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Spotlight: Amanda Phoenix – Flying Solo Gear Co

Amanda Pheonix is the founder of Flying Solo Gear Co, a Melbourne-based motorcycle and apparel brand for sport, street, and adventure riders.

“Flying Solo” comes from the rush of freedom and adrenaline when we get on two wheels. The phoenix emblem reminds us that we will always come back stronger from a fall, and the killswitch marks the start of every journey.

Flying Solo Gear Co believes that every rider can be brave, whether you’re a learner twisting the throttle for the first time, a competitive racer pulling throttle, or an off-road rider going through a water crossing. As long as you’re on two wheels, you’re part of the riding community.

Amanda believes in being kind and genuine to everyone she meets, as long as they do the same.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing Olympic weightlifting, calisthenics, and powerlifting at home. She’s powered by caffeine and petrol most days.

Not only is Amanda a vocal supporter of women who ride, but also, women in moto-business. For Amanda, her customers 100% come first, very closely followed by her commitment to upholding the highest quality standards in her product. Unfortunately that’s not a trait that I can say I have always seen in male-led business. Often the dollar comes first. It makes me proud to watch Amanda stand by her values, no matter what. I have been blown away by the level of quality, detail, design and function that Amanda puts into every single product she creates and I personally think her luggage is category-leading. Girl Moto is very proud to support this female-led moto-business and we are always excited to see what Amanda is cooking up next.

Where are you currently located?

Melbourne, VIC Australia

What is your current ride?

2017 BMW s1000rr, 2019 Honda Grom, 2014 Husqvarna FE450

What was your very first bike?

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250

How long have you been riding?

9 years

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Little Desert, VIC for sand riding, and the Victorian Alpine Region for twisties!

Is there a bucket-list ride that you are yet to do? If so, where?

Yep, from Byron Bay NSW to Steep Point WA straight through the middle.

What is your usual riding style and with whom?

I usually ride solo or with my partner in the local twisties, Yarra Valley near Melbourne VIC. This is tighter forest riding with lots of great corners.

What is your involvement in the world of motorcycles?

I design and sell motorcycle bags and apparel for sport, street, and adventure riding. I’m also very involved in the riding community.

What do you love about being involved in the world of motorcycles?

The mateship! There isn’t anything like it. I love how openminded people are in the riding world. Not many judgemental people, lots of kind hearted legends.

What led you to be involved in the world of motorcycles?

I always knew I wanted to ride. It was in me since the beginning, I never really had an interest in cars. My parents didn’t want me to ride, so I got my Learners and bought all my gear and first motorbike in secret, while living at home. They had no idea for about a year.

Any comments/thoughts/observations specifically about female riders or riding?

The dynamics of the female riding community differs so much from the mixed crowd. It’s getting better, but there’s still a lot of ego in mixed groups. Women are involved in each others’ lives a bit differently. It’s more supportive and encouraging. I’ve come to a point where I don’t do mixed group rides anymore, nobody likes a pissing contest. Maybe in my 20’s, but not now. I’m too old for that sh!7.

What is some advice you have for all motorcyclists?

Ride your own ride. It’ll save your life.

Any thoughts/observations/comments about Girl Moto?

Keen to hear what you’ve got in store Loren!

A final comment from Amanda:

Just wanted to say a big thank you to anyone who supports women in small business.

Loren
Lorenhttp://www.girlmoto.com.au
Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.
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