After Shelby reached out via social media to let us know that she would be driving out solo from Denver to join us at an annual Dirtbike event we go to we were so excited to meet her. It did not take long for us to become fast friends and share campfire stories of fun moto adventures. Shelby has a real excitement for life and a positive energy about her that is contagious. As a leader in her community, Shelby has stood out to us since day one as someone who brings people together and has a real passion for riding. Whether its track days, dirt days or long weekend road trips we are inspired by the way Shelby enjoys every moment.
Where are you from originally? Born and raised in Denver, CO
How long have you lived in Denver? My entire life
Tell us about your childhood? In one word: tomboy
Do you have a nick name? My family calls me weeble as in “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.” Which is funny because if you see me on my dirt bike, I fall—a lot.
When were you introduced to Motorcycles? My dad bought my first dirt bike as a box of parts when I was four years old. I start riding once he finished putting it together.
How do motorcycles and the community play a role in your life? I was immersed into the motorcycling community at a young age because of my parents. They both used to race, so I was at a track almost every weekend. As I got older I took that passion into my own hands and started sharing motorcycles with those around me.
What kind of bike do you ride and why? I ride a 1995 Ducati Monster 900 because it was my mom’s bike back in the day. In the dirt I ride a 2004 KTM 200 because two-strokes are hilariously fun. Then I have a handful of bikes in the garage that down’t run at the moment!
Dream bike? I have a long list, but my top three: My dad’s R80G/S Paris-Dakar, Valentino Rossi’s winning bike from the BritishGP in 2000, and a KTM 250 EXC-F 6 Days because why the hell not?
Best moto trip you have ever been on? The next trip.
What is at the top of your list of destinations you want to ride? Baja and South America
What are your goals as a motorcyclist? My biggest goal is to continuously increase my skills as a rider. Whether that’s going to more track days, schools, or trying different styles of riding. I like anything on two wheels! I think the more you learn, the safer/smarter you become as a rider.
What would you say to new riders as a piece of advice? Motorcycle schools might seem intimidating as a new rider, but the techniques you gain afterward will help you immensely for the rest of your riding career.
Riding a motorcycle is like ________? Being in a constant dream state of mind.
What else are you into besides motos? Fly fishing, cars, clay shooting, cycling, travel.
What do you do for a living? Marketing and advertising for vurbmoto.com and META magazine.
What’s on your current music playlist? Mac Demarco, Allah-Las, La Luz, Monster Rally, Warpaint.
What is a pet peeve of yours? A weak handshake.
Snack of choice? Goldfish or some of Joy’s animal crackers.
If you were a crayon color, which one would you be and why? Rosso corsa / “racing red” — historically the international racing color of cars entered by teams from Italy (Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia, Ferrari).
Who inspires you? My family and friends .
What inspires you? I’m inspired by risk. Having the potential to fail or succeed but not knowing the end result gets me out of my comfort zone. I feel like I’ve grown the most (no matter the result) when I’ve taken the biggest risk.
Why is wearing technical riding apparel important to you? Because I want to be prepared for anything when I’m on my bike. I think the less time you have to worry about going down, the more time you have to focus on how fun your ride is and your surroundings!
What is the most important thing to you when choosing something to ride in? For apparel, the quality of materials used. For helmets, the shell composite and safety rating.
What makes you interested in being an ambassador for Atwyld? Atwyld’s mission of filling the void of women’s riding gear is something I believe in. The product line speaks for itself in quality and functionality. To me, joining forces with women who value riding gear as much as I do is a dream come true!
What do you think of when you hear the word Voyage? I start daydreaming about my next adventure.
What do you think when you look up at a night sky full of stars? I think about the measurement of time and how small we are in comparison to the millions of galaxies around us!
Photo credits in order:
Enrique Parrilla, Chad Huff, Enrique Parrilla, Unknown, Unknown, Enrique Parrilla, So Cal Supermoto, So Cal Supermoto, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown