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Behind the Suit – Motorcycle Mama

When she's not implementing interactive strategy and handing out Lunar Jim stickers to the many tourists who mistake her jam-packed, street-level office for a toy store, the CBC's Kim Wilson likes to take to the open highway on her black Honda Shadow VLX 600, which she affectionately calls Jet. The creative head of children's and youth programming discovered her love of motorcycles just three years ago, after a battle with thyroid cancer left her determined to never put personal goals on the backburner again.
January 1, 2007

When she’s not implementing interactive strategy and handing out Lunar Jim stickers to the many tourists who mistake her jam-packed, street-level office for a toy store, the CBC’s Kim Wilson likes to take to the open highway on her black Honda Shadow VLX 600, which she affectionately calls Jet. The creative head of children’s and youth programming discovered her love of motorcycles just three years ago, after a battle with thyroid cancer left her determined to never put personal goals on the backburner again.

So without further ado and with no riding experience whatsoever, Wilson signed up for a weekend crash course populated heavily by men in mid-life crisis mode who’d already ordered their expensive Harleys and head-to-toe leather riding gear. A scant few days later, she came out with her phase one license in hand, something only 35% of the students managed to do.

Now Wilson spends much of her leisure time cruising the empty secondary highways north of Tor-onto, where there are acres and acres of open green space to explore. A self-professed speed junkie who has tried just about every adrenaline sport going, Wilson often pushes her cruiser-style bike to its capacity. ‘I know it sounds silly,’ she says, ‘but there’s a freedom that comes from being at one with this machine in the middle of nowhere with the air flying through you. It’s a very zen experience.’

This summer, Wilson is hoping to take a longer roadtrip to Calgary to visit her brother. But before that, she’ll make a stop at KidScreen Summit, where she’d be happy to engage in a little gear talk with anyone who shares her love of riding motorcycles. JC

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