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About Vanessa Ruck, The Girl On A Bike

The Girl On A Bike, About Vanessa Ruck

Born and raised in England. I’m a go-getter, a chase-your-dreams kind of girl.  I grew up in the great outdoors, getting muddy and messing around keeping fit with horses and quad-bikes and always up to mischief.

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Female motorcycle rider UK Vanessa Ruck also known as The Girl On A Bike 
Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike

At 18 I flew the nest to find my place in the world, university, masters degree, first job. Life took a turn in 2014 when I was hit by a red light jumping car, and since that day I’ve made it my goal to make the most out of life, and to also help others do the same.

My escapism has always been through sports, whether that’s kite surfing, snowboarding or mountain biking, it’s always been about getting physical, but the accident changed that and motorbikes came into my world. They’ve swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

I started @TheGirlOnABike when bed bound after my 3rd surgery following the accident, the first on my hip, and decided that I needed something positive to channel my energy into. Since this day I have continued to share my journey with you, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I’ve also tried hard to be real, showing the down days, the days you have to find all your inner strength to even just get out of bed.

Ultimately, life is short, so it’s so important we don’t waste time or let life just slip through our fingers. Even with injuries and full-time jobs, we have so much to be grateful for and can do so much with our precious existence.

Girl motorcycles?

With a 6.5 year recovery seeing 7 surgeries and two reconstructed body parts, it’s been a roller coaster for me, but through this I’ve discovered motorcycles. Starting with cruising but rapidly ramping up to trials, adv and now even full hard enduro as her my heals. Bikes have swiftly become my favourite form of adventure; the open road, the power, the ability to simply disappear into the unknown and travel the world.

Over the years I’ve become known for sharing my journey with the world, but not just the happy days you expect on social media. I feel social media can be so toxic with all too perfect ‘unreal’ lives projected. I work hard to be real and honest, showing the rough and the tough days too.

My love for two wheels has seen me riding all over the world in recent years, including Bolivia, Ukraine, Sardinia, Iceland and many more. I want to prove that anyone get get up and enjoy life on two wheels, proving girls on bikes is normal, possible. We need more girl motorcycle conversations!

What’s my mission? To make the most of each day and help others do the same. 

Join the ride!

Much love, Vanessa Ruck

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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As someone who is always outdoors, in the garage, garden or travelling, having high quality and hard wearing kit is really important. But I also like to feel good in my kit. I discovered Revolution Race about 2.5 years ago and if you follow me on socials, you’ll see I pretty much live in their pants! They’re ace, and I’ve manged to get a Revolution Race discount code for you all.

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  • Comfortable
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  • versatile
  • bright and happy
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I have the GPX Pro pants in red and torquose, and the Norwand zip off in purple.

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More on Revolution Race [from their website]:

Our outdoor, hiking & trekking wear is made from premium materials to make sure they withstand tough weather conditions, with great fit and bold colors. Today Revolution Race is established in 30 countries and counting. We’ve sold over one million pants worldwide and received 227,770 reviews in our web shop. We’ve outgrown the garage and moved into an office big enough to keep our 55 employees happy on a daily basis. Other things haven’t changed. The same factory in Vietnam sews our trousers, but today we’re one of their best customers and good friends with the owner. We still make our own videos, with only marginally better lighting. That’s how you know that we spend our money on the important stuff, like developing better products for our customers. We’re passionate about nature (read more about our sustainability policy here) and our ultimate goal is to have people go outside and play. Whether you like hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, traveling, walking the dog, picking blueberries or all of the above, we have a product that will get you there. You’re never too old to have fun in nature!

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Ride Vision: Top 10 Motorcycle Instagram Accounts to Follow

I’m blown away to have been included in this list! WOW:

Extract from Ride Vision:

One of the best things about being a motorcyclist is the riding culture. No matter what kind of rider you are, there’s a place for you — and probably an Instagram account too! 

Check out some of our favorite motorcycling Instagram accounts below, and learn about Ride Vision’s Ride Advisors Network to find out how YOU can become an influential voice in the motorcycling world too.

