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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MotorCycle Mamas

July is Women's Motorcyle Month; one in 10 motorcyle owners is a woman.  There are nearly six million women riders out there, and the average age is 40!  There are young mothers, career women, even grandmothers riding.  I have a niece who recently purchased her first bike.  She's in her early 40's and is hooked, and tries to get a ride in as often as possible.  Her enthusiasm has inspired one of the women who works with her to get a motorcycle herself!

All this talk of women on wheels made me curious...also I sensed some good blog fodder.  I browsed the internet and found the following fascinating video that gives some history that I was totally unaware of regarding women motorcyclists.  I hope you'll watch and enjoy it.


I tried to embed the video, but I kept getting a message that there was an error, so to see the video, you need to click here.    I apologize that I couldn't put the video here on my blog, but I hope you'll go watch it and come back!


My sons both owned motorcycles and the things really scare me. I breathed a sigh of relief when the younger of the two finally got rid of his. (He totalled it while living in Arizona, and fortunately survived with road burn, bruises and a badly broken wrist.) The older son had sold his months before.
My own motorcycle experience is limited.  I once had an adult education student who gave me a ride on his bike when I had to drop my car off to be serviced.  That was a 20-mile ride and I hung on for dear life!  I was in my late twenties, and he was trying to scare the pants off the teacher, I'm sure!  Then, when I was divorced and in my mid-thirties I had a very good male friend who had a bike and we sometimes went to the beach together on it.  (He was much more cautious and I enjoyed the rides more than the first one.)

To those women who are far more daring than I, I salute you!


But don't expect this granny to be bombing around on a bike anytime soon, unless it's in my dreams!

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24 comments:

dogimo said...

For a second I misread that. I thought one in 10 women owned motorcycles!

That would be...awesome.

Mama Mel said...

Very interesting facts about women and motorcycles. :) I especially like the pic! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week!

My name is PJ. said...

My mom used to ride a motorcycle, as did many of the wives of my father's motorcycle friends. Of course nowadays, the ladies ride bigger bikes than back then.

Brian Miller said...

ha. love that pic...i would love to own a motorcycle..a cruiser and just point it west...interesting, maybe it can help me convince T we need to do it once the boys are grown...

Deb said...

I want to be one of those women in that photo when I grow up! I'm too chicken. The wasbund used to have a Harley. I never got on it 'cause it scared the crap out of me, plus I'm an x-ray tech and motorcycles were known as job security. What a wuss, huh?

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh come on, Eva - you know you need a big bike and some cool tattoos!

On a couple of other posts I missed - yes, I well remember when hubs foound out about your little affair with that dark stranger. Hilarious story!

And the male and female everyday items was so funny - I love the remote control one, and the hammer! And the hot air balloon, and...oh shoot, they were all good! May I also suggest that clocks are male - their hands are constantly roaming, and if not properly and consistently wound, they can be very unreliable!

natalee said...

I loved that pix of the biker chicks...lol... Hubby has a bike and it scares the shit out of me...LOL

glnroz said...

Vaarooomm,, Vaaarrooommm,, git'um..

DJan said...

I think motorcycles are cool, when somebody else is riding them. My sister and brother-in-law have been enthusiasts forever, and I've seen some scary stuff from pictures they've sent me.

Glad to hear both of your boys are past that stage and they are still intact.

Jen said...

Great pictures of the women bikers, as for me, I'm way too "chick....en" lol

Pat said...

I wouldn't mind being on the BACK of a bike, holding on to a nice firm young stud.....oh, sorry, I was dreaming and I had to take the time to wipe my drool...

They sell those three-wheeler bikes which seem a lot safer.

Did you ever see my post called, "Top Ten Reasons Why I Won't Let Jim Buy A Harley"?
http://pat-aviewfromtheedge.blogspot.com/2010/05/top-ten-reasons-why-i-wont-let-jim-buy.html#comments
Yeah, read it and you'll understand where I'm coming from!

I hear ya, sista!

Bossy Betty said...

I was really hoping to see you in some black leather on the back of a hog....

Steven Anthony said...

I find a woman on a bike HOT! :)

lakeviewer said...

Oh you are such a temptress.

Katie said...

I'm a bike lover! Me and a hot man on a big ole harley - yep! That's what fantasies are made of!

Canadian Blend said...

I just gave my old motorcycle helmet away. It was 5 years old and hadn't been worn in 4. All in all it likely hadn't been on my head for two hours total.

I was afraid having it around might make a son of mine want to get a motorcycle. The worry would kill me.

Eva Gallant said...

Canadian: My son feels the same way; he had a motorcycle, was in an accident, and NEVER wants his kids on bikes!

Steven: Only if her leg is against the exhaust pipe!

Jen: I'm with you chickie!

Mama: Thanks for visiting back!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

I.....LOVE this picture!!! I want to be these women when I grow up! Thanks for sharing, Eva!!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

I.....LOVE this picture!!! I want to be these women when I grow up! Thanks for sharing, Eva!!

Greg said...

Hi Eva! I was amazed that the woman in the picture can still ride a motorcycle even in her old age and her friends are all so supportive. I've shared the picture of the grandmas’ risky photo shoot with my friends in the retirement community in North Carolina. We're pleased to see that they’re all having a blast and that they seems so happy in the photo. It's very refreshing to see aged men and women enjoying themselves and having the time of their lives. Thanks for the inspiring post Eva, keep them coming!

Rose said...

these gals have alot of guts.

Eva Gallant said...

Glen: I hope you will share my blog address with any of your community members who are on line!

Rose: They are an inspiration, to be sure!

Greg said...

@Eva: No problem. I'm sure they'll enjoy your blog site,too. Keep it up!

adult communities long island said...

If all grandmothers have that kind of strength, I think they can survive for more than 100 years.