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Name: Rachael Westfall

Location: Chino, California

Profession: Associate Editor, Super Streetbike magazine

Bikes Owned: 2000 Buell Blast, 2001 Yamaha R6, 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600, 2004 CBR1000RR, 2006 GSX-R600, 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Favorite Bike: 2012 Suzuki GSX-R600

Dream Bike: MV Agusta F4 or Aprilia RSV-4

Editor's Notes: Rachael Westfall never ceases to amaze me. I met her in 2007 when we hired her as the first female Kawasaki public relations shop assistant. She has been on the gas ever since. On the outside, Rachael Westfall appears petite and unassuming, but give her a toolbox or put her on the racetrack and you had better watch out.

How did you get into motorcycling?
My parents got me into motorcycling. My mom and dad taught me how to ride a dirt bike when I was nine years old. My mom was an MSF Instructor and my Dad has owned bikes since before I was born.

What is the number one reason you ride?
I consider my motorcycle my home. Without it, I'm lost, with no purpose and no passion.

Did you learn more from your Dad or your Mom?
Even though my mother and I are not close, I learned a great deal from her and acquired skills that has enabled me to overcome a lot of mental obstacles when it comes to riding.

What role did your father play in your career?
My Dad played a huge role. He has been there with me for almost all my races and track days. He is my mechanic, my coach and my foundation. Both of my parents have given me so much strength and I wouldn't be where I am if I didn't have their guidance.

What would you consider your favorite ride?
Any place with curves and no cops.

What would you tell a woman who is on the fence about riding?
I sympathize with women who are tentative about riding. When I was an MSF coach, I encouraged women who didn't pass the first time to come back and try again and again until they figured it out.

How old were you when you first took the MSF beginner rider street course?
I was 17 and I passed, but I still did not feel confident. I went back at age 19 and took it again. My first year or two on a bike, I had several crashes and dropped my bike several times. Riding was not easy for me at first and my mother told me she wasn't sure if I belonged on a bike. But I kept training and practicing and riding until one day, something finally clicked and riding a bike finally became natural.

How do you handle bigger bikes since you are only 5’2”?
Well, it was discouraging and frustrating at first. I lowered my first two sportbikes, but eventually I learned tricks to manage the weight and height of my bikes, like putting one foot down, spinning the bike around on the kick stand and using my hips to move it around.

What has your motorcycling experience taught you?
If you want something bad enough and you never give up, one day you'll find what you're looking for and you won't regret the adversity you ran into along the way.

Did you run into super negative people or doubters along the way?
People are stupid and they're haters and they'll try to hold you back, but only you know what you can and can not do. If you believe you want to ride whether you have cancer, are short, are a mother or otherwise, then damnit, go for it.

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