SJ Riding pillion with my brother in law sparked the motorbike flame in 2004, and my boyfriend (now husband) put some more oil on it by announcing that he had been thinking about it too and was going to get his license. From then on it became a lifelong passion.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SJ I used to have an entire collection: one for the road, one for the track, one for the dirt but ever since I got the Husqvarna TR650 Terra in 2013, all those other bikes have only left our shed to be sold off to other female riders.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
SJ Not really, but for some strange reason most of my female friends ride motorbikes.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
SJ The where is not important as long as I have my fully loaded bike with me traveling along some dirt road.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SJ Someone once told me: ‘In a car you ride through the countryside, on a motorbike you ride in the countryside’. Best explanation I could think of.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
SJ No, not at all. But ever since I started traveling on my motorbike, my adventures seem to be become bigger and bigger.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SJ A couple of years ago I would have said: more female riders, more gear, more… but at the time we were riding a lot on the track, which is quite a testosterone filled environment, so very few women on a high level and almost no gear available. Since 2013, we have been inspired more by adventure traveling and it’s amazing how many women are out there! As for the gear: most manufacturers have discovered that women riders are an important market that does not require the cliché pink stuff. Hallelujah!
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
SJ The sun heating up my tent and the birds singing outside.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SJ Anywhere will be somewhere in Mongolia, but instead of turning back, I would continue and not come back.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
SJ My favorite is a book by 2 Belgian female riders who went on a journey along the silk road. The book is called ‘Meisjes, Moslims en Motoren’ (girls, Muslims and motorbikes).
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?
SJ My husband and I have our own blog: where you can read all about our travels.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
SJ Riding 800km on the German highway on a FZ6N at a temperature of about 35°C. Longest, hottest, most boring day ever.
SA Favorite food?
SJ Anything Mediterranean
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SJ 25. Didn’t even have a car driver’s license at the time and I had never ridden any motorized vehicle before. I think my adventures started there.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
SJ During our trip through the Balkans in 2014 on a very rainy day on a very muddy track somewhere in the Montenegrin Mountains we crossed some 4WD’s. Since the track was very narrow, I stopped and leaned into the bushes to let them pass. One car stopped beside me, the window went down and the driver shouted out “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL”, then handed me some candy and drove off. Even though I was wet and cold and miserable, I couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the day.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SJ Every day’s riding ends at Beer O’Clock
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SJ Get out on our biggest adventure yet, enjoying every second of it and inspire other people to do the same.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SJ Keep on riding, never stop to be amazed by the world and it’s people and try to see as much of it as possible.