SH I live by Shady Lake in Renton, WA. The commute to work in Seattle is reasonable (at least for now), and yet the water, forests, and mountains are not far away.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SH My current bike is a BMW 700GS. My previous bikes were a Suzuki SV650S, a Suzuki GSXR1000, and an Aprilia RSV4.
SA Where is your favorite ride?
SH One of my favorite rides in Washington State has been from Arlington to Diablo Lake. I have always liked riding the “twisties” and getting away from the highways and cities.
SA Who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
SH For as long as I can remember, my dad always had a motorcycle. And as a young girl, I always wanted to do whatever my dad did. Although he did not actively encourage me to get my endorsement, he was very proud when I did. I believe he was my inspiration.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
SH I recently joined the Dirty Girls on Facebook, and I am looking forward to their Spring Camp event this year.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SH I love riding motorcycles because I like being out in the open air, able to see everything around me. I also enjoyed the power of my sport bikes, and learning to control and use that power on the track.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
SH Although I have become less adventurous in recent years, I have always enjoyed exploring the outdoors. Among my previous activities were motorcycle track riding, skydiving, rock climbing, scuba diving, and skiing. I love the outdoors and I love experiencing it in a close up and personal way!
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SH I have had limited experience in the “women’s riding world”. I am used to hanging with the boys. I would like to see more training, events, and riding gear intended for women riders.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SH Sometime within the next year I would like to ride at least part of the WA BDR. I want to pack everything I need on my bike, head out to the forest roads, camp, and enjoy the scenery.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SH I was 32 when I took a motorcycle riding course and received my endorsement in Washington State. I decided I had been a passenger for too long!
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
SH The funniest thing that ever happened to me while on a ride was I tried to do a wheelie and succeeded only in knocking the wind out of me! I have a short torso, so when the front end came up the tank hit my chest and I could not catch my breath for a second or two. I rode up to my husband laughing like a crazy woman. I thought it was hilarious, but maybe it was the euphoria of knowing I had escaped a near catastrophe.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
SH The most important advice I ever received was to always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards. In many adventure sports, things can happen very fast. You must always be ready to react appropriately in any situation. For example, practicing emergency procedures until they became muscle memory was very important in the sport of skydiving.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SH Three things I would like to accomplish in the world of riding are having women riders like Shal and Steph as riding companions, learning the skills needed to become a competent off road rider, and riding a distance that requires at least an overnight stay.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SH Eventually, I would like to complete a BDR, ride across the country, and ride off road without dropping my bike on my foot!