You might expect someone whose childhood memories include being strapped to the tank of a motorcycle and taken for a ride to be very wary of bikes as an adult.

But it seems that this very experience had the opposite effect on 31-year-old Texan, Sofi Tsingos, who has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with motorised machinery. And the culprit? Her dad.

Sofi grew up messing around with old cars and motorcycles in her father’s workshop. And the two still work together in their two-car garage in the northern suburbs of Dallas, otherwise known as the headquarters of their motorcycle customisation business, GT-Moto.

It has been about four years since Sofi started working in the garage full time. Before that, the certified BMW, Ducati and Triumph technician worked in mainstream service departments for several years, as well as a welder, fabricator, body work, and paint.

It’s safe to say that there’s nothing mainstream about what she’s doing these days. GT-Moto’s builds and restorations include unique cafe racers like the Triton, built around an original Norton 1966 Featherbed Frame, and a 1977 Honda CB605 bristling with Suzuki, Harley-Davidson and Ducati performance parts. Then there’s a 1961 BMW R50/2, 1948 Harley Servi-Car and 1966 Ducati Sebring 350, among others. All beautiful. All unique.

In 2016, Sofi was diagnosed with and treated for an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis (UC). Although she is currently in remission, she still experiences significant relapses and now has an increased risk of colon cancer.

This philosophy might explain why Sofi is so willing to throw her support behind charitable pursuits targeting men’s health, such as the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and Full Tank Moto and is now she joins our team here at Motorcycle Missions. “Men support women and we support men,” she says. “It already feels great to ride, it feels even better to ride and build a bike for a wonderful cause.”

(words by Sean Mooney @ tank moto)