AC Diamond Bar, CA because it’s the heart of the motorcycle industry.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
AC KTM 950 Adventure and TWO DR350 SEs (one on each coast)
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
AC Street= Lolo Pass in Idaho/Montana
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
AC I had a dream and in that dream, my life was on the line. I hopped on a motorcycle and sped away saving myself from imminent danger. I woke up afterwards and knew I had to learn to ride a motorcycle. In truth, learning to ride did save my live.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
AC I develop and lead women’s motorcycle tours so I am usually leading a group or riding alone in various parts of the world.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
AC It’s who I am. MotoAdventureGal.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
AC Nope. I’ve become more adventurous because I ride motorcycles. I spent the last two years studying and trapping leopards in Namibia and there is no way I ever would have done that before becoming and adventure motorcyclist.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
AC I’d like to see more variety and choices of quality riding apparel for women. I’d like to see more emphasis placed on developing motorcycle models that fit a wider variety or arm lengths and inseam lengths. I’d like to see more riding women featured in magazines as positive role models and less objectification of women (boobs and bikes–does that REALLY sell more motorcycles? Or is it just a longstanding bad habit the industry if afraid to break?) Most of all, I’d like to see the industry as a whole embrace motorcycling as a family sport. That’s the only way our industry is going to survive and thrive is to get more young folks riding…and who ultimately tells the kids that it’s okay to ride? Women!
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
AC Planning the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride (http://www.SistersMotorcycleRide.com)
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
AC Cuba before we Americans much it up. I’ve wanted to visit there ever since I was in high school. Croatia is next on my list. It will be one of those two, perhaps both, in the next 12 months. I’ve been aching for another long road trip for a while now.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
AC While we were riding the Trans America Trail (crossing the USA on all dirt roads) there was one day when I had several “offs”, hadn’t eaten all day and then a storm whipped up and I was racing for my life and riding above my ability up and out of a canyon. I recently wrote about it for Motorcycle Consumer News (http://alisaclickenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Motorcycle-Consumer-News-County-Road-199.pdf)
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
AC Grace and Grit by William Murphy. It’s been my reference book for planning the Sisters’ Ride.
SA Have you ridden internationally?
AC Oi. In 2009-2010 I spent seven months riding solo from Connecticut to Argentina. I’ve ridden all over Europe, India, Israel and most recently Southern Africa.
SA Favorite food?
AC Everything. I have an adventurous palate.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
AC When in doubt, throttle on. That saved my hide riding in Namibia in October. I had a tank-slapper at about 60 mph on a gravel road and darned near ate it. I guess I am living proof that it’s good advice even when you’re not riding a motorcycle.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AC 1. Have the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride be known as the largest and most fun women’s motorcycle event of 2016. 2. Have BMW and Touratech sponsor my solo ride through Croatia. 3. Finish my book.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AC 1. Have it not be a surprise that I am a woman when I take off my helmet at a gas station in the USA. 2. Be a powerful agent for change within the motorcycle industry and get the status-quo gone. 3. See the # of women riders increase from 14% to nearer 50% by the end of my life.