Meet our contributors! These women and men 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 motorcycling journalism, currently contributing to several online and print magazines. In 2010 Michelle hosted seminars in 11 cities for the International Motorcycle Shows. She is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) instructor and enjoys teaching people how to ride. “I also enjoy attending any kind of motorcycle race almost as much as I love exploring the United States on two wheels," she says. Michelle 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 U.S 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 U.S. 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 is one of WRN’s adventure riding contributors, spending more time in the saddle in foreign lands than at home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Riding since 1995, she loves roads less traveled logging more than 40,000 dual-sport miles since 2009, including spending seven months riding solo through Mexico and Central and South America. Alisa is 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 is a leading freelance motorcycle journalist writing product and motorcycle reviews and tour stories. She often turns one of the motorcycle tours she doing with her husband into a story for one of the many magazines she writes for, including WRN. She currently has a Honda 919 and a Triumph Bonneville. Riding since 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 love 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.
writes WRN’s popular Backroads With Betsy column, documenting 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 riders who dream of living life on their own terms. Betsy rose to national recognition in 2003 when she appeared in "Motorcycle Women," a Discovery Channel documentary. Regular attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 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 at BetsyHuelskamp.com
covers the adventure side of motorcycling for WRN as she often spends weeks in a motorcycle saddle camping along the way. After leaving a corporate career in 2003, Liz combined her business background with her love of motorcycling to create a unique coaching, writing, and speaking practice. She’s served as chair of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada, on the executive committee for two AMA Women and Motorcycling Conferences and organized Canada’s first similar conference. Liz wrote the book Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment
and is a Canada Safety Council Senior Motorcycle Instructor. She loves riding her 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré. Liz lives in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Learn more at LizJansen.com
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. Her book, American Borders
, chronicles her solo ride around the United States, during which she test rode a Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle. She currently owns a Kawasaki KLR650 for dual-sport adventuring and a Moto Guzzi 1100 California Stone (the "Italian Harley") for cruising American highways. Carla lives in San Diego, Calif. Learn more at CarlaKing.com
is one of only a handful of women who've passed the rigorous test to become a police motor officer. Tina is a highly skilled rider as a result, making her the ideal person to contribute to WRN's Riding Right
column. Tina began riding in 2005, owning a Honda VTX 1300. She now rides a 2011 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. Tina is a member of the Ribbon Riders, a nonprofit group made up of female motorcycle enthusiasts who provide emergency financial assistance to breast cancer patients. 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!" She lives in Sanford, Fla.
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 serves as president of the US chapter of the Women's International Motorcycle Association (WIMA USA). She has been riding since age four and enjoys 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.
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.
loves vintage motorcycles so much he chooses to spend a lot of his time traveling on his 1964 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead writing reviews, and doing tour stories from a “vintage” perspective—using black and white film in retro locations. Johnny’s been freelancing for hot rod and art and culture magazines and recently broke into the motorcycle world with WRN being one of his outlets. We’re fortunate to find a male voice that appeals to both women and men. Johnny’s also a rock and roll musician, who now makes a living off of writing and publishing his own music for TV and film projects. He lives in Phoenix Ariz., “with my smokin’ hot wife and teenage daughter.” Visit Johnny's Facebook page
to learn more.