When my friend and colleague at Women ADV Riders Kris Fant (and inmate @freespiritkris) told me she made the REV’IT! team this year, I congratulated her – I know Kris is always up to something awesome, whether it’s riding the Back Country Discovery routes with her husband, commuting to work on her DR650, or training on dirtbikes. Joining the REV’IT! Women’s Team sounded exactly the kind of thing Kris would do, and I’m excited about her adventures this year. Katelyn Barnecut is also an inmate (@distant.tracks).
Founded in 2017, the REV’IT! US Women’s Team was developed to showcase the contributions of women to the adventure motorcycle segment. This year, the REV’IT! Women’s ADV Team is adding Katelyn Barnecut and Kris Fant who will join Erika Tango Bean, Amelia Kamrad and Jenna West to represent the brand for the 2019 season. The two new members have been chosen for their passion, leadership, riding ability and their embodiment of the “REV’IT! spirit”— one that aims to inspire others to ride.
“As a brand, we are committed to designing protective gear made specifically for the needs of female riders, and we never ‘pattern down’ from men’s designs,” says Tracy Motz, Sr. Brand Manager at REV’IT! USA. “The record number of applicants to the women’s team this year only underscores our belief that this is a robust, growing segment of the market and we are committed to learning how to serve the evolving needs.”
The REV’IT! US Women’s ADV Team will represent the brand individually at adventure events, rallies, trainings and dealer nights across the country, coming together for one main team event in the summer. The five female ambassadors will also field-test gear to provide direct product feedback to REV’IT! designers located in Oss, The Netherlands.
The team’s collective riding résumé encompasses tens of thousands of miles through more than a dozen countries worldwide and over various terrain. The new members bring verve to an already impressive team.
In 2011, Katelyn Barnecut (@distant.tracks) saved a pristine BMW F650GS from its tragic street life and unleashed the bike on nearly a decade of dust, mud and dirt track adventures. In riding motorcycles, she found the perfect link between outdoor adventure and world travel. Drawn by the simplicity and freedom of living off the bike, she feels there is no better way to explore both back home and around the globe. After recently completing a 13,000 mile ride across Africa, Katelyn is now living in Colorado chasing the high altitude tracks of the Rockies.
Kris Fant (@freespiritpixie) started riding dirt and street separately in 2012, but combined the two into one with a dual sport in 2013. Kris loves commuting to work on her DR650, going down unpaved Portland alleys on her way home, and hitting the trails on the weekend. Doing BDR’s while camping off her bike with her husband nurtures her soul. She loves to tell people’s stories and to volunteer at events; read her work at www.womenadvriders.com, or say hello this summer at the Touratech Rally West or the 49er Rally!