To spice up our blog a little bit, we decided to interview one of our instructors at Moto Republic, Francesca. She's been riding motorcycles for a long time and is also a gear head. We are confident she is quite an inspiration not only to female riders but to the motorcycle community in general. Enjoy!

Who is Francesca and what does she do?

 Hi! I’m a motorcycle mechanic at Pro Italia. I’m an enthusiastic busy human and I spend most of my time dancing, lifting weights, hiking/hanging out with my dog, racing minis, building stuff, or fixing things. Right now I’m obsessed with kayaking. I like being outside.

How did you get into motorcycling?

When I was 15 or 16 I started thinking that motorcycles looked awesome and I wanted to try them out. No one I knew rode bikes, so I started saving money and bought a “motorcycling for people who don’t have a clue what they’re doing” book (unironically, a terrific decision) and got my M1 cert a little after I turned twenty. 

How long have you been riding and what motorcycles do you currently own?

I’ve been riding for about six years. Current stable: Ducati 848 evo, Yamaha TTR 125 (which has a supermoto conversion for racing), Yamaha XT225, Suzuki DR650. All in all I’ve owned maybe nine bikes. 

What made you start wrenching?

I could only afford to have a motorcycle if I knew how to work on it myself, so I started taking automotive courses, loved it, and decided to get certified. Then got motorcycle certifications after that. Also I just really like knowing how to do things. 

Could you describe the women’s motorcycle scene in Los Angeles?

It’s a bunch of awesome women doing rad stuff. 

Honestly, I can’t pin it down any more than that; it’s big, it’s varied, there’s a lot of us, and it’s really really cool to be a part of.

Where do you see this community is going in the future?

I hope it only keeps growing. I owe so much of the great stuff that’s in my life to motorcycles, and I know almost all my friends feel the same way. 

Any advice for female riders or females wanting to get into riding? 

Take a rider course before you buy a bike. Read a lot. Put more money into your gear than your motorcycle, and wear it. Always wear good gloves. Ride your ride, practice longer than you think you need to, and take your learning at your own pace. You don’t have to be able to touch both feet on each side, but it does help when you’re learning. Don’t worry about anyone else’s milestones. Ask a lot of questions and if anyone makes you feel bad for not knowing something, then they’re lame and you should talk to someone else.