Saturday, March 25

World Women Bikers: Brittany on her life beyond motorcycles

tnw: Introduce yourself? 

Brittany: Myself Brittany “Bunny” Easter (@R3AMPUTEE) from Maryville, Tennessee and working as 911 Operator.

tnw: Are you a Biker Girl or a Car Girl?

Brittany: Biker Girl, Started out as a Car Girl though!

tnw: How long have you been riding motorcycle?

Brittany: I rode before my wreck for many years, but I only count my real riding for three seasons now. 

tnw: Any specific reason you ride for?

Brittany: I am an amputee.  I lost my leg on my bike back in 2015 when I totaled it into the side of the mountain.  When I am on my bike I am free again, free of judgement, free of reality, I am normal. 

tnw: Describe on how you got to where you are with motorcycling today

Brittany: When I lost my leg in 2015 I guess you could say I was “lost” in life.  After I got back on with my prosthetic I realized life has so much more to give than just “living”.  I did set goals and surpassed them.  I never dreamt of riding in the skill level I do today, but without the positive mind and the support from my motorcycle family I would never be where I am today.

tnw: The first motorcycle you started riding/ learnt riding

Brittany: Oh Lord, a 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R.

tnw: Your ride now? Tell us about your motorcycle

Brittany: I ride a 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3, the absolute best bike I have EVER been on.  This bike has taught me more than I have ever been taught.  It is so lightweight and nimble that I can surpass the 1000s and even 1300s on and off the track.  Most of the parts are interchangeable with the R6 (we also have an R6 race bike) so sprockets and etc are easy to come by!  It’s an all around amazing bike and I recommend it to anyone!

tnw: You mentioned that you met with an unfortunate accident

Brittany: Well, yes.  On August 12, 2015 I met the mountain at 62MPH, hitting my right heel first.  It immediately shattered.  I broke two vertebrae in my back and split my left clavicle in half.  I was in ICU trauma for days and after a year and half began my journey back with a Prosthetic.  Since then I have had two or three “oops” moments that we all have!

tnw: Do you maintain and repair motorcycles on your own?

Brittany: My husband does about 95% of the maintenance and repairs, I do your normal tires and things I had to learn to do when he would not be riding with me.

tnw: What are your interests apart for motorcycling? 

Brittany: I am an avid camper, a mother of three, a dog mom, and pretty much anything outdoors.

tnw: Joined any riding clubs/ motorcycle clubs? Any motorcycling event that you try and attend regularly?

Brittany: I would not per say “clubs” but I am part of a HUGE track family, we attend races and track days together and I could not be anywhere in this life without them.

tnw: Do you have any achievements that you take pride in?

Brittany: My achievements consist of where my riding ability is today and continues to grow, I continue to achieve all my goals I set.

tnw: 3 things your learnt from motorcycling

Brittany: You go where you look, Don’t push your limits, Freedom

tnw: Do you have any motorcycling heroes?

Brittany: My husband and my track family, especially those that have overcome obstacles to continue to ride like we do.

tnw: How are women motorcycle riders treated by most people and by male motorcyclists?

Brittany: We are treated differently in every situation.  Most men that first meet us probably think we can not ride, after riding with us it can definitely change their outlooks.  A lot of men have respect for us and let us teach them some things or two haha.

tnw: Parents/ Friends- How do they feel of you riding a motorcycle. Any special comments?

Brittany: At first no one wanted me to get back on, now they say they would not know me with my motorcycles.  It’s my passion, my life and they’ve come to accept it.

tnw: The motorcycles you wish / dream to see parked in your garage?

Brittany: Brand new R6 and R1, also a supermoto or two would be great.

tnw: Message to other female riders?

Brittany: Never doubt yourself.  A positive mind leads a positive life.  No disability can stop you and if you fall get right back on that steel horse.

Connect Brittany on Instagram or Facebook @R3AMPUTEE

Unedited interview. As told to technwheelz

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