Motorcycle Mama or Grandma? Women Bikers
When my last child finished high school I signed up to finish my college degree. I decided I wanted to be a writer and an artist and I should learn Spanish. I have published lots of articles since then. I've had my paintings and ceramic art featured in galleries and Fine Arts magazines. I finished 3 degrees but my Spanish, I'm sorry to say, isn't as good as my motorcycling abilities, but I still learning! :)
I ride a 600 Honda Shadow. My husband insists on cleaning and waxing the bikes down before each ride. I figured the wind would blow the dust off. It was torture to spend an hour spit polishing and cleaning all the intricate parts for an hour ride, but now it has become part of the ritual. I have learned to clean it with pride. Although scrubbing dead bugs is my least favorite thing to do in the world! It is about as bad and taking a half eaten worm off the hook.
I designed this lens to talk about my biking adventures, women who ride and new and improved motorcycle gear. I expect it to be an ongoing project. I know lots of ladies ride these days and I hope you will leave comments.
P.S. This is my "about me" lens for Rocket Moms, the smartest women on the web! :)
I'm young compared to Motorcycle Mama-Amazing Grace
Grace McKean, called "Amazing Grace," is 76 years old and still kick-starts the vintage Harley-Davidson 45 Flathead she bought at the tender age of 17 using all the savings she earned as a Walgreens waitress.
Grace was featured in an article by Betsy Huelskamp, dated 9/29/2011, entitled " A Riding Life Well Lived."
How I started riding motorcycles
After a long twelve hour trip on the back of my husband's motorcyle my back hurt and I got off the bike feeling a little disappointed. It seemed I was missing something. I loved riding and being out on a country road. I told my husband I wasn't going to be able to ride shotgun anymore. He asked me why. Right then and there I made up my mind! I said, "Because I am going to need my own bike to ride from now on."
That was it. I never looked back. I don't know why it took me so long to realize I wanted to be in the drivers seat. I bought my first motorcyle. I got my license and gear and the first time I went out into traffic my knees shook like they did when I walked down the aisle to get married. But I stuck with it and after I dropped my bike the first time trying to impress a guy, (the one I've been married to for 28 years! Yea, I'm still trying to impress him!) all fear disappeared. It was just like learning to ride a bicycle, only this one had a motor and could kill you.
Aside from the stress relief, motorcycling enables my other love, photography. Only on a motorcycle can you get photos of the prettiest places on earth!
Scroll down to see what I mean...
Motorcycle Gear for Women
What kind of motorcycle gear for women is needed? Boots are a Must! A Helmet is Recommended!
Definitely without a doubt, good boots that cover your ankles. Women with high heels are for photos only, don't be foolish with your body parts, wear protective gear. I'll show you some reasonable priced leather motorcycle boots for women, and other motorcycle apparel for women. It's about safety not looks. Shoes must be comfortable and allow you to change gears on the bike with ease.
I recommend a helmet. An experienced rider may disagree. I ride both ways but I do recommend a good DOT (Dept of Transportation) approved helmet, especially for long runs or heavy traffic areas. Women with road rash on their face are not that attractive. Helmets are plentiful and reasonably priced. A decent one is as little as $20. There is no reason not to have a helmet. If you are worried about your hair getting flat, imagine what it will be like windwhipped with tangles and knots! ...or matted with blood.
Leather Motorcycle Boots Including Harley
The Most Critical part of motorcycle gear is good boots and a helmet if you have any brains. You may see individuals riding their motorcycles with flip flops and tennis shoes but they do so at a very high risk. If anything happens it is natural instinct to lay your feet on the ground and protective boots are a must for your feet and hot pipes can melt plastic shoes. Don't even ride as a passenger without foot protection.
I took a motorcycle safety class where a police officer showed up in tennis shoes explaining what a good rider he was. He was sent home. It is the first rule of safe riding. If he was a good rider he would have worn boots that covered his ankles.
Motorcycle Helmets for Women
Experienced riders hate to wear helmets. You may remember Gary Busey was a big advocate against motorcycle helmets until he was involved in a crash and suffered a severe head injury. That changed his mind quick. You only have one melon so try to keep it operational. Just because you are a good rider doesn't mean other drivers are too.
Motorcycle Photography - My Other Hobby
Taking photos from a moving motorcycle can be challenging but the results can also be awe inspiring. Sometimes you can even pull over and take photos properly.
If any of my photos are any good, to God be all the Glory! It is none of me and all His creation!
Landscape from a Motorcycle Photo Gallery - The Great Southwest USA!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Motorcycling for Cooler Weather
Experienced riders travel on motorcycles in any kind of weather. Rain gear is good to keep in your saddle bags just in case you get caught in an unexpected shower. I also keep a hand towel to wipe down rain from my seat, a few paper towels to check oil, etc, extra hair ties, a hair brush, a bandana, spare chapstick and spare gloves. You never know when you may misplace a pair of gloves. When the weather is nice you may only need boots and a helmet, maybe a vest. In colder weather jackets, chaps, gloves are wise.
I picked out some practical jackets and chaps that are good for motorcycling in cooler weather. You may prefer leather pants.
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