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Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Rania a.k.a. @MadSocial

If you are a female motorcyclist on Twitter then I’m sure you know my next featured guest, Rania a.k.a. @MadSocial! Rania is very passionate about bringing anyone from the novice to the Iron Butt rider together to talk about all things motorcycling. Okay, this gal doesn’t just talk, she rides a lot! Rania has been exploring around her home in Milwaukee,WI tweeting and blogging about her discoveries. Find her blog at: Steel Horse Diaries – of course this is another must follow filled with inspiration, eye candy, and  great reading! I’ll turn it over to Rania to tell her story!

Rania a.k.a. @MadSocial

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 14 yrs

How did you learn to ride? My ex-boyfriend taught me how to ride. He spent hours teaching me how to balance and basic mechanics. He also spent hours driving the truck behind me while I took longer rides each day. That was in the summer of ’98 or ’99. I didn’t take the MSF course til 2008.

What was your first motorcycle? 1983 Yamaha Exciter 250. I now own a 2008 HD Dyna Low Rider.

How many have you owned? Two

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? As a child I’ve always been a fan of motorcross and motorcycle racing in general. My cousins use to bring over to the house a 50cc bike and my father wouldn’t let any of the girls get on it. He said it was unsafe and girls don’t ride those things. From that day on, I’ve always had the desire to ride … I just was waiting for the opportunity when I could do it.

Tell us about your riding. I use to commute, I work from home now. I ride for pleasure, vacation and for the sake of riding. I try to ride each and every day, no matter where I go I need to be on my bike. It’s my therapy.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? For women that ride, I just want to say to them “keep riding,” keep exploring, and be the voice for another women to look up to you as another female rider. For those that want to ride, do it! You won’t regret it; you’ll only regret that you never tried!

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I’m about to embark on the biggest adventure to date. A trip from Milwaukee,WI to Carson City, NV for the AMA IWMC. This trip will be well over 5,000 miles total! I can’t wait. I’ll be riding the same roads as Lewis and Clark and through 3 of the most beautiful National parks in our country; the Bad Lands, Black Hills and Yellow Stone. On the way home I’ll finally ride my Harley through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I’m a national member of AMA, HOG, LOH, and RockerFoxMC here in Milwaukee.

Do you have a favorite riding story? I do! 2009 Smoke Out West Rally in Cottonwood, AZ. I lived in AZ at the time and six of us left from Chandler to Cottonwood by way of Payson, AZ. We headed west on hwy 260 until this two lane road come to a dead stand still. No traffic moving east or west and we were literally surrounded by desert. There was an accident and a few lives were lost. A helicopter was on its way and this was the only road to the rally, without turning all the way around and basically going back to Phoenix to head north on I-17.

An officer said it would take hours for the road to re-open. A truck driver told us about a dirt path just to the south of the road. He said to us, “if you want to get out quick that’s the closest option.” So, we headed over to what looked like a horse trail. It sure was! No one with a Harley would ever think to take this road ever! We did!

We had 20 foot cliffs we road down on and we had 20 foot hill climbs to get back up. We road in washes with heavy sand and rocks. It was so much fun and scary at the same time! We made it around the accident and when we looked back, there were a line of cars following us on this small horse trail. Only they hadn’t seen the 20 foot cliffs yet … not sure how many of them made down or even up them. We continued on and made it to the rally before sunset! Great time, great company, riders I trust for life!

Cottonwood Adventure 2009

What do you do when you’re not riding? When I’m not riding, I seem to be planning or talking about motorcycling. My life just revolves around it and the culture that comes with it. It’s gone from a hobby to a lifestyle with the older I get and the more experience I develop. I currently co-host MotoChat every Wednesday on Twitter and I am starting a motorcycle touring business here in Wisconsin. I’m working on starting a support group for women motorcyclists to meet and talk about everything and anything related to motorcycling. When you have a passion for something so great, why not share it!

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Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Janet

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!

Our next woman motorcyclist is Janet, from Des Moines, Iowa. She has a fabulous blog Biker Chick News, a great page on Facebook,  and can be found on Twitter @BikerChickNews!

Janet

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.

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Kharon

My next guest is a friend of Donna’s and left a comment on her profile I posted. I was thrilled to read she wanted to join in and share her story (hint, hint ladies)! I’d like you to meet, Kharon a.k.a. Bibendum from the San Francisco Bay Area. I love the advice Kharon was given over the concern women have on the weight of motorcycles, but you’ll have to read that below!

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Off and on for about 29 years, lots and lots since 2000.

How did you learn to ride? I have been riding as a passenger since I was old enough to hold onto the tank. When I was about 12 my Dad got me a dirt bike for Christmas and taught me how to ride (boy was my Mom pissed!). Started street riding in 2000 after completing the Motorcycle Safety Training Course.

What was your first motorcycle? Honda XR200 dirt bike

How many have you owned?  Four – Honda XR200 when I first started out. Harley XL883C after getting licensed in 2000. Traded up to a BMW R1200RT in 2006 and I currently own a 2009 BMW R1200GS.

