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Gloria Struck to be Inducted into AMA Hall of Fame

Pioneering motorcyclist still riding and inspiring others at age 91!

7/12/2016

Motorcycling enthusiast and pioneer Gloria Struck will be among the honorees that the American Motorcyclist Association welcomes to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this October. This is the second motorcycle related Hall of Fame honor for Gloria. In 2011, she was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's Hall of Fame

gloria struck to be inducted into ama hall of fame motorcycle
WRN editor Genevieve Schmitt caught Gloria Struck and her daughter, Lori DeSilva, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2012 riding in the Legends Ride when Gloria was 87 years old.

"I still can't believe it," she told Women Riders Now (WRN) editor Genevieve Schmitt when she heard the news of her induction. "I'm just an ordinary person. I don't think I'm anything special. It just so happens I ride and I'm old."

Gloria is quick to to add, "At 91, I'm not old, but my bones are!"

Gloria is referring to a hip issue that has her off the bike for a few months, but she tells us, "Last year at age 90 I rode to Sturgis. Six hundred miles a day! I got off and didn't even have a backache."

"Gloria Struck has inspired generations of women to take up motorcycling for both sport and pleasure, and she remains a vibrant reminder of the emotional connection we can have with two wheels," said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors and chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board. 

gloria struck to be inducted into ama hall of fame early photo
Gloria Struck started riding in 1941 at the age of 16. She tells WRN, "I never wanted to ride a motorcycle and look what happened!"

Born in 1925 in an apartment attached to her family's motorcycle shop in Clifton, N.J., Gloria Tramontin Struck is the reigning matriarch of the women's riding community. A member of the Motor Maids since 1946, she embodies the mission of the organization by riding her 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic to events such as Sturgis and Daytona from her New Jersey home. 

gloria struck to be inducted into ama hall of fame 2004 heritage softail classic
Gloria stands 5 feet (she says she used to be 5-feet-5 in her early days) and still rides her 2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. This shot was taken in 2012 when she was 87 years old!

In her lifetime, Gloria has ridden in all 48 contiguous states several times over as well as in Europe. In the 1950s, she earned notoriety by completing a high-profile adventure ride in Canada from Toronto to Montreal. 

Listen to this radio interview with Gloria recorded in 2012 at age 86 by WRN editor Genevieve Schmitt's husband, Norm Dreyer.



Along with the news of Gloria's upcoming induction, the AMA also announced that champion dirt track racer Ronnie Jones will be among the class of 2016 when the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held during the American International Motorcycle Expo October 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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