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Record Attendance at Femmoto

Largest ever all women's demo track day

By Diane Ortiz, Photos by George Tranos
10/13/2006

More than 330 women riders gathered under the hot sun at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 7-8 for the 4th Annual Femmoto run by Bonnie Strawser and Monte Lutz of Sportbike Track Time. "It's a unique opportunity for women to demo motorcycles from many different manufacturers," Monte said at the rider's meeting on Saturday morning. "There is nothing like this for the guys…" he added somewhat longingly.
Women listen at the riders meeting held before Femmoto where safety guidelines and other important track information is discussed. New pink Femmoto flags wave in the background.
Women listen at the riders meeting held before Femmoto where safety guidelines and other important track information is discussed. New pink Femmoto flags wave in the background.

But that was OK with June Spear, 39, who drove out from southern California with friends Jackie and Hanni for the two-day event. "I'm here to find a new bike to ride!" she exclaimed. And that's one of the reasons Kawasaki, Buell, Ducati, MotoGuzzi, Aprilia and Kymco brought more than 50 of their latest models for the women to test ride in a safe, friendly and controlled environment of a race track.

June Spear (left) and her friend Jackie from San Diego stand in front of the Ducati booth prior to sign up on Sunday morning.
June Spear (left) and her friend Jackie from San Diego stand in front of the Ducati booth prior to sign up on Sunday morning.

The riders were grouped into two skill levels, novice and intermediate, on the demo bikes of their choice for a minimum of five sessions per day. Kawasaki also brought motorcycles for the dirt bike school and Aprilia supported the supermoto demos and class run by Darrick Lucchesi of the West Coast Supermoto School.

The women riders on one of two courses. The demos from Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, and Kawasaki rode on the "A" course, while those for Buell, Ducati and Kymco rode on the "B" course. WRN writer Diane Ortiz is shown in the foreground in the yellow and black leathers riding a Kawasaki Ninja 250R.
The women riders on one of two courses. The demos from Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, and Kawasaki rode on the "A" course, while those for Buell, Ducati and Kymco rode on the "B" course. WRN writer Diane Ortiz is shown in the foreground in the yellow and black leathers riding a Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

"We have 18 track coaches this year and they are all women," said Bonnie while helping serve lunch to the riders. "My greatest accomplishment this year is having an all-woman staff." Only women were allowed to ride the course during the Femmoto event and some had "umbrella boys." It was an interesting change of roles.

The women coaches wore pink vests so they could easily be seen out on the track. Here the riders stage prior to entering the track.
The women coaches wore pink vests so they could easily be seen out on the track. Here the riders stage prior to entering the track.

On Saturday night, Moto-Euro Magazine hosted a gala dinner at the Sahara resort with a fashion show presented by G by Hein Gericke. The show featured the latest designs in women's technical gear from Hein Gericke, Kawasaki, Ducati, Vanson Leathers, Triumph, Icon and Scorpion. Prizes included full outfits from Hein Gericke and Icon, a West Coast Supermoto class, Scorpion helmets and, the grand prize, a brand new TN'G LS49 scooter.

Track coach Debra Kuick, in pink vest, leads a group of riders through Course B at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kuick contributed to WomenRidersNow.com Racing Page.
Track coach Debra Kuick, in pink vest, leads a group of riders through Course B at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kuick contributed to WomenRidersNow.com Racing Page.

Femmoto, now in its fifth year, continues to grow and attract women of different backgrounds and experience levels. Liz Haas, 56, of Lake Tahoe, was there to ride bikes she'd like to own. "I've been riding since 1966 and I've wanted to ride the Ducati 999 and I have that opportunity at Femmoto," Liz said. Others were there to share the camaraderie with other women. For some it was their first time attending having heard about it from others.

Liz Haas of Lake Tahoe, Calif. with one of the Buell Firebolts she tested on the track at Femmoto 2006.
Liz Haas of Lake Tahoe, Calif. with one of the Buell Firebolts she tested on the track at Femmoto 2006.

"We want Femmoto to grow even bigger and better," Bonnie said. "We're working on some great new things for next year. Bring a friend and join us!" The next Femmoto will be October 6th and 7th, 2007 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All the proceeds from Femmoto go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This year $10,725 was donated to the cause.

During their down time off the track, women could browse through some vendors like Hein Gericke showing off its G Line. That's G representative Sarah Schilke in the pink vest who's also a rider coach.
During their down time off the track, women could browse through some vendors like Hein Gericke showing off its G Line. That's G representative Sarah Schilke in the pink vest who's also a rider coach.


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