Irina Walker

Hello, my name is Irina Walker, I’m from Russia and I moved to the US for a job decades ago.  Duane has shown his generous personality and true friendship through a variety of ways and ultimately has changed my life as it relates to motorcycles.

I am a very adventurous and independent woman and started riding motorcycles and going to different rallies upon arriving in the US.  I met Duane at the 49er’s Rally more than 10 years ago and we instantly became friends.  Duane had a BMW motorcycle dealership in Marin and he and his then-wife, Linda, traveled extensively in Russia, so we had a lot in common.  We enjoyed talking about motorcycles and Russia.  Duane and Linda invited me to their home and gave me a tour. This is where I first saw a motorcycle in the living room — and I loved it!  Also at their house, I met a wonderful student from the Czech Republic, Veronika.  She was delighted to have this wonderful experience of living and studying in the US.

Duane also helped my then-boyfriend, Ricardo, who had a small business.  His business was famous for the ergonomic design of the handlebars for BMW motorcycles.  Duane shared his tips with Ricardo to optimize Google search to bring his company first and changed the outlook of his business, essentially changing his life, too!

A decade later Duane continues to help me.  I know that if I need any advice on anything about motorcycles, Duane is the go-to person!  He always helps me to get the best expert advice.  Recently, I decided to buy a new motorcycle.  Duane introduced me to his long-time friend, Rod, and we all three researched and found just the right motorcycle for me.  Thank you, Duane!!

Updated 29 April 2024

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Certified as an ASA sailing instructor for a few courses besides US Sailing instructor certification.
Received the license from the US Coast Guard.
Now, based on these credentials, I teach sailing in my sailing school and club.
I still plan to buy a motorcycle when I have 2-4 hours a week free.
I have been going to Holy Trinity Cathedral, my church, for the last 25 years. Last January I celebrated 25 years since I moved to the US.