Women Riders

Women Riders

How to Pay for that New Motorcycle

August 31, 2005
When the bug bites, you go shopping! But when you find that perfect ride, how to pay for it? If you are lucky and have saved long and hard, you can pay cash for it, but most people go about buying a motorcycle backwards; that is, they find the bike first then worry about financing. Buyers should take just as much time shopping for a loan as they do in selecting what bike to buy. Don’t let slick salespeople pressure you into loans with much higher interest rates than you could have gotten had you shopped for a loan at…

How to Prevent Over-Exposure to the Sun

July 31, 2005
Hello riding Divas……hasn’t the summer weather been wonderful for riding! Summer means many things to me—even now, the warmth of the morning sun, the bird’s songs announcing the coming of a new day, the sweet smell of flowers along the country back roads, the sun glowing on my face, hair blowing in the wind, evening breezes warm enough for tank tops, and the moon and stars lighting up the sky bring me back to the youthful excitement of days full of promise of fun and relaxation. That brings us to the topic of over-exposure to the sun. I recently read…

Street Diamond - She Rocks!

June 30, 2005
“Finally, someone recognized women are built differently than men!” That is what you see on the cover of the Street Diamond Motorcycle brochure. Based out of Annapolis, Maryland they were one of 156 vendors who attended the Myrtle Beach Bike Rally in South Carolina. I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Brenda Lee, CEO, Founder and Designer of Street Diamond. The bikes on display were sleek, classy and so practical for women riders. The Street Diamond mission statement is direct and to the point: “Street Diamond Motorcycles was created by women for women with one objective in…

Organizing a Charity Ride

May 31, 2005
How many charity rides do you participate in a year? If you are like most bikers you probably support at least 2-3 per year, maybe more. It’s not always about the ride; it’s about giving back to your community and helping non-profit organizations with their cause.I’d like to share some planning tips on how to organize a charity ride. I’m presently on the steering committee with area Realtors and we are planning the first annual ride, Bikers for Habitat on August 28. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit interfaith ministry dedicated to eliminating impoverished housing. Their goal…

Beware…Species on the Move!

April 30, 2005
With the spring season upon us, I’d like to share some tips on how to avoid hitting roadkill when you’re out riding. Sometimes while riding, especially at night, you are so focused on the road that you are not scanning the sides for wildlife. This happened to me last year while we were riding up to Red Lodge, Montana, and it made me realize I needed to be more aware of my surroundings while riding. The unexpected can create a panic situation. If you can anticipate and be on the lookout for moving objects, you are better prepared to avoid…

The Ride Bell

March 31, 2005
Hi Goldie,Thanks for all your tips and articles on riding. I look forward to reading your column every month. Can you give me the scoop on the bell that was given to me when I bought my new bike?Robin ClarksonKansas City, MissouriThanks for the kudos, Robin, and great question. I did a little research and came up with this. Author unknown, but it sure gives you the history and legend of the ride bell.The Legend of the Ride BellMany years ago, on a cold December night, a crusty old biker was returning from a trip to Mexico with his saddlebags…

Helmets – Finding the Perfect Fit

February 28, 2005
Many motorcycle riders choose not to wear helmets, thinking that as experienced riders, they do not need a helmet or they just don’t like them. I can personally attest to the safety of wearing a helmet from an accident I had three years ago. When my head was sliding on the payment, all I could think of was “Thank God for helmets.” No one can ever be certain when they will encounter a situation on the road that is beyond their control. The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by the operator of the other vehicle. Of course you…

A New Saddle for Your Ride

January 31, 2005
Hi Goldie,I would like to change out the stock seat on my HD Heritage Softail with an after-market seat and need some advice on selection process. Thanks, and I enjoy your column for women riders.Kristi S.***********************************Hi Kristi,Wow! Your question is hard because you have so many choices in seat selections. I can’t tell you what brand to purchase because only you can decide that. But I can share some suggestions with you that might make the buying process a little easier. The companies I list have a great selection of top quality seats, solid reputations for innovation and warranty, and…

Riding with Passengers – Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun!

December 31, 2004
I have had several divas ask how to go about learning to ride with a passenger, so I would like to share some helpful tips. I highly recommend you have some riding experience under your belt before attempting to carry a passenger. It is a matter of education, practice and finding your comfort level. From my own experience I started carrying a soft-sided cooler that weighed 25 pounds to get the feel of added weight. I then advanced to a packed T-bag, and that was great experience in learning to balance the bike and to feel the difference in steering…

Holiday Gift Guide for Dudes and Divas

November 30, 2004
Can you believe we are coming to the close of another riding season? Where did the time go? Hopefully, it flew by while you were taking trips to see the beauty of our land from the seat of your ride. I ventured out to Tulsa, OK for the blues festival, Sturgis, SD for the rally, Red Lodge, MT to ride the Beartooth pass, Springfield, MO for the state HOG rally, Fayetteville, AK for their rally and New Orleans, LA for the Steel Pony Express rally. And then of course there were the weekend jaunts to Rulo, NB for a catfish…

Colorful Ride

October 31, 2004
Red, yellow, green and white, but please, not black or brown chaps. Those are just a few choices in color you have for riding apparel from Hawg Hugger. While visiting the various vendor booths at the Fayetteville Bikes, Blues & BBQ, I came upon a booth that stopped me in my tracks. The vibrant array of colors jumped out at me and begged me to stop and get a closer look. There I met owner & designer, Sandy Hembree from Skiatook, Oklahoma.I asked her how she got started in this colorful business and to give me a few details to…

Tight Clutch? Easyboy!

