Well, the calendar said Spring on the 20th, but it has been
a slow warm up so far! How is everyone doing? Have you gone into your
garage or shed to visit your 2 wheeled form of freedom?
Now is the time to go and take off the cover and perform those
T-CLOCK inspections. Also, before your dealership starts to get really
crazy, bring the bike in for service and a routine check. I brought
mine to the dealer mid-March for the usual, oil change, fluid level
checks etc.. Now all I have to do is give it a good wash and polish
and I am ready to go!
There is so much to look forward to this riding season! Last
weekend, April 1 and 2, The Spokes-Women had a booth at the E.Penn Motorcycle
Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. We were there in full force
promoting the Club and selling chocolate motorcycles for the charities
we support annually (Susan G. Komen/Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Our Club's Ride Captain, Marlene, has been diligently working
on this season's ride schedule. It should be posted soon so check it
out! It will make me so proud to see all those red vests heading down
the road and at the conference!
I am especially excited about the ride to Athens, Georgia
for the AMA International Women in Motorcycling Conference. The conference
is scheduled to begin June 30 - July 3, 2006. It has been a few years
since the last conference which was held in West Virginia (I missed
that one), so the 20 of us from the Spokes-Women Motorcycle Club who
are going are looking forward to the event. It will make me so proud
to see all those red vests heading down the road and at the conference!
Another bit of news that makes me happy was in an article
by Kelli Kennedy, an Associated Press Writer. Her article titled: Women
Finding Camaraderie in Biker Clubs was passed on to me by Marlene, who
came upon it on Yahoo's News section.
The Industry Council, based in Irvine, Calif., reported that
"the number of women who own their own bikes increased 36%, that
is 635,000 between the years 1998 to 2003".
WOW! And guess what... these are not the stereotypical "biker
babes". These are career women, stay-at-home mom's, Cancer survivors,
scientist's, attorney's etc... Well duh...aren't we all of those? It's
about time the motorcycle industry take notice! And apparently Harley
Davidson and a company called Ultra Motorcycle have. They are designing
lighter bikes, custom fit gears and lower seats. Beautiful.
When I see a woman motorcyclist on the road, I get a big smile
on my face and say "Go Girl"! I also wonder if she knows that
there are more women out there just like her.
Well, I know there are! Some of the best women I know ride
motorcycles (and of course are Spokes-Women). So, get on the web, find
a women's motorcycle club in your area (or start your own!) and start
riding with women who share your passion. You'll be surprised how much
better your life will be!