Just a quick response to Jill Gatwood's comment about the AMA's work to keep land for offroad riding: She commented that there were plenty of dirt roads for dirtbikes and ATVs to ride. Unfortunately, dirtbikes and ATVs are not legal for riding on public roads, therefore creating the need for offroad trails. Also, dirtbike riding is designed for non-flat riding, just like mountain bikes, the challenge of climbing rough terrain is what draws riders to the sport. If you've never tried a dirt bike, I recommend it, as it teaches motorcyclist techniques that you will never learn on the street. I am in my 50s and ride both sport bikes and dirt bikes and recommend both. Thanks for the sportbike area.

Gayla O'Brien
Springdale, AR
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Love reading your blogs and articles with the rapidly expanding world for women and riding. Thank you.

There is one point to clarify. Although Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles claims to be the only all-woman rally in the world, there is at least one other.

Trophée Roses des Sables is a similar rally, also in Morocco and goes across the Sahara. Sponsored by BMW Motorrad Canada, Chantal Cournoyer (whose story is featured in my book Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment) and Stephanie Gagnon, were the first women to complete this grueling adventure on motorcycles.

Liz Jansen
Orangeville, ON, Canada
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Good newsletter! I plan to attend the Women's Motorcycle conference, though I join the AMA grudgingly. It's not that I am opposed to joining any organization at all, but that I disagree with some parts of the AMA mission. I joined the AMA to get a good price on the last Women & Motorcycles conference in Colorado and so got their newsletter for the next year. I saw a lot of articles about AMA advocacy re: fighting to open up more wild lands for motorcycle and ATVs use. I feel that there are plenty of dirt roads to ride on all over the country and that, at this point, we should support conserving wilderness areas and keeping them off-limits to vehicular traffic. Turn off your engines and go for a hike sometimes, for godsakes.

Jill Gatwood
Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011