Digital Exhibition: Pam Falcioni

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Name: Pam Falcioni (@2WheelTravlr )

What motorcycle do you ride? I currently own and ride a 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao, a 2003 Ducati 620 Monster, a 2002 KTM 250 EXCR, and a 1958 Velocette Valiant. My husband and I also jointly own about 30 vintage motorcycles.

How did you get started riding motorcycles?

When I was 24 I moved from the city to a rural part of Oregon where all my new friends were riding dirt bikes so I figured I'd give it a try. It took about 5 minutes on a Yamaha 175 Enduro to get hooked and about 15 minutes until my first crash which almost landed me in an irrigation canal. The near-dunking didn't put out my burning desire to ride, and I've been on bikes ever since.

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What is your favorite thing about riding?

The rare zone of absolute concentration where my mind and body are completely focused on riding a perfect line. No distractions, no to-do lists flitting through my brain, just riding. Well, that, and I feel less like an overweight middle-aged dork when I'm on a bike.

Do you have a favorite place to ride?

There are too many favorites to narrow it down to one, but my top three are; San Rafael Swell in Utah, US Route 191 from Alpine to Morenci AZ, and about a hundred wonderful Oregon back roads. Oh, and Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, then there's that incredible road to Hyder Alaska with all the waterfalls along the way, and Beartooth Pass in Montana is amazing, or Hwy 49 in California with all the history and twisties, or Lolo Pass in Idaho, wait, I almost forgot the amazing switchbacks up to the power station above Telluride in Colorado, or the crazy skinny gravel run that snakes through the glowing birch trees to the Marble mine in Colorado...Okay, I'd probably have better luck narrowing it down to the riding spots I don't like.

Prior to retirement I worked in the industry for 13 years as web designer and tech support for a performance product manufacturer (Powroll). I know women in other male-dominated fields may experience issues, but all my customers and other motorsport people I worked with respected my knowledge and our shared passion for the sport. I feel it was actually easier being a woman in this male-dominated field because I was more memorable, this opened the door to some amazing interactions with well-known moto personalities and afforded rare opportunities at races and other events.

Photos by Mike Falcioni.

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