Women Riders

Women Riders

Soldiers’ Angels – May No Soldier Go Unloved

April 30, 2007
As I sat at my desk last month and boasted about the weather and riding season finally being here, I’m now chomping at the bit just trying to get through this awful cold spell we are having. Who would have imagined an inch of snow in April? Many of us have planted our gardens with lettuce, beets and onions, only to be ruined by the frost, and our bikes are still in the garage, at least for the fair-weather riders. Hopefully the worst is over and in a couple of weeks we will actually be riding to bike nights and…

Ready, Set, Rally On!

March 31, 2007
Finally, we are having some awesome riding weather and more daylight! Doesn’t riding make you come back a different person in your day-to-day life? What a great way to relax after a stressful day at the office. So, let’s get your bike out, run through all your safety checks, clean and polish it and hit the road. That’s what it’s all about, getting ready for the riding season, making plans for trips and meeting up with all the friends you missed over the winter. Have fun, ride safe and be a responsible rider—we want you as readers of our great…

Ouch! Dropped Bike…Down, But Not Out

February 28, 2007
Happy St. Patrick’s month! May the Luck of the Irish be with you this riding season.If you are like most of us you have been suffering from a case of cabin fever over the last couple of months. Well, before you know it, the weather will be warmer and the bike nights will begin. Maybe you got a fix for our sport from the recent bike shows that have been in town. I know I have run into readers and friends that I haven’t seen since fall and it’s been great visiting with them. A reader from St.Joe e-mailed me…

The Challenge of U-Turns

January 31, 2007
As I sit here looking at my screen saver of a private island with palm trees and the luscious blue ocean wishing I was there, the reality is it’s 15 degrees outside and sleeting. Numerous clubs, churches, schools and business closings scroll along the bottom of the news channel and news reporters tell us not to go out if we don’t have too. My feeling is, if it’s going to be this cold then I want snow, and lots of it, not the treacherous ice conditions we have to contend with. I get the feeling winter hibernation is setting in…

Clutch Care for the Riding Diva

December 31, 2006
Welcome to 2007! Another riding season is under our belt, and what fun it was! I hope everyone survived the hectic holiday season and can now settle in for the long, cold winter months ahead. This is a good opportunity to take advantage of this down time and catch up on your motorcycle reading or attend a maintenance class to help you better understand your bike. Before you know it, spring will be here and we get to start all over again! I admire riding divas that do their own maintenance and are not dependent on their significant other or…

Chrome for the Holidays

November 30, 2006
Well, here we are just days short of the Christmas season. All the glorious rides of spring, summer and fall are behind us as we settle in for Old Man Winter. Are you dreading the winter months? Take a different attitude this year; they don’t have to be boring or depressing just because we can’t get on our favorite ride. Take this time to read some interesting books on motorcycling, have planning parties for your rides and rallies in 2007, take a winter trip and either do a fly-and-ride or trailer your bikes somewhere warm, clean and organize all your…

Night Riding

October 31, 2006
Dear Goldie, Can you give me any tips on riding at night? Your articles have been helpful as a new rider just starting out. Thank you, Cheryl MaherKansas City****************************************Hi Cheryl,Great question! I think most of us don’t particularly care to ride at night due to the reduced visibility, increased wildlife traffic, drunk drivers and unknown obstacles in the road. I know when we are out of town away from our familiar roads and comfort zone it is stressful to ride at night on foreign roads. Here are a few tips and safety precautions that might increase your night riding Confidence:Wear…

Leather Care for Lasting Wear

September 30, 2006
I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to let go of summer. The outdoor pools are sadly empty and closed, children gather at the bus stop in the early morning hours, and the weather is somewhat nippy as we begin a morning ride. We are jumping into fall with both feet and Christmas will be here before we know it! Of course fall is a beautiful time to ride with the crisp autumn breezes, virtual oceans of glowing pumpkins and lush blooming mums in all the glorious colors of fall. There is an abundance of fall festivals in…

Object Fixation

August 31, 2006
Dear Goldie,I really have enjoyed reading your articles on appropriate motorcycle riding. As an 11-year veteran of riding medium size (Triumph Bonneville) motorcycles, I appreciate reading your pointers that allow me to continue reinforcing and upgrading my riding knowledge. I haven’t had a chance to read all of your articles just yet, so forgive me if you have already covered the following point. I know you have alluded to it somewhat in your “stopping” article; perhaps an article dedicated to the point might make more of an impact on riders that haven’t realized it yet. One of the very best…

Think Before You Park!

July 31, 2006
Remember when you first started riding in a group? Maybe you were on a charity ride. All the bikes stopped in line in front of an open parking space, turned off their motors, whipped their handlebars left or right and quickly and gracefully backed into the available space. Because of my lack of experience I passed them, went around the block and found another space to park. I lacked the confidence to back my bike without holding up the line, re-positioning my alignment, etc. So it was easier to avoid the group parking, not to mention it was embarrassing. Later,…

Saddle Up!

