The need for speed has propelled Rachel Keown to leave the cool confines of Harley-Davidson of Glendale and head for a dry lakebed in Utah in an effort to break a motorcycle speed record.
Keown, 25, only learned to work a clutch and start riding in December, but has impressed her coworkers and other riders enough to earn a spot at the BUB Racing Inc. Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats, which run through this weekend.
Keown's effort is sponsored by Oliver Shokouh, owner of the San Fernando Road dealership and a man who has seen two of his other workers break records.
"She struck me as a person who has very little or no fear," Shokouh said. "She's not afraid to dial on that throttle and hang on to the bike."
Keown is a Missouri native who earned a bachelor's degree in cinematography at the University of North Carolina before heading to Hollywood in 2008. The Atwater Village resident said ups and downs in the movie business led her to look for more stable work, and she fell in love with motorcycles and racing.