Women Motorcycle Rider Stories
Women adventure motorcycle riders go right back to the beginning of motorcycling, with some incredible early accomplishments. Adventure Rider Radio has some great stories of women motorcycle riders and their adventures from a woman's perspective, locally and around the world.
These stories are told in their own voice which often tells you far more than just reading about it. The rider herself talks about her adventure in a way only she can do.
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Alicia Sornosa is the first Spanish woman to ride around the world on a motorcycle. She lives to ride and travel, and says life is short and that the world is big, so she wants to explore and see as much of the world as she possibly can.
Perhaps her name says it all, but when you hear Michelle Hope speak, it really instills in us the possibilities of throwing caution to the wind
Fear of not knowing enough, not having enough money or not having the right equipment. Fear of what our friends or family might think, fear of being alone. The biggest hurdle is getting past all that, and making up your mind to just do it.
Michelle Lamphere had a high stress career with a six-figure salary, that was eating up her life. She only found time to ride one of her motorcycles on weekends, something she loved to do. Until one day Michelle met Brian,
Shirley Hardy Rix and Brian Rix are seasoned world travellers and they have most recently been on a trip which includes Russia and the Stans. We’ve had them on the show in previous episodes giving us mini updates as to how their journey was going, and now, being back again in Australia
Some go for a few months, some for a few years. Scotty Kerekes has been living on the road for twenty-one years.
Riding Boots with Bret Tkacs from PSS Off Road: Do You Need Them or Not?
Zenith Irfan, a 20 year old female student in Pakistan, has become a heroin to women who want to have the independence and choice to ride a motorcycle.
With a true love for adventure and fun, Jacqui has been riding since she was 18 years old, and has toured around Europe twice on a scooter! In the last two years Jacqui Kennedy has been riding her Postie bike, which she calls Mo, around Australia and has covered over 47,000 km.
Sherri Jo was born in the United States and had always longed to travel the world. At a young age, she was bit by the travel bug and longed for adventure. After riding a motorcycle for many years in the United States, she decided to go on a solo motorcycle trip around the world. Starting out in Australia, she stayed on the road for more than three years. Great tips on solo travel and more.
After circumnavigating Africa, Jo Rust doesn’t know the meaning of taking a break. She’s now training to try to be the first female on the South Africa team at the BMW GS Trophy in 2016. She’s an off-road instructor and been appointed a BMW Ambassador...
Bernard Smith was told it was too dangerous to take a blind woman around the world. But, with Bernard as her pilot, Cathy Birchall was the first blind woman to circle the world by motorcycle...
Born in East Germany, travel writer and photographer Ramona Schwartz grew up under Communist dictatorship and only knew freedom when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. She travelled for 6 years around the world, and to this day is still adventuring with her husband, Herbert with two kids in tow in the side car.
Valerie Thompson, Ryan Pyle and Jonathan Gibson all cross their own finish lines on this episode of Adventure Rider Radio
Travelling with your kids by motorcycle through foreign countries could be one of the best bonding agents and the Adventure Trio, Jack, Terry and Sandy Borden, are doing just that. Life is not always easy for them on the road, in fact they clearly say that it's not all roses, but in the end the scale is heavily weighted to the positive side for life experience, family bonding and pure adventure. he Bordens talk about what caused them to hit the road and what is was like preparing for and ultimately living on the road.
Alex Chacon is well known for his amazing videos, especially the selfie video that may have sparked the selfie video craze, and on this episode Alex talks more about video and getting your video seen by millions.
Linda Bootherstone-Bick has travelled the world by motorcycle for over fifty years and continues to ride. For her upcoming seventieth birthday she is planning to ride South America and be with friends playing her music.
On this episode Linda talks about what a lifetime of motorbike travel feels like to her. Linda has never lived a "normal" life as such so she may be the most seasoned moto-traveller you'll ever hear.
Tired of the cubicle job at BBC, in 2003 at 29 years old Lois quit her job and set out on a solo adventure riding her 225 Yamaha Serow from Alaska to Ushuaia. You can read about her adventures travelling to the southern most town in the world, at the tip of Argentina in her book, Lois on the Loose.
Elisa Wirkala has done a fair bit of motorcycle adventure travel. On this episode Elisa talks about frugal travel on small displacement bikes in South America.
