1) Make time to get on dirt more often. 2) Improve my physical conditioning so I can improve my riding endurance 3) Get better at realistic evaluations of risk.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AG 1) Help people find the resources they need to ride (from without or within), 2) Work to normalize women as riders by showing & supporting our diversity, passion, and ability, 3) Learn to ride through the fear when it comes.