This custom pink and black motorcycle with zebra print is as vibrant as the woman who rides it. After surviving a horrendous accident and enduring the painful recovery, Brittany dedicated her life to spreading the message of motorcycle safety. Known as the “Road Rash Queen” in the motorcycle community, her story serves to promote protective gear awareness.
“I carry around a story of caution and wisdom and share it with everyone I meet, and will continue to share it for the rest of my life.”
This “Queen Bee,” as she likes to call herself, knew that the lessons learned from that experience needed to be shared with the world. Today, you’ll find her active with guest speaking events as a spokesperson for ATGATT, (All The Gear, All The Time), teaching motorcycle courses, writing for motorcycle publications, and more.
“I have effectively become the prodigal child of motorcycle safety education and protective apparel awareness.”
Exotic Motorcycle Design for an Exceptional Woman
“I’ve never been one to blend in. I wore yellow Abercrombie pants to school when I was 14. Naturally, my bike became an extension of my own desire to always stand out.”
Named “Breezy,” Brittany’s custom sportbike is as unique as the Queen Bee herself. Brittany went all out when she transformed her 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6S into an exotic, zebra-striped pink and black motorcycle.
“She’s painted like a zebra and she is a joy to ride. She’s easy, breezy, beautiful!”
To create her one-of-a-kind sportbike Brittany enlisted the help of Paul Boyden Customs. In 2008 he custom painted the exotic zebra print and installed all the custom components. The only non-aftermarket parts on Brittany’s custom Yamaha YZFR-6S are the brake and clutch levers. She has never found a suitable replacement and for now is content with them. She also kept the original Yamaha motor and transmission—which she proclaims is “perfect the way it is, thanks Yamaha!”
Breezy, Brittany’s custom Yamaha motorcycle is quite the head turner and someone is always snapping a picture. From little girls waving as she passes by to guys giving her a double take. It was only natural that Brittany’s vibrant zebra-striped pink and black motorcycle went on to win the 2WheelTuner in 2008— a Yamaha/Boz Bros amateur build contest at the RedBull MotoGP in Indianapolis. The Queen Bee and Breezy are always getting noticed and it has been fun for Brittany to watch people watching her over the last nine years.
“People stare, a lot.”
While Breezy is well suited for track days, safety demos, and cruising the mountain roads near her home in San Diego, California Brittany’s two other motorcycles each have their own purpose in her riding world. Buzz, a Triumph Street Triple R is for all her long distance and overnight trips, while Dizzy, a Honda CRF is only used for the dirt track.
The Triumph came into Queen Bee’s royal court in March of 2015. Her goal was to travel the country on a sturdy yet sporty steed and the Triumph fit the bill. Over a span of 13 months, Brittany and Buzz accomplished what they set out to do when they traveled from California to Florida, then to Ohio and back again.
Customizations on the Triumph include gold and black powder coating, carbon fiber rear sets, Twisted Throttle Alu-Rack, steel braided lines, a full titanium Arrow exhaust, black header wrap and a honeycomb radiator guard. According to Brittany, the Triumph is still “a work-in-progress” and she attributes most of the custom work to KevTek Custom Cycles.
A year later Brittany purchased her Honda dirt bike. It was aptly named Dizzy because Brittany admits that she “crashes… a lot.”
Although she is still learning to handle Dizzy, thankfully most of her crashes are at low speeds. Brittany says she has a lot to learn about the sport of dirt riding and is often heard saying, “Dirt don’t hurt!”
The only aftermarket components on Dizzy are the Acerbis hand guards—which she proudly installed herself.
The Vision of a Zoomicorn
Zoomicorn is Brittany’s sidekick and tags along with the Queen Bee on her motorcycle adventures. In 2016 Brittany sent identical unicorns to three of her fellow riders from the USA and Canada.
Now a tradition, Brittany bestows the Zoomicorn upon those whom she considers inspirational. The Zoomicorn also represents a sense of whimsical joy and symbolizes camaraderie. Brittany hopes that Zoomicorn will evolve into a charity fundraising effort in the future.
ATGATT – All The Gear, All The Time
For Brittany, her favorite piece of gear—without question—is her motorcycle helmet. Or should we say, helmet collection.
“It’s essential and a statement piece all in one.”
If you are not familiar with Brittany’s story it began in 2005 when she had a life changing accident as a passenger on her friend’s GSXR 750. Wearing only a sweatshirt, capris and tennis shoes, at least she had the presence of mind to put on one piece of life-saving gear, a helmet. They were zooming along Highway 550 and before she realized what was happening, the wind force ripped her from the back of his sportbike. She went flying off and slid 522 feet across the asphalt.
One year after the accident Brittany wrote about her horrific experience in a web article entitled Extreme Roadrash.
This story went viral and became a catalyst to kick off her life’s work of motorcycle safety education and protective apparel awareness. In 2008 the Motorcycle Safety Foundation funded the creation of RocktheGear.org through three NAMS (National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety) Grants. Rock the Gear is a web-based campaign run by Brittany that urges all riders to “Rock the Gear.”
The “Queen Bee” is busy as a bee
“I’m a moto-gypsy at heart, I love to travel all over this beautiful planet and I feel it’s my duty to share my passion for motorcycling safety with the world.”
Brittany became a certified MSF Rider Coach in 2009. She facilitates the Basic Rider Course, Experienced Rider Course (BRC2), and the Advanced Rider Course, including a Military SportBike Rider Course. In 2016, she was certified as an Instructor for Total Control Training and now facilitates the CMSP Motorcycle Training Course in her home state of California.
To add to her extensive list of achievements Brittany is currently the Director of the Women’s SportBike Rally, as well as a workshop facilitator for various female-focused motorcycle events across the USA.
Brittany is also an accomplished writer for the motorcycle industry and has contributed articles to a variety of Sportbike Magazines. She is currently a staff writer for Modern Moto Magazine and also recommends Women Riders Now and Woman Rider as excellent resources for motorcycling enthusiasts.
Even with her busy schedule Brittany still finds the time to get some of her own wind therapy. It was hard for her to pin down just one favorite place to ride and included any American state from Montana to New Mexico and West from there. Since 2006 Brittany has toured all three coasts in the United States and between Breezy, Buzz, and all the other street bikes she’s owned, borrowed, or for media, etc. has clocked a whopping 100,000+ miles. Outside of the US she is very fond of riding the North Island, New Zealand where she was an International Keynote Speaker for the annual Shiny Side Up Bike Fest. Brittany dreams of riding the South Island next year.
Connect with Brittany
Talk about timing!
Unfortunately, Breezy was involved in a terrible trailer crash at the end of last week (no one was seriously injured). Brittany has plans to rehabilitate the bike as soon as possible, although the extent of the damage has yet to be assessed.
She’d love to hear from you, and you can visit her at BrittanyMorrow.com
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