Top 10 Motorcycle Instagram Accounts to Follow

The Girl on a Bike – @thegirlonabike (86K)

Her life changed in 2014 when she was hit by a car. Since then, after 7 surgeries (including shoulder and hip reconstruction), she has set herself the goal of getting the most out of her life. Addicted to motorcycles with a passion for seeking adventure and perfecting her skills

https://www.instagram.com/p/COniVt2hFDR/?utm_source=ig_embed

Others in the list of Top Motorcycle Instagram Accounts include:

Bikers of Instagram – @bikersofinstagram (917K Followers)

Bike EXIF – @bikeexif (377K)

Snowcat – @ytsnowcatxx87 (102K)

Iron and Resin – @ironandresin (191K)

ADV Life Official – @advlifeofficial (62K)

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For the rest or the Top 10 Motorcycle Instagram Accounts please head to Ride Vision here.

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Ride Vision: Top Motorcycle Channels for New Riders

I’m blown away to have been included in this list! WOW:

Extract from Ride Vision:

Anyone whose ever been on two wheels knows it’s addicting… one minute you’re buying your first bike, and the next you’ve spent 9 hours cruising gear reviews and making a mental shopping list of all the cool new things you need (not want!). 

If you’ve already read our last blog on the Top Motorcycle Safety Statistics – And How to Avoid Becoming One, this blog will help you stay safer on the road so you don’t join the statistic.

Fortunately, we’re here to help grow your knowledge and enable your addiction by providing the TOP motorcycling gear, training, and all-around FUN channels that YOU should subscribe to. Check them out below! 

11. The Girl On A Bike 

Her life changed in 2014 when she was hit by a car. Since then, after 7 surgeries (including shoulder and hip reconstruction), she has set herself the goal of getting the most out of her life. Addicted to motorcycles with a passion for seeking adventure and perfecting her skills. On YT you will find it in the garage or in the saddle. Vanessa from the UK is a strong player who always tries new things with a smile, travels, reviews and has the garage you’ve always dreamed of.

Others in the list of Top Motorcycle Channels for New Riders include:

Fort Nine Motorcycle Riding — Training, Reviews, Travel + More 

Motorcyclist Magazine — General Motorcycle Information

It’s a Fine Line — Safety and Training 

Revzilla— Gear and Motorcycle Reviews, Safety, How-To’s

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For the rest or the Top Motorcycle Channels for New Riders please head to Ride Vision here:

Here’s my most viewed YouTube video of 2021 too:

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Wheels and Hills: The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 motorcycle YouTubers

I’m blown away to have been included in this list! WOW:

https://www.wheelsandhills.com/blog/top-12-moto-youtubers#EN=

Extract from Wheels and Hills:

I invite you to the only such list of the twelve most-liked motorcycle filmmakers on YouTube. The ranking was prepared according to proprietary and proven ‘me like it’ methodology. 

Without further ado, here is a list of ‘The Dirty Dozen Wheels and Hills’ – or the top 12 motorcycle YouTube channels you need to know. Youtubers were presented in a non-alphabetical and random order.

Let me know in the comments if there is someone you did not know before, and what motorcycle YouTube channels you think are worth subscribing to.

4. The Girl On A Bike 

Her life changed in 2014 when she was hit by a car. Since then, after 7 surgeries (including shoulder and hip reconstruction), she has set herself the goal of getting the most out of her life. Addicted to motorcycles with a passion for seeking adventure and perfecting her skills. On YT you will find it in the garage or in the saddle. Vanessa from the UK is a strong player who always tries new things with a smile, travels, reviews and has the garage you’ve always dreamed of.

Others in the list include:

1. Cross Training Adventure

2. Cross Training Enduro

3. Megs Braap 

5. Itchy Boots

6. MOTOTREK

7. Enduro Krzeszowice 

8. Enduro KeX

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For the rest or the top 12 motorcycle YouTubers please head to Wheels and Hills here:

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Travel Pocket Guide: TALKING LIFE, MOTORBIKES AND ADVENTURE WITH VANESSA RUCK

“THE GIRL ON A BIKE” in Travel Pocket Guide

I had the honour of chatting to Skylar Grace at Travel Pocket Guide, here’s what she wrote:

Extract from Travel Pocket Guide:

Seven years, seven surgeries. After suffering from a car accident in 2014, Vanessa Ruck’s life, as she had come to know it, was changed. An on-going battle to recover her full fitness, Vanessa overcomes her suffering with an inspiring level of positivity and strength. Travel Pocket Guide spoke with Vanessa.

