SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
JL Florence, Montana. Have you seen western Montana?…lol….I grew up in a small town in Idaho. After a few years in Missoula (the big city to me) I wanted to get back to simplicity yet have access to bigger things. Florence is so small we don’t even have a mayor, city council, nor police! Yet the zip code probably has 4000 or more residents. We are rural and that’s ok. Western Montana has a beauty.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
JL My first bike was a 1980 Yamaha 80, I was probably 6 or 7 when I started riding. To me it was no different than a bicycle, just easier. My relatives all had dirt bikes so I had to learn to keep up with them as the kids were all older than me. I had that bike until my teenage years, it was just for leisure so never got another thereafter. Fast forward about 30 years! – snowbiking has hit the winter scene. After not having been on a motorcycle for almost three decades I test ride a friends brand new set up. It was awesome, until I came across a creek that wasn’t normally showing. Only one choice as i didn’t want to wreck this new bike, so I had to throttle it and hope for the best. We made it across, but I forgot to keep the throttle open and dumped it on the other side, but I cleared the creek. I was then terrified to get back on as I figured I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to risk it again. He told me just get on and go. Being a bit more aware this time, I did. In 10 minutes I was sold, goodbye snowmobile, hello snowbike! I have not looked back since. That was four years ago. My tires were only on when I bought my bike, now it is strictly a snowbike for winter. Not because I wouldn’t enjoy it in the summer, but I am a barrel racer and champion gamer and my horses get my full attention during the summer…although I have kicked around the idea of getting a small dirt bike for summer, just for fun. A 125 isn’t good for much but trails, but that’d be perfect.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
JL We have three 2013 KTM450 SXF
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
JL None around my location I’m aware of.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
JL Lolo Pass on the Idaho/Montana border. The terrain, the mountains, the views you can only see by machine.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
JL I ride my bike vs a sled for a multitude of reasons. I struggled with a sled for several years, some reasons were personal as my father died while riding one so I had a fear instantly. My better half rode when I met him, so I made a decision to try and so it so we could spend time together. We ride machines in winter, horses in summer – that’s our deal. Next, it’s just easy! Nowhere near the physical struggle I had with my sled. And the places we can go….we leave sleds in the snowdust. Bikes have the ability to go places we never dreamed of seeing. I ride because it takes me away from the day to day craziness of being a business owner and rancher. And the views we see are just breathtaking.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
JL Since I was a little girl…we lived on almost 200 acres in the mountains of Idaho. I would always venture off (with our dog) and go exploring. Parents never worried about me…
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
JL More women riding! Lol…I know zero women in my area that ride bikes and I’ve heard of only one other in my area that rides a snowbike. Never ridden with her however, hoping maybe to this winter. I think it’s still thought of as more for guys, so women who do ride become an image. I think it’s fine, but not a lot of women are sports aggressive because it’s not for the faint of heart…I am only speaking from point of view of women I know.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
JL Self motivation I guess. I am up at 0530-0600 every day, no coffee to get me going!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
JL I really enjoy riding in our own back yard, so to speak. We live 30 miles from some of the best riding and I’m content with exploring here. I’m adventurous but also like to know where I am, if it were a group setting in strange place I’d try most anywhere though.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women owned/operated moto related website, blog or business that you would like to tell folks about?
JL Not moto related…I’m a bean counter, lol….which makes my story even more unique I think. Not a lot of introverts are also competitive people and I am extremely! I own and operate a payroll company and do accounting consulting for small business owners.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
JL I’ve had two. First one I was eight years old. It was Easter. All the bigger kids took off on their bikes across an open field, I was last (an 80 doesn’t have the most speed). I hit a ditch and flew over the top of my handlebars. This was in 1983 and helmets weren’t as big of a deal as they are now. I cut my chin open on my key (broke it) and fractured my left wrist. Some stitches and a splint and I was good to go.
Second, I was 13. Same bike, lol…hit a rock on a road and somehow laid the bike over, almost took out my kneecap. Had 23 stitches to pull my knee back together.
Not as bad as some people’s incidences but considering I was so young, had I kept riding, things weren’t looking good…
SA What is your favorite food?
JL Pasta Alfredo w/chicken
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
JL Somewhere between 5-7 I think.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
JL Never really had anything funny happen…most interesting is usually ending up in a tree well, definitely not fun! But sometimes others get a kick out of it, mainly because it doesn’t happen very often. Didn’t happen to me and definitely wasn’t funny, but my boyfriend came over a jump and hit a piece of granite rock under the snow…crashed his bike, broke the ski, the triple clamp, bent the forks…it was ugly. Three guys following to close dog piled on top of his bike (he was thrown over the handlebars). We had to tow his bike out. How…we got creative-had a pair of sleds rising with us, found a tree and tied it to the back of the sleds and ran it through the front of the bike (the handlebars literally folded back onto the seat). He had to ride on the back of it, on the track kit to keep the front end up and keep it balanced. We rode I think eight miles like that, the sleds rising side by side with the busted bike tethered between. It looked hilarious, but you have to.do what you have to do as we don’t leave machines!
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
JL Coors Light
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
JL Wish I liked racing better, I’m apparently not aggressive enough on hard pack – love the deep powder, hate hard pack so my skills aren’t so great. Wish I could get one of my girlfriends to get a stinkin’ bike so I wouldn’t be the only one all the time! (Not really something for me to accomplish per se, but…) And finally I hope to let women know you can start at any age. Fear of being too old seems to deter some, but it doesn’t matter, as long as you have fun!
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
JL To be able to ride for the next 20 years. I’m not out to set records in biking, but would like to try and make a bit of a name for myself as a female who can hold her own on a world of men riders in the back country. Continue to just enjoy the opportunity!