We sat down to talk to Joan about riding a Spyder F3 for the first time and being a part of our campaign.
Can-Am: Joan, what was your first time riding like?
It was just recently. I learned how to ride, took lessons. That was the first time I had ridden by myself and I thought it was exhilarating. I loved it!
Can-Am: And how about the experience of trying something new?
Yeah! It was something new. It’s always great to learn something new, especially something that you can use in your everyday life.
Can-Am: This campaign is about being an 'outlier.' What does being an outlier mean to you?
To me, an outlier means someone or something that stands apart. Someone on the edge, whether it’s from the group or the other.
Can-Am: What would you say to women who lack the confidence to try something new, like riding?
I know some women might have a problem with confidence - I have my whole life, as well. In life in general, I’ve noticed something when someone wants to try something different (from the crowd). People will say, ‘Oh, are you crazy? You can’t do that,’ instead of encouraging them to give it a shot.
I think that (even) if you don’t succeed, at least you tried. You won’t grow old thinking, ‘Should I have done that?’
Can-Am: What advice would you give them then?
My advice to women, girls -and anyone really- is not to let anyone tell you how your life is going to be. If you wanna try the bike, try the bike. Take some lessons, you’ll get confidence and then, you’ll have a blast. And you know that advice is good for any walk of life.