Christin “Oki” Voros Tells All about Racing, GirlClutch and Her Tattoos

IMG_0229She’s a tattooed, half-Okinawan riding bad ass who rules the streets of Oceanside aboard her 2008 Honda CBR600RR. She’s also road raced at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway with CVMA racing and took home some pretty admirable finishes before retiring. But Christin Voros, a.k.a. Oki, is known for more than just her racing. She’s a YouTube vlogger that goes by the name OkiHondaGirl, a cross fit junkie saved by God and an advocate for women riders through her organization called GirlClutch.

Oki started GirlClutch–which is a woman rider organization dedicated to bringing women riders together to have fun and raise money for various charities–back in 2010. After a brief hiatus (due to the racing of course) she is revamping GirlClutch to continue her passion for uniting women riders through their love of two wheels. She also has some amazing ink. We caught up with her and she told us a little about why she rides and the stories behind her tattoos.

IMG_0222MI: When did you start riding and why?

CV: I took the MSF Basic Riders Course in 2006 but didn’t get to start riding consistently until 2008. I was riding pillion with my boyfriend-at-the-time and enjoying it, when I started noticing girls riding their own bikes and thought they looked amazingly cool. For some reason, I had never considered that I could be riding my own bike instead of sitting on the back. I somehow got talked into doing my first track day in 2009. I decided to make my bike full-race/track and I raced in the Femmewalla and Amateur Middleweight classes with CVMA from September 2011 until I retired in April 2014 (I got second in the Femmewalla class championships in 2011 and finished top 10 amateur in 2013, dropping about 40 seconds on my lap times). After retirement, I eventually converted my bike back to street-legal with the help of Armando Obregon at AR Motorsports in Temecula, and started going on joy-rides again in May 2015.

Photo by Tony Mino.

Photo by Tony Mino. As featured in SportbikesIncmag.com

MI: What do you love about riding?

CV: There’s freedom in it. I compare it to how a dog feels when he sticks his head out the window, or maybe a jet fighter.

MI: I’ve heard you were quite the prolific YouTube Vlogger.

CV: I’m slowly trying to get back into vlogging haha…It’s kind of hard for me to come up with content because 1) I’m a fair-weather rider (I don’t wanna ride if it’s too hot or cold!) 2) I’m not really the type of person to put my business or opinions out there (unless asked) and 3) I ride around the same places, so content is kind of hard to come up with. Maybe it’ll be an excuse to tow my bike out somewhere and come up with some moto-adventures.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

MI: So what’s GirlClutch about anyway?

CV: A community of women riders passionate about all types of motorcycles, who meet every month to ride, empower and support one another.

MI: What are some things in the works for GirlClutch?

CV: We’re planning to have charity or fundraising rides every quarter to benefit charities ranging from the homeless, U.S. Veterans, animal shelters, women’s health…you name it. GirlClutch is giving back to the community. I’d love to be able to make a huge impact on the lives of those who need help. But it takes help, volunteers and teamwork! “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

MI: What other organizations are you involved in?

CV: Right now, just GirlClutch. I also attend Femmewalla, an all-girl track day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, benefitting The Unforgettables Foundation, every year. But there is definitely room for growth. 😉

MI: How many tattoos do you have? 

CV: I think 14, if you count my sleeve by its individual pieces, 6 if you count my sleeve as one tattoo. I have gotten work done at Body Temple and About Face (both of which are in Oceanside), Chris at Absolute Tattoo in Claremont (though he’s not there anymore), Robia at Two Faced Tattoo in Fallbrook, Gary at Ace Tattoo in Ocean Beach, and Arnie at Electric Tiger Tattoo in North Park, who has tattooed the most real estate on me.

MI: Which one is your favorite tattoo? 

CV: As most of my tattoos have meaning and a story behind them, it’s hard to pick between my Okinawan folk dancer tattoo and my Phoenix; both are on the outside of my sleeve. The Okinawan folk dancer represents the fact that I’m half-Okinawan and there is something special about Okinawa that makes me feel real strong emotions and homesickness. I think the culture and history is beautiful. I have the Phoenix because it represents the beauty, strength, passion and delicacy of Jesus’s love for me, as well as my own resurrection out of depression and thoughts of suicide.

MI: Have any ideas in mind for future tattoos? 

CV: I follow an artist on IG out of Austin, TX, by the name of Andrés Acosta (@acostattoo) I would LOVE to get a motorcycle/rose hybrid tattoo by him. It’s on my bucket list 😉

 Most Recent GirlClutch Ride Footage

What is GirlClutch?

