LK New Brunswick, Canada (East Coast of Canada) If you drove the Cabot Trail In Nova Scotia you would have driven right by my place.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
LK My first boyfriend, when I was 18. I had just joined the Canadian Military as an Aircraft Mechanic. Life was new and exciting for me, so what the heck! I loved it from the first leg over.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
LK Currently I own 2 a 2013 factory lowered F700GS and a Yamaha 950. Over years I have owned 7.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
LK No I ride with my husband, there are not many adventure riders in New Brunswick.
If I see lady riders they are on cruisers or on a spider.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
LK New Brunswick and Quebec in Canada and Texas and Montana In the USA. I enjoy the open roads with lots of little off shoots and small little rivers to sit back and absorb nature.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
LK When I ride I feel balanced. It gives me time to take in the sights and beauty of the world and nature. Having fresh air rammed up your nose clears your head and makes you feel alive.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
LK Yes, my first marriage failed due to not having a husband who actually lived life, and for me life is being in nature. My second husband gets it! He and I met for a reason and we have spent as much time as possible exploring the world together. Avoiding cities and meeting like minded people. Our motto in life is “Happy, Healthy and Safe”.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
LK We spent 56 days in Europe (unfortunately in a rental car) due to not having enough money to ship our bikes over. If I had extra money I would definitely do the tour we did in Europe but on my bike. We took secondary roads and toured 8 counties meeting so many wonderful people. Stay away from tourist spots and see the world through the locals’ eyes.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
LK After discussing how we slept and which one of us will make our morning coffee (we are retired), we discuss where we are going on the bikes. Depending on weather and duration we are pretty much out there every day taking new roads or favorite routes. Bush rides with a picnic packed in my pannier finding a waterfall we haven’t seen yet.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
LK Well as a matter of fact we are planning a trip to Alaska starting from the furthest east point in Canada (St John’s Newfoundland at Cape Spear). Taking the most northern route (municipally maintained road) across Canada going to the USA/Canada border at Poker Creek AK. I am 53 now and feel if we don’t do this ride soon the length and endurance required to do such a ride will be too much for me. This route is over 10,000 km (6200 miles) and we plan to do it in about 2 months with taking some time to see Alaska, hey we are there!
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell us about? If so, what is it?
LK No. I am a retired Canadian Military member, I served 26 years. We do have a very small business preserving the memories of WWI and WWII Veterans by building personalized books for relatives so as the memories of their Veteran’s are preserved.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
LK My, that question makes me think. I have only been scared on my bike once and that was because I was parked on a backward slope with a fully loaded 1300CC Honda Interstate. Due to the cruiser style bike I could not roll forward without stalling. I eventually did it but each stall got me closer and closer to the unprotected cliff edge leading to the Rio Grand on the road to Big Bend National Park. I bought my F700GS on that trip. Cruisers do not make good adventure bikes! It scared me enough to know that my life is adventuring but doing it safely.
SA Favorite food?
LK Poutine! A Quebec cultural fast food meal. It is home made french fries, with flavorful brown gravy that smothers fresh white squeaky cheese curds. Don’t knock it until you try it.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
LK I was 18 years old when I started riding, it was on a brand new Kawasaki 440 LTD, it was the only style bike at the time that was low enough so as I could learn to ride safely.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
LK Taking my 1300 Honda Interstate across the Rio Frio in Texas. Roads in Texas crosses river beds. Sometimes they have water running in it. My husband led, he had a Yamaha Super Tenere with ABS, he made it, I didn’t. The water was about 6″ deep, flowing at a moderate rate. I entered and did okay for about 5 feet, due to the low profile I was pushing a bow wake and hitting some slime, down I went. No injuries, I was going slow and I controlled the drop. So now I am down, trying to pick up a 678lb bike in the middle of the river. I could not do it. So together Paul and I got it up, only damage was I lost the R/H floor board. The shear bolts broke that held the board on. I had to ride 2 hours resting my right leg on the engine block until we got to an ACE Hardware to replace the bolts. It makes me smile at the thought of this story. I am adventurer turning around when we came to that river was not an option either of us wanted to do. Worse case was we get our feet wet and push the bikes across. , Switching to the F700GS has made me want to go back to that crossing and try it again on that bike. IF i can do that crossing on this bike than I feel my skills as an adventure rider is doing well.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
LK I am not much of a drinker and we never drink and drive. I guess it would be………a Caesar, which could be made with or without Vodka. It is made with Motts Clamato juice, and includes lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Season Salt, and a celery stick to garnish, Rimmed with seasoning salt. Check it out!
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LK Take the stigma away of how dangerous riding can be (using communicators when riding in groups). Get women away from Cruiser style bikes, adventure bikes take the asphalt away and put dirt in. Lastly, start riding as soon as you are able to, don’t make it just “I would like to ride” to “today I am going to learn how to ride.”
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LK Ride as safe as I can for as long as I can. Meet as many like-minded people and make their lives better. Do a random act of kindness everyday and see my action be returned.