Peru may be the ultimate adventure motorcycling destination. Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle share their travel experience about Peru.
Meet Jacqui Furneaux, a housewife and nurse, who found that life had changed as she approached her 50th birthday. Jacqui, who has a love for travel decided to embark on an a year’s journey, backpacking in Thailand and South-East Asia then to Pakistan and India.
On this episode Carla talks about her book and motorcycle adventures in general.
Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited gives a chain adjustment instruction guarenteed to turn your difficult chain adjustment into a five minute breeze. :)
Doris Wiedemann is an author, journalist and world motorbike traveller and she loves riding her bike in winter snow. Yep, you read that correctly, winter snow. You can hear it in her voice, she really loves riding in slippery, cold snow on two wheels.
Tiffany Coates Grand Adventures continued from last week. We left her in Timbuktu on the previous episode, so listen in to see where she ends up next.
Part 1 of Tiffany Coates' Grand Adventures
Considered the world’s foremost female bike adventurer, Tiffany Coates has covered more miles than any other solo female rider. She’s a well travelled motorcyclist, visiting many countries and having ridden over 200,000 miles.
Canmore, Alberta, Canada Lasham and March Deal with Winter Riding
Here’s proof that you don’t need a big motorcycle to have a real adventure. Ed and his trusty Honda C90 have travelled around the world, visiting 36 countries and covering over 70,000 miles.
A determined woman with no long distance riding experience, who realized her dream of riding across North America on a Triumph Bonneville. With no money and no time, and no way to get her beloved motorbike across the Atlantic Ocean, she dreamed and planned for four years to realize her adventure of riding on the ‘roads less travelled’ across the United States. In 2012, with just a T100 for company, she travelled over 9000 km in the hottest summer on record. In a book she never planned to write, Zoe shares her incredible experiences in her book “Bonneville Go or Bust - on the roads less travelled”.
Meet Jolandie Rust, affectionately known as Jo, who inadvertently became the first woman to circumnavigate the entire African continent riding solo on a motorcycle. Really, it wasn’t her original plan, but circumstances changed her goals, just a bit. From pedal power to motor power, Jo tells a story about overcoming fears and living her dream. Starting out on her bicycle, she got part way through her trip before she was the victim of an armed robbery. She returned home, but not feeling defeated she was able to purchase a used BMW F650GS Dakar, learned to ride and then Jo began her journey again andtravelled over 45,000 km through 28 countries in just 18 months. But, she hasn’t stopped there. She is now training for her next challenge… well tune in to hear all about it. An inspiring story of determination and perseverance, join show host Jim Martin, as Jo regales us about her many adventures in Africa.
Brian Rix has been riding motorcycles since he was young on his father’s farm near Victoria in Australia, mustering sheep during his school holidays on a motorbike. Passionate about travel, he dreamed of travelling around the world on a motorcycle. Lucky for Brian, his wife Shirley Hardy-Rix enjoyed riding pillion and agreed to go along for the ride.
So in 2003, Brian, a career policeman and Shirley, who had her own media business, took time off from their normal middle class life and fulfilled their lifelong ambition of motorcycling around the world on a BMW 1150GS. In one year, they traversed 27 countries and rode more than 56,000 kilometres.
And then in 2011, Brian and Shirley, both now retired, shipped their 2008 BMW 1200GS Adventure to Santiago, South America and rode from the bottom of South America to the top of North America, then through Western Europe and Southern Africa, visiting 5 countries altogether and covering over 80,000 kilometres. All in 16 months.
They have shared their adventures by writing two books, “Two for the Road” and “Circle to Circle”, an inspiration for anyone who wants to experience the world by motorcycle, especially happy couples riding pillion.
Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris are really just getting going on their motorcycle adventure. After a month on a ship getting to South America (not a cruise ship) they arrive and find that newbie rider Lisa Morris has what it takes to keep getting up and riding on.
Heres the second part of Simon and Lisa Thomas talking about adventure travel, 11 years on the road, broken bridges and a broken neck, best motorcycle tires for their trip, motorcycle choice, panniers and much more. After eleven years on the road Simon and Lisa have wealth of information on overland motorcycle travel for us. Don't miss this one.