Leigh Hutton is a journalist, public relations professional, author, horse jumper, mother of three, and I’d bet the house she could ride circles around you on road, dirt, or ice. She’s also our newest featured woman rider of the month. ...Read More »
Announcing our featured Woman Motorcyclist of the Month ...GearChic!
Gearchic gained my respect for her passion of motorcycling. When you take one look at the past few years of this woman's life you'll see a love for a motorcycling that goes well beyond passion for a hobby. To Joanne "GearChic" Donn, motorcycling is a way of life. She's a motorcyclist who has spent years working in the motorcycle industry. She runs her own motorcycle website, GearChic, dedicated to women's motorcycle gear. Lastly, she's the co-host of a podcast called Moterrific which really gives you a taste of GearChic's depth of knowledge, familiarity and enthusiasm for all things two-wheeled.
Joanne's about to move to Philadelphia to start work at the Revzilla Headquarters Showroom, but she took a moment to give us a little peak into a truly two-wheel life.
Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) is a 106 year old annual motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man, just between Ireland and the United Kingdom. It is the most prestigious and most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. The race spreads across the island over 60 kilometers (over 37 miles), spans over 200 bends, with an altitude range from sea level to 1,300 feet (396 meters) up. The natural road course makes the Isle of Man TT stand out in the eyes of many as the single greatest motorcycle racing circuit ever. Only the Dakar rally can compare. Much like the Bonneville Salt Flats, TT is a dream in the hearts of motorcyclists young and old alike.
October 2013's YouMotorcycle Woman of the Month is author Nicole Winters. Nicole wrote a book titled TT: Full Throttle. The book is written for young adults, although we admit to liking it ourselves. Happy, who is currently reviewing the book wrote "It's a light read and very easy to enjoy and relate to." Meanwhile, Adrian had the chance to meet Nicole at her book launch last week and we have a great Question and Answer session with her.
I read somewhere that fading in a great way for writers to introduce their subject. Unfortunately I'm not a writer, so I'm going to tell you how Shasta Smith of The Vintage Monkey came to be the YouMotorcycle Woman of the Month for September 2013.
When I first came across Shasta Smith, it was on YouMotorcycle's Facebook page. She left a message saying hello. I took a look at her page and came across a series of pictures of a woman surrounded by motorcycles of yesteryears, thoroughly well restored through and through, with taste, tact and terrible coolness. Nothing was chosen at random, whoever was behind all of this put some serious thought and dedication into it. I was impressed.
As I explored The Vintage Monkey, just who I had come across quickly became very clear to me. Here was a woman who could ride, wrench, run a business in the motorcycle industry and also happened to be beautiful. It was only a matter of time before I'd ask Shasta to be featured on YouMotorcycle. She was gracious enough to accept.
In a past life I had the opportunity to interview Sabina Heilman, Director of Finance & Communication at KYMCO Canada. Ms. Heilman was on the road, visiting KYMCO dealers across la belle province. She's in a position that's all too uncommon in the power sports industry: a woman with an upper management level position.
I asked her questions about her thoughts on riding and on her experience as a female director in the motorcycle industry. As we cruised down the road listening to the tunes of 97.3 FM, Quebec's Worst Radio Station, the conversation went a little like this...
Jess Gardiner turned 20 years old this past March. She’s far from your typical young female motorcyclist. Jess is a full time dump truck driver in addition to her pursuit of the World Championships where she finished in the top ...Read More »
We get up close and personal with Florida motorcyclist and alternative model Freyja Van Siren. In this little game of 21 questions Freyja talks about the model life, growing up around bikes, and her favorite rides.Read More »
Sometime last year I got together with Wobblycat and Mark Gornik and took part in something amazing. Us three lucky guys found two extremely talented and beautiful young women who started contorting and making our jaws drop literally all day long. The performers were Danielle and "G". Wobbly flexed his camera as the "bendy girls" (Mark's words) did contortion and acro all over Mark's custom built Harley and my stock-is-cool-too Suzuki. The photo shoot has been a hit ever since.Read More »
"G" - Dancer / Contortionist / Aerialist
The world is a better place when hanging upside down
Adrian at YouMotorcycle proposed the idea to me of writing an outsider’s perspective of motorcyclists.
As ignorant as this might sound, up until 3 months ago I didn’t think there was much of a motorcycle community, let alone an entire motorcycle world, but YouMotorcycle has opened up my eyes to something new to me.
Sometimes in life good things happens. Things you never could have imagined, like a girl doing handstand push ups in your condo asking you about doing a photoshoot on motorcycles. Did I mention she can put her feet behind her head?
I reached out to the world famous WobblyCat, an avid motorcyclist, photographer, and superhero. What followed was a full day's event, a first ever motorcycle photoshoot. Two girls on motorcycles doing very interesting things.