Category Girl of the Year 2011

Galfer Girl of the Month & Year

Calling all ladies with their hand on the throttle and speed on their minds!

Galfer USA is looking for passionate ladies who prefer the life of two wheels and an engine to experience the Galfer braking difference!

August - Jenny Besaw

September - Dena Sodano

October - Emily Clark

November - Erika Allison

Each month we will select one lady rider and provide her with Galfer product, absolutely free, to install on her motorcycle. The selected lady rider must post her experiences on the Galfer Facebook page once a week. From installation to performance we want to hear what the ladies have to say about Galfer!

Galfer’s Facebook fans and staff voted on each of the Galfer ladies. At the end of November, we will announce the Galfer Lady Rider of the Year.

If you are interested in becoming a Galfer Girl of the Month, contact SportBikes Inc Magazine at info@sportbikesincmag.com. Please supply at least one headshot photo and one photo of you with your bike.

Selected Galfer Girls of the Month will be alerted via email and appear in SportBikes Inc Magazine as well as featured on GalferUSA.com and on Galfer USA’s Facebook page.

Good luck!

**SportBikes Inc Magazine, Galfer USA, partners, sponsors and advertisers are in no way responsible in the event of damage or injury that may result in participating in this competition, to you or your vehicle used in said competition, including death. Employees of SportBikes Inc Magazine, Galfer USA, Advertisers or their staff are not eligible to participate.**

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Galfer Girl of the Month – October – Emily Clark

October’s Galfer Girl of the Month Emily Clark forewarns that she isn’t a racer or pro stunter. Instead, the 27-year old from Seattle, Washington, says, “I ride solely because it’s fun. I ride when I want to, and I really enjoy it, and I love the motorcycle community. It’s a tight-knit community, it’s challenging, you have to be aware of your surroundings, I love seeing what everyone wears and puts on their bikes: it’s all encompassing.”

That kind of passion alone makes Emily our kind of Galfer Girl, but her personal story is what really caught our attention. For four years now, Emily has served as a police officer. She decided to serve on the police force to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother, who are officers in her home state of Ohio. It was fellow officers who got Emily interested in motorcycles.

“I’ve ridden quads for a couple of years, and one of my co-workers had a motorcycle,” she explains. “I’d always been interested in learning to ride, so one year I decided to do it. I’m from Ohio and there aren’t a lot of motorcycles there, like there are out here.”

Before venturing out on her 2009 Kawasaki ZX6-R, Emily and her patrol partner both signed up for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s rider course. That was a year and a half ago, and now Emily is a veteran of the Seattle streets.

Emily’s favorite ride is her morning commute. Not the one to get to work, but the one going home. “I work nights so I get off around four in the morning,” she says. “A lot of officers have bikes, so we ride home together. No one else is on the road, and it’s such a good feeling, all riding together.”

Emily puts on her Galfer brakes to do anything that involves getting outdoors. She especially enjoys hiking and running, but admits that her Kawasaki gets her out into nature, too.

She says, “We’ll take passes up over the Cascade Mountains. It’s absolutely gorgeous: winding roads, and it’s perfect mild weather in the summer. You can see Mount Rainier on a clear day.”

There’s another type of riding that has more sentimental value for Emily. “Every year they have a fallen officer ride, which is a big motorcycle ride and a lot of police officers do it,” she says. “It supports officers that we’ve lost in the line of duty. That’s huge for camaraderie in our field of work.”

That camaraderie Emily feels among fellow officers is that same she feels in the motorcycle community. She’s one Galfer Girl who rides hard and serves proudly.

 

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Dena Sodano: First Lady of Street Freestyle

Dena Sodano is a pioneer in street freestyle, leading the way for a talented crop of women who have found a niche in what, until recently, was considered a sport for men. Her stunting skills have earned her two consecutive XDL Championship titles, a growing list of sponsors, and support from fans who want to see what she’ll do next.

For the past four years, Sodano has been honing her freestyle skills. When the XDL Championship Series–the premier freestyle competition series in the U.S.–added a class for women, Sodano was there for the inaugural round. That 2010 season opener in Daytona resulted in a win for Sodano.