On an otherwise ordinary day, Vanessa was heading to the lake on a bicycle when the momentary lapse in judgement by one person to jump a red light dramatically changed her life. Struggling through mental and physical pain, Vanessa has powered through several surgeries, including the reconstruction of her hip and shoulder. After discovering the world of motorbikes both on and off the road, Vanessa Ruck started Youtube channel “The Girl On A Bike”, which is dedicated to motorbikes, travel and her experiences. I was fortunate to have had the chance to speak with this incredible woman and find out more about her gripping journey, as well as what’s to come in the future!

Hi Vanessa! First of all, thank you for this opportunity. I’d like to start this off by talking a little bit about your enthusiasm for motorbikes. How long after your accident did you discover the world of motorbikes, and what initially drew you to them?

Surprising to many, I didn’t grow up with motorcycles – I wasn’t a small kid ‘braaping’ around at an early age. I was into the world of four-legged friends and obsessed with horses.

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Pre-accident, life was all extreme sports, kitesurfing being the main one. With my body ‘broken’ I had to adapt, but as my recovery continued, I sought more adventure. The road riding on my Harley-Davidson earlier in my recovery had me loving bikes, but I can’t emphasise enough how hard it was to get back out on the road after the accident. It was terrifying and a huge mental hurdle to overcome. But I fought on, determined not to let the accident in my past hold me back, on top of the physical injuries I was battling. Then over time, as my body recovered, I wanted more – the fun and the adrenaline. It was this that made me look to off-road riding. […abstract from Travel Pocket Guide]

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Vanessa Ruck in Travel Pocket Guide

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The Gentleman Racer: Vanessa Ruck: The Girl On A Bike

I had the honour of chatting to Michael Satterfield at The Gentleman Racer, here’s what he wrote:

https://www.thegentlemanracer.com/2020/10/vanessa-ruck-girl-on-bike.html

Extract from The Gentleman Racer:

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Vanessa Ruck an amazing woman who turned adversity into motivation and now uses her story to help others while exploring the world on two wheels. In 2014 Vanessa was riding her bicycle which a car ran a red light sending her to the hospital and starting a journey of rehabilitation that inspired her to push beyond just recovering from her accident. Today Vanessa is an author, spokesperson, motivational speaker, and competitive motorcycle rider with the goal of inspiring others.

Michael Satterfield: Your love affair with motorcycles started before your bicycle accident, what got you interested in riding?

Vanessa Ruck: Surprising to many, I didn’t grow up with motorcycles, I wasn’t a small kid braaping around at an early age. I was into the world of four-legged friends, obsessed with horses.

This all changed when I lived in The Bahamas in my early 20s for 1.5 years, here on a remote island transport was difficult. I couldn’t afford a car, so I bought a Chinese Lifan Enduro 250 motorbike and had it shipped in. There wasn’t a single other bike on the island and I’d never ridden a bike before, but that didn’t faze me. Others can ride bikes, how hard can it be?

 I was however rather shocked when it arrived part assembled in a box! Yikes. Thankfully a trade for a bottle of rum saw a local bush mechanic put it together and I was on my way. I never remember ‘learning’ to ride. I just did it as it was the only way I could get around the island. I was very soon found exploring the remote island of Eleuthera, where I lived, with my spear and fins strapped to the side for spearfishing beach adventures.

Michael Satterfield: What was your first bike?

Vanessa Ruck: So my first bike was quite an adventure, lots of sand and track riding. A Chinese Lifan Enduro 250 in The Bahamas. I then came back to England and realized that it was about time I actually got my full license…I immediately passed my full access license but years went by without having a bike. I guess early in my career and post-university I couldn’t see the financial commitment of a second vehicle as feasible when a car was vital.

Years on, I was living in the UK working 9 miles from home and so I commuted by bicycle. However, this all changed with my accident taking my strong body away from me [read more].  In the years post my accident I was unable to do my commute cycling and thus was driving in our 3.5 liter V6 Mercedes-Benz Viano….which drinks petrol back and forth to work. Once physically able I decided to get a bike, the Suzuki Bandit, to skip the traffic and save money. This was really the first catalyst for bikes taking over my world following the accident. Then came a Harley-Davidson aka a bike comfortable sofa to cruise. 20k miles of touring around Europe….

For the rest please head to The Gentleman Racer here:

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Vanessa Ruck in The Gentleman Racer

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