What is your full name?: Kendall Wright
Do you have any nick-names?: Not really
What kind of bike do you have?: I have a 78' Shovelhead and a 04' Triumph Bonneville
What got you into motorcycles?: In my past life, I spent summers up in Alaska. I would always watch these old timers riding without helmets through Fairbanks. I wanted to be right there with them! At the time, I was getting out as much as I could adventuring/ camping/living with a truck. Yet, since I was young, Always had the dream to hit the road with whatever I could throw on the back of a motorcycle. Fast forward a few years I moved back to Toronto Canada from the west coast, got a deal of a lifetime on my Triumph and I never looked back.
How long have you been riding?: 7 years
What are some of your favorite events to attend (if any)?: The community has grown so much over the years there are so many events now!
The Brooklyn Invitational. (RIP) I would bike down through the scenic routes every September for several years from Toronto to NYC. That show and City hold a special place in my heart for sure.
I’m not the first to say : Babes Ride Out 3 and Dream Roll 2 and 3 were awesome. Travelling to these all ‘female events’ was a first for me. It’s where I’ve found some of my closest friends.
Fuel Cleveland is by far one of the favorite’s on my list. I’ve ridden down to Ohio for the last 3 years. The show is humble and authentic. It brings out incredible talent and the nicest humans.
Keeping it local up here in Canada, specifically in Ontario (the province I live in)
Freedom Machines is my go too in the summer. It happens in July at Frontier Ghost Town located a few hours north west of Toronto.
The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival is coming up on its 4th year, I was fortunate to have helped out with the first year it started. Watching it grow has been amazing. Worth the journey to Toronto for the weekend to check out all the rad and inspiring films from around the world.
I usually pick the Events I can ride too that stand out and I make it happen. Also, Getting my ass to Japan for Moon Eyes is a must someday.
What was your first time on a motorcycle like? You as the driver: First time ever riding a bike was when I signed up for my weekend Learn to Ride RTI course. I bicycled about 10 km (6.21miles) one way to get to the parking lot for 7am. As soon as I arrived, It started to piss with rain and didn’t stop the entire day. I soaked through my boots, my pants everything but I didn’t care, I had a shit eating grin the whole time. Honestly, Learning in the rain and cold made me a better rider. I always wanted to do it and it was happening. My Dream was literally coming to life so I didn’t care.
Felt like I already knew how to ride when I was learning. I loved it. And yes, I bicycled back in the rain another 10km afterwards. I think the others thought I was a nut.
Something interesting about yourself: I work in the Film and TV industry. Sometimes in production most times as an Actor. I’m writing my journey currently of how I rode across America (and back) on my Triumph Bonneville with my friend Danielle who was also on a bike. Took 7 weeks. I got some stories...
Who is your favorite woman in history?: How do I choose just one!? Peggy Whitson, former NASA Chief Astronaut, Biochemistry Researcher is a BOSS.
What do you think the biggest misconception is when it comes to women and the motorcycle "scene" ?: I guess one is that Women just Selfie on bikes and pretend to ride. I laugh how some men can pose with their bikes and never ride anywhere and still be considered legit. But when I women does it she is sometimes considered a poser? Everyone’s gottah chill out.
You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. Just be real. The women I know, wrench, are not afraid to get lost and dirty and bike harder than most men. We also scream laugh with what kind of shit we get up to.
It’s a heavy sigh when dudes walk up to me at a random gas station in the middle of nowhere and ask if I need help kick starting my Shovelhead. The best part is when they don’t even ride! Men who don’t even know where the choke is let alone how to turn over the engine. Would they say that to another man? Highly unlikely. Sorry bud, but you are never touching my bike.
If I’m trouble shooting an issue, need a certain tool, or a certain mechanical part I have no problem explaining the situation and asking for help to someone who knows what I’m talking about.
It’s that mentality of: Woman is alone, Woman is on a bitchin’ bike, Woman must need assistance. Augh brutal.
Most of the time people just look at us Women rider’s like we’re Unicorns.
