Member Bio: Meet Adriana

IG: @adecer22 

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How did you become interested in riding?

Started ripping around on a little 150 scooter.  Took the MSF course so I could legally have a passenger.  As soon as I learned to ride a motorcycle in the course I was hooked.

How long have you been riding?

About 9 years

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

I have an ’08 Sportster & a ’15 Street Triple R

Advice for new riders or women who want to get into riding?

If you wanna ride, go for it.  If you’re new to riding, be smart & be safe but don’t be afraid.  Know your comfort zone & be willing to push yourself outside of it little bits at a time.

Favorite moto adventure / dream moto adventure?

Dream moto adventure is to ride on every continent.

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Favorite piece(s) of gear and why?

Favorite piece of gear is probably my Shoei helmet.  Having a light aerodynamic helmet makes a BIG difference on longer rides or consecutive ride days.  Also love the Sena headsets.  I go on adventures with my hubby and its awesome being able to chat while we ride.

What is the best part of being woman who rides?

It’s a great way to clear my head & take a break from everything else I’ve got going on.

And what is the worst part of being woman who rides?

I don’t think there are really any downsides.  There will always be people who make judgements no matter what you do, but as a woman in general that’s nothing new.

Besides riding motorcycles, what other hobbies or passions do you have?

I’m a mother, a photographer, a baker (cookies are my specialty), and a serious coffee addict.  And I prefer to be outdoors whenever possible.

Member Bio: Meet Emilie

IG: @heyemilieschwenk // photo by @gracerosellistudio

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How did you become interested in riding?

Started on the back of my boyfriend’s bike. After just a few months, I decided he wasn’t going fast enough for me!  

How long have you been riding?

3 years

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

Two Harleys- a ’91 sportster & a ’79 Ironhead sportster

Advice for new riders or women who want to get into riding?

You’re going to have to leave your comfort zone, there is no way around it. In fact, you’re going to have to get really freaking uncomfortable if you want to be a part of this world. The best thing about the Miss-Fires, is that you have a huge group of awesome women who have your back and will help you through that discomfort. You have to face those fears if you want to overcome them!

Favorite moto adventure / dream moto adventure?

Riding through the California desert with the MFs crew to Babes Ride Out. The rides were so much better than the event itself! We spent so many hours on the road together and got so close. I had never been to California (or experienced California highways) before, by the end of the trip, we were doing 85mph in perfect formation and reading each others cues and signals like we had been doing it for years!

Favorite piece(s) of gear and why?

My white striped Biltwell Gringo helmet. It saved my jaw and teeth when I went down and hit my face on the pavement in November.

What is the best part of being woman who rides?

Nothing has ever made me feel more powerful, or strong, or confident than riding motorcycles.

And what is the worst part of being woman who rides?

There is still a lot of misogyny and sexism in the motorcycle community. I think we are making progress every day, but there is still this idea of “women as property”.  There are men who will still say inappropriate things or make gestures to a women on a bike. I think it’s made my skin a lot thicker to have to deal with things like that. Every time I have to give someone the finger, I feel just a little stronger. 🙂

Besides riding motorcycles, what other hobbies or passions do you have?

I have a vintage shop on Etsy! Check it out on instagram.com/ironheadhoney!

Bonus question! Add anything else you’d like our community to know about you or women riders in general.

If you are a woman and you have an interest in motorcycles, we are soul sisters, and I already love you. Don’t ever be afraid to reach out to any one of the Miss-Fires to ask questions, we will have your back!

Member Bio: Meet Monika Rose.

IG: @minusculedetails // photos by @lohdyimage1

How did you become interested in riding?

I actually became interested in the idea of fixing and learning the mechanics of a bike before even riding. I bought a little two stroke Suzuki hustler and really started rebuilding and rewiring that little guy before even becoming comfortable on a bike.

How long have you been riding?

Wrenching 4 years, riding over 3

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

I keep buying Honda cb’s. I understand them so easily and understand their needs and wants. Troubleshooting them successfully can be so immediately satisfying.

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Advice for new riders or women who want to get into riding?

I don’t recommend just anyone getting into riding, I actually think it requires a certain awarity and ability to implement yourself in potentially uncomfortable situations. Whether social uncomfortabilities, sore butt uncomfortabilities, or finding yourself with multiple pipe burns on your calves.

Favorite moto adventure / dream moto adventure?

Gold Wing down a long dry desert road – dream.

Favorite piece(s) of gear and why?

I actually love my Bell Bullitt helmet. The wide viewport is so handy and it’s actually relatively quiet at high speeds.

What is the best part of being woman who rides?

Comfortability keeping your head up, knowing your strengths lie deeper then being a ‘babe on a bike’.

And what is the worst part of being woman who rides?

Ya know, majority of people will really not take you seriously until proven otherwise.

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Besides riding motorcycles, what other hobbies or passions do you have?

I’m a swimwear designer and a minimalist painter. Somehow I found myself doing what I love weekdays and weekends

Bonus question! Add anything else you’d like our community to know about you or women riders in general.

I just moved from Los Angeles and brought my restored-to-stock CB out here. I’m excited to really dive into the women’s riding world and meet wonderful ladies with wonderful stories.

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