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Carla King Profile

Carla King

Carla King Profile
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Name: Carla King

Residence: Point Richmond, California

Profession: Writer

Bikes Owned: 2004 Moto Guzzi California Stone 1100, 2004 Royal Enfield Bullet and 2007 Kawasaki KLR650

Favorite Bike: The zippy, bouncy Kawasaki KLR650

Dream Bike: The Jack Pine Triumph Scrambler

Editor's Notes: I've had the chance to be on a motorcycle the same day as Carla in the same city for a new product press event, but that hardly counts with a lady rider of this caliber. One day I hope to join Carla for what she might see as a small-scale adventure. I'm not sure I am ready to circumnavigate the globe, but I would love to follow her along some of her favorite domestic routes.

Why do you ride?
I ride to explore other geographies, other cultures, and to rejuvenate my spirit.

What has been your favorite adventure to date?
Riding around the Adriatic Sea

How did you get into motorcycling?
As a restless 14 year old, I identified my dad's old enduro as my escape vehicle. The carburetor was gunked up, it needed air in the tires, and adjustments to the brake and clutch cables.

With my dad's help, I was off in no time through the tobacco farms, skirting the pond and navigating through the trees into the forest where I'd sit to write and draw for hours by the creek, then zip home before dark. I was too young and in the moment to have any worries about whether it would start up again, or how I would fix it if it didn't, if I could fix it, or how I would get home if I couldn't, because I always did.

Luckily, I never really grew out of that confidence that everything would be okay. Since then I have I spent many happy hours riding, falling, fixing, pushing, and tinkering with various motorcycles.

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