Olga Pronina, better known in some internet circles as Monika the ‘sexiest motorcyclist’, was killed whilst riding in Vladivostok, Russia.
40 year old, mother of one Olga Pronina had managed to gather over 180,000 Instagram followers with a mix of revealing outfits and outrageously risky riding; she would often be featured posing in swimsuits or bikinis alongside various bikes or riding her motorcycles at high-speeds often wearing similarly non-protective outfits.
In a clip on her Instagram account posted just weeks ago, she could be seen riding in just a t-shirt and denim shorts whilst leaning heavily into high-speed corners. The caption to that particular video read, “I’m not at all interested in reading your morals…I’m a big girl, and I know what I’m doing. All good and take care of yourself!”
According to The Sun newspaper, the Russian hairdresser had managed to accrue over a dozen speeding offences and a friend, Eduard Hasanov, is quoted as saying, “She was breaching every rule of safety and riding at high-speed pretty often. Her death is incredibly tragic.”
Reports of the crash suggest that Olga was riding fast through the city streets of Vladivostok in Russia before losing control of her BMW S1000RR and hitting a railing on Monday evening.
Police are not treating her death as anything other than an accident and as with every incident and accident that we report on, our thoughts are with the friends and family left to pick up the pieces.
With that in mind, we hope you’ll forgive us whilst we get a little moralistic here for a while…
It’s correct to say that we don’t know the exact reason or cause of the tragic death of Olga/Moniker, and that her riding skills and the nature of her ‘celebrity status’ on social channels perhaps dictated that she openly took risks towards her own safety for her ‘fans’. But we can’t stress enough that having strong and solid safety gear is the most important aspect of motorcycle ownership for us here at Motofire outside of actually owning the motorcycle itself.
We absolutely understand the desire to chase thrills and even the want to amass some sort of celebrity status through social media, but encouraging anyone to ride whilst risking their own well-being has the potential to not just damage – or in this case kill – the rider in question, but to harm us all as motorcyclists as a whole.
As far as we’re concerned there’s nothing more sexy than riding in a tight-fitting, one-piece leather race suit – and making it home again afterwards!
Her Instagram account has since been removed/deleted.
Source: The Sun