One of Oki’s Races at Chuck

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“You only get one lap in this life, make it count.” by Jen Dunstan

Jen with her SV, Angie, in Virginia

Jen with her SV, Angie, in Virginia

Jen Dunstan, formerly Jen Ross, has been around the motorcycle industry for several years. She has road raced in the vintage class back east and is currently #70 with CVMA. She also contributes articles and test rides for MotorcycleUSA.com. As she plays such an integral part in this recovering industry, it adds so much weight to what you’re about to read. 

I have always respected Jen as a rider and racer. Her words below remind me so much of me and the emotions I’ve felt over the years after losing so many of my friends to motorcycle accidents. But she sees a bright side to it all and it’s that bright side that drives us as riders to see past the danger and go on living our lives as best we know how. Thank you for these words Jen. Cheers.

 

321328_705865378135_440170260_nBy Jen Dunstan via Facebook:

“Yesterday there was a motorcycle fatality on the I-15 freeway. My co-worker saw the wreckage, and our printer knew the lady rider well. Her name was Wendy. Wendy was riding her Harley during her morning commute to work. It just another regular day, but then a pick-up truck on the opposite side of the freeway punched through the cement jersey barrier. The force of the flying cement fragments tore Wendy off her motorcycle (which continued riderless for many feet) and into traffic, where she met her end. Wendy’s fiancee was also commuting to work, and drove by the wreckage, not realizing his whole world had changed until he spotted her crashed motorcycle.

Jen with husband, Alex

Jen with husband, Alex

I cleaned my street bike today. It was covered in dust. The last time I rode it was nearly seven months ago on a quick jaunt around the neighborhood to make sure she still runs. I crashed on a California freeway last year, I had a bruise or two and some cosmetic damage to the bike. I wiped the rag across the scraped paint, over the hole where a blinker should be. I thought about my husband finding me dead, I thought about me finding him dead. My heart tumbled and ached for Wendy’s fiancee. I admired the shiny clean side of my gleaming silver SV, I frowned at the marred fairing on the other side.

The two sides of the coin. Metallic beauty on one side, and mangled, scarred plastic on the other. Heads or tails. Life or death. More than ever, I reconsidered keeping my street bike. I reconsidered the dangers of racing. More than ever, I counted all the lucky stars for my husband, my friends, my family, my life.

But I can’t live in fear because life is too short. Eventually we will all meet an end. We do not get to choose when, we do not get to choose where, or how. But we can choose how we live. Hug your loved ones, live for each moment of each day, live with no regrets. You only get one lap in this life, make it count.”

Femmewalla: A Bunch of Chicks on Fast Bikes

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

So I attended my one and only track day this year at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the Femmewalla event. More than 52 ladies showed up and all money made from raffle tickets, track day fees, photos, tires and suspension services were donated to the Unforgettables Foundation, an organization that provides burial assistance for parents who have lost children. Jason Pridmore track instructors were there to give some advice as well and Jason Pridmore provided two-up rides for the ladies to find out just how low you can go.

Despite some cold weather and patchy grey clouds, it was a great day to ride and the track was in primo condition. The first session was kinda sketchy, as it was still wet since it rained the night before. It was like riding around on ice and the back tire would not stick coming out of the corners. But once the water dried up, it was balls, or should I say boobs (?) to the walls. There were some very fast Chuckwalla Valley Racing Association (CVMA) and AMA road racers out there, among them Christin Voros, Sofia Amadio, Krystyna Kubran, Melissa Paris and others.

I felt rusty and out of shape, but boy did it feel awesome to feel the g’s at mach WFO through the bowl. I had a great time.

I was lucky to have my loving husband Sal with me and to spend time with my friends Jenn and Pete Jaynes from M1 Sportriders, Jorie and Jerry Starr, Jenn Bauer and Janet Wang. Can’t wait to see what happens with next year’s event. At the end of the day, we even got a free ride around the track in a Ford Shelby GT Mustang. Epic!

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It rained like hell when we arrived the night before. Everything was wet. Luckily, Jorie and Jerry brought their camper so we didn’t have to sleep in the freezing cold. We were thankful as we listened to the rain pound on it all night long.

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad's gixxer 1K that's about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad’s gixxer 1K that’s about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

This is Oliver Kho's dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make 'Hooch' jealous. Yummy.

This is Oliver Kho’s dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make ‘Hooch’ jealous. Yummy.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn't seem to mind.

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn’t seem to mind.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

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My leathers are about seven years old now. They were made by Bates Leathers in Long Beach. Best investment I ever made. I love them.

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The highlight of my day was getting a few laps around Chuckwalla in my dream car, a Shelby GT Mustang. I had a grin from ear to ear. The guys were jealous of us girls getting escorted around in style. It was great.