Ride Like A Girl Spotlight - September 2022 - Amira Lagerstrom


 
                

A little bit about myself.. I'm a 52 yr old mom of 3. I got started with kids a bit later than most so I have a 19 yr old son, 16 yr old daughter and 9 yr old daughter. I have lived many lifetimes, but currently I'm a neuroscientist and work with mental health clients. 

Why did you start riding? 
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I wanted to ride motorcycles for as long as I remember. I can't remember a time when they weren't a part of my consciousness. My moms brothers owned a paint and body shop so I was always around muscle cars and motorcycles. 
 
How long have you been riding?
I started on my own at 14. I had a Honda 70 and then a Yamaha 110.
       
How would you describe your riding style?
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I just love to ride. I love long distance riding.  I love to leave early and arrive late and feel exhausted and satisfied. A good day is somewhere around 500- 700 if I'm just getting out of town and then about 300- 400 a day after that for 10 or 12 days. When I do less I feel like I'm wasting time or missing out. 
 
What bikes have you had and which one is/was your fave and why?
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I had small bore engine metrics as a kid. I got an HD 1986 Softtail Standard when I was 18. I ended up trading it for a Yamaha XJ Maxim 700. I ended up going overseas for a while and sold it before I left. I went years after that not riding at all. I was going to school and working and traveling. When I was 42 years old I got a 2008 Lowrider. I returned to school and sold it and decided I needed something super cheap and easy to repair, so I bought a 2009 Honda Shadow Aero 750. My current bike is a 2012 HD Switchback, which I love... but that Honda Shadow will always hold a special place in my heart. That's the bike I was riding when I got involved with girl gangs and helped bring The Litas to Texas. Its the bike I was on when I "joined" the moto community and really became involved. 

 
What experience/lesson stands out the most to you, as it relates to skill development on your bike?
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I think being present and mindful. I am Buddhist and its a principle I try to live by in all areas of my life. On the bike, you don't have much choice. I mean you can run off muscle memory and not be in the moment, but you also might die. Being on the bike forces a type of mindfulness I don't experience in most other areas of my life, where not being present can actually be dangerous. I have been able to carry that into other areas of my life. 

      
What advice do you have for womxn who are interested in riding, but haven't started yet?
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My advice is to go for it. Set the ego aside and just do it. Be scared, be awkward, be afraid to fail, look stupid, make mistakes, ask questions, don't overthink. I say dive all the way in! If you're able to set the ego aside, you'll have the most fun ever!!  

What has been your most exciting accomplishment on your bike?
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Taking long solo trips make me feel invincible. I have done all kinds of cool things with friends, but solo travel healed ny soul in places I didn't know were hurt. It restored faith in myself and my abilities.  

What motorcycle gear is your "go-to"?
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Ad-tec work boots!! I swear by them! Better than any riding boots! They are also about $75 bucks, so cheap in comparison to riding boots and built better.  

What would be your "dream bike" to own and why?
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Ugghh... so many bikes, so little time. For looks, I'm CRAZY about choppers!! But I'd also like to cholo out a road king with apes and fishtail pipes and the whole 9 yards. But I also want a Triumph Bonneville and an Indian Challenger. For the kind of travel I fantasize about, I'd like a BMW adventure bike. I actually just got a new 36" sissy bar for my Switchback and I'm crazy about my bike.. there are just too many cool bikes to pick one. 

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Who inspires you from the moto world and why?
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My best friends Anna Hartsock & Ginger Walker inspire me. They are great riders but more importantly, great people. Another inspiration is @Kimba_the_lioness for the sheer number of miles she lays down!  

How have motorcycles changed your life?
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Motorcycles have introduced me to people I would have never taken the time to know, much less become close to. They have also taught me so much about myself and my abilities. I will always be grateful that I found a passion that can give me comfort on the absolute worst days and added to my joy on my best days. 

If you are interested in following Amira, her IG handle is: @doc_amira46and2
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Thanks so much, Amira, for allowing us to interview you and share your story!
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Our next interview will be out in early October. Til then, stay safe!!                                            

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