|My name is Suzanne Fetting aka: "SpeedyBikeGirl". I am fortunate enough to live in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and the Pacific ocean, it's a fantastic place to ride a motorcycle.
In addition to riding sportbikes, I work as a Marketing Supervisor and as a spokes model.
My spare time is devoted to: riding sportbikes (I've been an avid motorcycle enthusiast for 13 years!) traveling, running, weight training, Fire Poi, rollerblading, snow blading, loving animals, checking out DJ's, modeling, shopping, spending time with my fantastic friends, and living life to the fullest! :)
If you are considering riding a motorcycle of any kind and are curious about how to get into the sport,
hopefully after reading this you'll walk away a little bit more informed
about your decision.
I'll start off by telling you a little bit about myself and how I got
into riding. I began as a passenger on the back of a friends and boyfriends
sportbike and quickly realized that I belonged on the front!
I took a motorcycle safety course 10 years ago, got my class 6 license
and got a 1993 Kawasaki EX 500. I rode that bike for 2 full seasons then
slowly moved my way up from my EX 500 to a brand new baby, a 2000 Suzuki
Sv650S. I rode that bike for season and after having it SV knocked over
and driven on top of by some knucklehead in a Durango and it got written
off. (It could have been worse, I could have been on it!)
After that lil' mishap, I bought my new baby, a 2001 Kawasaki ZX6R.
Right back to the Kawi's ~ I love 'em.~
In 2003 I also got a 2003 Kawasaki 636, an REALLY fun bike!
In addition to street riding, I also participate in several track days.
I belong to the B.C. Sportbike Rider's Association as well as Westwood
Motorcycle Racing Club and in 2001 I got my novice-racing license. I
plan on pursing racing and would love to go pro one day.
So, any interested sponsors out there. Let me know!!!
Riding a sportbike, for me is very rewarding for many reasons. I love
the adrenaline rush. I am a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. I also
love the freedom you get being on a bike. And I love the fact that it's
a male dominated sport, which only makes me want to excel at it.
When riding, I think it's incredibly important to go out there with
the right attitude; you MUST respect your bike.
Going out to the wild streets on a machine that can kill you and not
having respect for what it is capable of doing is a recipe for disaster.
It's very important for you to learn your motorcycle and what it can
do. Different motorcycles have different capabilities, as do different
riders. You are very vulnerable in the streets on a motorcycle, but
at the same time, there are so many other dangers and risks we take
in our everyday life. That doesn't mean that we avoid taking these risks,
it just means we have to become better educated and more aware so we
can be safer and enjoy them without fear.
If you're a female who is interested in riding as well I would have
to say, stop just thinking and wondering about it and get up and start
The first and most important thing I can recommend for those ladies
who are considering riding, would be to not allow yourself to be pressured
by or learn from your boyfriend, husband, brother or any friend. It
is very easy to pick up bad habits and can put stress on your relationship.
I've seen it and heard about it WAY too many times. I highly recommend
going straight to a motorcycle safety course. Taking a motorcycle course
will teach you how to save your life. It's as simple as that. You learn
in a safe and comfortable environment with trained professionals on
smaller lightweight motorcycles that are provided for you. And in no
time at all, usually a couple of weeks, you've passed your course and
you've got your license to ride.
Look in your local yellow pages for schools, go to your local shops
and talk to people who are riding, even if you don't know them, people
who ride love to talk bikes.
Learning to ride is not hard, it's just very different from driving
a car. But SO much better!