Elissa Healey

How did you get into motorcycling?
My family are into motorcycling and I was always interested in riding. I started riding when I was five years old and fell in love with it straight away.

What type of rider are you?
Im a Motorcycle Riding Instructor so Id like to think I’m a very safe rider that enjoys the freedom that motorcycling can offer.

What challenges have you faced as a motorcyclist?
Gender and confidence. One example of this would be while I was instructing an R class licence a guy said "women shouldn't teach men how to ride.  Both of my male students defended me by saying "she's the best teacher we have had". The man then shut up and walked away.

What is your current bike and what do you like about it?
I currently have six motorcycles. I choose to ride Yamahas YZF-R3 model the most and actually have three of these. Their design and performance doesn't make me a lazy rider as Im always in search of another set of corners to enjoy. I have an R3 track bike and I really enjoy doing track days as often as I can get there.

What do you most like about riding bikes?
The freedom they bring and that feeling of enjoyment after a great ride through the mountains. Also it's a common bond that my family all share.

Do you have any motorcycling related goals?
Id like to continue to help as many people as possible to find their “happy motorcycle place.