I remember the day my father brought home our family’s first ATV. It was a Suzuki 350 c.c. and I was terrified of it. It had a manual transmission and I spent several frustrating hours trying to learn how to shift the gears smoothly. After I figured it out, however, I was hooked on ATVing.
A couple of years later, my father bought two personal watercraft and it didn’t take me long to develop an interest in them as well. Since then, I’ve explored trails and lakes throughout the East and West Kootenay regions of B.C. and in the province of Alberta. I have also ridden a personal watercraft in the states of Montana, Arizona and Utah. My passion for motorsports is something I am pleased to share with my husband, who is also an experienced dirt biker and motorcyclist.
As a writer for RidersWest, I get to speak with top riders in the industry, learn about new products on the market and hear great riding stories from readers.
If you have a story that you’d like to share, know of an outstanding rider who should be recognized or would just like to talk about motorsports, please email me.
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Articles by Kirsten Armleder:
A recap and photo gallery from the Okanagan’s biggest and most exclusive side-by-side poker run.by Kirsten Armleder
Looking for a new lid? The CKX Titan - Summer Edition has arrived. This new helmet offers a break from tradition with its motocross-style look and features inspired by modular helmets.by Kirsten Armleder
Argo celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a very special Limited Edition Avenger Hunt Master R.by Kirsten Armleder
Make your side-by-side safer and up the rad factor with these must-have accessories.by Kirsten Armleder
Upload your ATV, side-by-side, motorcycle or watercraft photo(s) for the chance to win a CKX Titan - Summer Edition helmet.by Kirsten Armleder
A new Motorscan tool that works with your smartphone to diagnose and read error codes thrown by your Harley-Davidson.by Kirsten Armleder
Off-road racers take on a Vancouver Island course modeled after the world’s toughest hard enduro.by Kirsten Armleder
Even if you’ve spent your entire life around dirt bikes, what professional trials rider Sam King can do with a few ramps and a school bus will blow your mind.by Kirsten Armleder
Camera in hand, she does it with eyes wide open to new places, people and beautiful experiences.by Kirsten Armleder
The scene is spreading and this Abbotsford, B.C., racer slash daredevil has got his foot to the floor.by Kirsten Armleder
The bikes are loaded and your whole family is ramped up to ride. Where to go from here? Well, if you’re anywhere near Woodlands County, Alberta, it’s obvious: the WhiteRidge MX Park.by Kirsten Armleder
Riding apparel designed specifically for ATVers and side-by-side enthusiasts is here.by Kirsten Armleder