BF I live in Kirkland, WA. The area provides amazing opportunities for outdoor fun and incredible snow depths!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
BF I grew up riding old ratty Honda 90s and have dabbled in some backcountry single track over the years but when I started watching these snowbikes taking off I knew I had to give this a try!
SA What bike(s) do you own?
BF 2016 Yamaha YZ450F with a 2016 Timbersled ST snowbike kit.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
BF I am the Founder and Organizer of the Annual Ladies Ride that started in 2001. We just held our 2016 ride in Halfway, OR with 43 women attending. There are many branch offs of the original ride throughout the year now. I will attend 4 of which one is a Lil’ Ladies Ride.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
BF McCall, Idaho. The terrain there is varied from steep to mellow. Tons of bumps, this is my favorite thing, jumping!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
BF Technically I’m on a ski and a track, but it is still a bike! 🙂 I wanted a new challenge this year and snow biking seemed to call out my name. It is challenging in many ways and bringing back the fun of being on the snow in a huge way for me.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
BF I have always been adventurous and love exploring. Over past year I have been to Mexico, Canada, have hiked, drove a Lamborghini and Ferrari, jumped out of a plane, snorkeled, paddleboarded, surfed behind a boat, paraglided, on and on!
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
BF What I would like to see more of in the women’s riding world is what I’m seeing in the snowmobile industry. Community building, women reaching out to other women to share their sport. Women helping each other learn, sharing experiences, branching out of their comfort zone. Women pushing each other to advance their safety and riding skills.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
BF What gets me out of bed in the morning….. many things. I have a great job that provides me with daily challenges and provides me with the funds and time to plan great adventures. Almost daily I am Googling some sort of adventure, always on the hunt for “what’s next”. So I guess in the end, what gets me out of bed is a constant wonderment of “what’s next”.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
BF Next year, I want to ride Japan. I’ve been seeing pictures of the terrain and the snow there and I am finding myself almost obsessed with getting there!
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?
BF I host the Annual Ladies Ride, our Facebook page is I also have my website at however there is much more interaction and content on my Facebook page.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
BF My second day on my snow bike, I barely made it out of the parking lot without hitting a trailer or people. They steer a bit different on hard pack and I was white knuckle gripping it. When you go to stop you don’t put your foot down as they balance well, but I went to, then pulled back but it was too late and I tipped over in front of about 20 people. Twice.
SA Favorite food?
BF Green grapes are probably my most favorite food in the entire world.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
BF I don’t remember how old I was, middle school age probably.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
BF Funniest thing that has happened on my snowbike so far is tipping over. I pulled up to a group to say hi and just couldn’t stop myself, I had to tip over!
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
BF Big fan of a fat glass of Merlot!
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
BF Getting more ladies into snowbiking. Help understand the mechanics of the bike. Help progress the skills and maneuvers that can be accomplished on these bikes.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
BF Really, my short term goals are long term goals too. This is an evolving sport. But biggest goal is to help women gain confidence and independence in their sport and have that flow over into their every day life.