Amberlynn Martin Makes A Difference
Story By: Cody Carney
Photos Provided By: Amberlynn Martin
Not everybody that rides is a racer. In fact, more people ride recreationally than those who compete. This large and still growing piece of the off-road enthusiast pie has made a significant impact on making the sport what it is today. One young lady from Ontario, Canada is doing what she can to make sure the experiences and values of off-roading continue to grow and pass on to future generations. Her name is Amberlynn Martin and this is her story.
Like many of us, Amberlynn started out at a very young age. Her family was very big about racing and so it was no surprise she started riding when she was just five years old. Starting off on a dirt bike, she raced in the 50 classes until the age of nine and was the only female rider.
Amberlynn: “Back in the day, my dad used to race dirt bikes and cars. My siblings also used to ride dirt bikes. They all taught me and were the reason I got into it so young. When my racing days ended, it most definitely did not mean my riding days were over. With family and friends, I continued to ride anything from dirt bikes, quads, snowmobiles, car demolition derbies, and my very favorite, UTVs! We are now getting ready for the next generation of the family to start riding, my nephews’ ages nine, two, and one.”
Amberlynn is very involved in spreading fun. Through social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, her posts have allowed her to connect and even meet many other riders and enthusiasts, both male and female.
Amberlynn: “When a girl posts any type of off-road powersports, you get all the comments of, ‘Wow, I never seen a girl that could ride like that,’ or ‘are you just the model for the bike?’ It makes me laugh when men just can’t understand the idea of a woman actually being a talented rider on a fast machine. Ripping on a UTV is definitely not just for men. It’s a sport with skill and us girls… we most certainly have that. This just continues to motivate me in being involved with more off-road sports and advertising it on social media in hopes to get more people to enjoy the outdoors, live life full send and ride it like they stole it!”
There’s no denying this girl has the bite to back up her bark. She doesn’t just pose next to these capable machines, she loves the thrill and pushes them to their limits in many different places.
Amberlynn: “I’m a need for speed kind of girl, always have been. I like learning about the machines and figuring out first hand what they can and can’t handle in action. They show you more of the world then you would typically go check out and venture on foot. I have ridden on all sorts of trails with different terrains all over Michigan and Ontario, whether it was on the YXZ1000R, Polaris RZR, or the Maverick X3. My favorite place to ride though would be the trails in northern Michigan. I have a farm in the upper peninsula with lots of property and public ORV trails. In a SXS, we have the ability to go through difficult trails, climb up rocks and hills, and are able to take on any terrain change that a two-wheeled bike or quad cannot. My three brothers, sister, brother-in-law, and I will all go out for full day cruises out in the bush. We’ll strap a cooler on the UTVs and get lost together—it makes for one fun time!”
When Amberlynn is not playing around in the dirt, she works in local school boards, teaching students with disabilities. She also builds her company Cinderella Boler Renovations, restoring old vintage campers. Even with a heavy schedule, Amberlynn still finds time to get out and ride. As soon as the weather is nice enough outside though, she goes from work clothes right back to riding gear. As for what the future holds, she still plans on making a difference for anyone she can.
Amberlynn: “I plan on continuing to ride and network with influencers and companies via social media, especially Instagram. I have a few sponsors now helping me out when it comes to gear and graphics. My plan is to connect with more of these small companies to help them grow. I would also like to grow my Instagram page @ambsmartin_ and continue posting off-roading in different machines, trails, tracks, and conditions to get more exposure to the sport. For now, I will be keeping my riding recreational. Although, I’ve had a big interest lately on the UTV races, so who knows what could be in the near future!”