The Marketplace area of the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference was a highlight for many of the 1000 attendees -- and why not? Most women love to shop. There was a variety of vendors at the August event held in Keystone, Colo., selling everything from socks and motorcycling luggage to jewelry and handlebar cup holders. Most of my time spent at the conference was there tending to my Women Riders Now booth. On the last day I browsed my fellow vendors. Here are photos of the some of people I met and visited with. After viewing these photos, visit the other photo essays on the conference at the links at the bottom of this article. Also, hyperlinks to all the companies mentioned in the captions are also listed at the bottom of this page. Click the photos to view them larger.
Rita Vine of Butler Mug Holding Systems shows off the mug and holder that mounts to a handlebar and is designed to withstand bumps in the road. It stays put. Visit GlassAct.com.
Holly Ann Nitsche of HAN Motogear shows off her most popular T-shirt at the conference. That's Lucille Timme on the shirt, wife of a reknowned Indian motorcycle dealership owner in Colorado Springs. Ten percent of each sale on this tee goes to Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. To order and see all the other cool and unique clothing she has visit HANMotogear.com.
Dotty Wheatley and Karol Patzer stand by at the Gerbings Heated Clothing booth. Gerbings is a leader in heated riding gear. Visit Gerbing.com.
We always love finding new and interesting motorcycle clothing for women so this booth caught our eye. Here's Cindy Gould, owner of Crazy Chix Biker Wear, showing off her custom rhinestone helmet designs, and T-shirts with fun logo. She also makes hair hoodies. Check it all out at CrazyChixBikerWear.com.
Closing banquet keynote speaker Lois Pryce is having fun with her husband, Austin Vince, at their booth. They're selling a DVD called Achievable Dream, part four of Lois' Ladies on the Loose series chronicling women like herself who've done incredible solo global motorcycle journeys. It's a must have for any woman rider. Visit HorizonsUnlimited.com to order.
I couldn't resist getting my photo with Lois. For more on her and her amazing travels, visit LoisOnTheLoose.com.
Shelly Reiner of Girl Gear Apparel shows off her new riding socks (they're great!), tees and jackets made specifically for women. Visit GirlGearApparel.com.
Here's Denise Maple of VaVaVroom with her signature t-shirt with tagline that is oh-so-fun to wear. Visit VaVaVroomOnline.com to order and to see her other styles.
Claudia Speed and her Hog Wild Jewelry booth was hard to miss with its colorful shirts and interesting jewelry and belt styles. Visit HogWildJewelry.com to browse and order.
Terrie Rogers and Kim Whitchey show off their new line of tees called Lovin' Her Ride. They also sell baseball caps and thongs - the underwear kind. Check out their cool stuff at LovinHerRide.com.
Carla King, author and WRN contributor, was selling and autographing her book on her solo American motorcycle journey called American Borders. Visit CarlaKing.com for more info and to order.
Christina Shook was selling and signing her coffee table picture book, Chicks on Bikes. Visit ChicksOnBikes.us to order.
Ever wonder who designs all that Harley-Davidson jewelry? Here's the talented woman - Naomi Star of Mod Jewelry, the company licensed to make jewelry with the Harley logo. Visit ModJewelry.com to see all the pretty styles.
Here's me at my Women Riders Now booth with friend Michele Dorcas. I was giving away WRN goodies and signing people up for the free WRN eNewsletter. You can still sign up by clicking on the link at the top of this page in the title bar.
Also at my booth was Cris Sommer Simmons selling and signing her coffee table book, The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950. You can order it at TheAmericanMotorcycleGirls.com.
Our neighbor in the vendor area who we forgot to take a photo of (silly me!) was Lee Parks Designs selling awesome deerskin riding gloves, a custom designed rear motorcycle rear luggage set, and TechSox, one of our favorite riding socks. Visit LeeParksDesign.com.
Direct links to companies mentioned above
2009 AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference, Part 1
2009 AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference, Part 2
2009 AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference, Part 3
Editor's Blog: Initial Thoughts on the Conference
News: AMA Conference Wraps Up in Keystone
News: Riders Roll in for Conference