SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
KS I live in Snohomish, Washington, where is no public transportation such as bus and train. It is my first time living in the real “rural” area, where I can actually see wild rabbits and squirrels, and sometimes bears in our backyards! I moved Snohomish because of my partner, who owns an auto electric shop there.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
KS My dad, who doesn’t actually ride a motorcycle, but he took me to motorcycle track racing all the time since I was two or three years old. I only remember the sounds of starting the race, and it made me pretty excited!
SA What bike(s) do you own?
KS Currently, I own KTM 350xcf-w, Husquverna 701E and BMW F800GS.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
KS I am with Rainier Ravens, Dirty Girls ADV and SheADV.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
KS My favorite street rides are Lolo Pass and Old Spiral Highway in Idaho. Both of them are scenic twisty roads that I can practice my cornering and high speed riding. My favorite offroad ride is from Stampede Pass to Green Water. It is smooth and relaxing FS roads with outstanding view of Mt. Rainier at the top.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
KS Motorcycle riding is my dream, so I am living in my dream! It gives me a reason to live, and I love the excitement, the thrills and the confidence that I can maneuver it well.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
KS Yes, I like most of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, scuba diving, skiing and snowboarding. Usually, once I get hooked with one activity, I concentrate deeply on getting better at it, and sooner, I get bored of doing and move on to next one.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
KS I would like to see more adventurous women offroad riders. What I see right now is a lot of women started to ride ADV bikes, but I know only few of women ADV riders would plan offroad riding trips. (There are a lot of street riding trips planned by women though.) I think that motorcycle community can support a little bit more for women ADV riders providing women focused classes such as GPS navigation 101 class (women’ aren’t techy as much as guys), tire changing in the trail/campsite, what tools to carry for a day ride/ride trip, lightweight moto-camping and camp meals & preparation. SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
KS Bio-alarm, PEE!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
KS I would like to ride across America from west to east by my motorcycle. Hopefully, I can ride some of offroads, especially COBDR. I was told that COBDR is a must to go among all BDRs. And, I have not been to Yellowstone, which I really like to check out the Yellowstone volcano.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women owned/operated moto-related website, blog or business that you would like to tell folks about?
KS Not right now, but I am thinking of starting Women ADV/Dirt Riders group, who have experienced a little bit of challenging terrain and are willing to ride all seasons. I have not decided which SNS to use, but this group is about riding offroad, not for resources/information that other women groups can already provide for. It would be awesome to tag along with SheADV!
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
KS When I was on my Harley Fatboy to go to Lolo pass on Hwy12 in 2014, it was thunderstorm and lightning. We were about 20 miles away from our hotel for the night, and it was around 10pm. The road was in progress of construction and was new gravels! Harley has only 4″ ground clearance and a lot of fancy bling chrome that the lightning might be attracted to. So, I was praying to the god and saying out loud how much I loved my boyfriend! We arrived and soaked water at hotel, but no one got hurt nor hit lightning. Well, right after this trip, I bought BMW F800GS 🙂
SA What is your favorite food?
KS Seafood and Burger King’s Chicken Sandwiches!
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
KS I took a motorcycle endorsement when I was 23 years-old in Japan. My parents didn’t want me to ride a motorcycle, and I cracked my ribs at Karate tournament after finishing the endorsement course. So, I didn’t ride a bike at all in Japan, but a motorcycle course in Japan was pretty intense. It took me about 4 months to complete three tests. Some people even take 6 months to finish, and it is only for under 750cc bike’s endorsement! In 2012, I took U.S. motorcycle endorsement, which was only 3 days course.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
KS Coconut water after dirt bike riding! I don’t usually like the taste, but I can tell my body requesting it, and it become tasty like a beer.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
KS My riding experience is still under 5 years, and America is so big that I haven’t ridden my motorcycle even on a half of the continent. Hence, I am not so interested in riding in other countries yet. If I would have a chance, I would like to ride a motorcycle in Japan. I got to know a few dirt bike riders there through Instagram, and their riding seems so gnarly!!