September 30, 2004
Goldie,I really like reading your column because you relate so much to all the gals that ride.Here is my question. I just got a new bike and the clutch is so tight it almost pulls me off the seat when I shift gears. Does Harley-Davidson think women have the same strength as guys or what? We have the estrogen, not the testosterone! Any suggestions? Kara Holt Kansas City, MissouriHi Kara,Thanks for the kudos, and if you have any specific topics you would like to see covered just e-mail me. I’ll do my best to keep you informed and updated on…

Riding in Crosswinds

August 31, 2004
Welcome back from Sturgis for those of you who made it to the annual rally. Even if you took the back roads through Nebraska, I’m sure at some point during your stay you traveled on I-90. You probably encountered extreme crosswinds? How did you handle it? Did you ride with confidence, were you scared or just nervous? You can read articles and tips on how to ride in crosswinds, but until you actually experience the challenge you won’t have a clue how it feels. We took a beautiful day trip to the Badlands and it wasn’t bad going, but coming…

On The Safe Side

July 31, 2004
Remember when you got your first bike and thinking of all the accessories you wanted to add and what items to carry in your windshield pouch or saddlebags? Was a first aid kit on your list? It should be a staple on every rider’s bike from day one. You never know when you might need it. And if you have to use it, the person you are helping will be forever grateful that you had it too.You have a couple choices in first aid kits. First, you can go to any discount store and buy a pre-packaged kit. Once you…

Wrist Position & Braking

June 30, 2004
A few ladies have asked whether the throttle hand “wrist down” position (keeping the wrist level or slightly lower than the fingers) is the correct way to ride. Yes, for two reasons. First, when you accelerate rapidly, your body is pulled back. With your wrist in a “high” position, the force of your body will pull your wrist back and down, causing you to open the throttle more and possible loss of control. This is a very common mistake made by novice riders, and can result in a crash. With your wrist down, your body pulling back will raise it…

Ramona Carter's MSF Class Experience

May 31, 2004
The last two months we have prepared you for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) classes, taken you to an actual training school and this month we are sharing a member’s actual experience during her class. Ramona Carter lives in North Carolina and attended the Basic Rider Course (BRC) through the North Carolina Safety Education Program at Johnston Community College in Smithfield. She has this to share.Hello Goldie,As some of you are aware I have been riding as a passenger with Bill for three and a half years. He has taken excellent care of me as a passenger and always provided…

Learn to Ride

April 30, 2004
Last month we covered what is needed to prepare for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class. This month we will talk about the actual training class and curriculum required by the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program.I met with Clarence Wildes after one of his weekend Experienced Riders Classes. Clarence and his wife, Pat, own and operate Rolling Wheels Training Center, LLC, which is located at US 40 & Noland Road in Independence, Missouri. Actually, Clarence and I go back about five years, but did not realize it until I set up the interview. He was one of my instructors when I took…

How to Prepare for Riding Class

March 31, 2004
Dear Goldie,I am signed up for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) class in May. Can you give me a few pointers or suggestions on how to prepare for it?Holly TateIndependence, MissouriHi Holly,Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a riding diva! Your world is about to change for the better! Most courses consist of three-day classes that include classroom and riding skills sessions. Be prepared, they are very intense so I recommend you get ready for the challenge, both mentally and physically. First, alleviate any stress in your life. You want to stay focused on getting through the weekend…

Get Ready...Get Packed...Go Girls!

February 29, 2004
Whether you're going for a long weekend or a week, you can still take everything you need if you pack efficiently. Everyone has a tendency to over pack, never wanting to run out of clothes or heaven forbid wear the same jeans and top twice!First, determine what space you have available, the time of year you are traveling, and whether you can handle your bike safely fully loaded. It's amazing the amount of clothes you can pack in zip-lock bags, so don't fret; you can not only be a riding diva, but a fashion diva as well! However, you do…

Romantic Getaways

January 31, 2004
Hi Goldie,We go to rallies all over the United States, participate in lots of local charity rides, but where can my boyfriend and I go on a romantic motorcycle getaway?SandyTopeka, KansasHi Sandy,What a perfect time to talk about a romantic getaway with Valentine’s Day fast approaching! Can you keep a secret? You could get him a gift certificate for a “Spring Fling!”Let me tell you about a magical place and unforgettable encounter at Sybaris. Sybaris is unlike any ordinary hotel. It is a discreet private club with a unique atmosphere. You can ride, trailer, drive or do a fly &…