Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
As of today (2/22/17) I am in Santiago, Chile, at the tale-end of a nearly 2 year motorcycle adventure with my husband. The house we own is in Newport, Oregon however, we may or may not end up living there when we reconstruct our lives in the US. I grew up in Boise, Idaho.
What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
I come from a riding family. I started riding as a passenger with my mom or dad when I was young enough to be tied to them with a rope because I fell asleep during the rides. I started riding dirt bikes when I was around 10 years old.
What bike(s) do you own?
2007 BMW F650 GS
Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
I’m connected with lots of women riders through the BMW Riders of Oregon group.
Where is your favorite ride and why?
My favorite kind of ride is one with gentle curves (as opposed to hairpin switchbacks) and beautiful scenery on a nice day — that could happen anywhere in the world. A short ride, near our house, is highway 34 from Alsea, OR to highway 101 at the Pacific Ocean.
Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
After about a 30-year break from riding, I started riding again because I married a motorcycle rider. Now, I ride because it’s a fun, adventurous, palpable way to experience the world. I also love the kind of people who ride, especially the women riders.
Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
Yes. I’m also a sailor, hiker, camper, and my favorite way to exercise is running or walking outside in the early morning.
What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
I want women to feel welcome, no matter what their level of interest is in riding. I want women to connect riding (and other adventurous activities!) to their personal development. Motorcycle riding teaches us so much that is directly applicable off our bikes. For example, to do a slow speed turn, you need to connect what you know in your mind about the steps involved in the process, with what you believe in your heart you can do, with your body’s movements to make it happen. That kind of connection translates to a confident woman in any situation.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I am multi-passionate woman so, right now, what’s getting me out of bed is: riding my motorcycle in Latin America, preparing for returning to the US, and starting a new business.
If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
Next year, I would ride to the southern tip of Baja. On our trip south, we crossed into Mexico through Texas and we planned to return through Baja. Plans changed. We’re air freighting our motorcycles from Santiago, Chile so we missed the Baja! I really want to see it.
Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto-related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell folks about?
My website is transitioning from personal to professional and will be focused on helping adventurous women who want to tackle what matters to them most, yet are struggling with the choices and actions it takes to make it happen. http://www.jalenecase.com. You can learn more about our motorcycle trip at: http://www.southonabike.com.
What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
The specific worst day that leaps to mind is when my bike broke down on the road in Mexico and we were 125 miles from a city with potential help. It’s quite a story.
Maybe because I just talked about Mexico in the last question…fresh tacos in Mexico!
What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
I was around 8 or 10 years old when I first learned on an Indian 100 in our backyard. I remember bumping into the fence often to stop! As an adult, I got my motorcycle endorsement when I was about 45 years old.
Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
When I was riding a dirt bike as a kid, we were on a family ride (there were 5 of us), the scenery in the mountains outside Boise, Idaho, near McCall, was beautiful, I was looking around taking it all in, and rode off a small bridge into a small creek. Ha! Oh the fixes my poor dad had to get us out of! One of favorite parts of riding is still the beautiful places!
Favorite post-ride beverage?
Icy cold beer.
Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
I want to shine light on the connection between what riding teaches us and how that is directly transferred into our lives off the bikes. I also want women of all levels of motorcycle interest to feel welcome.
Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
I want to be active in the women’s riding world through speaking and writing about the connection between riding a motorcycle and personal development. 2. I want to take more overnight motorcycle trips by myself. 3. I want women to know that if they want to ride, they can learn to ride.