SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
SB Nowhere, my husband and I are on an around-the-world-trip with our two old KTM 640 LC4.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
SB Growing up, the boys in my neighbourhood. I had my motorcycle license before I made my car license. Then, upon meeting my husband, it was him. Our honeymoon was an 18-months trip from Switzerland to South Africa, flying our bikes (I was riding a DR650 at the time) to India and driving back to India.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SB KTM 640 LC4 (2001)
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
SB Sahara desert. Landscape is fabulous, riding is great and it used to be a real nice place to be.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SB Because I’m less isolated from my surroundings than in a car. Riding a motorcycle puts you out there without having to make the effort to cycle or hike 😉 You smell what surrounds you. You can’t escape the inclement weather or the local population, as challenging as it might be.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
SB Kind of. When I was a kid I decided on a whim to spend a week with people I liked but hardly knew. My mom went home without me, packed some stuff for me and mailed it to me. A week later, she would come and pick me up.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SB It would be great so meet more women on the road/track believing they can conquer the world on two wheels.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
SB The Adventure of the Road ahead. Not knowing where I’m going to be in the evening. Whom I might meet on the road. The nice and not so nice things waiting for me.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SB Ha, that is a tough question. I will be riding in Central and South America next year because we are heading down that way, if the KTM’s are still running. But if I could make the world a safe place and really just ride where I want – the Sahara, more specific Algeria, Niger and Mali. Because I couldn’t do it before the region became unstable and there is some amazing scenery out there, that has always fascinated me.
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?
SB My personal nightmare: When my husband got hit by a car in Kirgistan! A nightmare I don’t wish on any rider. Another one…Hitting a pile of rocks in the middle of “man eating lions” Tsavo Nationalpark, wrecking my bike 3 months into the 18-months trip and breaking my collarbone in the process. That’s just plain stupid. Then, there are many miserable days riding in the rain…
SA What is your favorite food?
SB Endless…From home – Fondue, Bernese Onion Pie and Rösti (giant hashbrown with bacon pieces in it). From around the world – Indian Food, Georgian Khachapuri, Momos, Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Seafood, Irish Seafood chowder, Hamburger with Green Chile…
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
SB An Indian Mahoud riding up to me and offering to exchange his elephant against my motorbike.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
SB Depends on what’s available. Cold water with bubbles, chai, mint tea, cold beer, cold white wine… I even take champagne if somebody is offering 😉
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SB 1. Ride from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia 2. Have a good time with our friends on the trip to Alaska. 3. Not to fall off the bike or have an accident in the near future.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SB 1. Visit one hundred countries on a motorcycle (we are on 17 on this trip, 57 more but only another 43 of it on my own bike). 2. Become a good technical rider (I mostly do it with willpower…) 3. Still be riding when I’m 70.