This month Riser is dedicating their support to women motorcyclists around the globe! With our initiative WHO RIDES THE WORLD we will be highlighting female riders, female clubs, female festivals and other great initiatives by women who all share passion for motorcycles.
Today we have the pleasure to introduce Josi, who is a member of the Break Fast Club!
How and when did you start biking (together)?
I joined the crew, the Break Fast Club, last year, after the Petrolettes Festival in 2018. I went to that festival, because I was seeking the opportunity to get to know other female riders, since I only new guys who were riding. I was so lucky when I finally met the Austrian girls. To meet these amazing women and actually be an active part of our pack has a huge impact on my life. I couldn’t imagine my life without this anymore. I wouldn’t want to either.
What is your life’s motto?
I guess my life motto is that I never regret what I did do (maybe I should though..haha) but always what I didn’t do. When you have that dream or thing you absolutely need to do, than just go for it. Don’t wait until someone does it for you or until you have the money or time or whatever. Just go for it. Life happens while you make other plans … I’m just seeking the intensity of these special moments in life I guess. These moments when we feel free, liberated and adventurous. So go make your own special moments!
Why is driving in a group better?
Driving in a group is better for a lot of reasons I guess. One is, that I feel very safe in a group, depending on the group obviously. But with my pack I feel safe. Cars can’t approach a group the same way they approach a lonely rider. Also you look out for each other.
A second reason is definitely the company – depending on the group again, obviously. When you ride, you’re kind of in the moment, everything is just more intense. You feel the weather, the wind, the sounds … everything is just more intense compared to sitting in a car or a train for instance. But you’re also more distanced, because of the helmet and if you’re not with a friend, then you’re on your own. All alone. This can be nice, but I think sharing is caring. So to share these moments with your pack and other people just makes it more fun. It forms friendships and creates a strong bond.
And then, the third one is the perspective. Riding with other people gives you another perspective. A new route maybe, a new place to visit, a new person you meet, whatever it is. But being on your own can be enclosing. Riding with other people makes you open up to new possibilities, new adventures and new paths.
What is your favorite route for a group ride? And why?
Well that’s a tough one. Definitely nothing in the city. I even believe that it’s best to find a meeting spot outside the city and ride on from there together. In the city you have a lot of traffic or lights, which separates a group too easily and creates a lot of waiting issues. Besides that I think everything can be cool, depending on the size of the group and the experience of the riders. Yesterday I just had a group trip through the beautiful Austrian landscape, from Vienna to Mariazell and back, around 300km I guess. It was very very cold and windy, we were ten people, some experienced and some just got their licence. Most of us didn’t knew each other before that trip. But again. The weather was shitty, the route was beautiful but sometimes hard to enjoy due to the weather circumstances and the level of focus needed.. But nonetheless everyone was happy, everyone was chatty and smiled. At the end, whatever route you choose, you gotta enjoy the ride and then it’s a good route.
What would you like all women to know?
That you don’t have to be afraid to get started!