Ride Like A Girl Spotlight - January 2022 - Melissa Sikich


Hi! My name is Melissa and I'm a lady motorcycle rider.  I grew up in the Chicago suburbs but have been a Florida girl for 13 years.  I'm a small animal veterinarian and I own my practice in central florida. 
Q: Why did you start riding?
A: I wish I had a great story to tell there but the truth is I started as a passenger on the back of my boyfriends harley.  I loved every second of it and when the relationship ended I missed the bike life so much.  It took me a few years but a lightbulb finally went off and I decided to take the course and ride myself. 
Q: How long have you been riding?
A: Only three years, better late than never I suppose!
Q: How would you describe your riding style? 
A: My riding style changes as my mood and company changes. Some days I like to go on long cruises and explore Florida's cities and BBQ.  Other days I feel the need for speed and I put my bikes engine to work. 
Q: What bikes have you had and which one is/was your fave and why?
A: I started with a trike I named Big Booty Judy (yes that's correct).  I love to cruise and there was no way I could have jumped right on a bagger after passing the msf course, so I got a trike and it was amazing! I've since sold her but miss her. I quickly realized I wanted two wheels so I got a sportster iron 883, my Diabla Roja. Loved that bike but it just wasn't quite enough power so about a year ago I upgraded to  my current bike Cujo. She's a 2020 Softail Low Rider S.
Q: What experience/lesson stands out the most to you, as it relates to skill development on your bike?
A: Parking lot practice helped me the most when I was trying to master low speed U turns on my 883.  Oddly enough, I now have to practice again on my new bike as the power of this bike made me nervous with the friction zone at slow speeds. 
Q: What advice do you have for womxn who are interested in riding, but haven't started yet?
A:Start with the course. Reach out to any of us out there on the internet if you have questions.  Most of us are supportive of other women and are happy to help in any way we can. Do NOT let anyone tell you what bike you need to buy. Sit on them ALL and test ride. Figure out what is most comfortable for you. I got made fun of a lot for getting a trike first. But after a week of riding I was able to ride that trike for over 400miles in one day and it helped me process grief through a rough time in my life. I have NO regrets. 
Q: What has been your most exciting accomplishment on your bike?
A: Overcoming the fear I had when I first got my new bike.  It has a stage IV 131 and for the first few days I thought to myself "what the hell did I get myself into? I cant handle this bike!"  Not to mention there was a lot of crap talked about me that I wouldn't be able to ride it correctly.  But I told myself that I would try it for a few weeks and if I still don't feel comfortable, I would swallow my pride and downgrade to the 114 stock engine.  After about a week I knew I could get comfortable with this bike and there was NO way I was going to trade it in. 
Q: What motorcycle gear is your "go-to"?
A: My Odin MFG gloves, shoei helmet, and dog hair. 
Q: What would be your "dream bike" to own and why?
A:I'm currently riding my dream bike, but I'd love to buy a street glide someday.  #goals
Q: Who inspires you from the moto world and why?
A: Every single woman that rides a motorcycle inspires me.  Especially those that support others. There are more and more of us everyday!
Q: How have motorcycles changed your life?
A: There are no words to describe how its changed my life. Riding has become a huge part of who I am in such a short amount of time. It's brought some pretty amazing people into my life. I ride when I'm happy, I ride when I'm sad, mad, or stressed.  I can't control everything in this crazy world but I can control the powerful engine between my legs and that's therapeutic and life changing. 
Ride like a girl y'all, try and keep up. 
If you are interested in following Melissa, her IG handle is: @missys.moto

Thanks so much, Melissa, for allowing us to interview you and share your story!

If you enjoyed our interview, check back in for our next Ride Like A Girl Spotlight, which will be posted in early February.

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