Heleana is a force of nature. Our Editor in Chief, the founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.
Put a lid on it!
Although safety gear isn’t always sexy, when it comes to riding a motorcycle it’s a non negotiable. Australia’s regulations mean not only must you wear a helmet, but it needs to be approved by the Australia Standards board. Thankfully, helmet safety has come a loooong way...
SEX AND GEAR: Sage advice
Like many, I found the process of finding motorcycle gear really daunting. In retrospect I found the same advice my mother passed on to me during "the sex talk" has a played a similarly major role in my position on navigating the world of motorcycle gear.
Suffering for our shoes might sometimes be what we do as women, but have you ever considered that when it comes to motorcycle riding, your shoes are suffering for you? Research from the US shows that a whopping 30% of non-fatal motorcycle injuries happen to the legs and feet*. That means your shoe selection plays a key role in your decision making when it comes to wearing protective gear.
IN THEIR SHOES: Footwear
We take a look at some of the more popular boots seen on the road that are not manufactured or designed as motorcycle boots and discuss their style and safety to help you make a more informed decision when you see these out and about. Before reading this, have a look at our guide to riding boots for an overview on what is important before deciding on a riding boot for your riding, style and experience.
ROAD STYLE: Julz
Mad Max immediately comes to mind when describing Julia's style – it’s rough, tough and very cool and perfectly suits her brappy Honda XR400. Juls is a hot-chocolate drinking, screaming Banshee and abuses her motorcycle gear! Her daily holy trinity (boots, helmet, jacket) includes: ...