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Not to sound glib, but because it is fun … pure and simple. It also opens up opportunities to meet people and to really be part of the surroundings not isolated from it. I am always amazed how many people will approach me to ask questions and talk just because I am on a motorcycle; you are not hidden inside your car and it makes people feel more comfortable talking to you. I have met and talked to so many interesting people when riding, just because the conversation all started with a question about my bike, or where I was headed to.

Tell us about your riding. Commute frequently, always for pleasure and definitely for vacations as often as possible.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Get the proper training and just do it! I hear so many women say they want to ride but are afraid because the bikes are so heavy. The best advice I ever got was when a friend told me, after I voiced the same concern about weight: “You’re not gonna carry it, you’re gonna ride it!”

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Nine days through the Southwest, covering five states and approx. 2600 miles. It was life changing.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? No groups, although I did belong to the local HOG Chapter when I first got my Harley. I am on some forums, albeit infrequently; Pashnit, South Bay Riders, various BMW group forums, lurker on ADVRider.

Do you have a favorite riding story? There are many, but a recent funny one happened while on a five day group trip earlier this year; half way through our first day, and after going down Highway 1 to Cambria, the group stopped to see the seals along the coast. As I got off my bike and removed my helmet, I heard a guy from our group say to me “Wow, I have been following behind you and I had no idea you were a chick! You really know how to ride that thing. I should have known when you showed up on a guy’s bike this morning that you could ride that thing!”

What do you do when you’re not riding? Construction Project Management at Stanford University to pay for fun things. Other fun things: kayaking, fishing, photography, hiking and camping.

Kharon

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Janine

Our next woman motorcyclist is from Maine, rides a Harley, and is named Janine. You can find her on Twitter @Dyna_Superglide. Janine has answered the questions and wrote a bit of her story too! Enjoy!

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 5 yrs

How did you learn to ride? HD Riders Edge

What was your first motorcycle? 2008 FXDSE2

How many have you owned? one

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle?  To be in control of the bike myself.

Tell us about your riding.   I ride any free moment that I have.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? After taking the safety course you aren’t really ready for the road. Find a large parking lot and practice, practice, practice!

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Trailered to Sturgis, but rode from Maine to Tennessee and back.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? CVOHarley.com and HOG

Do you have a favorite riding story? The one where the girl tried to remove her thong panties without taking off her chaps.

What do you do when you’re not riding? I am a powder coat painter.

Janine and her Harley

My husband, Al, drove one of the very first minivans ever made. It was a gift from my father. It was old and drafty, but it ran. It was the first of September and winter was fast approaching. He decided he didn’t want to spend another winter driving that freezing van, so we went out looking for a winter beater. In our search, we happened across a Harley dealership. Al had sold his `84 Lowrider back in ’99 for the down payment on our house, and he likes to stop and look at the bikes every now and then. Me, I could of cared less about looking at bikes until I came across the most beautiful bike I had ever seen. It was a ’06 CVO Screamin’ Eagle V-rod with so much chrome it sparkled! Needless to say, that was the end of our winter beater search, as he brought the V-rod home the next day.

We rode his V-rod every chance we got until the day he wanted to play around on it and I didn’t. He then suggested that I get my own bike so that we could ride side by side together. I liked that idea, all though I was nervous, as I had never driven a motorcycle. I signed up for the Riders Edge course, had my license in a weekend, and now needed to get my own bike. I had ridden a Buell Blast in the course and thought about purchasing one, but the instructor of the class explained that many women would buy one for learning on, but would upgrade within a year.

I knew that I wanted a Harley, so I decided to find myself a Sportster. I figured that an 883 would be a great bike to start with. We started going to different Harley shops and I would check out the 883’s while Al looked at everything else. One day he told me that I had to check out the CVO they had on display up front. It was love at first sight! It was the ’08 cobalt and midnight blue FXDSE2 Screamin’ Eagle Dyna. What a beauty, all chromed out, but what a price tag. It also looked huge to me. I vowed that someday I would own one.

To make a long story short…after a couple of weeks searching, I still had not found the bike that screamed to me. Al was getting frustrated with me and said, “Get the bike that you want now, ’cause if you don’t, you’ll regret it next year when you want something bigger.” I thought about it a couple of days, and then called the dealer where the FXDSE2 was. It was still there! I made a deposit over the phone and picked her up the next day.

I spent three weeks practicing on her in a large empty parking lot. Al then took me on short trips on the back roads. When he thought I was confident enough, I started riding with the group of people we hang with. They were awesome! They started me with short trips, with frequent stops. They would all give me tip and pointers on riding, and the best part was all the positive encouragement I received from them.

I have been riding now for five years. I have ridden my bike at Sturgis (where I dropped my bike for the first time right on Main St. and you wouldn’t believe all the help that came to help me pick it up!). I rode to TN and NC and did the Dragon. That was so awesome! The best part is I have the bike that I want, and I have the support of a loving husband and an awesome group of friends. What more could a woman want, except maybe some nice, warm, sunny weather to go for a scoot.

Ride safe!