Ride Like A Girl Spotlight - June 2022 - Krysta Henry



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My name is Krysta. I own an upholstery company, I have twin 5 year olds, and I just just got married on May 6th, to my amazing partner, Lauren. I am a serial hobbiest; so, I currently collect classic cars, trucks and motos. I like to buy old crap and make it as close to perfect that I have within my means. I love spending time with my family, and ride as much as possible.
Why did you start riding?
.My Mom's boyfriend left his 883 in my garage during an ice storm... I had just had a cancerous tumor removed, I was cancer free, and my ex-wife left. I was just kind of like "fuck it, I can try this". I learned to ride a harley during an ice storm, very drunk and very broken. I don't suggest that. I did learn how to take all the risks before the healthy fear set in. I'm pretty sure I thought I was invincible. I found out the hard way that I wasn't.
How long have you been riding?
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10 years. Since I was 28.
How would you describe your riding style?
.I would describe my riding style as defensive, but I have asked several friends and they have all across the board said "AGGRESSIVE". But to me, I'm in my zone. I do what I need to keep me safe, and while in a pack, my pack safe. I guess that looks aggressive. I want to make myself known to all cars around me, and if that looks and sounds aggressive, okay.
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What bikes have you had and which one is/was your fave and why?
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I've had a 2009 883 sportster, 2013 softail slim, 1980 shovelhead (swingarm chopp-light thing). I built it, so it looks like an old man's bike. I don't have a favorite. The memories on all of them are unmatched, and nothing can replace or be better than those memories. Some of my favorite life memories are the close to death calls on any of my bikes. Call me crazy, but being close to the edge will make you appreciate the life you have.
..What experience/lesson stands out the most to you, as it relates to skill development on your bike?
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I used to think that going down wasn't a possibility. If my back end wasn't fishtailing, I wasn't turning or leaning enough. I literally had zero fear in my heart. In 2013 I went down, and my skill-set changed completely. I have a healthy fear. Never, ever, do I get on my bikes and NOT think it could be my last time. Those fearless lessons taught me how to maneuver my bike with no fear at all, and that made me the rider I am post accident.
What advice do you have for womxn who are interested in riding, but haven't started yet?
.It's hard, it's dangerous, and it becomes a thing you NEED. I truly can not live without it, and that looks kind of funny to society. If you do get on a bike and feel the "spark" that I did, that first time... remember to have fun!!!!!
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What has been your most exciting accomplishment on your bike?
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Building a bike with my own hands, and it NOT killing me due to my construction... yet. 🤣
What motorcycle gear is your "go-to"?
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My deerskin gloves that have been with me since the sportster days, and my vest. It also depends on the bike and the ride. Long distance??? The less gear the better, but that is a hard art to perfect for yourself.
What would be your "dream bike" to own and why?
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I own them...
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Who inspires you from the moto world and why?
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I used to be so inspired by the women "trailblazers" in the female moto community. Then, I met a lot of them, and some of them are pretty shitty people, to be honest. You have to remember, I started riding during "Babes in Borrego" days. It was something big brewing, and you could just feel it. I knew we just had a kinship without ever even meeting them. It was all so organic at first. I had dreams about being there that first year of babes. That isn't to say that when I met some of them it wasn't magic. Jesse Combs was sooooooo nice and humble, and a hand full of others. It just quickly became this social media monetizing experiment of sorts. It got women on bikes, and I'm thankful for that. I suppose I'm still very inspired by my closest biker friends. They all fucking amaze me. We all ride hard together all over the country. At least once per year together. You all know who you are!!
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How have motorcycles changed your life?
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I'm literally not the same person that I was before I sat on the 883 in my frozen garage in 2012. I don't even walk the same. My body has formed around sitting on a bike for thousands of miles at a time. Without a motorcycle, I wouldn't be alive. That is a whole ironic fact in itself. Without knowing that there was a feeling like laying down dangerous miles with your closest people; I would have given up. It is my air. If I die on it, I always knew of the chance. People who know me best don't even question that.
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If you are interested in following Krysta, her IG handle is: @allinonepiece_upholstery.

Thanks so much, Krysta, 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. For our July interview, we will be speaking with a female rider from the West Coast. Look for that in early July.

   


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