What’s Kimberly’s relationship status?
What’s Kimberly’s profession?
What’s your location?
Kimberly: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What’s your motorcycle’s make and model?
Kimberly: Harley-Davidson Lowrider
How long have you been riding a motorcycle?
Kimberly: 25 years
How did you start riding a motorcycle?
Kimberly: I started riding a motorcycle to obtain a goal. The goal of buying a newer car and completely paying for it with cash. I needed to come up with a temporary inexpensive means of transportation and a motorcycle met that need. I completed the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Training Course, bought a bike, rode it for 6 months and then bought a new car. I can’t begin to tell you the level of excitement I had driving a new car and not having a car payment.
Why do you ride a motorcycle?
Kimberly: Riding gives me a consistent opportunity to have fun. Motorcycling improves my mental and physical health.
How does motorcycling impact your mental health?
Kimberly: Controlling the raw power of a 1450cc Lowrider provides a one-of-a-kind confidence boost. When I ride I transition into a hyper-aware emotional state that becomes more pleasurable and peaceful throughout the journey. I experience a good deep down feeling inside of me… I feel an exhilarated adrenaline rush.
How does riding strengthen your physical Health?
Kimberly: Handling a 656lb bike strengthens my core, neck, knees and thighs. Successfully maneuvering through traffic and roads improves muscle strength and enhances my senses. Handling a high performance machine between my legs gives me an adrenaline rush and feeling of accomplishment.
Why is motorcycle riding therapeutic?
Kimberly: Motorcycling is therapeutic… it makes me stronger and smarter. When I ride my Harley I feel empowered and affirmed… prepared to face the next challenge that comes along in my journey of life.
Tell about a funny or interesting experience that you’ve had while riding your motorcycle.
Kimberly: I was wearing lip gloss and riding with my helmet partially up. As I reached up to close my helmet I felt something on my lower lip. Simultaneously I licked my lip with my tongue and closed my helmet. Immediately I realized whatever I felt on my lip was now clinging to my tongue inside of my mouth. For some strange reason I bit down on the object and instantly realized it was a bug. It’s taste was disgusting… and I began to spit the bug out of my mouth. Guess what?… my helmet was closed. So now I’m riding down the highway with a partially chewed bug clinging to the inside of my helmet inches away from my mouth! The memory still makes me squirm just thinking about it.
What’s your favorite biker saying / motto?
Kimberly: “It’s Not About The Destination… It’s About The Journey.”
What’s one thing you wish drivers knew about motorcycle riders?
Kimberly: Tailgating is not cool… Don’t tailgate! Please leave an appropriate amount of space between you and a motorcyclist that may be in front of you. Doing so can save the life of a motorcyclist if a vehicle positioned behind a motorcycle is rear ended.