Hello beautiful and amazing women of the WRWR!
It was like nothing I’d ever done or felt before. Land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah! How could I possibly have rubber down on the holy grail of land speed racing, the same salt as Burt Munro, the world’s fastest Indian?
The same salt where jet-propelled cars go 763 mph, wheel-driven cars exceed 500 mph and the fastest woman motorcyclist has gone 304 mph?
What an honor!
I’m not fast, but I was there with the legends, I belonged and it was the thrill of a lifetime!
I’m Kristin from Colorado, 49 years old, mechanical engineer, outdoorsy athlete and vintage car and motorcycle racer.
I grew up riding thousands of miles on my painfully slow Honda pedal moped, which led to a bit of dirt biking and then my first street bike, a Triumph Bonneville, and then an ADV bike.
In 2006 I started vintage car racing in a 1952 Ford, 2,000 miles and 7 days across Mexico with my father and brother in the legendary La Carrera Panamericana. That sparked my fire and opened the door to other races and eventually led me to Bonneville.
In August of 2018 I set a land speed record of 56 mph on a 1972 Honda 125cc. The old record was 52 mph. There’s no trophy, no award ceremony, just my name in the record book and a big old smile! Those moments, mere minutes on the salt when I was all alone on my run… hunkered down as tight as possible, thighs squeezing the tank, throttle hand steady, eyes taking in every grain of salt, heart beating in time with my motor, coiled but calm… the feeling is so hard to describe.
I think Burt Munro’s quote is a bit grandiose, but I did live a lifetime during those minutes on the salt. Time stood still.
“You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.” -Burt Munroe
The land speed record is too hard to believe still, but much more significant than the record, is the self-doubt that I overcame to put my tyre on that start line, and that I came away a stronger woman, more knowing and believing of my capabilities, and that I belonged.
I continue to be inspired and awed by women doing amazing things, on and off motorcycles.
We are… women without limits!