Digital Exhibition: Christine Pizzo
Name: Christine Pizzo (@cloobird)
Vehicle: 2017 Triumph Thruxton
How did you get started riding motorcycles?
Recently, I learned that my dad bought his first motorcycle the year I was born, how wild is that? I remember growing up around them, but he had a pretty bad accident around the time I was 8, so after that, it was just muscle and antique cars. That said, my head has always turned at the sound of a bike. I don’t know the exact moment I decided I should ride, but when I moved to Boston at around 28, I was completely on my own, and I took a good look at what I wanted out of life.
So I bought my Joanie, or ‘Joan of Arc,’ a Honda 250 Rebel. I debated whether I should do this crazy thing, but then I thought, “Why not? I’ve done dumber things with a thousand dollars.” The first two years I rode alone, but things changed when I went to a co-ed charity ride on my new Harley Street 500 (because she could get up past 45mph!), and I met the Boston Litas – the rest is history. I’m now the proud owner of a million memories as well as a gorgeous Triumph Thruxton!
What is your favorite thing about riding?
The fact that without fail, every time I hop on the back I smile, even during the short ride to work. I've come to realize I have this new sense of pride doing this crazy thing and loving the heck out of it that no one else thinks I should - especially as a woman. I not only feel brave, but I possess a true feeling of freedom. Aside from the personal improvement and strength, I have found a group of women and other friends who I am so inspired by and am making such deep connections as riding gets you through a lot of tough situations very quickly. And let me say this, if you can ride for 6hrs in the pelting rain, be starving, in traffic for two hours and not blow up at the girls riding with you... that's a best friend right there haha. Riding has been one of the most fundamental changes to my whole life.
Do you have a favorite place to ride?
That's such a hard question. My favorite place honestly is going somewhere I haven't been yet. Each hill, each bend, I am intrigued with what I might find and how that might light up my life or perspective in a new way. That said I have such a love bopping through the tiny, charming towns of New England next to the coast or the wide open spaces of Joshua Tree California.
Last season, my other moto half Amy Lynn (@whiskyeye) and I started a Bike Night Series in Boston that grew like wildfire into Boston's Inclusive Bike Community. @BabesBikesBeards started out as a 60bike attendance every other week and by the end, ten events later, way over 275!! In between, we led multiple #B3BatSignal rides, attended a bunch of other events and shows and helped make a following that's the most eclectic gathering in New England. We wanted a moto night that both recognized and planned for the large groups of female riders in the Boston area AND was welcoming to everyone. All bikes, all types, and even for those who might want to ride, or simply love to be around bikes, we wanted to open a space for folks just to show up. This year already feels like it is going to explode and we are so excited to see what will happen.
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