June 30, 2006
Yeah! More women are riding. Over the last five years, licensed motorcycle riders have increased by seven percent while women riders have increased by 28 percent according to the Department of Transportation. Statistics show an increase in older, affluent riders, both new and existing riders who haven’t ridden in years. There are 30,000 people who have a registered motorcycle but do not have the appropriate license to operate it. Is it not frightening to think it’s not just the cars we have to worry about? Will it make us more aware and sharpen our riding skills? We are at the…

Rock & Roll to Summer Riding

May 31, 2006
Well, looks like spring blew right by and summer is upon us. This is my favorite riding season because there is no layering—just throw on a T-shirt and off you go. All of the dinner rides, bike nights, charity runs and rallies are in full swing so there is no excuse not to be riding. ****************************************Goldie, Can you share any suggestions on strengthening my throttle hand? My right arm gets so tired on long trips. Becky MorganTulsa, OKHi Becky, I think we all go through the same situation unless we have the cruise control accessory on our bike. There are…

B.B. King, Rodney Crowell, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Kim Wilson

April 30, 2006
“The Blues is all right, the blues is all right”….. If you are a blues lover. you have heard that song many times. February was a huge month to catch some fantastic blues musicians; so many in fact I could only get to see three national artists. The fourth one reviewed is by my friend Steve Diebler, so sit back and relax and pretend you were there with us. I’ve been a member of the Kansas City Blues Society (KCBS) for 10 years, long before I became a biker. We follow all the blues bands locally and have become friends…

Why We Ride

March 31, 2006
Instead of playing Bunko, scrap-booking and knitting groups, Pampered Chef and Botox parties, thousands of women are finding camaraderie in motorcycle clubs. From Women on Wheels, Throttle Queens, Chrome Divas, Women in the Wind, Leather & Lace and the Motor Maids just to name a few, women are taking to the open roads. The number of women who own their own bikes is on the rise jumping 36 percent to 635,000 from 1998 to 2003, according to the most recent numbers from the Motorcycle Industry Council, a trade group based in Irvine, California. At Harley-Davidson, motorcycles sales to women are…

Stop, Halt, Alto, Arreter, Opschtal! Braking Techniques

February 28, 2006
Whether its English, German, Spanish, French or Yiddish, it all means the same; STOP…and in order to do that, you need your brakes! Let’s discuss the various techniques of braking, but first you must understand the types of brakes that are on motorcycles. The “standard” braking is very simple. If you want to hit the back brake, you press the foot pedal; if you want to apply the front brake you squeeze the hand lever on the right hand side. “Linked Braking” comes in many large tourers like those made by Gold Wing and BMW as examples. Link braking is…

Too Cold to Ride? Ultimate Winter Escapes in the Kansas City Area!

January 31, 2006
Winter months, for those of us who live in the Midwest, find our bikes in storage, covered up or just waiting for a day when the temperature reaches 50 degrees so we can hop on it and take off. Regardless of the status of your ride, we have a few more months of cold weather so why not escape for a long weekend during this “Sweetheart” month with that special person in your life. You have some choices and plans to make. You can hop on a plane and fly to a romantic island in the Caribbean like St. Maartens,…

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

December 31, 2005
Huh? What did you say? Can you hear me now? Do you find yourself talking loud around other bikers? Has riding affected your hearing? How many years in the future do you want to hear well, and how important is your hearing to you? Earplugs, do you use them? Do you think of them as bike protection like you do your leathers, boots, gloves and helmet? I would guess you probably don’t. I polled a few riders and only 5 out of 18 wear earplugs on a regular basis. The majority only wore them on the highways, rarely during in-town…

Ride Your Scooter, Swim & Sweat…Smudge Free!

November 30, 2005
Permanent Makeup is the cosmetic of the future! Several riding divas have been asking me to give the details on what is involved in having a procedure done, so this month I’m going to give you the scoop. Does your lipstick bleed or wear off in a couple of hours? Have your lips lost their shape and definition? Do you have allergies to certain makeup? Are you involved in sports where you sweat a lot? Imagine waking up each morning with perfectly applied eyeliner, eyebrows or lipstick. Or you are working in your yard or swimming at the local pool…

E-mail From the Road

October 31, 2005
Hi Goldie, I am a new rider and I have a hard time keeping up with traffic or others that I am riding with. How can I get my speed up and still feel comfortable? PatsyFayetteville, ARHi Patsy, Many new riders experience the same issue, and trust me, when I say, “the more you ride, the more practice you get and the more confident you will become.” But until you get some miles under your belt, I would suggest that you start at a pace you are comfortable with and one day go just a little faster than your comfort…

TRIKE or TREAT!

September 30, 2005
Wow! This issue is our 2nd anniversary for Cycle Connections, and I just want to thank all our readers for their support, comments and article suggestions. It is through our readers that others hear about the magazine, and we thank you for your interest. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to ride a motorcycle without putting your feet down at a stop? Or having to balance the bike in stop-and-go traffic? And don’t all of us get a little tense on a long stretch of gravel? Do you have injuries that keep you from riding? Well,…