Like many of us, Lindsey was introduced to riding through her family. In fact, she was on a Husqvarna before she could walk. We first met Lindsey through her work at the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Her passion for the sport and for the industry as whole is evident in all that she does. She is an inspiration to us and we got the chance to chat with her about her life on two wheels and how she likes her Husqvarna 2018 FE 350.
What is your name?
What do you do for a living? Tell us about your job.
I work full time at the U.S. Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) as the Content & Communications Manager as well as the Marketing Specialist for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Both jobs are supported by the KTM Group; the Kurt Caselli Foundation is backed by KTM’s support and the USMCA’s Founding Partner is Husqvarna Motorcycles. My jobs are…. All over the place from content managing to building social media campaigns to event planning and everything in between. I love to learn new things and am always adapting to the needs of each organization.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Tustin, CA and later moved to San Clemente, CA.
Where do you live?
Recently I moved to Menifee since my job and life headed this way. Also, I can ride from my garage to tracks and trails —how rad is that?!
When when were you first introduced to riding dirt? Who introduced you?
I was first introduced to riding by my dad at a very young age. When I was a baby, my dad would ride around the neighborhood with me on his 1983 Husqvarna XC250. When I was 8 years old, my brother Brad got a Suzuki JR50 for Christmas that I ended up riding before he had the chance to ride.
How long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding off and on since I was about 8 years old.
Why do you like riding dirt?
That’s where my roots of motorcycle riding come from!
Run us through the list of bikes you have had?
Well, I started off on a 1970’s Suzuki JR50, and quickly moved up to a YZ80 then a KX80 (both from the 80’s). When high school came, I sold my motorcycles to get a car (doh!). High school took over the next few years. Once I was in college, I started working at an online Automotive company that was a part of the publishing company that owned Dirt Rider Magazine which got me back into motorcycles. I bought one of our test bikes; a 2009 Honda CRF150Rb and finally moved up to the big bikes with a plated 2004 Honda CRF250X. Working for a magazine, I got to test ride a grip of really cool motorcycles to see what I liked. Having that opportunity can really narrow down the list.
What do you ride now?
Fresh with paper plates, I just bought a 2018 Husqvarna FE350 —which I am absolutely in love with! Also, I kept my CRF250X so my friends can come ride with me.
If you could have 2 bikes what would your other bike be?
My other bike would probably be some sort of sportbike. If you ever get a chance to ride a track day at Chuckwalla, you’ll fall in love with sportbikes as I did.
Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now?
The bike I ride now can take me to more places (since it is street-legal) than your typical street bike or motocross bike. I’ve done a few Adventure Rallies before on the Husqvarna FE250 that wouldn’t have been possible for me to ride on a non-plated, off-road motorcycle. The power of the 350 is perfect for any destination rides that take me on a high-speed highway and yet manageable enough for me to handle on the trails.
What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?
Technical & challenging (to me) but not a true death march. My favorite is destination rides -a ride that takes you to someplace that is naturally beautiful and hard to get too.
What kind of terrain is a challenge for you but you want to master?
Ridgelines & ruts.
What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?
My second ever off-road race. It was the Checkers MC’s Barstow National Hare & Hound race in 2015. If you have never heard of National Hare & Hound racing, it is a dead-end start desert race. You wait for the banner to drop, once it drops you start your engine and race against everyone on the starting line in your class for about a mile or longer over uncut desert terrain (“Bomb Start”) toward the race course. It is basically a mile-wide lineup of riders that funnel into the same spot. Here’s some helmet cam footage from Pro rider Ricky Brabec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4M83S4pZk. You are not allowed to pre-run the course other than the bomb start; the races are typically 35-75+ miles for the novice class and you race by navigating off of pink ribbons tied to bushes and danger markers staked in the ground. It was wet, cold and the course was filled with rocks and slippery from the consistent rain. It might have also been mentally challenging because I went into it thinking this is going to the be the easiest of the year since I knew the Barstow off-road truck race courses like the back of my hand. But I was wrong! This course ran through virgin terrain and further South of “Barstow Main” than I had ever been. Somehow I ended up making it to the finish line after 35 miles of ribbon and got my finisher pin. There were 329 racers that lineup that day: 220 riders finished (I was the 208th person to cross the finish line) and 109 riders did not finish (DNF). Of course, there are different classes which have additional course mileage that my class did not race (Pro racers ride additional, advanced loops), but that is a pretty heavy DNF rate for any NHHA race. I think the Pro’s finished the race before it started raining. It was miserable but all worth it when you get to the finish line.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
Colorado! Crested Butte & Gunnison areas. The scenery is breathtaking.
What is on your moto bucket list to ride?
Hmm… I think there’s a lot of places I want to ride on my moto bucket list still. I think one day, I want to try and race a GNCC.
Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?
Yes, I love finding new female friends to ride with. I’m always down for a cruise or a challenge, so I will ride with other girls of any skill level. Luckily, I have a lot of female friends that ride!
Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?
Yes, I look up to a lot of other women in the industry and women riders. Active, strong, vocal women riders like Ashley Fiolek (@af67), Megan Griffiths (@megs_braap), Jacqueline Carrizosa (@brojaq), Kelsey Abbott (@DA8Apparel), Rhiannon Kamo (@PCIRaceRadios) and so many others. Anya & Ashmore — you two women are a blessing to the sport and industry, and an inspiration to me! As well as men in the industry who support women riders. All of my co-workers at the Kurt Caselli Foundation and the USMCA —Donny Emler Jr. (a true hard worker always on the go and being creative), Christy LaCurelle (a boss woman.), Jenna Parker, Momma Caselli, Carolyn Caselli, Sarah White. I really do look up to everyone I work with —I’m surrounded by so many people who inspire and help me to grow on and off the bike as a person and a rider. My boyfriend Joey, my friends Brittany Brooks, Justin Morgan, David Kamo, Mark Samuels… Too many people to name!
What was your experience at Babes in the Dirt/Babes Ride Out events?
I was pleasantly surprised! I was nervous and thought I’d be going out to a weekend full of drama & cliques since there are a LOT of girls out there —but everyone was so nice, kind, welcoming and supportive. I met a lot of new riders or girls who have only ridden with their dads, brothers, boyfriends or putted around camp on a bike. It’s always a fun weekend of seeing new riders enjoy their time on motorcycles, correcting bad riding habits, giving tips to help improve their experience and helping girls challenge themselves. The coolest thing is seeing someone’s expressions after they conquer something they didn’t think was possible.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about getting into riding dirt?
Find a mentor, coach or riding school that can help you enjoy your first ride or adventure! If you’re new to the sport and are nervous or have questions, hit me up at @LindseyLovell on instagram and I can give you a few tips whether you’re just starting out or looking for a new adventure.
Anything else you would like to add?
I think what Anya & Ashmore have created with Babes Ride Out and Babes In The Dirt is absolutely needed in our sport of motorcycling, inspirational to other women in the industry and to new riders. It’s like having an inclusive clubhouse where like-minded women can come together to help support each other and share a good time on two wheels!