SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
SB My home address is Bristol, UK, however I am currently travelling through South America and in Ecuador at the moment. Bristol is a great city in the UK, in fact I would say it’s the best city in the UK.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
SB Several things. Firstly, my mum and dad were both motorcycle enthusiasts and general petrol heads, or at least before I came along, but I saw plenty of photos and my dad edited some motor magazines. I still remember the first time I ever went pillion on a bike. I was 17. Many of my colleagues where I worked had bikes, and I was itching to have a go. Malcolm gave me a lift home from work on his Thunderace one gorgeous, sunny day, and I knew I wanted to ride bikes, so as soon as I could I booked my CBT and saved to get my first bike…a little Suzuki GS125.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SB Currently I own a 1996 DR650 SE and another one in bits in our garage back home. Previously (from most recent to my first bike): Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Honda CRF230F, Honda CBR400RR, Honda CBF600S, Kawasaki GPZ 500, Suzuki GS125.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
SB Not really, I ride mainly with my partner Kelvin. I am part of the ‘Bristol Biking Girls’ and many other Facebook groups, but in terms of actual riding I like to ride with my partner and if it’s a women only group he is excluded. Also, I prefer to ride as a maximum of 4-5 people.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
SB Hard question. I’ve ridden so many great places at home, Western Europe, Colombia and Ecuador. In terms of countries to ride, central Colombia and the El Cocuy area are definitely two of my favourites but every country has so many different things to offer.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SB It’s an addiction. The first time I got on a bike I was hooked and there’s just something about the freedom and adventure of being on a motorbike, whatever bike it is.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
SB Yes. Since aged 9 or 10 I got into kayaking and I used to do a lot of whitewater slalom competitions, I went kayaking in Iceland, France and Australia, and did this until I was about 26 when I studied as a physiotherapist and there were no good rivers around and studying was a full time job. I also had a go at paragliding, handgliding, diving, mountain biking, quad biking and other stupid stuff, but kayaking was my thing. Then when I hit 18, the biking bug set in. I was lucky because I grew up in the country in West Wales so I was forever doing crazy stuff from a young age.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SB I don’t know to be honest, there’s a lot more information and forums today about women motorcycling all over the world. I think it’s good to include all women who ride both alone, with a partner and friends.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
SB Tea and the thought of having a good day’s ride. Without those things I’m lazy!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SB The Southern part of South America…I’m in Ecuador now so it’s already the plan.
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 I write a blog on our website www.AvVida.co.uk and also a physio based blog on the same website called ‘Suzie Says’.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
SB Probably when I somehow managed to ditch my bike on a dirt road and ended up being catapulted off the bike into a 2m deep ditch, but was luckily unharmed somehow. I was a bit shaken and very glad it didn’t happen a Km before where it would have been a cliff! I was also a bit cold and it was getting dark, so that didn’t help.
SA What is your favorite food?
SB Pizza, pasta, Indian and puddings! Oh, and a good Sunday roast. Sorry, I love food.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SB 18 I think, literally as soon as I was legally allowed to ride on the road.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
SB Well, it wasn’t actually on a bike, but we had been riding and stopped for an ice cream. I pulled up a chair, put my jacket on the back, went to sit down and just as I sat the chair fell back and I planted my arse flat on the floor with a thud! All of the people around laughed, and so did I.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
SB Dependent on climate and location, either a crisp larger shandy or a glass of white wine.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SB To inspire others to travel. To really explore the countries I am currently in and get to know it slowly. To improve my off-road skills.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SB To inspire others to travel. To have good advice on my website for those who are thinking about their first big trip. To meet lots of biking friends.
Photo credits, Michnus Olivier (@pikipikioverlandblog) and Kelvin Prevett (@avvida.co.uk)