International Female Ride Feature: Kelly McCaughey of Over & Out
Posted on May 02 2018
Your Name and or Nickname
Kelly McCaughey, but some call me KP!
Where did you grow up? Where do you reside now?
I grew up in NJ farmland (yes there is such a thing), gravitated to city life throughout college and post-college, and now live back out in NJ farmland in the beautiful town of Long Valley.
What do you ride daily? What do you have sitting around?
I trade off between our dual sports, a Yamaha XT250d and a WR250r, and ride my dirt bike the most - a Honda CRF150f. I also have a small Honda XR100r which was the first bike I ever rode and a fun little ripper I teach friends how to ride on!
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Were you into motorcycles at an early age? Is it in the family? Did you just happen to get caught in the cycle web? Let us know when you realized you were hooked!
I've always loved driving/operating a vehicle in general and that does run in the family, with generations of dirt-modified racers. When I first rode a motorcycle I felt like I already knew how, and took to it naturally. But a first ride in the woods was what really lit off the fireworks inside me. The first little ride through the woods had me instantly hooked and it's been a passion of mine since day 1.
What do you do for work?
I am a creative, marketing and visual communications specialist. I was recently nominated as one of NJ's best under 40 by the NJ Ad Club for work I do for a video production agency called Grey Sky Productions. I also work with the Babes Ride Out team to help produce their east coast event, and I just launched my own event called Over And Out.
Do you own a business?
just launched Over And Out, an event I created for women who ride dirt bikes and dual sports here in the Northeast! Our first event is going down in beautiful Hancock, NY on June 22-24, 2018! Check it out at: overandoutmoto.com
Whats your work life balance between Family/Friends, Motorcycles & your job?
I work from home, as does my husband, but we both adhere to a structured work day and stay disciplined so that we can get everything done that needs to be done. It's important to set up that structure so you can get work done and then enjoy your free time. Luckily for me my friends, family, motorcycles and some of the work I do are intertwined. They say when you do what you're passionate about you never work a day in your life - so I truly enjoy so much of my time.
Any other hobbies besides motorcycle stuff?
I work a lot, and most of my spare time is spent motorcycling, riding dirt bikes. But other interests definitely include: food - I'm a foodie. I love coffee. I am kind of obsessed with Game of Thrones. My dog, Ozzie. Music. Getting exercise and staying fit. And I like to read articles or posts on psychological and physical sciences.
What do you think about while riding?
I try not to think about anything, that's when I perform the best!
Who are you inspired by?
I'm pretty much inspired by anyone who isn't held back, who makes the effort to do what they want to do, without complaining or excuses. Through riding I've met a lot of really impressive women who run their own businesses, take charge of their lives, and generally have a great attitude. All of that is inspiring to me!
Describe your favorite ride or longest ride or both!
I'm going to say the enduro ride I did yesterday, because it's fresh in my mind, and it was the first beautiful day this year! Also because it's early in the season and I've come out of the gate with new goals for the year to enhance my form and increase my speed. I feel like I've accomplished that so far, so I'm riding that high into the next ride!
I'll be riding the Northeast 24Hour Enduro this July with an all-women's team so my goals this year are building speed and riding techniques. So far I'm feeling good, and Im hoping by the end of this season to have made some major progress in those areas.
What advice would you give to those thinking about getting a bike?
Take a class for sure. Take the state-operated rider education class, or take an off-road class. Learn the techniques and the reasons they make you a better rider. And start small. I believe in riding something until you really feel yourself outgrowing it. You can learn a lot even on a smaller bike, and you'll be a better rider for it.