We are so stoked to have Thousand Oaks Powersports on site at Babes in the Dirt 3! Meet Dani Diaz; a member of the Thousand Oaks team.
How long have you been riding?
I have been riding for little over 2 years
What got you into motorcycles?
When I was younger I had an ex-boyfriend that bought a 2006 YZF R6, being the passenger didn't really appeal to me but just staring at the bike and looking at all the different components on the motorcycle it really appealed to me and it looked really sexy. He did teach me how to ride and let me learn on his motorcycle. Funny story actually, the first time I rode the bike I just shifted perfectly a break perfectly and then before I was going to end the session, I forgot to put my feet on the floor and the bike tipped to its left side and I instantly started crying. He would constantly ask me if I was ok, but I could not care less about me. I cared more about the bike. At that moment I knew I was hooked.
What bike or bikes do you have?
I have a 2012 R6, bought it from Craigslist with the settlement from the insurance company. I did get my boyfriend at the time a brand new 2014 R1 with cash from a dealership in Arizona. People asked me why, and it's a Long story. 😁
How long have you been wrenching?
I don't really wrench that much I only do it on my bike once It need some love and servicing.
How did you get into mechanic work?
I got into mechanical work when I started a elective class for small engines in high school. I knewI was a hands-on kind of person and I liked cars and motorcycles so I wanted to see how everything worked. I got to tear down and rebuild lawnmowers, V8's and a small airplane motor. It was one of the most fun learning experience class and I knew from that point that I love to work on motors and anything involved with them.
What is it like working for Thousand Oaks Powersports?
Working for Thousand Oaks Powersports, it's not a job to me, it's more of just having fun. The fact that I get to look at bikes every day makes my day. Helping other motorcycle enthusiasts helping them get them back on their bike after them being fixed warms my heart. The fact that I get to look at bikes every day is a plus. Also, I get to work with the most amazing, friendly, outgoing, funny and smart people. They are not only my coworkers but they are my family and they make me smile, so I try to make them smile and laugh with my loud and weird self. Another thing is that we go another step further and put our time towards all bikes that come out of the shop by cleaning and polishing the bike before the owner picks up. Little things like that.
How long have you worked there?
I have worked there since October 2015
What is your favorite part about working there?
My favorite part is being able to help with someone's bike that is having issues and having them come back to me happy when picking up their bikes knowing that their bikes will run better than before and will be able to run for thousands of miles.
I've been in a couple situations where I could not be able to ride my bike and its very depressing for me at least. But the fact that I can help with lifting the weight off the shoulders when their bike is down by having the bike fixed at the shop.
How did you here about Babes in the Dirt?
Mark from Thousand Oaks Powersports had told me about babes in the dirt but unfortunately I couldn't go out to some of the rides because of my work schedule.
What recommendations do you have for riders transitioning from street to dirt or dirt to street?
I will say to a new rider that you will go down at least once. Could be a tip over, could be a lay down or crash. You just have to be alert at all times around you to prevent any incidents.