I started riding (street) two decades ago, and a few years later got into off-roading as well, and later raced desert and motocross for several years. I currently own a Honda Superhawk and Ducati 750Sport, plus a couple of Yamaha dirt bikes. I started riding on a whim really. One night I made a comment to a friend that it would be cool if I rode a motorcycle. That friend then showed me a classified ad for aHonda Rebel 250. I picked up the phone, even though I didn’t know a thing about bikes. Interestingly, it was a woman selling the Honda, so I felt comfortable asking her my newbie questions . . . I didn’t know anything about bikes! There were no riders in my family, so the only inspiration I can think of is there was a TV commercial when I was little for “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda”—the one where a helmet comes off and you realize it’s a women rider as her hair comes flowing out of the helmet. I do see myself as an anomaly because I didn’t have a role model who brought me into the sport. Female riders need to get past the conditioning we receive as children—girls are told motorcycles are dangerous or it’s not feminine to ride a bike.