SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
LB I’m a nomad and I live either where my job or my bike are. I work as crew member on luxury yachts, living onboard makes the boat and where ever country/sea I’m traveling through, my home.
When I’m not working I’m riding my motorcycle, which sometimes is in North America, but others in South America, or even Europe, just like at this moment. And if it is winter, and I’m not working or even riding, you probably will find me in the mountains of Colorado, USA.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
LB When I was 7 years old my dad told my mom he would buy my twin and I a go kart, my mother said “Anything but a go kart, they would run under a car!”. So he went a bought us a beach scooter. Since then I have been riding, overcoming child’s fears, reckless teen ages, and adult mid life crisis ;-P … I don’t need to find reasons to ride, it is pure LOVE for what it means and brings into my life: freedom, education, culture, open mindness, challenge, adrenaline, friendship.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
LB At this moment I have ULTRA, a bulldozer hiding under the shell of a BMW F800 GS Adventure from 2014 and OPA CHARLIE, a bulletproof old little BMW F650GS from 2005. I would like to add a dirt bike, to my rides.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
LB I want to be part of SHEADV!!
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
LB Wherever I am riding on that moment, I try to make of each ride the best. I have ridden overseas a lot and always find that the “who” and “what” are more important than the “where”. A simple and unexpected ride can become the best if I’m with the right people or meet good people to share that particular moment.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
LB Because I can interact with the World in a better way, I can sense and feel it things around me with more intention. It is like have instant coffee or press coffee. When riding I get to connect and then share with the people I meet, my experiences and theirs. We are all connected…
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
LB Yes, not only as a hobby but as a life style. I have lived and worked in 5 different countries and I ended up addict to the need to meet more, see more, learn more.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
LB Respect, courage, resilience on having dreams and transforming them in goals and then realities.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
LB Sometimes I feel down and lost, and it is hard to keep start moving. Not sure if happens to all, but it definitely happens to me. That is the reason I’m constantly putting myself goals. I don’t want my life to be defined only by my job, it has been in the past and it made me workaholic what made me to completely loose the sense of life itself, to forget family and friends. So, yes, I have to work and I do it with pleasure but it is the goals that I set myself constantly that made me keep pushing forward. And while riding a motorcycle I feel all is in place, even through difficulties when riding, all seems to be in peace in my mind. And the other thing that pushes me forward is to run and participate in races, that gives me motivation to train and keep a fitness level that makes me feel better to approach and endure the day by day. I’m a firm believer that physical exercises are very helpful not only for the obvious physical reasons but for mental health, exercise helps with moods, sadness, stress, helps to clear the mind!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
LB Africa, starting on the North and heading South through the west coast, when reaching South Africa head east and ride north to Kenya. But wait … maybe I would like to ride from Turkey, through Iran, Tajikistan and all the other ” – tan” countries around.
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?
LB Nope, in social media I’m know as CHICKA MOTORUNNER. I have accounts in Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
LB My 2 motorcycle accidents, don’t get me wrong … I was so happy to be alive, no doubt that only that fact already made my day good; but it sucked to be hurt, see your bike hurt and feel beaten up and demoralized; but at the same time all of that brings out the will to fight, to overcome and succeed through a tragedy.
SA What is your favorite food?
LB Corn in the cob !!! And the one you can buy from a stand on the side of the road it the tastiest.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
LB Seven, but I feel that everyday I’m riding I get to learn something else about me or the bike.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
LB Belize 2016 … I had a flat tire while checking out Lamanai Mayans ruins … it was away from civilization, the village close by had only 5 houses. I remove my rear wheel but I couldn’t break the bead of it, so I looked for 2 big guys and we tried again. By then we have the little community around us and not luck with removing the tire from the wheel.
Nobody had a car and wasn’t any around to give me a lift, so a local young guy offer for me to go on his moped to a closer community where there was a mechanic. So there we went off riding with a big wheel placed between us, on this small and beaten moped through 30 miles of dirt road. We arrived to a Mennonite community and that is a whole other adventure.
Anyway, that day between the flat tire event and the local Belizians that keep telling me they were half Spaniards and half Mayans, that they were fighters and strong Indians; it was great, I went to bed with a heart full of hope, inspiration and love for humanity.
Well, maybe it wasn’t a funny story to read, but it was funny to live it.
As funny from outside … I can say that one day riding in the back country of Mexico, trying to find a detour from a road block to reach a waterfall; I had to ask for directions in 3 occasions and in all of them I was asked to give a ride “it is just there, only a few kilometers in front”. I hadn’t the courage to say “no” but even if funny now, then, it was difficult to double up on dirt roads, positioning the passengers on top of the duffel bag that goes behind me, their feet dangling up on my hips or quads.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
LB Chill red wine or Cafe con Leche … depends of if I’m hungry, hot, cold, in company or not.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding. – LB -TransAmazonic Highway.
– Road of Bones (Kolyma Highway R504).
– Teach my nephews and nieces to ride.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LB -To be an example for female riders that “will” is power.
– To bring awareness to drivers and their passengers about motorcycle riders, to pay extra attention when driving, there are too many distractions inside and outside the car, distraction that means life or death to us riders.
– To keep connecting with the world with my motorcycle for as long as I can.