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One-of-a-Kind Parade of Women Riders

Harley-Davidson's Daytona women's ride a success!

Story and photos by Pam Collins
3/21/2009

Hundreds of women riders hit the road in Daytona Beach for the 2nd Annual MDA Women's Ride taking place during Daytona Bike Week 2009. To participate, each rider was required to solicit donations for MDA. The total amount donated this year was $52,000 all going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for its summer camps program.

Congratulations to the top four fundraisers each of whom received a Harley-Davidson jacket: Brenda Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth Pillow, Laura Goldenschue and Wanda Underhill. WRN contributor Pam Collins participated in the ride and caught all the action on her camera. Below is her story in pictures.

Lining up for the ride.
Lining up for the ride.

The morning of the Women's Ride on March 3, 2009 dawned sunny but cold with temperatures in the 40s. But that didn't stop more than 200 women riders from joining the fun and lining up for the start of the ride that went about 10 miles from the Daytona Speedway to the Ocean Center.

As far as the eye could see.
As far as the eye could see.

It appears to be unending line of motorcycles getting ready for Harley-Davidson's Women's Ride on a frosty morning, at least frosty for Florida. More than 400 riders had registered, but chilly temperatures kept some riders away reducing the overall number who actually participated.

Sherry Vierra from Daphne, Alabama, is one of those riders who braved the cold.
Sherry Vierra from Daphne, Alabama, is one of those riders who braved the cold.

Sherry Vierra has been riding for about one year, but that includes a 3,600-mile round trip to Sturgis, South Dakota! As a business owner, Sherry said she has a lot of stress, but on her bike she can go out, join nature and the wind, and forget about everything. Here's why Sherry registered for the Women's Ride. "You know how people used to think about women that rode? Well, a lot of us are executives -- good quality people, and I just really wanted to ride with a lot of women. I'm so used to riding with my husband and his friends I thought it would be neat to be able to ride with women."

Pat Cook from West Palm Beach, Florida, on her Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic.
Pat Cook from West Palm Beach, Florida, on her Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic.

Pat Cook has been riding for three years. She said she likes to ride because, "It's an individual thing that you experience with a lot of people. You can get a bunch of people together, you put on your helmet, and you ride your own ride even though you're with a group." She said she registered for the Women's Ride to share the experience with a lot of women who ride.

Fancy, fancy. The sunlight had competition from the shiny, colorful motorcycles participating in Women's Ride.
Fancy, fancy. The sunlight had competition from the shiny, colorful motorcycles participating in Women's Ride.

Laura Klock of Mitchell, South Dakota, owns Klock Werks Kustom Cycles with her husband, Brian Klock.
Laura Klock of Mitchell, South Dakota, owns Klock Werks Kustom Cycles with her husband, Brian Klock.

Laura Klock, here on her Harley-Davidson Road Glide, recently set the land-speed record for running the Bonneville Salt Flats on a Harley-Davidson bagger, and her daughters are following in her speed-racing footsteps. She wanted to participate in the Women's Ride because, "Any place where women are all riding together and sharing stories, just getting to know each other…I love it. I think women feel comfortable riding with women. There is a comfort level and a confidence level that you don't always find if you're packed in with a group of men. My daughters ride too, and I tell them we don't do this because we want to prove we can do something a man can do -- it's more 'we like it too!'"

Eleven women from the Old Town HOG Chapter in Brandon, Florida, participated in the ride. Thanks to Debbie Speicher for sending us this photo. She said, "We hope to have double that amount next year!"
Eleven women from the Old Town HOG Chapter in Brandon, Florida, participated in the ride. Thanks to Debbie Speicher for sending us this photo. She said, "We hope to have double that amount next year!"

In the world of motorcycles, Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson founder William Davidson, signs autographs for people attending the Women's Ride, which was organized by Harley-Davidson. She led the parade of bikes.
In the world of motorcycles, Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson founder William Davidson, signs autographs for people attending the Women's Ride, which was organized by Harley-Davidson. She led the parade of bikes.

Last year, 2008, marked the parade's debut. On looking at the crowd, Karen Davidson told WRN, "I'm thrilled. I think it's so great that the ride keeps growing. I love speaking to these girls and finding out how proud they are to be involved in this sport. There's a ton of energy and enthusiasm. These girls are up for anything!"

Not just any onlookers.
Not just any onlookers.

Here Willie G. and Nancy Davidson (Karen's parents) mingle with the crowd as the women riders arrive at the parking lot of the Ocean Center. Willie G. is the grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William Davidson.

Waiting for the start. Hot coffee proved very popular the morning of the Women's Ride as the participants waited for the parade of motorcycles to get underway.
Waiting for the start. Hot coffee proved very popular the morning of the Women's Ride as the participants waited for the parade of motorcycles to get underway.

Follow the leaders. Area motorcycle police officers discuss street strategy for leading the Women's Ride.
Follow the leaders. Area motorcycle police officers discuss street strategy for leading the Women's Ride.

Thanks to the excellent work of traffic control no rider needed to "put their feet down" over the course of the 25-minute ride from the Speedway to the Ocean Center.

Here I am, Pam Collins, at the Women's Ride on a 2009 blue Heritage Softail.
Here I am, Pam Collins, at the Women's Ride on a 2009 blue Heritage Softail.

Karen Davidson, and Leslie Prevish, Harley-Davidson's Manager of Women's Outreach, on stage at the Ocean at the end of the ride.
Karen Davidson, and Leslie Prevish, Harley-Davidson's Manager of Women's Outreach, on stage at the Ocean at the end of the ride.

Following the ride, Karen Davidson and Leslie Prevish announced to the crowd the total amount raised from the women's ride. Additionally, Leslie shared that the Harley-Davidson Museum would soon open an exhibit dedicated to and about women riders. A group photo of those who rode that morning will also hang in the museum.

Related Articles:
Photo Gallery: Women's Ride 2008
Way To Go Girl: Leslie Prevish honored at Sturgis
News: Harley-Davidson Museum Opens 2008

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