KA I live in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. I was born and raised here, but I didn’t really appreciate the uniqueness of this place until I moved away in 2006. I moved home after a year and a half and really fell in love with Newfoundland. The scenery, history and culture make up for the short riding season!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
KA I’ve loved motorcycles for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t actually get a bike and learn to ride until I was in my late 20’s. It’s become such a huge part of who I am that I can’t fathom not having a bike.
KA My favourite close-to-home ride is the Baccalieu Trail. It has lots of twisties, quaint historic communities and incredible scenery – especially during iceberg season. There are a few great restaurants along the way too!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
KA There are so many reasons why I ride. It’s incredibly fun, first and foremost. I love that it’s challenging; I’m always trying to be a better rider. Motorcycles have taken me to places I never would have gone otherwise, and I’ve had some of the most incredible experiences of my life while travelling on a bike.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
KA No, actually. I’ve never considered myself adventurous but since I’ve began leaning towards the adventure-touring genre I’ve gotten out of my comfort zone a lot. Even deciding to try out camping was a huge deal for me.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
KA I’d like to see more selection when it comes to women’s motorcycle riding gear. It’s slowly improving, but there’s not much in the way of women’s adventure touring gear out there. I’m trying to find a decent pair of boots now and it’s a frustrating struggle.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
KA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
I’d love to take a few months and tour all around Ireland and the Isle of Man.
SA 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?
KA I maintain a blog, called Ride Newfoundland (http://ridenewfoundland.com/). I don’t get as much time to update it as I’d like. Life tends to get in the way.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
KA I’d owned my Vstrom for probably a week or so…I bought it used but it was in pristine condition. I was extremely overconfident in my off-roading skills and when I was going up an incline I transfixed on a rock. Of course I ran into the rock and dumped the bike, scratching the fairing and demolishing the right turn signal. I was inconsolable, and my confidence was badly shaken. I recovered though, and have greatly improved my off-roading skills, especially since getting my TW200.
SA Favorite food?
KA Cod tongues (yes, the actual tongue of the fish!), a Newfoundland delicacy.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
KA Ice-cold beer!
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
KA Become better off-road, become better at slow-speed manuevers, become more self-reliant when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
KA Take a year off and tour North America, get a story published in a motorcycle magazine, become a sort of motorcycle tourism ambassador for Newfoundland.