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Loryn Thompson

First of all, thanks so much for wanting to feature me! I’m actually working on a blog that focuses on opening the conversation about learning to ride, the realities of riding, and what we can do to make sure that we can ride for as long as possible. It’s part moto safety, part moto lifestyle, and it’s all to help make the roads safer and encourage others to ride. I haven’t *quite* gotten it up to speed yet (I just changed jobs so that’s been complicated), but I’ve written about my story on www.we-ridewell.com if you want to check it out!

To answer some of your questions:

I work as a data analyst at an awesome company called Rainmaker Digital.

I started riding about two years ago on my scooter, but I bought my 1980 Kawasaki last May. It’s being rebuilt right now and *should* be done at the end of September! I’m totally stoked. The girl who’s doing the work is awesome —Sofi Tsingos of GT-Moto  Instagram: @gt_moto

I was inspired to ride by my boyfriend, who had always wanted to ride since he was a kid. When he first told me he wanted to ride it scared the shit out of me, but I decided to take the safety course with him because I thought it would make me feel better about him wanting to ride. It did — and I fell in love with it too! I love riding because it allows you to experience the world in a totally different way — you’re IN it. There’s a great quote from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance —

moto_green“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.” 

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

Now every time I have the choice between riding and driving, I always choose to ride. It’s the best way to get around, hands down.

Unfortunately, my bike has been in the shop for *most* of the time that I’ve owned it, but I’ll never forget how proud I felt after my first solo ride. I only went a few miles, but it was absolutely empowering.

Right now I’m riding my 2010 Piaggio Fly (150cc), but my 1980 Kawasaki KZ440 should be done soon!

In October, my friend Crystal (@nasudha on IG) and I are flying to Babes Ride Out and renting bikes out of LA, so I’m sure we’ll have some memorable rides after that 🙂 We’re also planning a day trip up to Denton, TX (about 2 hours on back roads from Dallas) and a long weekend to Austin, TX (where my family lives).

I’m not affiliated with any clubs, but we’re hoping to start one! Crystal and I and a few other girls are hoping to get one going for Dallas motoladies.

I have a couple favorite photos, so you’re welcome to take your pick! I know we’re doing a photoshoot after my Kawi is done, too.

Photo credits: Brandon LaJoie Instagram: @brandon_lajoie and Emily Holt  Instagram: @emilyfightscrime.

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