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.
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Articles by Kirsten Armleder:
Captain Laura Rasmussen of Nanaimo, B.C., became the first woman to solo ride an ATV in every province across Canada.by Kirsten Armleder
Giant Loop knows how much dual sport and dirt bike riders hate bulky storage bags. That’s why this company that’s done off-road motorcycle storage options right since 2008 designed the Zigzag Handlebar Bag.by Kirsten Armleder
One of the fastest and toughest extreme enduro riders on the planet has been checking out the terrain in Western Canada. Here's why.by Kirsten Armleder
RidersWest heads down to the Yamaha Motorcycle Power Tour at Peak Performance Motorsports.by Kirsten Armleder
There’s only one more week for this month’s Hotshots contest, so if you have photos you want to enter, now’s the time to do it.by Kirsten Armleder
Buying a glove for dirt biking or ATVing? Don’t let the name fool you, Mechanix Wear isn't just for grease monkeys. In fact, the company’s M-Pact Glove has some features that make it a great option for riders who are looking for an extra protective yet dexterous glove.by Kirsten Armleder