Q&A with CHRIS, LAURA & JUAN.
Community Hosts of #TheMotoSocialCHICAGO

 

With our 5 year anniversary fast approaching, there's a lot of exciting news coming down the pipeline. Not only are we adding 5 new cities to the mix, we're also introducing the rad team members behind TheMotoSocial in each new city. Here's a fun little Q&A introducing Chris Force, Laura Heidenreich and Juan Hernandez–the community hosts of #TheMotoSocialCHICAGO.

 

 
 
 

chris force

@ALARMPRESS

Describe your team mates with one word.

Legit.

How did you end up in Chicago?

I applied to graduate school at the Art Institute of Chicago on a whim. They offered me a full scholarship, so I couldn't turn it down! I had only ever been to Chicago once before (to interview the hip-hop group All Natural) and didn't even realize it was on a great lake. I've lived here now for 16 years–it's definitely home.

What have you been taught through riding motorcycles and the moto community?

There's no wrong way to get involved with the sport. Just dive in and have fun. If your attitude is positive you'll meet lots of other positive riders along the way too.

What is one thing that you think people should know about you?

Well first, I'm Canadian. But second, I really like riding with new people and helping new riders get into the sport. If anyone wants to get into riding but isn't sure where to start I would be stoked to talk with you.

Top moto hack?

Dress warm, don't worry and go ride. I used to over plan and over pack on my road trips. Probably the best thing I've learned is to leave as much extra time as you can, bring your credit card, and just go. 

Favorite spot or thing about your city?

No other American city works as a hard as we do while taking their sweet time about it. 

Who is responsible for getting you into riding motorcycles?

Craigslist.

Bucket list motorcycle trip?

I've done it, riding across America. Nothing better.

Favorite new discovery?

Does Ben & Jerry's count?

 

 
 
 

Laura Heidenreich

@larlar_

Describe your team mates with one word.

Mysterious, ha!

How did you end up in Chicago?

I'm a midwest girl from St. Louis, was recruited to play soccer at Loyola University Chicago and have been here ever since. It's such a hard city to leave, so many amazing qualities.

What made you want to be a part of The Moto Social team?

Riding to Toronto. They were some of the nicest, most inclusive, raddest people I've met. If we can form a community the way they have there, I'm down!  

What have you been taught through riding motorcycles and the moto community?

You get to see people and places in an entirely new light, getting from one place to another is a completely different experience. 

What is one thing that you think people should know about you?

I'm a twin. Don't get fooled if you see two of me at the events :)

Top moto hack?

If your bike breaks down, have your go-to pillion (my twin) push you to the nearest gas station for help. And wait. (Happens often with a vintage.)

Who is responsible for getting you into riding motorcycles?

My dad was a train engineer, now flies planes as a hobby, and in his free time rides his Harleys around the Midwest. Trains, planes, and automobiles (motorcycles) you could say, ha. He has a crazy adventurous spirit and maybe I inherited a tiny bit of that. My boyfriend rides too, same adventurous spirit, and after riding pillion long enough you realize it's time to get your own! 

Favorite new discovery?

Dog parks. Sometimes there are puppies in there! 

 

 
 
 

Juan hernandez

@juanchofrancisco

How did you end up in Chicago?

My dad decided to move from California to Chicago in the 70’s… (Nice move dad!). He then brought me to Chicago from Mexico in 1985.

Aside from your city, which of The Moto Social cities would you most want to go visit, and why?

Hands down Cape Town! I have never been to sub Saharan Africa, so this would check off that box, plus the riding looks amazing. The idea of being able to be ride in the mountains and then chill by the ocean on the same day sounds like the perfect day ride.

What have you been taught through riding motorcycles and the moto community?

That people in this community are very generous, they are willing to help in any way they can. The great sense of camaraderie among the community that seems to break barriers across borders.

Top moto hack?

OK, so this is not a “moto” hack, but a riding hack. When riding in the rain to clear your visor, simply turn your head left or right and let the wind clear the drops. Also, when in a pinch, use supermarket plastic bags to keep your feet dry.

Favorite spot or thing about your city?

Since Chicago is flat and the only curvy roads are highway on/off ramps, we somewhat make it up with our diverse cuisine. I’m proud to say that we have some amazing restaurants in the city and many are BYOB.

Bucket list motorcycle trip?

I have epic visions of riding my Desert Sled through the whole peninsula of Baja California. I would seek out the best fish tacos and Micheladas and then write all about it for the New York Times, or #TheMotosocialBLOG.

 


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