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Women Riders Now Contributors

Learn about the people who write for WRN



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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 (listed in alphabetical order) to learn more about our contributors' backgrounds, and be sure to check out the page for WRN Founder and Editor Genevieve Schmitt.      
   
Michelle Baird
Michelle Baird

 
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.  

Alisa Clickenger
Alisa Clickenger

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
Pamela Collins

Pamela Collins is a 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.

women riders now contributors joanne donn
Joanne Donn

 
Joanne Donn has a passion for learning all about women’s motorcycle gear. She loves it so much she started a blog in 2007, GearChic.com, with a goal of helping women riders figure out what kind of gear they need, what size they are and how it should fit. Joanne also hosts the Moterrific podcast. where she and cohost, Cristi Farrell talk about gear, motorcycles and everything in between. Joanne says, “I also like showing the world what short riders can really ride, challenging stereotypes and common misconceptions.” She stands 5 feet 3 inches.” She lives in Philadelphia and works as a retail sales associate in the Revzilla Gear Boutique sharing her love of motorcycles and gear. She recently traded in her Suzuki SV650 for a Triumph Street Triple R. Read her stories on WRN at Gearing Up with GearChic.  

Betsy Huelskamp
Betsy Huelskamp

Betsy Huelskamp 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
 
Liz Jansen
Liz Jansen

Liz Jansen covers the adventure side of motorcycling for WRN often spending weeks in the saddle camping along the way. On August 4, 2014, she begins an extended journey living and working from the the road. Her stories can be found at Liz Jansen's Touring Life on WRN. She's also doing a weekly podcast called Wheels to Wisdom. In 2003, Liz left a corporate career, later combining her business background with her love of two-wheels 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 & Motorcycling Conferences and organized Canada’s first similar conference. Liz wrote Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment. She loves riding her 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré. Liz lives in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Learn more at LizJansen.com.
  
WRN contributors Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

 
Steve Johnson and his wife Sash write WRN's column, "Sash & Steve's Life on the Road." He has been riding motorcycles since 1985, and is the writer behind Road Pickle, an online motorcycle touring publication, and Motorcycle Philosophy, his own personal perspectives on motorcycling. Steve and his wife, Sash Walker, currently operate a marketing and website development business catering to the motorcycle industry called TooMuchTina.com. He rides a 2006 Honda ST1300 and has traveled all over the United States and Canada. When he's not riding or working, he's enjoying a craft brew and writing his science fiction novel. Visit Steve on Google+.

Carla King
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. 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.

 
women riders now contributors christa neuhauswer
Christa Neuhauser


Christa Neuhauser
is a passionate motorcyclist and publisher of RoadRUNNER, a premier magazine dedicated to motorcycle touring. In 2001, Christa and her husband, Christian, identified a niche market that was being overlooked and launched RoadRUNNER. The magazine quickly earned a reputation for superior editorials, maps and photography. Despite the personal tragedy of losing her husband in a fatal accident in 2005, Christa, her two sons, and her team have made RoadRUNNER an invaluable resource for touring enthusiasts. Christa lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She owns a Granny Smith apple green 1999 Triumph Speed Triple, a 1997 Triumph Tiger, a 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and a 2015 Ducati Scrambler Classic. 

Tricia Szulewski
Tricia Szulewski

Tricia Szulewski makes a living full-time as the art director and writer at Motorcycle magazine, American Iron Magazine, and American Iron Garage. She maintains the woman’s perspective for those 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, Connecticut.
 
 
women riders now contributors sash walker
Sash Walker

  
Sash Walker and husband, Steve Johnson contribute to WRN through their "Sash & Steve's Life on the Road" section, and run their motorcycle marketing and media business while on the road traveling by motorcycles. Sash is a former beauty queen turned biker, now fulfilling her dreams along the highways of North America. She and her husband also own Road Pickle, and online motorcycle touring publication. Sash began riding in January 2013 and subsequently rode 15,000 miles over the next nine months chronicling her adventures along the way. She rides a 2012 Yamaha (Star Motorcycles) V Star 650. “Everyone I meet has something to teach me, as does every mile. I want nothing more than to learn.” Follow Sash at SashMouth.com on Google+. You can also check out her business, TooMuchTina.com.

Johnny Zapp
Johnny Zapp

Johnny Zapp 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. Johnny also sells some cool T-shirts with his "brand" on them. Check them out here.
 

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