Occasionally, people even ask for a photo as they explain their life story. You become an anthropologist sometimes! I do like the stories and meeting new people however, there is still this mysticism and sexism surrounding women and motorcycles that I find outdated.
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is afraid of the "stigma", what would it be?: The stigma hasn’t really effected me;
I say, do what you want. You don't have to be involved with a particular group, club, whatever to find a tribe. The core line of connection is that you ride. When you do what you love and are authentic, you will start to naturally find other like-minded people both Men and Women. I rode a ton starting out and made solid friendships with men, who saw me as an equal. Wasn’t till later I started meeting and riding with other women riders.
Don’t be afraid to get out there alone either. Most of my trips have been long journey’s solo. Just keep chasing that sun.
Do something that scares you, that exhilarates you, the road teaches so many lessons.
Oh, and leave em in the dirt if anyone says you can’t do something. In the end, we ride for ourselves. It’s you and your machine and wherever you want to go. Don’t let anyone decide what you can do with your life. It’s YOUR life, go live it!
What is your full name?: Rachil Moore
Do you have any nick-names?: None that have stuck!
What kind of bike do you have?: I’ve got a 1992 Sportster rigid chopper “The Spritester”, and a 1972 Harley Rapido enduro “Joe Dirtbike”.
What got you into motorcycles?: My mom for sure. She gave me a Honda Racing jersey as a kid, and would have her buddies or boyfriends take me on rides. She had a couple different bikes while I was growing up too, I’ve got the photos plastered all over my desk at work. I never got to ride with her then, but she got to ride cupcake with me after my first long trip I did from Austin to Indianapolis! She always wanted to do a mother-daughter ride to Sturgis, I’m sad we never got the chance. But riding makes me feel connected to her, still.
How long have you been riding?: 6 years?
What are some of your favorite events to attend (if any)?: Babes Ride Out is a must! I also love Mama Tried and Giddy Up Texas. I wish I was able to go to more Midwestern and East Coast shows, like Fuel Cleveland and The Congregation. Gimme a grassroots chopper show any day!
What was your first time on a motorcycle like? You as the driver: I was so stoked! I still have the first bike I ever rode. One of my buddies took me to pick it up and showed me how to ride it around my old apt. complex. It’s kick-only and a right side shift (with an inverted shift pattern), so taking the M1 course the next week was a bit confusing! I met my BFF, Malary, at Giddy Up TX and she was my moto guide, got me out on the road for the first time, then we were cruising! I realized that a 125cc bike was too small after like 3 weeks, so I got a second job and worked 60 hour work weeks through the winter to save up for another bike (my Sporty). I just never had the heart to sell Joe DB!
Something interesting about yourself: Short answer: My hair is almost 4ft. long, and I have to tuck it into my pants/jacket when I ride, so I don’t burn it on my exhaust (again).
It took me 2.5 years to build my chopper. If I could go back, I would definitely change some things about it, but at the end of the day, I’m stoked on the process. There were a lot of hiccups along the way, but I learned so much about how to work on my bike, which I truly value. You definitely learn a lot by trashing your entire stock wiring harness and starting from scratch, taking apart your carb, running new oil lines, etc! I still get stumped, but luckily the moto community is full of super knowledgeable people willing to help if you post a question on Instagram.
Who is your favorite woman in history?: Any woman who carved out a lane for herself in a male-dominated sub-culture! Punk music, motorcycles, whatever! It’s sick and I back it.
What do you think the biggest misconception is when it comes to women and the motorcycle "scene" ?: The two that I come across most often are: That every woman is just using their motorcycle as a fashionable accessory and that a man does all the the maintenance/modification on it. And unfortunately it’s not just some men that think this, I had an older woman (at work) scoff at me over the phone and ask for a man AKA someone who “actually rides”. Little did she know I’ve been riding across the country for a few years. I do love when an older guy comes up to me at the hardware store to compliment my bike and asks about my “Knuckle” or “Pan”. Dude…it’s a Sportster ;D
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is afraid of the "stigma", what would it be?: There will always be some kind of implication when you’re newly getting into anything, by people who have “been around” longer than you. Well they were new once too, ya know. Don’t frickin' give a heck!