The goal of the WHO RIDES THE WORLD initiative is to support female riders around the world. Over the past few weeks we have introduced many women and clubs that are part of WHO RIDES THE WORLD.
Today we have the pleasure to introduce you to Sami Greystone!
How and when did you start biking (together)?
I grew up trackside, watching my family race stock cars, I guess this must have given me the need for speed. Its in the blood for sure. I tried anything I could as a youth, to chase that high, rollerskating, skateboarding, cycling anything with wheels that went fast! I left home at 15 and was very poor, I got myself through college and eventually university where I also got a loan, to me, there was only one thing to do with that loan … buy a motorcycle! So I did.
I’ve never looked back, my need for speed was finally fulfilled, it’s where I belong, in the saddle, on two wheels, exploring, commuting, racing, stunt riding. I have been riding for around 13 years now, I met Ash and Jodie around 4 years ago, it was such a blessing, after all the years, to find 2 awesome women who liked to ride as much as I did and more importantly than that, they are hilarious, strong and up for anything.
I had always been an artist too, I worked my ass off in part time jobs until I had saved enough money to go full time as an artist, I created my own clothing brand, designing and screenprinting all the t-shirts myself, everything of course, was motorcycle related.
I had ridden a variety of motorbikes, mainly Yamahas, SR, Dragstar and an FZ.
With the money I was slowly making from my company I managed to save up for my dream chop, my Kawasaki Z750, built by a good friend of mine back home in Yorkshire. I was living my dream, a full time artist with a bad ass Chop and I had just met my amazing boyfriend (Chris Hatton).
Then in 2016 I was hit off my motorcycle by a car, I sustained a fractured skull, numerous lacerations down my left side, a shattered pelvis and a separated SI joint (the joint that holds your pelvis to your spine)
I was in a wheelchair for 3 months and then crutches for another year and a half, I had to have further correctional spinal surgery last year to fuse my SI joint, as the original surgery had left me in crippling pain and I was unable to get on with my life.
It has now been 2 and a half years, after years of absolute Hell, but with help of Chris, my friends,family, the motorcycle community and all the dedicated health professionals, I can finally say my life is returning to me, I’m back to work, back to creating art, I’m back on my Z750 thanks to Chris, who fixed her whilst I was in recovery. I’ve even been back on the track, racing flat track in the DTRA.
I have lots of two wheeled adventures planned with Chris and my buddies, representing FTH, a motorcycle clothing brand Chris and I run together!
What is your life’s motto? (or the motto of your bike pack)
Being Yorkshire lasses, our pack and life motto has to be, ‘Be Reet’ , which means everything will be alright, in the Yorkshire dialect.
Why is driving in a group better?
Riding in a group can suck if you’re with the wrong people. But if you’re lucky enough to find the right, people that ride similar to yourself and are equally as chill, then it can be the best thing! Sharing the highs and inevitable lows.
What is your favorite route for a group ride? And why?
We’re spoilt in the UK, we try to mix up our routes, somewhere new every time, however as we are based in Yorkshire and Wales, I guess these are the places we know best and rip around regularly.
What would you like all women to know?
Be the girl who just went for it.