I ride for fun, but some of us ladies ride for a living! My next female motorcyclist is Marion from Palmdale, CA. She rides for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? About 44 years.
How did you learn to ride? My parents put me on a Honda 50 when I was 5. They taught me how to ride.
What was your first motorcycle? I shared a Honda 50 with my brother and sister.
How many have you owned? Too many to count.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? It seeemed like fun. I do not really remember thinking about it. We just all rode.
Tell us about your riding. Commuter, pleasure, vacation, racing, or ? I pretty much do it all. I recently started racing motocross. I ride to and from work. I take vacation to ride with some wonderful riders and friends on our annual Girly Ride. I am the first, and so far only women, who has ridden street motors for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and I am on the off road motorcycle enforcement team. This team rides dual sports and primarily enforces off highway regulations. We also deploy in terrain where it is difficult for cars to get to for things like missing persons, and emergency evacuations.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Take the MSF course. Ride your own ride. Don’t feel you have to keep up with someone, ride at a speed you are comfortable with. Feel the freedom a motorcycle gives you- that is part of what makes it fun. Protective gear that fits properly will be worth the investment.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? A few years ago we rode to Oregon for a two week ride. We used Florence as our “base camp” and visited all the lighthouses up and down the coast, visited family and friends and generally played tourist. Of course, being we were in Oregon, we got rained on daily. Good thing we had rain gear to wear while riding.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? Not really. I participate in a couple of forums, Pashnit and Two Wheel Females but no official groups.
Do you have a favorite riding story? When I was 9 years old a friend and I were riding at campground in Coursegold. I went down a trail; lost control rode through a Manzanita bush then hit an Oak tree. A branch pierced my upper right thigh and I split my helmet in two. I never had to be told to wear a helmet again.
What do you do when you’re not riding? I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy camping, reading, and playing at the lake.