SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
LL I live in a 5th wheel toy hauler with my husband Terry. Our home base is on a horse farm Snoqualmie, Washington with our daughter and son-in-law, but we move around the country to take advantage of weather and new roads to ride.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
LL My first experience was at fifteen when I was taught to ride by my then boyfriend. My re-introduction was at fifty when I met Terry and was brought into the world of long-distance riding. I fell in love with him, and motorcycling, at the same time.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
LL I have a Honda NC700 for street and long-distance riding, and a Yamaha XT250 for off-road.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
LL I’m involved with the Rainier Ravens here in Seattle.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
LL Highway 12 in Utah from Torrey to Bryce Canyon. Gorgeous geography, twisty road with sharp drop-offs, challenging mentally and physically, and wonderful memories of riding it both directions and at different times of day.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
LL I love the challenge of riding, the freedom of being out in the open, and the people I’ve met along the way.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
LL I’ve always had the urge to travel, to meet people and hear their stories, and to get off the beaten track to see places most folks don’t get to see. In my earlier years it was done through backpacking, now it’s motorcycling that takes me on my adventures.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
LL An acceptance of the reality that women are riding in record numbers and are competent going out on their own. Perhaps an educational component in the general motorcycling world that continually stresses that in this sport there are no differences between men and women, male or female bikes, etc, and a resultant decrease in the obnoxious sexism that exists on many of the forums.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
LL Curiosity about where the day will take me.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
LL New Zealand and Australia. Always been intrigued by the scenery and the culture, and want to experience for myself.
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?
LL I am a mental skills coach for athletes, so work with riders who may be feeling anxious about getting started or getting back on the bike after an accident. I am also a writer, with three books, including ‘The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling’ that specifically deal with riding and one with mental skills. In addition, I write the ‘Ask Lynda’ column for WomenADVriders.com and will be a contributor to the new Women Rider e-magazine.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
LL Being hit from behind at a stop, resulting in two broken ribs and the end of a six-week vacation after only two weeks on the road. The minute I landed I knew the ride was over and I was pissed!
SA What is your favorite food?
LL Technically not a food, but I will admit to my Chai tea addiction.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
LL 15 the first time, 51 when I got back on a bike and got my endorsement.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
LL Was jumped at a very busy intersection by an apparently homeless guy on drugs demanding I give him my bike. When I said no he knocked me over and started to lift the bike and take off. My husband got off his bike and tackled the guy who fled into the park across the street. By the time we were back on the road we were laughing hysterically at the absurdity of what had just happened.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
LL Red wine
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LL Becoming more proficient on dirt. Being okay going back to pillion seat for our trip to Europe due to rental costs for two bikes. Getting my articles written for the WomenADVrider before my vacation so I don’t have to write on the road.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LL Seeing ‘The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling’ getting into the hands of all women riders, and having them use it as a valuable resource. Ride for a year without stopping for work or other obligations. See women treated as equals in all aspects of riding.