When I picture a typical motorcycle rider, I imagine a big, muscular, tattooed man with a bushy beard and probably some piercings. Ichico breaks that stereotype and has been riding since she was just 22 years old.
She went from getting a license for a middle class (~400cc) bike to racing 200km/h (125m/h) on the Suzuka Circuit. Today she has 1.9k followers on Instagram and produces motorcycle clothing that you can buy on Motoholic.
How She Started
“I got my licence when I was 22 and in my last year of college,” Ichico says, “the licence was for a middle class motorcycle (~400cc). Two years later I got a licence for a large bike (above 401cc).”
Ichico was ‘brainwashed’ by her father who rode a motorcycle when she was little. He rode a Honda STEED400. He inspired her to get an American-style motorcycle as her first – the DragStar 250 by Yamaha.
Today she owns two motorcycles: a Streetfighter (Kawasaki Z900) and a Supersport (Triumph Daytone675). Next, she wants a CRF or an off-road motorcycle. Ichico would like to have various types of motorcycles because they all have different characteristics.
“I wanted to start something new that was unique.”
When shopping for motorcycles, Ichico goes by looks and specs rather than the brand. Her dream motorcycle is the Ducati Streetfighter V2, which she hopes to own in her future.
Ichico explains that she feels more free when riding a motorcycle rather than driving a car. She feels like motorcycles are more for entertainment and personal joy while cars are mainly for transportation. It also makes her feel special to own a motorcycle.
“I don’t think I can live without motorcycles anymore. I will absolutely keep riding forever.”
Ichico usually uses her motorcycles for trips instead of daily errands. Since there is no space for shopping bags, she can’t exactly take it for a shopping spree. She rides it both on day trips and on longer journeys. The beauty of owning a motorcycle is that it makes her feel like she can go anywhere with it.
The furthest she has ever gone is to the North Top of Hokkaido. The fastest she has driven was 200km/h (125m/h) on the Suzuka Circuit. While she hasn’t tried any yet, she would love to try some stunts one day with a KSR110.
“I was really scared of the speed and the power of my motorcycle.”
Maintenance and Safety
Impressively enough, Ichico does most of her motorcycle maintenance herself. She is currently learning from an expert bike mechanic. The more work she does on it, the more she likes it. Ichico also writes for Moto Zip and they give her a chance to restore broken motorcycles, which has taught her a lot.
She stays safe on her motorcycle by wearing all the necessary gear such as her Icon helmet, gloves, boots and other protectors. Ichico also abides by the speed limit and only goes fast on roads where it is allowed or on the race courses with the necessary permission.
Owning a motorcycle has changed Ichico’s life in many ways. It has helped her make new friends and become more active than ever before. Her motorcycle also gave her the opportunity to become a writer, something she never thought she could do. Riding a motorcycle also helps her de-stress and feel free.
“I feel like I have wings when I’m riding on a motorcycle.”
Tips for Newbies
A great motorcycle for beginners is a KAWASAKI, although Ichico strongly advises to go with your gut when you buy a motorcycle. She wishes she had done more test rides on a variety of types before making her decision.
“Get the motorcycle that gives you butterflies.”
When women ride motorcycles they are treated differently than men are. One reason for this is that there are simply less women who ride. Ichico believes that this novelty of being a woman rider is the reason she has almost 2,000 subscribers.
It is also a little harder for women to get their license since part of the test involves lifting the motorcycle off the ground – and motorcycles are heavy. When I asked her if she thinks that more women should ride, she had conflicting feelings.
“While it changes your life and makes you a cool woman, it is also really dangerous. I have a scar from riding that will never disappear.”
Ichico was born in the USA and raised in the Czech Republic and Japan, where she currently lives. If you haven’t already noticed, she loves to ride and restore motorcycles. These days she produces clothes related to motorcycles for Motoholic.
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