CF I ride for the adventure, challenge, thrill, freedom, and to be with like-minded enthusiasts. I was fortunate to grow up with motorcycling parents. My brother and I rode behind my Mom and Dad on their bikes, as young as age 5.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
CF Kind of. I grew up an Army brat and lived 8 years in Germany. My family of 4 would go on weekend road trips in the car to explore towns and castle grounds. We also did Volksmarches (3 or 6 mile treks in Germany, of which you pay and earn a cool medal upon completion). It wasn’t until after high school, I learned to hunt, fish, and realized how much I really (!) enjoyed outdoor activities.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to women and riding?
CF More colors for the women’s Kiim riding jacket. I have been waiting a couple years now for a different color other than the gray/white. I think the choices for female riding gear have grown but I’m for “all-the-time” waterproof gear.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
CF 1. Improve off-road riding skills on my R1200GS
2. Learn to use the freaking Garmin GPS
3. Continue to ride sans injury
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
CF 1. Explore another country, like Austria, with my guy
2. Buy a tire machine so we can do our own tires
3. Continue to ride sans injury (!)
SA What was your first bike?
CF 1982 (?) Honda Sabre 750
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
CF Having to pee, my cat’s paw on my face
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be?
CF Finish the ID BDR with Shal & Steph
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
CF The wreck I had in 2000 while riding a Honda VFR800 too fast in a long, left-hand curve along the Stillaguamish river. I drifted to the top of the lane, rear tire hit gravel, the bike went down, and I did a face-plant. My bike kept sliding, stopping upside down in a ditch. I was shook up with a hurt knee, ankle, and bloodied elbow. I was wearing jeans, fashion-type leather riding boots, leather jacket, gloves, and helmet. With grass & mud sticking out of the cracked fairing, and the windscreen bungeed to the back seat, I rode the bike straight to a dealership for repair. I have henceforth been “gun-shy” when cornering.
SA Where is your favorite ride?
CF Probably highway 20/ North Cascades Highway, west to east through WA state. The views of turquoise Diablo Lake and the surrounding mountains are epic. Lunch in Mazama isn’t bad either.
SA Do you have a name for your motorcycle?
CF I kinda just call it “The GS” but my custom plate reads, “BFREE”.
SA How many countries have you ridden in?
CF United States, Canada, and Panama (at age 5 or 6, on the back of my Dad’s bike)
SA Favorite food?
CF Lots but I eat many chicken caesar salads and wraps
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
CF Age 18
SA What is your current ADV bike?
CF 2011 R1200GS
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you on a ride?
CF Funny….or embarrassing?! While riding the bright red Honda VFR 800 one summer day, we got to Steven’s Pass on highway 2 in WA state and there was a large group of Harleys/ street bikes pulled off to the right side, with another large group of bikes across the road. We two went past them, pulled off on the dirt shoulder, and stopped. When I tried to put my foot down there was a hole— my bike went right over and I fell on my butt. There are few things more embarrassing but most times you will not hear laughter from fellow bikers because we’ve all done it at least once.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
CF “Dress for the crash, not for the ride.”
SA Who inspired your motorcycle dreams?
CF My Mom and Dad have both ridden since my brother and I were small. My Dad, in his 70s now, still rides today. They got me into street bikes but it was Dirty Girl Tracy Jeffries’ persuasion that got me into dual sport riding. Jumping over to off road adventure-riding has resulted in the best, funnest riding I have ever done. The people I have met doing it have changed my life and I plan to continue to have the time of my life!