SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
RR I currently live in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Edmonton is OK but it would sure be nice to be closer to the mountains. I could see myself ending up living somewhere like Whitehorse someday.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
RR My Dad inspired me to learn to ride, growing up he always had bikes and naturally I wanted to be just like him so here I am!
SA What bike(s) do you own?
RR Triumph Tiger 800XC and Harley Davidson Wide Glide
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
RR I’m not in any riding groups right now but I would love to be.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
RR I have a few favourite rides, one is a local trail called Victoria trail that winds along the North Saskatchewan River, another is the ride to Whitehorse YK (still hoping to make it all the way up North to Prudhoe Bay) and of course riding through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
RR I love the sense of freedom you get one two wheels, you experience travel in a much different way when you are on a bike. Instead of being in a sealed car cabin where you are isolated from the outside environment you experience the sounds, smells and weather all around you. I find that when you travel by bike you are much more likely to check out that random back road or roadside point of interest. You are also more likely to stop and chat with people along the way, I have met some really interesting people by riding bikes that I never would have talked to otherwise.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
RR I’ve always been interested in more adventurous activities, these days I’ve settled on adventure riding and snowboarding but I’m game to try almost anything.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
RR I would like to see more products specifically tailored to women that are as fully featured as their men’s counterparts. All to often women’s gear is just a smaller version of the men’s product but splattered with pink butterflies, with less protection and no pockets. Some manufacturers are really stepping up their game but there is still a long way to go.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
RR My alarm after pushing snooze 8 times…..it takes a lot to get me out of bed in the morning, but the prospect of a days riding in the summer or snowboarding in the winter hastens the process somewhat 😉
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
RR I would love to do a ride from Cape Town South Africa to Victoria Falls if work would give me the time off!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
RR My worst day on a motorcycle was back in 2010 when I hit a deer on my first bike, a bumblebee yellow 883 Sportster. I walked away from it but the bike did not, it turned out as good as you could hope for in the circumstances but I will always be sad about that poor little bike.
SA Favorite food?
RR I like pretty much everything, it is kind of a problem as motorcycle pants are expensive haha.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
RR My Dad taught me to ride dirtbikes when I was 12 or 13 years old, we had a lot of good times bombing around the countryside together.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
RR On one ride I somehow had a bee fly down the neck of my jacket (I’m fairly certain it was a killer bee, that is the story I am sticking to anyway), I was quite the sight nailing the brakes and running down the road stripping off helmet, gloves and jacket trying to escape said woman eating bee.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
RR After a nice riding day I like an ice cold beer or sangria….on one of ‘those’ days it would be a coffee or hot chocolate.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
RR 1) The first thing I would like to do is take an off-road riding skills course, I have a lot to learn about off-road riding as until the past few years I have been mostly riding on the street or gravel. I have had experience with dirtbikes in the past but it is a whole different ball game when you are trying to wrestle an adventure bike through single track. For me most of the roadblocks are mental so practice will make perfect! 2) Perfect the art of the wheelie! 3) Just ride more, even if it is just to work and back!
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
RR 1) Take a motorcycle trip that is at least a month long through South America or Africa. 2) Get my riding skills to the point where I am confident to take on any trail and be OK with making mistakes (this is a big one as I am a bit of a perfectionist control freak). 3) Be able to fix anything on my bike without help.