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I was thinking back to my youth and remembered listening to this song over and over and over again. After playing it today I was reminded of all the women that have shared their stories in my Profile of a Female Motorcyclist series and my heart melted. What a group of incredible women who have faced many challenges and survived, no THRIVED!!
If you are new to the blog check out the category on the right titled, “Lady Riders” and learn about some great women. What makes them fabulous is who they are, great or small, iron butts or scooterists, single or married! They all face life with a contagious enthusiasm and joy.
So what’s missing from these profiles? Maybe it is your story. I’ve had a few women tell me their story is boring, but afterwards they agree they have a voice and something to say. What about your story on how you got on two wheels? I’d love to share it. Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s add your piece to this mosaic of female motorcyclist!
We are women hear us roar!
I’m having a wonderful time with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson! They are here until Saturday so hold my Tweets and blog posts!
While I’m away, I thought I’d give you my ultimate chick flick recommendation! Enjoy!
Get a grip on your helmets we are going around the world again! This time we are headed to Budapest, Hungary to meet NaNa!
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Since 1995
How did you learn to ride? At a motorcycle driving school
What was your first motorcycle? Moto Guzzi T850
How many have you owned? Now I own my sixth motorcycle: Moto Guzzi T4 850, Honda CX 500, Honda VLX 400 Steed (Shadow), Honda VLX 600 Steed, 2001 Moto Guzzi California Jackal 1100, and now a 2006-os Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I had some friends who already rode, and also my dad drove a motorcycle when he was young.
Tell us about your riding. It became my profession in the last few years. I started to work at the first biker lifestyle magazine in Hungary in 1995 called Born to be Wild. I worked there as a journalist for 12 years. Most of my friend are with custombikes, choppersot cruisers, so I was involved in the same style. We have visited a lot of bike shows and parties, almost every weekend.
Afterwards I started my own site for female motorcycle riders in 2006. My site is called Csajokamotoron.hu, which means Girls on Motorbikes. From that time I started to visit motorcycle safety courses … one to two every year as a journalist.
I prefer motorcycle tours, long distances … that is why I chose the Street Glide last year.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? We can do it! Never mind what men or your family say! Take a drivers safety course regularly, buy your protective gear. But never start riding a bike if you are afraid of it.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? Last year we went to Spain, which was 5900 km in three weeks.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I belong to my own community, Csajokamotoron.hu 🙂
Do you have a favorite riding story? Well, I have a lot, but one of my first rides, when I just wanted to be a biker. One of my friends decided to teach me how to drive. I was the driver and he sat behind me. He told me how to start the bike, I shifted to first and then to second, and we rode around for a while. But I was bored to just ride around, and said I want to stop. He said: “Well, than stop the bike.” I stopped the bike, but – he did not say to – I forgot to put my legs down. So we both fell to the ground together with the bike. Fortunately it was a kind of grassy field, so we were just lying and laughing with the bike on us.
What do you do when you’re not riding? I am writing about it. And now I am waiting for my first baby… I think I will have to bear this season without driving.
I sent out several emails Sunday night requesting help and the response is phenomenal! I’m so excited to be able to profile other female motorcyclists! My dilemma – who should start these posts rolling?! I decided to go in order of submission. Seemed fair enough!
First up, I’d like y’all to meet Shirley from Iowa. She replied to my email lighting fast!
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 8 or 9 years (rode when I was a teen but got out from behind hubby and on my own about 8 yrs. ago)
How did you learn to ride? Dad rode so I just started. When as an “older” adult I decided to ride again my husband re-trained me.
What was your first motorcycle? 250 Virago
How many have you owned? three – the Virago then a 650 V-Star and now my Harley Fatboy (1450 cc)
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? My family, including my husband, has always ridden so it was natural. But what I love is the freedom whether riding alone or with a group.
Tell us about your riding. Pleasure for sure. I have ridden to work but not on a regular basis. Have also ridden while on vacation (we take them toTexas with us for the winter) and as a vacation – rode to Sturgis
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Start with a size you are comfortable with – you can always move up as I have. Don’t be pressured into anything.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? To Sturgis from Carlisle, Iowa (about 1200 miles round trip I think).
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I am a member of both the National and local Harley Owners Group (HOG). Last Fall my friend Janet Green (BikerChick) and myself along with two others started a local chapter of the Chrome Divas, a woman’s national motorcycle organization.
Do you have a favorite riding story? It is really silly but probably the day when everyone was busy and it occurred to me that I didn’t need others to ride with! Although it was only about a 40 or 50 mile round trip it was an amazing feeling to get my Harley out of the garage and just ride. Besides I love the looks women still get on a bike. [Me too!] Should probably say the ride to Sturgis since it was long and due to a very high cross-wind it was challenging (and on my bucket list and it was also amazing) but as a woman rider who had ridden several years it just never occurred to me to get on and ride by myself. Now I do!
What do you do when you’re not riding? I retired just over a year ago – spent the last 9 years as the Executive Director of a library foundation.
Last May I put the call out for photos of women motorcyclists to show the world what we look like. The response was great both in the photos I received and the number of people who viewed that post.
This got me thinking that female riders are still somewhat of a novelty — not to us, but to the majority of the people out there — so I’d like to begin to feature female motorcyclists! I’ve sent a few emails with questions to ladies that responded last year and I’ll begin with those that respond. I’m thinking at least once a week I’ll post the profile with any pictures that are submitted.
If you are interested in being featured in my series Profile of a Female Motorcyclist please leave a comment. I’ll grab your email address and send you the questions! Let’s show the world who we are!
I’m so excited to be able to highlight in depth who we are and thank you in advance for participating! Ride Safe.
P.S. I need to get new pictures on my new bike and in my new girly jacket!!
Have you heard? May 4, 2012 is International Female Ride Day: Just Ride! For detailed information, including sweet looking t-shirts for sale supporting the cause, check out Motoress.com.
Join me in supporting Motoress and International Female Ride Day by getting the word out!