Meet our contributors! These women play a variety of roles in the motorcycle community, but whether their specialties are test riding new motorcycle models or documenting their riding adventures for our readers, they're all part of what makes Women Riders Now (WRN) the definitive source for women and motorcycling news. Read these bios to learn more about our contributors' backgrounds, and be sure to check out the page for WRN Founder and Editor Genevieve Schmitt
Michelle Baird is a lead test rider at WRN, and one of a handful of women working full-time in motorcycle journalism. She also writes for RoadBike, RoadRUNNER, and Accelerate magazines. Michelle started writing about motorcycles in 2005 for Cycle News, and now contributes to the online version of the magazine. In 2010 Michelle hosted seminars in 11 cities for the International Motorcycle Shows. Michelle also works as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) instructor and enjoys teaching people how to ride. She adds, “I also enjoy attending any kind of motorcycle race almost as much as I love exploring the United States on two wheels.” She started riding in 2002 and owns a 1984 Honda Interceptor VF500F and a Kawasaki ZZR 600. Michelle lives in Avalon, Calif.
Donya Carlson is one of the top female motorcycle journalists in the United States, having worked as a managing editor for Rider magazine and a test rider at large for more than 20 years. Donya has put thousands of miles on various motorcycles over the years and has traveled by motorcycle through the United States, Europe, and the African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Donya currently works as a freelance motorcycle journalist and is one of WRN’s leading test riders. “To me, motorcycling is therapeutic,” she says. “I enjoy the focus and the freedom of being on a bike.” Donya lives in Ventura, Calif., and owns a Suzuki 650 V-Strom and a Kawasaki ZX-12.
Alisa Clickenger Alisa Clickenger is WRN’s adventure rider, spending more time in the saddle in foreign lands than at home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She’s been riding since 1995 and has toured extensively in Europe and in North, Central and South America. Having fallen in love with the roads less traveled, Alisa has logged more than 40,000 dual-sport miles since 2009, including spending seven months riding solo through Mexico and Central and South America. Alisa is also a tour leader and co-organizer of the Women's Empowerment Motorcycle Tours and loves sharing her passion for motorcycling through her journalism, blogging, personal coaching and public speaking. She owns a 2006 KTM 950 Adventure. Keep up with Alisa at MotoAdventureGal.com/blog.
Pamela Collins offers a unique perspective on the lifestyle side of motorcycling, writing articles about tours and events in addition to reviewing products and motorcycles for WRN. Pamela also contributes to RoadBike, RoadRUNNER, and Honda Red Rider magazines, as well as to Keystone Motorcycle Press. She currently has a Honda 919 and a Triumph Bonneville in her garage, although since she began riding in 1998 Pamela has owned a Yamaha V Star 650 Custom, two Harley-Davidson V-Rods, a Harley-Davidson FXR3, and a Kawasaki ZZR 600. “I like nothing more than taking off for a couple of days on my motorcycle to explore and learn about new places or to revisit old favorite ones,” she says. Pamela divides her time between Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York.
Betsy Huelskamp Betsy Huelskamp
is the writer behind WRN’s popular Backroads With Betsy column, where she documents her free-spirited adventures on and off the road. In her larger-than-life yet down-to-earth way, Betsy has captured the hearts of women riders everywhere who dream of living life on their own terms. Betsy first rose to national recognition in 2003 when she appeared in "Motorcycle Women," a Discovery Channel documentary. Before appearing on television, Betsy had been a fixture on the Southern California motorcycle scene. Those who've attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally over the last 20 years have probably seen Betsy wearing her trademark fringed outfits and riding down Main Street on her raked and rusted 1992 Harley-Davidson Softail. Betsy lives in Southern California. Learn more about her at BetsyHuelskamp.com
Carla King Carla King
has carved a niche all her own by traveling solo via motorcycle to exotic places and writing about them. We are fortunate to have Carla contribute motorcycle and gear reviews, touring articles, and lifestyle stories to WRN. An advocate for women traveling "alone but never lonely," Carla's adventures have taken her to China, India, Africa, and Western and Eastern Europe. Carla's book, American Borders
, chronicles her solo ride around the United States, during which she test rode a Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Carla is the founder of MotoSFO.com
, an online motorcycle travel site. She currently owns a Kawasaki KLR650 for dual-sport adventuring and a Moto Guzzi 1100 California Stone (the "Italian Harley") for cruising American highways. Learn more at CarlaKing.com
Tina Leman Tina Leman
is one of only a handful of women who have passed the rigorous test to become a police motor officer. Tina is a highly skilled rider as a result, making her the perfect person to contribute to WRN's Riding Right
column, where she offers encouragement and confidence to women looking to hone their riding skills. Tina began riding in 2005, starting out on a Honda VTX 1300. She now owns a 2011 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. Tina is a dedicated member of the Ribbon Riders, a nonprofit group in central Florida made up of female motorcycle enthusiasts that provide emergency financial assistance to breast cancer patients. In her free time, Tina likes to ride her Harley, exercise, and spend quality time with her dogs. She says of riding, "It is pure exhilaration to control an 800-pound beast of a machine and to be the girl in the saddle doing it. I love it!"
Rachael Maltbie (formerly Westfall) is the main contributor to WRN’s Sportbike Corner and represents the next generation of women riders. Rachael works full-time in motorcycling, dividing her time between writing motorcycle and product reviews for WRN and working at a motorcycle dealership. She previously worked for Kawasaki. Rachael also serves as president of the US chapter of the Women's International Motorcycle Association (WIMA USA). Rachael has been riding since age four and enjoys riding any motorcycle she gets assigned to test. In her spare time, she loves to ride twisty roads on her 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000, do track days, and work on bikes. Rachael lives in Chino, Calif.
Diva Amy Skaling Amy Skaling is the colorful voice behind WRN's column Diva Amy's Bling 'n' Blog. She's been riding motorcycles since 2000, first a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and now a 2007 Road Glide (known as the "Diva Glide"). Since then, she’s put thousands of miles on both bikes. Amy owns Team Diva, a fashion and accessory company that creates custom headwear, accessories, apparel, and parts that she sells at rallies, boutiques, motorcycle shops, and on her website. One of Amy's claims to fame is designing the hats that musician Bret Michaels wears. Diva Amy's motto: "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!"
Tricia Szulewski makes a living full-time as the art director and writer at RoadBike magazine and is a designer for the company’s other two publications, American Iron and Motorcycle Baggers, maintaining the woman’s perspective for all three publications. We’re fortunate to have Tricia contribute motorcycle and product reviews to WRN on a regular basis. Tricia began riding in 1995, and in 2008 she became an MSF instructor. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have a career combining both my passions—art and motorcycles,” she says. She owns a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200S and a 2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob that she likes to wrench on in her spare time. Tricia lives in Bethel, Conn.
Amy Mortensen |Amy Mortensen is the editorial assistant at WRN, where she edits the work of other contributors, maintains sections of the site and newsletter, and occasionally writes articles of her own. A "newbie" who's experienced the open road only from the backseat of a motorcycle, she's been inspired by the many bold women who contribute to the WRN community. She looks forward to taking the MSF beginner course in the near future and cruising the mountain roads near her home in Livingston, Mont. |