What’s your name and where are you from?
Matt Hrutkay, San Diego, California
What bike do you ride?
2018 Yamaha XSR700
Why did you choose this bike?
What inspired you to get your motorcycle license?
What was the most challenging thing for you about biking?
Do you feel represented by the biking community? If No, why?
Not really. The ultra-macho image that most people think of when they imagine riders does not usually include gay and queer riders. While I know quite a few gay riders, it feels like there is no organized group of gay and queer riders to make me feel like part of a larger riding community. The ultra-macho image of bikers also tends to lead to more homophobia in the riding community, and it’s not necessarily easy for gay and queer riders to feel comfortable at most biking/riding social gatherings and rallies.