This whole endeavor of pulling together profiles from women riders has been awesome, yet humbling. So many ladies have responded sharing their story, wisdom, and glimpses into their lives. Wow. I never imagined how wonderful this whole thing would be!
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? This is my 10th year riding solo. Prior to that, I had ridden a few times pillion, and as a teen I rode a bright green Honda Express moped.
How did you learn to ride? My (very patient) husband taught me the basics; the state license test taught me a little; reading (mostly online) and riding have taught me a lot.
What was your first motorcycle? My first bike was a 1982 Yamaha Exciter – it was a dorky commuter bike with a little plastic trunk on the back and a side mirror off my bicycle, but it was a great first bike.
How many motorcycles have you owned? Five – the Exciter, a Honda 750 Shadow Spirit, an HD 883 Sportster, an HD 1200 Sportster, and my 2010 HD Super Glide Custom.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I wanted to learn to ride because, at the time, I was noticing how few women rode their own but those that did – looked completely cool and in control.
Tell us about your riding. I love to take trips around the state, find great local diners, enjoy historic or interesting sites, and discover beautiful roads. Iowa is full of all three! I love rounding up a few friends and taking off for the day to a new destination somewhere in Iowa!
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Don’t let well-intentioned but horrified relatives rain on your parade – if you want to ride, do it … own it! Also, remember that even the best advice – “ride your own ride,” “don’t ride outside your comfort zone” – doesn’t apply in every single situation for every single rider. Have faith in yourself to apply what you’ve learned to a new situation.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I’ve ridden to Sturgis, and around the Black Hills region, twice – about 2,200 miles total each trip. For whatever reason, I don’t really have the “bug” to take a cross-country or other epic solo trip. At least not right now.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I’m a current member and past officer in our local HOG (Harley Owners Group) chapter. I also have several close friends that I enjoy riding with – I guess we make our own group!
Do you have a favorite riding story? It’s impossible to pick one as a favorite! I maintain a blog about all my riding adventures at Biker Chick News, and the category called “Iowa Rides” contains a lot of my favorite stories. So do the two Sturgis categories. And the category called “Estrogen Ride 2007.” See? I really can’t pick just one.
What do you do when you’re not riding? Unfortunately, I have to work for a living – but I love my job in the senior living industry so I guess that makes it okay. I love family activities, karaoke, gardening, genealogy, decorating and crafts, blogging, and connecting online through social media.