BB I live in the Columbia River Gorge, the start of WABDR – Stevenson, WA. My husband and I live here because we enjoy the diversity of the sports; motorcycling, mountain biking, SUP’ing, kayaking, etc., as well as living by the Columbia River. We can get on our motorcycles and be in the backcountry within a few minutes.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
BB Currently I own a KTM 690 EnduroR, and a KTM 990 Adventure. You never know what’s in my future.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
BB Right now I’m enjoying the Backcountry Discovery Routes. The first leg of the WABDR starts in Stevenson and have ridden it several times. I have ridden both entire Washington and Idaho routes, and this year looking forward to Utah.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
BB Well, in 2010 my husband asked me if I would ride as the passenger on an adventure motorcycle, and when I said sure, he purchased the 990 KTM that I currently ride. We were about 5 minutes on our first ride in the gorge, and I tapped him on the shoulder and said “I want to ride my own motorcycle”. So I put together a plan to get my motorcycle endorsement, passed the WA state motorcycle test by taking the riding course, bought a BMW G650GS and off we went to the Badlands, 2500 mile ride, – my first adventure. We didn’t ride on many dirt roads that trip but I was hooked! A few years later, we purchased the 690’s to ride more off road, and have been enjoying every minute we ride the backcountry. I mostly ride the 990 when taking longer pavement trips with the occasional dirt road along the way.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
BB It’s very refreshing to my mind and soul to ride, with the freedom of sights and smells that you just don’t get in a car. Even riding to work and back is something I look forward to. Of course it doesn’t hurt that my commute from Stevenson, WA to Hood River, OR is some of the most scenic views on the planet.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
BB I’ve always loved the outdoors, and never been afraid to try new things that challenge me.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
BB I hope more women can realize that riding a motorcycle is a learned skill, and they are more capable than they think. Also, more variety and better women’s riding gear. Currently there isn’t a big selection of gear, but it’s getting better.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
BB Family, and adventure of the new day.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
BB I would like to ride to Alaska, but don’t have enough vacation time.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
BB Last year I started to get a little sick on the IDBDR, and we made it to the blue cabin as I was really starting to cough. Unfortunately the other cabin mates who graciously invited us to share the cabin with them, had to put up with my coughing through out the night. Even though I wasn’t completely healthy, I had a great time on the ride.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
BB Ghost Rider, Neil Peart.
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
BB Does Canada count? Canada has some really great roads, lakes and wonderful people.
SA Favorite food?
BB Lemon Bars
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
BB 53, never too late!
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
BB Diet Dew!
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
BB Just the reaction of other riders you meet on the back roads, out in the middle of nowhere, when you pull off your helmet and they realize you are a woman…I don’t wear pink.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
BB “More onion” on rocky hill climbs, in other words…more throttle!
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
BB Become a much better off road rider, learn basic motorcycle repair (currently my husband is in charge), ride all the BDR’s.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
BB See more of this great country from my motorcycle, hopefully all lower 48 states as well as Alaska. Maybe Hawaii, but I’ve lived in Hawaii and not sure there is much motorcycle adventure to be had.