Whenever Raewyn Moore has the opportunity, she quickly dons her leathers and heads off on her motorbike.
For years the Edendale woman rode pillion on her husband’s bike until he bought her a Yamaha 250.
But she had much bigger aims.
“I owned the Yamaha long enough to get my learner’s, then bought a 750 Suzuki, but found it too high and moved into owning the cruisers,” Mrs Moore said.
Mrs Moore bought her 2004 BMW R1200C cruiser in a near-new state 15 years ago.
“The only alterations to the bike I have done is to change the pipes, indicators and get a lovely pink seat.”
The bike “has the odd war wound after all this time, but I love riding her and mechanically she has never let me down”.
When not cruising with her husband Mrs Moore likes to head off with other women riders.
“South Island Babes on Bikes is for women over 30 and I head out twice a year with them.”
Mrs Moore has twice ridden the TT2000 long-distance motorbike rally, where riders cover 2000km in 24 hours.
“It is doable but you have to be sensible. Even with what you eat, as in carbs can make you tired – nuts and protein are good.
“I rode the first one by myself. The second time a girlfriend came with me.”
Mrs Moore and her husband have just returned home from what she described as a 30-year wedding anniversary present to themselves, riding to Cape Reinga and spending time in Northland.
“It was either a party or a bike ride – say no more.”
At the end of a hard working day, riding her motorbike was a great way to unwind.
“I just get on my bike and go, me, my seven voices and my helmet.”