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We saw Angie Feret follow us on Instagram and creeped her profile. Here was a female motorcyclist, also from Toronto, working in a motorcycle dealership, and out doing some cool and colorful stuff.
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Where you are now:
Half way through a 200km bike ride.
Claim to Fame:
Infusing creativity into every aspect of my life, and approaching situations with the heart of an artisan.
Three things I couldn’t live without:
My amazing friends and family, my bike, and food food food!
I can whoop any man’s ass at:
The thing I’m most proud of is:
My cultivation of happiness
YouMotorcycle: Tell us a little about yourself, in your own words.
Angie: I am an artist, a model, a lover of the outdoors. I am free spirited and easy going. Sometimes I find it hard to decided between riding my bicycle and riding my motorcycle to work (and some days the longboard). I could ride any of these options for days straight and be the happiest girl in the world. I like dressing up for shoots, for comic book conventions, for parties, whatever! I am a workaholic who rarely sleeps.
YouMotorcycle: When did you decide to start riding motorcycles, and how did you get into it?
Angie: I WANTED to start riding when I was 16, but lack of time, money and motivation delayed this until over a decade later. My ex girlfriend sold me her old scooter, and I rode that for over a year. But when that died, I was in need of a vehicle QUICK. My younger sister was looking to upgrade so she sold me her Yamaha Virago (named Vera). I rode it every day from Toronto to Oakville about 3 hours of riding per day, rain or shine. My riding improved very quickly. I was also forced to learn a lot about bikes due to a slew of difficulties I had with Vera – probably from riding her way too hard.
YouMotorcycle: Sounds like we had similar paths. I started off on a scooter before taking on an ’85 Honda cruiser that required a lot of love… which taught me how to ride and how to wrench at the same time.
Angie: I love the DIY aspect as well! I like doing maintenance myself. I always feel so accomplished once I figure something new out.
YouMotorcycle: What are you looking for next?
Angie: I’m currently looking for an affordable/reliable bike in the range of 500cc. My poor little 250 has served me well, but I need to ride further!
YouMotorcycle: How’s the Toronto motorcycle scene treating you?
Angie: I love the motorcycle community. It makes me feel like I am part of the coolest crew in the world. The comradery and sense of belonging is overwhelming. People are always willing to lend a hand, a truck, a tool, or pass along a phone number of someone that can help you out if you are in need. I found some cool guys on Instagram and started going to meet ups. I love how passionate everyone is and how much they love their bikes as if they were their children. Especially the guys I know that build their own bikes.
YouMotorcycle: I can see you building your own custom motorcycle in the future…
Angie: I would LOVE to build my own bike. Right now I am engulfed with design and modelling work, but I took this job at the shop on Saturdays (even though I really don’t have the time – or even the need for it) because it serendipitously arose. I hate to pass on wonderful opportunities that not only allow me to accumulate skills and connections, but are also so in line with my interests. If I ever abandon Motion Design I know it will be for something like motorcycle mechanics.
YouMotorcycle: How has motorcycling played a role in your life as a woman?
Angie: I really try to challenge gender roles. I tend to gravitate more towards “masculine” interests. This gets pointed out a lot in most areas of my life. It is, however, a bit conflicting for me. Sometimes I find it frustrating that I get the whole “good for you” when people find out I ride. Not that they are meaning to be condescending in any way – I guess I am just surprised that it even has to be noted when a female rides a motorcycle. But on the other hand, sometimes I feel a huge sense of empowerment. I know that I myself even get excited when I find other female riders. Like in some way I’m proving that I can do anything I want to, regardless of what society thinks.
*NEW* Calling all female motorcyclists with a cool story to share:
We’re passionate about getting more women riding motorcycles, so we want to hear why you’re riding, and how you got started. Motorcycling is a small community, let’s make riding more accessible.