In Our Garage with Andrea Baldry's 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 650
After purchasing a Kawasaki at 40 years of age, Andrea said the ride offered her everything she needed and would be her bike for life.
Tell us about your bike?
It's a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja and it's a 650.
I've had this Ninja for, must be coming on close to ten years now.
It is my first and only bike and I see no need to upgrade.
What got you into motorbikes?
Well, I actually blame my brother.
When he was young, he had a motorbike and used to put me on the back and take me around to all the parties and drop me off.
So I think that was the only real exposure I had to motorbikes and the year I turned 40 I decided I was going to learn to ride a motorbike and I've had the best ten years.
Why did you choose this bike?
The Kawasaki I think personally is a beautiful looking road bike and it served its purpose for me.
I needed a little bit of speed. I'm on the Port Road, so I've got the 100km zone out there and the sugar trucks.
I needed something with a bit of grunt so I've gone for the 650 and I think for me it's a bike for life.
I won't feel the need to upgrade at all. I'm very happy with it.
What do you love about riding?
I love the serenity.
It just brings peace to me.
I get to work and I've got a big grin on my face the days I ride the bike in. So yeah, it's just pure pleasure.
Would you recommend riding a motorbike?
I definitely encourage others and also, the more females on the road the better.
I think the hardest thing for me was when I first mentioned to colleagues that I was going to get a motorbike, that was the thing that cemented in my brain.
I had to action it.
I've said it out loud, now I'm going to go and get this bike.
Do you have family and friends that ride?
No and that's the odd thing I think, that my husband doesn't ride.
I have very few friends that ride.
For me it was all about self-empowerment and seeing if I could actually do it.
And yes, I can.
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