Atwyld X Shift Moto Gear Set
by Sarah Roth
What is your name?
Sarah Roth aka @spacecat.moto
Where are you from?
Originally I’m from Buffalo, NY
Where do you live now?
Currently residing in Texas and bouncing back to Utah every now and again.
What do you do for a living?
Corgi and dirt bike wrangling with a bunch of traveling in between at the moment. Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Hoping to eventually find some creative endeavor that will lead me into the sunset and beyond.
When were you first introduced to riding? Who introduced you?
I was first introduced to riding as early as I can remember because my dad used to race when he was younger and still had a dirt bike kicking around by the time I was born. I always wanted one as a kid but my parents directed me towards varying sports interests because they were afraid of seeing me get seriously hurt. Fast forward to 2009 and my cousin Aaron invited my brother and I to ride the trails at Hatfield-McCoy in West Virginia. Which is the exact moment in time that the true obsession began.
How long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding since 2009
Why do you ride?
It’s a very zen experience for me. And on the side it has many many perks, one of which being the many amazing people I have met along the way. I’ve seen some pretty incredible landscapes on two-wheels that I could have never imagined. There’s a unique beauty about getting out and away into some of the most desolate spots you’ve been in your life, shutting off the bike, and hearing nothing but the adventure that’s around you. It’s a little bit scary but 1,000 times more exhilarating.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had?
1999 KTM 640 Adventure
2008 Yamaha TTR230
2008 KTM 250 XCF-W
2015 KTM 350 XCF-W
2017 KTM 150 XC-W
2018 KTM 690 Enduro R
What do you ride now?
1999 KTM 640 Adventure
2017 KTM 150 XC-W
2018 KTM 690 Enduro R
What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?
When my dad, brother, and I got caught in a wicked lightning storm in the middle of nowhere Colorado that was a mix between hail/snow at high elevation and drenching rain down low. I was unprepared and only wearing a t-shirt with my riding jersey over top. All of our routes kept getting washed out by mudslides and we kept getting turned around and finally had to go over another high pass in close to freezing temps. The one thing that saved me was my heated grips or else I wouldn’t have been able to continue on because I was soaked to the bone and could barely feel my arms. Live and learn!! My dad (well actually my mom told me that dad told her) years later that he was truly scared for us (which is a big thing for a dad to admit). Gave me chills but he was cool and calm as ever when it happened!
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
Hands down my two favorite go-to spots to ride are:
Moab/Green River, Utah
Southwest Colorado in the San Juan Mountains
What is on your moto bucket list to ride?
Iceland, hands down. Hoping to cross that one off within the next couple of years but if it takes 30, that’s fine too, so long as it gets checked someday.
Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?
This answer is a bit generalized as there’s so many people who fall into this category but I look up to the people in the moto world who are set out to make a difference amongst the greater community. Whether it’s running camps for new riders or organizing/participating in rides that benefit a great cause like the WLF dudes do on many occasion. I distinctly remember my first experience with them back when they only had a few thousand followers, I noticed that a portion of their sales at the time went to charity and I was immediately all in. I even think I said as much when I placed an order for one of their OG shirts. And to this day, there they are, running or joining forces with events like Ride for Kids, Operation 2 Wheel Freedom, the Kurt Caselli Ride Day, and the list goes on. Really anyone who uses moto to make a positive impact in someone’s life. Because being kind and giving back rules.
Have you ever experienced an Atwyld moment?
Almost every time I talk myself into trying a crazy obstacle, rock feature, or wall climb.
What attracts you to Atwyld?
The badass babes that pioneered it. Let’s face it, as women, we don’t always get a fair shake in the moto world. So for Atwyld to break into the scene championing women’s specific gear and clothing in a market that’s saturated with anything and everything on the men’s side of apparel and gear, it’s a soothing breath of fresh air. Not to say that there isn’t companies out there that tailor to women’s specific lines, it just seems so much more gritty and raw when it’s solely coming from a collective of women who love this sport/scene as much as I do.
Tell us what you think of your new gear set.
It’s not in my nature to be so enthusiastic and over the top about things since I’m pretty laid back and casual about almost everything. BUT, this is the best women’s off-road gear I have ever laid eyes on and have ever worn. You can tell it was designed by the same women that are out there riding in it. The jersey is as soft as can be but rugged for those occasional crashes (field tested and approved). The pants are pretty much the coolest piece of riding apparel I’ve ever owned. They stretch where necessary and are built to hold up to some rough and tumble riding. The helmet, gloves, and goggles are the perfect icing on an already killer cake. I’ve already got a Christmas list going for a few streetwear items!
What advice do you have for new riders.
Don’t give up on yourself. It’s easy to get discouraged because you’ll probably ride or are riding in a group that are leaps and bounds ahead of your skill. But that means nothing because you’re out there and as long as you’re having fun, that is the only thing that matters. And never feel sorry for holding up a group, they were there once, too. And if they do give you a hard time, find a new and positive group to ride with. The best and first piece of advice I was ever given about how to become a better rider was to put gas in the bike. Just keep riding, keep practicing, and keep having fun.
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