"Melly is always up to something totally random. There's something new to learn about her every time I see her. She's guaranteed to be at every motorcycle related event with a big smile on her face ready to tell you something interesting.... hyped for a summer ahead with this lady."
All time favorite artist and why? Hard to make such decisions for ye olde Libra. But here goes! Forever my favourite German painter: Franz Marc, who created horses in all colours - I love the blue ones. Favourite Vancouver locals: from mainstreamy Douglas Coupland to renegades like Cheena Normandin, I like it colourful, thought-provoking, wild and in mixed-media. Writers: Rilke, Heym, Kafka - can't get out of my roots in German literature studies here. And musicians: the best man, Chuck Ragan, the best woman, Stevie Nicks, both unapologetic, unique and lovers of life. I'd get all their lyrics tattooed under my skin.
The best trip you’ve ever been on? On a motorcycle: a relative spontaneous ride to Tofino with my man last summer, last minute camping, wildlife warnings, flawless weather, good food, warm sand, cold water and magical times on the beach, in the forest and on the road. In a car: the many USA West Coast roadtrips I did when I still traveled with my parents as a teenager, because they inspired my daydreams and influenced my taste in music/books/movies. In life: my move to Sweden for my Masters, and my move to Canada for the PhD. I always wanted to leave Germany and was drawn to the North and West all the time. I hope this trip never ends...
Tell us about our writing ventures, in the motorcycle culture specifically. I write my own zine called "Road Book Ride" and have two issues so far, in which I mostly muse about riding, certain moments or the general experience of being a rider/writer. I give them to friends or like-minded strangers, but plan to put them on Etsy soon as well (together with protective crystal charms for motorbikes). Just finished a fun article for the Motorcycho Zine and am in the process of writing a more scientific one about the new wave of female riders for the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. One of their editors is Ted Bishop, an English professor from Edmonton, who created the idea of "wriding", meaning writing in your head while riding your bike - I can SO relate to this and feel the struggle of putting the words and world I cultivate in my helmet onto paper daily! But I love it dearly.
Any big goals with this writing you've been up to? Ask La Motocyclette if they want a little text from me, co-create another zine with local photographer friends, but ultimately: I want to collect stories, poetry and manifestos of female riders and publish them in a big, beautiful book. Look out for my call, ladies!
Tell us the 3rd thing on your bucket list. Ha, the 3rd item is all about animals and machines: hug a monkey, ride a Mustang horse/drive a Mustang car, have a dog friend, fly in a helicopter.
If we came over to your house for dinner, what would you make us? Now that it's getting warmer again, I live off salads and most of them contain avodado and thyme. For special guests I would make my veganized, meat-free German potato salad with dill and pickles, or a spinach-pear-blue cheese-walnut salad. And for drinks either home-made Kombucha, Beck's beer or any Mission Hill white wine. Background music would be Chances with Wolves.
What's your summer plan with this new bike? Since I'm working on finishing my dissertation and a group book project, I postponed my big solo trip to Montana to summer 2016 and keep it to weekend trips this year: I gotta go to Thetis Island, since a Tarot card told me to. I might ride to Vernon to cheer on friends in the flat track race. I want to have a romantic adventure ride with my man somewhere on Vancouver Island again. I might race a KDX200 in the ladies' class at DirtQuake USA in Castle Rock. And of course, I will go to the Dream Roll, to celebrate sisterhood and swim under a waterfall. Maybe some lake hopping here and some camping there. I'm looking forward to BC summer and we're so lucky that we don't have to go far to experience beautiful nature, right?
Do you ride with any women? Oh yeah! I go for evening or day rides with Wendy on her vintage XL and Vera on her brand new Triumph, Julia and I explored Triangle on our adventure bikes, and then there are the occasional ladies rides organized by you, Mandy, The Shop and via the 'MUMC and friends' group. And I miss riding with my Wild Things MC!
What's your bike? I just upgraded from a vintage cruiser to a 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 two months ago and am still very in love. She's a true Green Machine and highway to offroad horse with 50/50 tires. Her name is Rhiannon - like the Celtic horse goddess and the Fleetwood Mac song, of course.