SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
JD Sacramento, CA. My hubby and I moved to Sacramento from NJ in 2008 when he changed jobs. We joke that we stay because this is the only state where lane splitting is legal, but there are many other reasons.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
JD It was really my husband. The first time I ever sat on a motorcycle was when he test rode the F650GS twin that he’d eventually buy. I didn’t like riding pillion, so he suggested I take the MSF course. It was on my “to-do” list for 2 years, then I finally took it.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
JD 2015 BMW F700GS, 2009 Honda CRF230M, 2006 Ducati 620 Multistrada, 2006 BMW F650GS.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
JD Yes, Gold Country Riders – local chapter of Women On Wheels, and part of the magazine team for Women On Wheels.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
JD I love the focus that it requires and how meditative it can be.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
JD Not at all! OK maybe sort of. I used to scuba dive. Fear has been a big challenge for me but is also what forces me to explore outside of my comfort zone.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
JD Better looking and better fitting gear for women, fully protective, in a variety of colors besides black, pink/purple, and pastels, with the same number of pockets and features as men’s gear!
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
JD Usually our cats pawing at my face.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
JD Utah, Alaska…
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?
JD I write for Modern Moto magazine, a fashion-centric, ATGATT magazine for women – owned by Katie Fox McKay, and am also on the magazine team with a recurring safety column for Women On Wheels.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
JD Probably when I dropped my F650GS when I was learning, and got my ankle pinned under the engine case. It made me doubt that this was a sport for me, made me doubt my confidence and abilities, and added 2 months to the next time I’d TRY to ride again. I ended up purchasing a GZ250 to gain confidence without worrying about seat height, rode that for 8 months, then bought a lower seat for the 650 and hopped back on bit by bit.
SA What is your favorite food?
JD Pizza, pasta, Indian food, sushi … but I’m not a ‘foodie’!
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
JD My hubby and I were on a quick evening ride and a group of turkeys decided to cross the road ahead of us. We slowed down, honked our horns, and they just kept moseying along! If there weren’t buildings around us, it would have looked like a scene from “Long Way Round.” The lady in the car behind us stopped next to us at the traffic light ahead, and said that was the funniest thing she’d ever seen.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
JD Now, it’s a nice cold beer or a vodka soda. When my neighbor and I were learning and my poor husband was taking us on rides like the lead duck, we’d enjoy a shot of Fireball to toast whomever fell over on the ride…
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
JD 1. Always more confidence, especially in cornering. 2. More confidence in dirt. 3. Take the 650 on the route I currently take the 230 on.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
JD 1. Again, always more confidence. 2. Go to Alaska on the 650 or 700. 3. Do a BDR (Backcountry Discovery Route).