A road rider for more than twenty years, Alisa has toured alone on almost every continent. Having fallen in love with the roads less traveled, she has ridden over 100,000 off-road miles in the last decade; her longest trip was riding solo for seven months through Mexico, Central and South America. Alisa loves sharing her passion for motorcycling through her magazine articles, books, public speaking, and epic motorcycle adventures. Alisa’s personal website and the blog of her motorcycle travels around the globe can be found at www.AlisaClickenger.com.
Alisa will be riding along with the Coast to Coast group from Portland, OR to Arlington, VA.
Founder, Big Apple Motorcycle School, Inc.
Diane P. Ortiz has been involved in training and safety education for over 25 years. As a motorcycle journalist and editor she has road and track tested an array of motorcycles
for various publications including Newsday, Midwest Motorcyclist, Accelerate, Full Throttle (where she has a monthly column – www.fullthrottlenyne.com) and WomenRidersNow.com. In 2006 she founded the BIG APPLE MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL in Long Island, New York. She has taught thousands of people to learn to ride and improve their skills using the MSF program and private lessons. She has given seminars at dealers, motorcycle shows, libraries, schools and events like Americade, where she giving two seminars and is moderating the first ever Ladies Coffee Club, an interactive breakfast seminar for women riders and passengers. Diane says she has the “adventure gene” and loves to challenge herself as a rider and volunteer. She has lead the annual Komen Race for the Cure in NYC and been part of the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference, Femmoto, Adventure for the Cure ride in Colorado and Progressive Adventure for the Cures Dual-Sport ride in California, to name a few.
Her commitment to public service includes being an elected officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where she is the Staff Officer for Public Education and teaches boating safety. She was a crew member on the Tall Ship the Jeanie Johnston, a replica of one of the ships that brought Irish emigrants to NY during the potato famine in the mid 1800s. Diane is also an avid Amateur Radio Operator (ham) and holds the FCC Extra Class callsign K2DO.
Dian will join the group in Arlington, VA.
Community Liaison Officer, WMF
Lisa is a long-standing member of the BMW riding community, a Women on Wheels member, and an Iron Butt rider. She has written articles for the BMW MOA magazine (ON), the BMW RA magazine (OTL), the AMA Motorcyclist Magazine and have been published on the WomenRidersNow.com website.
Lisa was on staff for our first cross-country event, the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride (2016). She has toured in Italy, Corsica and Sardinia, as well as South Africa.
Lisa is the Route Leader for the New York Historical Route.
Magdalena (Magda) Jusiewicz
R.N. and MSF Instructor
Magda Jusiewicz (aka Moto Yaga) lives in Colorado. She is a nurse, motorcycle enthusiast, and MSF instructor who enjoys long range motorcycle travels as well as afternoon rides in the canyons of The Rockies. She always finds herself deep in adventures or hiking with her two and a half dogs (two shepherds and a corgi). Her favorite part of riding is being alone on the bike and meeting new people in new places. Her motto: “Ride safe and have fun”. Magda was one of our ride guides on the cross-country Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride in 2016.
Magda will be riding with us on the Portland Route.
Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc.
Sue Slate has managed to infuse motorcycling into just about every aspect of her life having ridden over 1.5 million life-time miles. Sue is both a RiderCoach for the Motorcycle Safety School in New York State and as an instructor for Total Control in Pennsylvania.
Sue has also served as the National Programs Chair for the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc. (WMF) since its founding in 1984. As such Sue has been instrumental in helping to organize road, track and off-road charitable / educational fundraising events around the United States. From 1993-2013, WMF program participants raised just short of 2.5 million dollars for breast cancer research and breast cancer support programs.
In 2006, Sue got bitten by the dual sport bug and convinced WMF, Inc. to host dual sport riding / training / fundraising venues known as Adventure for the Cures, all held in the Western and far Northern portions of North America.
Once WMF became aware of all the dual sport riding opportunities available East of the Mississippi, Sue got the green light to have Adventure for the Cures morph into DIRTY for GOOD – Female Focused Dual Sport Camps and Tours (DFG). DFG venues will be held East of the Mississippi. Wanting to give back to society and to motorcycling in new ways, DFG’s first venue involved four days of training and riding in Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland. Fourteen student participants raised $6000. On October 15, 2019, WMF, Inc. will be donating $3000 to Final Salute, Inc. a support organization serving homeless female veterans. Another $1500 will go towards training-female-off-road-trainers. And finally, $1500 will go towards dirt bike school scholarships for kids.
Sue subscribes to the philosophy of “LEARN, GROW or DIE” and thinks if you are not pushing the envelope intellectually, physically and psychologically, you are just standing still.
Sue will be riding with us from Knoxville, TN to Arlington, VA.
Powersports Marketing Consultant
Tigra Tsujikawa is a motorcycle industry veteran, highly skilled technical off-road rider, and senior marketer in the powersports industry with two decades of marketing leadership working with OEMs, aftermarket manufacturers, trade associations, show promotion and race program marketing.
Tigra is a leader in women’s motorcycling in the United States as the driving force of both the 2009 and 2012 AMA International Women and Motorcycling Conference as well as the AMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies (2009-2012). More recently she brought gains to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, managed world product press launches and customer experiences and events. Tigra continues to collaborate with MotoAmerica, Dealernews, Women’s Motorcycle Tours, as well as other Powersports partners.
Well respected throughout the leadership ranks of the Powersports Industry, Tigra’s passion for the sport and deep understanding of the needs of riders is widely known. Her keen insights into the concerns of motorcycle brands, aftermarket manufacturers and motorcycle dealers has helped her myriad clients build successful marketing campaigns and creative customer activation for her clients.
Tigra will be riding with the Coast to Coast group from Portland, OR to Arlington, VA.
Tigra is orchestrating the Women’s Motorcycle Conference in Arlington, VA August 19-22, 2021.
2019 Iron Butt Rally Winner
Wendy Crockett has been a passionate motorcyclist for over 25 years, a powersports technician for 20 years and a competitive endurance rider for ten. With more than 750,000 miles on two wheels, she has explored nearly every corner of North America, including 49 states and every province of Canada accessible by road. She has ridden far north beyond the Arctic Circle and is spending early 2020 exploring Central and South America. In 2019 Wendy became the first woman to win the 11-day, 11,000-mile Iron Butt Rally, but with a background as a motorcycle tour guide she also likes to slow down and enjoy all of the amazing sights and hidden gems this world has to offer. Her riding exploits and accomplishments have been covered in a number of magazines, podcasts, and documentary films. Wendy’s love of adventure and passion for motorcycles is infectious and she’s looking forward to helping you make this trip of a lifetime one that is truly unforgettable.
We hope Wendy will be riding along with the Coast to Coast group from Portland, OR to Arlington, VA…due to the event postponement to 2021 we are unsure of her schedule.