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A truly inspiring "stick-to-it-till-it-gets-done" story. I used to ride motorcycles in my 30s, but gave it up for awhile. I sure missed riding on beautiful spring or autumn days, though. I'm planning on buying a Honda Rebel 500 CMX next year. It's been awhile since I've ridden, so I'll be taking the MSF test at 63 years old before hitting the backroads of Mississippi again. This time, I'm keeping my bike and riding for as long as I can.

Charlotte
Utica, MS
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Editor Response
You go girl!
The Rebel is a good bike to get back into it on. You might consider taking the MSF's Returning Rider Course if a local site offers this class. It's designed for riders just like you, who know the basics (where the controls are and what they do, how to stop, start, and turn), but who need a one day "refresher" course.
Best of luck to you and your future riding adventures.
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
Ruth, your story is the one that convinced me to sign up for a MSF course. I'll be 68 this summer and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would now have a motorcycle license, and a silver Honda Rebel in the garage to ride. I had an amazing RiderCoach and a supportive husband, but I would have never gotten started if I hadn't been inspired by your story. Thank you so much!

Beth Langhorst
Avondale Estates, GA
Friday, May 13, 2016
What an inspiration your are, Ruth. I note that this was written in 2009—I hope that you're still riding into your 70s? I have a friend who got her motorcycle license at age 57, when she retired. She's still riding 26 years later, and still on the same bike she bought back then.

Julie
Epernay, France
Thursday, March 10, 2016
You ladies are such an inspiration. A few years ago, I had an old, raggedy, Honda Rebel. I only rode a few months, and then I sold my bike. I regretted it soon after. Well, today, I went and bought me a used Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. I was immediately in love with it. I am supposed to go pick it up tomorrow.

Now that I am at home, and my son has found out about it, I am wondering if I made the right decision. I am 46 years old, have four grandchildren, but there is no one at home but me and my husband. He is a trucker, and isn't home much, so I thought this would be something enjoyable for me to do. My husband is all for it, but my son has really made me feel like I was too old. After reading your stories, I really think that I can do this and enjoy it. Thank you ladies.

Renea
Mt Croghan, SC
Friday, March 27, 2015
Editor Response
Renea,

The 40s is when the majority of women take up motorcycling. You are certainly not alone. Don't be discouraged. Keep riding and reading WRN for more inspiration!
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
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