IT I live in the beautiful Seattle, WA. I grew up in Moscow, Russia, and ended up in Seattle on a whim almost 20 years. Having been to many great cities around the world, Seattle has a special place in my heart. I love living near the water, spending time in the Olympics and the Cascades, living in a walkable neighborhood.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
IT Kawasaki KLR 650, Ducati Monster, Aprilia Sportcity 250 Scooter
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
IT Andes, the Bolivian Altiplano, specifically the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, south of the Salar de Uyuni. One of the more difficult rides of our trip in the most remote (altitude 17,000 ft), unusual, and stunningly beautiful place I’ve ever been to.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
IT I started with a scooter as a mode of transportation around town 15 years ago. When I met my husband, he planted the adventure motorcycling seed, and we went on a 6 month trip from Seattle, WA to Ushuaia, Argentina together on two KLR’s. It was the greatest and most rewarding experience of my life, and the adventure ended with a marriage proposal.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
IT Traveling on two wheels makes me feel free, and for me, its the best way to see and experience the world. The bike gives you the independence of movement, and connects you with “the road,” the world around you, it’s a gateway to meeting new people and exploring remarkable places in your back yard, and on the other side of the world.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
IT Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route with my husband. We are parents to young kids, and don’t have the luxury of a long or expensive vacation. We can ride the COBDR’s world class scenery in 5-7 days, with memories and backcountry adventures to last a lifetime.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
IT Being caught riding into the night in rural South Western Argentina – feeling completely exhausted riding in the dark on the remote corrugated roads, running out of gas, while being caught in the rain, thunder and lightning. The times you feel the most low on the road, are usually the times you remember and grow from the most.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
IT “Jupiter’s Travels” by Ted Simon of course.
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
IT The US & South America. I’m looking forward to riding Russia and Mongolia some day.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
IT Slow is the new fast.
SA 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
IT Coming off of a year of maternity leave, my immediate goals are to
1. Get a new bike.
2. Brush up on my dirt riding skills.
3. Go on an extended ride.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
IT 1. Through the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization, play an integral part in preserving off-highway routes for adventure motorcycle travel, and creating new riding opportunities for the adventure motorcycling community.
2. Getting my two kids on two wheels (already in training) and spending some quality family time on the trails.
3. One day, ride through Europe, Russia and Mongolia. I’d also love to ride South America again, this time with my kids.