Behind the Helmet: An Interview with Carie Long

I am constantly inspired by the women around me and I really want the world to know who these women are. Traveling along different life paths we have somehow come together because of one common denominator: Motorcycles.
You're Braver than you Believe
Like most of the ladies I ride with, I met Carie through the Long Beach Litas. She's a Southern California beach girl with an East Coast attitude. She rides fast on her sport bike, so it's a lot of fun to ride and try to keep up with her! She loves to ride long distance, and is about to leave on a 1,400 hundred mile trip through the Grand Canyon and up through Sedona. Be sure to follow her and the "Topless Trio" on Instagram (@beachgirl90720) through their adventure!
Maus Taus: Where are you from?
Carie: Irwin, Pennsylvania
Maus Taus: What bike do you ride?
Carie: 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600
Maus Taus: How long have you been riding?
Carie: 15 years
Maus Taus: How did you get into riding in the first place?
Carie: My dad is a total gearhead and always had bikes, and would ride me and my sisters on his bikes since we were toddlers! When I got my first street bike and took it out, I was absolutely hooked!!
Maus Taus: What’s been your favorite experience on a motorcycle so far since you’ve been riding? What about your worst experience?
Carie: Favorite – the little bit of long-distance traveling that I’ve been able to do so far (the Grand Canyon!). Worst – when my bike broke down in 105 degree weather and it took 3 hours for the tow truck to show up (this bike broke down a LOT the first year I had it)
Maus Taus: What is it about motorcycles that you love?
Carie: The solitude of riding, and the community and camaraderie among riders.
Maus Taus: Apart from motorcycle riding, what other interests/passions do you have?
Carie: Family, camping, hiking, food, exercise, books, my cat
Maus Taus: What advice would you give to the new rider or someone thinking about riding?
Carie: If you’re thinking about it take the MSF course to learn and to see if it’s for you. If you’re new… ride, ride, ride! Your experience comes from your miles!
Favorite Quote: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.