Natalie Simmons

Franklin Moto

  Growing up my neighbor and his father had dirt bikes, that’s what initially sparked my interest in two wheels. Remember that old Honda commercial where it had young kids riding motorcycles singing the jingle, “I wanna ride, I wanna ride, I wanna ride?” That was basically me but, singing in my parents ears. 

 

  When I was 13 years old it was Christmas morning and I had opened all of my gifts with only three remaining, I thought once again I didn’t get the dirt bike I wanted. I opened what was in the shape of a box full of clothing and there it was, an owners manual with a key attached to it for a 2003 XR 100. The other two boxes left were my first helmet and pair of boots. That’s where it all began. I started out riding in the woods and racing hare scrambles. Then, I had the opportunity to ride on a motocross track for the first time after a year or so of riding. After taking a couple laps and bottoming out my suspension on my XR 100 my dad decided, I had outgrown my bike. Next thing I knew I was racing motocross on a couple of modded CR 85’s and a CRF 150RB. 

Franklin Moto

  Years later, after being injured one too many times I decided that racing wasn’t for me. But, that didn’t take the passion and love out of my heart for motorcycles. They have connected me with so many people and have given me the opportunity to create longtime friendships all around the world. Friends that share the same passion or something so strongly are irreplaceable. Especially being a female in the motorcycle industry, because it’s such a rarity there’s nothing like meeting another female rider. It’s about instantly becoming friends solely on your common interest. 

Franklin Moto

   Currently you will most likely find me cruising my 1971 cb 500 if it’s not parked inside Franklin Moto, a 1986 Harley FXR, or riding my CRF 250r at the motocross track. I ride because when I am riding, regardless of what style of bike I am on, wether I am on or off-road, all I think about is riding. My mind is set free. Smelling the fresh air and only thinking about what is surrounding me at that time. I would be lying if I didn’t admit to enjoying the adrenaline rush that comes with it. Motorcycles are not only my career but, they are much more than that to me, they are my life.