SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
AM Alameda, California. I have been in the Bay Area since 1992 and I find the people here are always so well traveled and well versed about the planet in general. It is a great jumping off point for many adventures. I also enjoy networking for technology here.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
AM Believe it or not, a man inspired me. I never even gave thought to riding a motorcycle until in April of 2000 I returned from a six month travel around the world to discover my dear old VW station wagon had finally given up the ghost. My boyfriend at the time was a motorcycle guy but not riding often. He suggested I enroll in the class to learn how to ride. My mind was completely blown after that. I bought a motorcycle soon after and never considered needing a car in addition. So for 17 years now, my motorcycle is my only form of transportation.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
AM 2011 BMW R1200GSA
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
AM No / none but I do a project to interview and promote women and motorcycling called Lipstick and Dirt and have created original content for that.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
AM Probably it has to be a 4,000-mile loop I just completed in June of this year through the American West. More about that and a map can be seen here. The reason I loved it was the long open roads and the diversity of things to see and people to meet. It’s relatively safe and easy riding and in May/June of this year the weather was very agreeable.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
AM Easier to get around (especially the Bay Area) than a car and getting places is fun and adventurous instead of boring. I never have road rage when I arrive to my destination. I also love the confusion some “old-timers” have when I get off the motorcycle ~ they always expect a man. I’ve always enjoyed not conforming to the “norm”.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
AM Indeed since the earliest age. I was always doing physically demanding things a little more in the line of adventure than my friends… skateboarding, surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, if there was adrenalin involved… I wanted to do it. Travel is my other big adventurous thing I enjoy doing and at every occasion I attempt to do it.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
AM That more women participate in motorcycling as operators without the fear and stigma that it seems to have for many. I’m always a little sad when a woman immediately tells me why she enjoys sitting on the back (rather than try to operate a motorcycle herself) and that she “doesn’t want to operate” the motorcycle.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
AM Coffee and adventure, curiosity and the idea that “anything is possible” at every turn of a day.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
AM Alaska. I had a trip planned in June 2016 but went through some serious medical stuff last year that took priority. I was on my way to Alaska by myself when the diagnosis came through.
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?
Which quite honesty is a work in progress. There is also a Facebook page with this brand building content https://www.facebook.com/lipstickanddirt/
Always open to suggestions about what works and doesn’t on this site.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
AM I have a piece I wrote called “Pushing past reason: courage or foolishness” from an incident in September of 2011 where I almost “bought the farm” while on a motorcycle trip. I would LOVE to send it to you all as one of your stories. I was mentioning this incident at a recent Horizons Unlimited “women’s only” meeting and both Kerri Dougherty and Carla King (both on your website roster) suggested I submit the story to you all for upload. It’s quite interesting, I think and that’s why I took the time to write it.
SA What is your favorite food?
AM Probably mango
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
AM Wow, I have to think long and hard about this one … How about when I owned a Triumph Speed Four in a mandarin orange color. It was a beautiful cafe racer style and one day in the summer months of 2004 I was at a stoplight in my full protective gear with my full face helmet. In the lane next to me was a carload of young ladies about 18 years old or younger. They started hooting and hollering with the window down to get me to look over at them and when I did the quickly laughed out loud and clearly were embarrassed because they realized their mistake probably hoping I was a young man. I realize my 40-year-old self didn’t exactly fit the profile for that motorcycle and my boyfriend pointed this out to me when I bought it… he actually said “what the hell?”
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
AM A crisp tasty dry Hard Apple Cider on ice or a margarita blended with salt ~ it really is hard to decide between those two.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AM 1. Inspire more women to go out and take the class to start riding motorcycles
2. Continue to educate those old-world men that think women somehow can’t ride a motorcycle
3. Learn from those that have been doing this motorcycle thing for a long time, listen to their stories
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
AM 1. A trip from here in the Bay Area to Patagonia (must find the right person)
2. Make more video/original content about interesting motorcycle people and the rides
3. Maybe one day work in the industry (and afford to do so) where I could make money doing this passionate thing I love doing on a daily basis.