By Talya Adams
Welcome back to my interview with Sabrina. In this section we’ll get into the hassles Sabrina faces as a motorcyclist in Los Angeles and her upcoming riding goals.
T: What have you found most challenging about having a bike?
S: Probably just getting on the road with big trucks – like Walmart trucks. Because you are absolutely no one to them. I try not to be in front of big trucks or cars, because when you stop at a light I always think this big truck is not going to be able to stop. I’m just paying more attention to the cars behind me, because not being able to see what the cars behind me are doing is really challenging.
T: I completely understand the slight paranoia. When I notice someone tailing me I always squeeze the brakes to let them see the lights. So, they can prepare to stop or slow down.
S: Yeah, a lot of cars think because you’re a motorcycle you’re going to go really fast. Or because you’re a motorcycle and you’re right in front of them nothing is going to happen. But I think you should give the same amount of space that you give a car.
T: Have you had any close calls on your bike?
S: No, fortunately I’ve never been in any type of accident.
T: Do you have any riding goals for this year?
S: For this year, I definitely want to just go explore. I’ve ridden to Panorama City and LA like once or twice, but I’ve never gone over 45 minutes. So, I want to be able to be strong, because you get tired on a motorcycle. You need to hold the bike and it shakes. So, I want to get to know my bike better, and get to go on long rides. Like an hour or two hour rides and being able to not only have it as transportation in the city, but also like I want to go to San Diego for the weekend.
I’d also like to meet more riders, so we can ride in groups and go different places. So, that’s definitely a goal to be able to ride longer distances.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about Sabrina’s experiences. Check back for the final installment of my interview with this young woman.