ZN: Where I live is where the RV is parked…lol. My husband moves around a lot in his line of work so we have been following him around with the RV so we can stay together. I homeschool our son and currently, we are in Northern Alberta for the winter. Brrrrrr.
SA: What bike(s) do you own?
ZN: I have 2 bikes. My first bike is a 2010 Yamaha XT250 and my second bike is a 2010 BMW F650GS twin (lowered and lowered)
SA: Where is your favorite ride and why?
ZN: Wow, that’s a tough one…I like riding my XT everywhere except the freeway…Moab in the springtime was pretty good. I like riding my big bike on hard packed forested dirt roads and windy paved roads. There was a road West of Bakersfield, CA that was really amazing. I’m really looking forward to Invermere, BC this summer.
SA: What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
ZN: After watching my sister learn to ride and then enviously take a multitude of worldwide tours, We got bitten by the bike bug. My husband had ridden a bike since he was a little kid. He kept saying he had wanted another bike and a few months after getting himself a KLR 650 he took me out and got me my very own brand spankin’ new XT250. I didn’t even know how to twist the throttle. After a bit of trial and error I signed up for a “Learn to ride” class. After that, just getting out there with him and pushing my boundaries have given me a load of confidence. I think without my husband pushing me into it, it never would have happened.
SA: Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
ZN: I met up with The Dirty Girls at a Touratech Rally. They were so much fun and incredibly supportive I have been adventuring with them ever since.
SA: Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
ZN: I ride for a few reasons. It builds my confidence. I always feel like I’ve accomplished something huge when I make it up or down that nasty trail using the skills I was taught or corner flawlessly on that twisty road. The social aspect of other riders is also a big influence. Meeting up and having an adventure together is really special.
SA: Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
ZN: No way! I was a really timid creature before my husband got ahold of me! That adventuresome husband of mine has really got me into some interesting sports. First it was rock climbing, then SCUBA, then Quadding and now motorcycling!
SA: What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
ZN: Also a really tough question. I still consider myself new to motorcycling. Perhaps some really affordable get-togethers or Ladies rides in my area would be good. I am going to Invermere in July for the HUMM.
SA: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
ZN: My back hurts and I need to get vertical.
SA: If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
ZN: I think I’d like to go to New Zealand. We went years ago and toured by car. There was so much neat stuff to see and the roads were so incredibly twisty I got carsick. Now, on a bike, that’d be a real adventure!
SA: What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
ZN: Fell over with my big bike (before confidence set in) in a fast-food parking lot and cut my nose on my helmet visor. How embarrassing.
SA: Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
ZN: Yes! USA and Baja, Mexico
SA: Favorite food?
ZN: Sushi, Mexican, cheesecake and pumpkin pie.
SA: What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
ZN: 38 and still learning. Never too old to start!
SA: Favorite post-ride beverage?
ZN: Icy cold beer if I’m really hot or a Growers Peach Cider over ice…but not IPA, that stuff is yucky.
SA: Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
ZN: Riding in Baja. The route we had chosen had multiple wicked water crossings. One of them was a “dirty mud puddle”. I decided it was a good idea to go right through the centre of it…slowly…carefully…or was it quickly without hesitation? Unbeknownst to be there was a couple of very deep tire tracks. I rode the hump until half way across and then submarined spectacularly. My puddle turned out to be quite the hole. Jeff jumped in to save my bike. I hopped back on and proceeded to drown Jeff with my back tire spin. We sure had a good laugh about that one. Klim suit performed very well. Boots were wet inside for 2 days.
SA: What is the most important advice you have ever received?
ZN: Stand UP! Pick a line, execute! Keep your speed up in sand. Just GO!
SA: Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
ZN: Get some skid plating for the XT, find some comfy off-road boots, Get a comfy seat for my F650GS
SA: Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
ZN: Get out by myself more (without my husband initiating the trips), Get more confident in the dirt (gravel, mud, sand) Get out more often…pretty hard in the winter.)