Samantha ‘Sam’ Stevens, 36, died instantly after the Suzuki bike she was riding collided with a tree on a dual carriageway at Bix, near Henley, at 1pm on Sunday.
Now friends of former Langtree School pupil Ms Stevens, who lived near Reading train station and worked at a medical company in London, have paid tribute to her.
Emma Archer, 36, remembered Ms Stevens as “a very close friend”. The pair grew up together in Whitchurch where her parents still live.
“I have known her all 36 years of our lives,” she recalled.
“She will be greatly missed by me and everyone who knew her. A very special person, loved by all, died doing what she loved best.
“Rest in peace Sammy my love.”
David and Janet Brooks, who live in Burghfield, worked with Ms Stevens at Thrifty Car Hire in Trafford Road, Reading town centre.
Mr Brooks, who used to own the shop, said Ms Stevens worked there between September 2001 and October 2004 as a manger.
He said: “This is terrible news, and a very sad loss to Sam’s friends and former colleagues.
“Sam was a very central and popular part of our team, what we did and how we did it.
“She will be both missed and remembered by us as a great colleague and to many of us a good friend.
“I have already received calls of sadness, shock and disbelief, but I am sure I speak for others in the Thrifty team of that time.
“Our thoughts are with Sam’s parents, Chris and Tova, her family and friends.”
Mr Brooks described Ms Stevens, who lived in Lynmouth Court, off Lynmouth Road, as “a mothering figure”.
Another friend Sarah Cummins said: “She was loved by so many, the life of any party and always had a smile on her face.
“God Bless you Sam.”
Ms Stevens’ neighbours were also shocked by her death. One man, who did not want to be named, saw her just before she set off on her last journey.
He said: “She was so nice and very friendly. Everyone liked her.
“She would always say hello to you.”
Ms Stevens was friends with 28-year-old Kirsten Murphy who now lives in Australia. Miss Murphy’s dad Patrick, who lives in Lynmouth Road, said: “She was very friendly and pleasant – a nice girl and not your typical biker.”