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#6. Nope, Nope, Nope. I'll keep my short hair and hi-viz, thank you very much. No butterflies or pink (ugh) for me. I'm not sure why the heck I need to tell the world my gender. My bike sure doesn't care.

Charlene
Wichita, KS
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Rode a bit when younger and was mostly a passenger and that turned into a couple of bad wrecks so needless to say when hubby started riding about 14 years ago I didn't last as a passenger. My biggest problem always was that since those wrecks and experience driving a big rig I'm cautious. Which seems to be a problem for riders of both sexes around here, so other than hubby, most don't want to ride with me. But I kinda enjoy solo, more not that I don't believe in encouraging others.

I like hi-viz, bright colors, not much gear for girls without the girlie curves but I get quality with accent colors if I can. I have had several different bikes and different brands. I do believe that you should always start small, build your confidence and skills, then hop on up to a ride that takes your breath away.

I always tell other women if you can balance it between your legs then you can ride it. I also tell them not to let hubby, significant other, or salesman talk you into something you're not comfortable with.

Last year I finally found my dream. The color caught my eye first, then the comfort, and the seal on the deal was the price. I have put more miles on this then I have on all of my others in the last 12 years. And I would do more if work and hubby would let me.

I've always been a tomboy but I do love it when you get that "that's a girl" look but I ride with comfort and safety first. I don't believe that gender matters but if you let the world know that women can ride too we help to increase our numbers. Examples are Dot Robinson and Ann Ferrar and the motorcycling Grandma, Hazel Kolb. Knowing women's history in the motorcycling world helps you spread the word.




Joni
Hot Springs, AR
Friday, August 25, 2017
I always dress with my feminine colors but my bike speaks for itself.


Dawn Brinson
Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I love it when little girls point and wave when they see my bike. I try to wave when traffic and safety allows. And yes, there is a big smile on my face as I think, "yes this could be you someday."

Women riding was not as popular when I was their age and I was told girls don't ride motorcycles. Thanks Dad for those rides on that Bridgestone up the dirt road and across the fields when I was little and never telling me I couldn't do something because I am a girl or was too small.

I started with a little Yamaha Enduro that my brother and I bought and shared as teens. Didn't ride again until I was in my late thirties. Then I rode my Kawasaki 454 LTD for a couple summers. A car and a horse accident left me unable to ride for a few years. I went back to riding about three years ago on a Harley 883 Superlow. Now I ride a 2015 Softail Slim and am loving every mile. So, yes, girls do ride motorcycles and yes dreams do come true. So to all the young ones, just go for it!

The little girl on my bike is my granddaughter—already obsessed and pretending to ride, just like when I played on my dad's bike 45 years ago.


Kimberly Merriam
East Hardwick, VT
Saturday, December 3, 2016
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