By : Breeann Poland
What is your name?
Where are you from?
Northern Virginia 703 represent 🙂
Where do you live now?
What do you do for a living?
Head of Marketing and Communications for Royal Enfield North America
When were you first introduced to riding? Who introduced you?
I’m pretty sure my first ride on a motorcycle was when I was still in diapers and either my uncle or my pops propped me up on the gas tank and it was love at first ride. I really got into riding and couldn’t fight it anymore when I met my son’s father back in 6th grade or so. He made it possible for me to get on the dirt and just ride.
How long have you been riding?
On and off since I was a wee little miss
Why do you ride?
I ride because I wouldn’t be me without it. I ride because it’s part of who I am. Everything in my life outside of having my son has always been centered around motorcycles. I can’t remember too many moments out there that don’t involve a motorcycle in one way or another. I would be lost without two wheels.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had?
CR250, Yamaha YZF R6, Royal Enfield Bullet, Ducati Desert Sled, KX80, 1976 CB 550 Four, KTM 250 XCFW, I think that is it. I have been lucky enough to get loaners such as Monster 696, Scramblers, Royal Enfield Classics, GT
What do you ride now?
Currently Royal Enfield Himalayan, Royal Enfield Bullet ( in the process of being turned into a chopper/bobber), Ducati Desert Sled, Some Chinese 50 converted into a 136cc wheelie machine, Highly modified Continental GT turned into a Flat Track moto made for me by Indian of Metro MKE
What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?
That’s a good one. Technical wise it was Italy. There were more curves and altitude changes that I am used to. Women in heels with long flowing scarves were flying past me on Vespa’s. It definitely messed with my head but at the end of the trip I was glad I pushed myself everyday just a little more and became a better rider because of it.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
I love riding in Asia. I have now rode some sort of two wheels in Thailand, Vietnam, India (many many times), China and plan on adding a few more Asian countries this year.
What is on you moto bucket list to ride?
I want to ride the highest motorable road in the world, it just so happens it’s in the Himalayas in India. I just need to build up the courage for it. Flat Track racing use to be at the top of the list but I was able to cross that off at Flat Out Friday a few weeks ago. I wasn’t amazing but I finished and learned a ton. I am actually typing while trying to pack as I head down to Texas for Mad dog Flat Track races at Texas Tornado Boot Camp. I guess you can say the Flat Track bug bit me real good
Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?
So many people. Females, Males, Kids, Teens. The list is too long. I am inspired by most people I meet. From the women who have the guts to ride the rides I have been too chicken to do, to women like Sasha Valentine from Cafe Racer XXX and Cristi Farrell ( Free Lance moto journalist) and amazing rider who isn’t afraid to take epic journeys. When I was in Italy Cristi was one of the ladies with me and she knew I was having some issues and she worked with me to find my rhythm. I respect the hell out of her for doing that. Women like you ladies at ATWLYD who make clothes for real women and real women riders that are stylish and don’t come with fringe. I could never just point out one particular person. I am inspired so often and look up to so many people. I would have to give a plug to my friends in Milwaukee who have welcomed me into the moto community the minute I got here. I have to stop or I will continue babbling
Have you ever experience an Atwyld moment?
Riding in India my first time. What a F%^king experience that was. I was riding a stock Continental GT from Mumbai to Goa. Within 20 miles of that ride I almost killed a cow (big India no no), then riding off road on a cafe racer going over what I call boulders but really they were just rocks. To trying to pass semis on roads that shouldn’t be roads and no safety rails. Every time we pulled over to have a chai or just breathe I was like “ Man I can’t believe I survived that” Can we do it again. The two days spent riding to Goa were the most thrilling and fearful moments for me outside of racing
What attracts you to Atwyld?
You ladies just get it. It’s like you crept inside my head pulled together all the thoughts and wants I had when it came to moto and lifestyle apparel, I am pretty sure there are hundreds of other ladies that say that to. You nailed. I guess that’s why I currently own most of the items you have to offer. So hurry up and come out with more stuff because I am overusing the stuff I currently have.
What advice do you have for new riders?
Take chances, push boundaries but do it on your own terms. Riding gives you a sense of freedom nothing else in this world can give you.