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Spotlight: Kaylene Pettit – Every 2nd Sunday Photography

Kaylene Pettit is one of those people that feels like a privilege to meet in life. Through her photography, personal riding and track support role to her husband, Kaylene comes across all walks of motorbike life. When Kaylene noticed Girl Moto coming to life, she reached out to offer her contribution. You will see her around here offering reviews and interviews. Kaylene loves to support. Let me share the message she sent, because it is the perfect example of why I love the way women come together to lift up each other:

“I’ve been on the same road as you, and it’s hard to keep the belief in what you are doing sometimes. But there are always people out there to support and encourage us, we just have to find them. I’m so lucky to have connected with so many like minded moto people. Working with motorcycles and moto people has been a dream and I cannot wait to be involved in helping you achieve yours! Women can do, be and achieve anything, add 2 wheels and a passion and we are unstoppable!”.

Where are you currently located?

Brisbane Qld Australia

What’s your current ride?

2012 Ninja 250r

What was your very first bike?

2013 Yamaha R15

How long have you been riding?

Officially I’ve had my learners for 4 years, haven’t had time to do the RE test yet, life got in the way.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

I’ve done most of my riding so far as a pillion. I love being a pillion, riding with my husband is one of my greatest joys. We would do the run from Gympie to Kenilworth, up Obi Obi back down through the hinterland. I love that run, and we rode it every second sunday so it became effortless and a real joy (when we didn’t get stuck behind a caravan 😆)

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

As a learner without a motorcycle for a few years I haven’t ridden very far yet but I hope to get in a track day at Lakeside in the near future. I really don’t have any other bucket list rides, more of a need to explore new places with scenery, sweeping corners and a good coffee at the end.

What is your usual riding style and with whom?

I’m definitely a sport bike kinda girl, I feel super comfortable on a sport bike – even as a pillion. The feel of a sport bike sweeping through corners feels a lot like dancing to me, especially when I pillion with my husband Quin. We’ve spent quite a lot of time working out suspension, tyre pressure, preload settings to get the ride comfortable for us both that it’s as natural as breathing. I feel lucky to be able to pillion with him and that he wants me to ride with him. It’s not easy to ride with a pillion and I have learnt invaluable skills that will help me ride my own motorcycle with confidence.

What is your involvement in the world of motorcycles?

I ride, I pillion, I’m a track photographer, I’m a huge fan of anyone who wants to give riding a go.
Before I discovered track photography I would spend ride days snapping pics of the locals at Kenilworth as they came through. It started to become a thing I was know for and riders started asking when and where we would be riding Every 2nd Sunday (that’s where the name came from).
It wasn’t until a friend invited us to come and watch a track day at Lakeside that the motorsport photography really kicked up a notch. Before I knew it Every 2nd Sunday was a household name around the pits and it’s grown so much in the last few years. Track days are the main focus of my photography now and I genuinely love being trackside. I always have my camera at track days but sometimes I just watch, help out in the pits and cheer on my husband and awesome group of friends. There is so much about the track and motorcycles that’s interesting to me. Track talk, friendships, the passion for riding, the smell & unmistakable sound of of track bikes flying up the straight is just something else – something that seems at times intangible and intimidating for women riders.

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

The passion that every single one of us have, you cannot be a rider without it.
Genuine friends too have been an awesome part for me.
As a female rider and a mum who loves motorcycles and everything to do with them, I’m often met with eye rolls, looks of disdain and outright “wow that’s weird” or “your a mum, you shouldn’t be riding, it’s irresponsible”.
So to find so many like minded ladies has been an amazing experience for me.
Having likeminded people around me and cheering for me to succeed is the most important thing in life, I think.
I try to encourage other riders and be a positive influence, helping others discover the passion for riding is rewarding.

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

Honestly, I came into the world of motorcycles quite quickly. My husband had a dirt bike, I had a few goes but it scared the crap out of me and that was kind of it. It wasn’t until the dirt bike was replaced with a road bike out of necessity to commute, not really a need to socially ride.
It only took a few weeks for my husband to convince me to jump on the back of his R6. That was it, that one ride and I was hooked! I’ve been riding pillion ever since and now I’m riding my own motorcycle.

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

I feel like there is this mentality that if you pillion as a women you are somehow less of a motorcyclist than the rider and you know nothing about motorcycles.
I have on occasion been told “to get my own bike” or “being a pillion is easy”.
Being a pillion is not easy and it requires just as much concentration and skill as the rider – and we don’t have handlebars to hang on to.
Gear is a tricky one too, it’s gotten better over the last few years but trying to find we’ll fitting gear is a tricky process for the ladies.

What is some advice you have for all motorcyclists?

My advice to all motorcyclists would be to ride to live. As a commuter in a car I’ve seen so many riders not taking as much care as they should. Ride within your limits, with time comes experience, everyone deserves to get home at the end of the day.

Any thoughts/observations/comments about Girl Moto?

I’m honestly super excited to see Girl Moto come to life, it’s an epic effort and needed in the motorcycle community.
There can never be enough riding awareness and a safe space for new riders to gain information and ask questions.
Riders have a voice – all riders, and it’s brilliant to have a platform to showcase our collective passion.

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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