That weekend, Sodano says, is her most memorable competition to date. “That was pretty cool because I had never won a competition, and to finally get some acknowledgement was pretty cool,” she says.

One win wasn’t enough for Sodano. During the rest of the 2010 season, she rode her Kawasaki 636 to a second-place finish in L.A. and another win in Indianapolis. Her skills and consistency resulted in the championship.

The 2011 XDL season was even better: Sodano won the women’s freestyle class at Daytona, Nashville and Indianapolis to earn her second consecutive championship.

While the championship trophies identify her as the best, Sodano says there is always room for improvement. “I’m always getting ideas from watching the other guys,” Sodano says. “I make a list of things I want to learn for next season. I try to get out as much as I can, and now that I’m in Florida it’s nice to be able to ride all year. I try to take small breaks, too, so I don’t get burned out. I try to have fun with it, because if you don’t, you get sick of it.”

Sodano’s freestyle skills are self-taught. She says, “I rode with a group of guys and saw them messing around on the streets. I wanted them to teach me but nobody would. I started teaching myself a bit here and there, and it turned into this!”

Now, Sodano has a growing list of sponsors, including Galfer USA, Shinko Tires, Racing 905, Speed & Strength and Sartso Jeans. And what does she use those Galfer brakes to stop for? As it turns out, freestyle is the only passion Sodano has time to pursue. She works full-time at a behavioral health hospital, but says that she squeezes in trips to the beach when she can.

Sodano’s advice to other women who want to freestyle is, “We all had to start somewhere. If you want to do it, go for it and do it!” As for her own freestyle career, she promises bigger and better things next year.

“I hope everyone is looking forward to seeing something that a girl hasn’t done yet!” she says.

We’re definitely looking forward to it.

 

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Motorcycles, She Rode – Rider Profile: Jenny Besaw

Jenny Besaw’s first motorcycle was no learner bike: she got a Honda CBR1000RR. It’s a perfect example of the ambition that the roadracer from University Place, Washington, has when it comes to motorcycles.

These days, it’s her 2007 Honda CBR600RR that’s getting Besaw to the top of the podium. She competes in OMRRA, AFM and WERA. In 2011, she has earned two wins, two second-place finishes, and a third. She has also earned two Hard Charger Awards from OMRRA.

Besaw started doing track days on her 1000 before she got her racing license in 2006 and tackled the 600 classes. She only did a handful of races until 2010, when she raced a full season.

“I’ve crashed more in the past year than since I started riding, but it’s a learning curve,” Besaw explains. “I did my first rain race and led the race. I got in front of the group, then crashed out in the rain! But it was a big accomplishment for me. I like the idea of pushing myself.”

Besaw takes that statement seriously: after earning her wins in the novice class, she petitioned to move up to expert so she could learn from the fastest racers in the Northwest.

That first win isn’t one that Besaw will ever forget. “It was one of the hardest races ever! I worked my butt off, lap after lap,” she says, noting that transmission problems were a hindrance. “The guy I was racing against had 12 bike lengths on me. I had to beat this guy and was coming off the corners faster than ever.”

Besaw—who admits to being a huge fan of old “Murder, She Wrote” episodes—says that she had to learn a lot of things the hard way because she didn’t have mentors to help her along. These days, the 31-year-old takes every opportunity to help guide novice racers.

Luckily for Besaw, that help she didn’t have in the early days of racing has materialized. It has come in the form of friends, family, and sponsors, including Galfer USA, Griot’s Garage, her father’s company Rapid Lean Six Sigma, War Paint by Steve Wellman, SDS Performance, and Quentin Wilson.

Griot’s Garage is where Besaw works as a merchandising coordinator. The automotive car care company is the perfect spot for her, where her boss and co-workers are enthusiastic supporters of her racing. They also pitch in to keep her bike running smoothly.

Besaw puts on her Galfer brakes for cycling, and she loves it for the same reason she loves motorcycles. “You can go out if you’re having a rough day; you can just head out on the road. It has the same feeling of it being just you and the machine,” she says.

Clearly, Jenny Besaw is one with her machine when she’s on the racetrack.


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