Women Riders

Colorful Ride

Written by  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 share with our riders. Sandy started this new concept last June. A friend came to her and said, “I hate black leather chaps, can you come up with an alternative?” That got Sandy’s creative juices flowing and she has since come up with a color chart with 44 color choices! They are all made in the US by Sandy; nothing is imported. They are water proof, stain resistant, will not bleed and she uses 3 ½ ounce leather. They are soft, supple and custom-fitted. Some clients have had chaps made to match the paint jobs on their bikes, just another way to show your personality. Another plus for the vivid colors is visibility and that equals safety.

Sandy has clients from all over the US and she attends as many rallies as time permits to show off her creative designs. All come in small, medium and large. How expensive are these one-of-a kind designs? Here is a sample of the most popular items that Sandy creates:
Chaps - $350.00 Stock/$400.00 – Custom
Vest - $100.00
Halter - $85.00
Bustier - $125.00 single color/$135.00 two color
Doo-rag - $25.00
Pouch - $35.00
Grip fringe - $25.00
Wedding Set - $600.00 includes chaps, your choice of a halter trimmed in lace and pearls, or a bustier trimmed in silver studs. Oooh la,la!

As you can see, the choices are endless. The design can be your creation, or leave it up to Sandy’s expertise to do a custom design for you. Check out her website at www.hawghuggerleather.com, or give her a call at 918-396-9600 and tell her you saw the article in Cycle Connections.

Hi Goldie,
I bought a 2004 Fat Boy in April and my warranty says that I have to get my first maintenance on it at 1,000 miles. I took it to the Harley dealership where I bought it and was told it would cost approximately $250. The dealership is not being very helpful. Do I have to get maintenance on it this early?

Hi Shelia,
Yes, absolutely, period, paragraph! You have to get the first maintenance at 1,000 miles or it will void your warranty. The next maintenance is at 5,000 miles. Spend the bucks, it’s well worth it even though I think the first maintenance checkup should be free, it’s not. Nothing is free at Harley-Davidson,except maybe hotdogs and cokes on their Saturday cookout days!

I would talk to the Harley dealership if you don’t feel you are getting good customer service. If they are not being helpful then call the big dogs in Milwaukee, (414-343-4056) or e-mail them at www.harley-davidson.com. They have always been professional and helpful when I have called. I would also let them know about your local dealership. Good luck!

Thanks for all the info you share with us every month. I am a new rider and want to learn as much as I can about riding and what’s new for lady riders.

Does one build up a different set of muscles in the hands when riding a motorcycle or is there some secret to hand position and use?
Cari Lane - Sedalia

Hi Cari,
It could be as a new rider you are tense and gripping your controls too tightly. The more miles you rack up, the more confidence you will get.

It does take a while to condition your muscles in your left hand for the amount of usage your clutch requires and for control of your motorcycle at slow speeds. Your right hand should be equal strength in order to accelerate, brake and maintain speed.

As far as exercises to strengthen the flexor carpi muscles in the wrist/hand, you can squeeze a tennis ball, use five pound dumbbells and do wrist curls, or you can buy a hand grip device where you squeeze the handles together. Another tip is to relax your shoulders, drop them down and relax.

If you don’t have cruise control or a throttle lock on your bike, you might also check into a throttle rocker for your right grip. On long trips it takes the pressure off your grip and gives your hand a rest. The rocker slips on easily over your hand grip.

Evaluate your hand grips, stock grips are usually hard rubber so you might change out to a soft rubber with pads spaced around the grip.

Hope this helps!

Goldie Arnold
“Never ride faster than your angel can fly”

Tip of the month: Always keep your cell phone on your body, not in your purse, saddlebag or windshield pouch. If you get separated from your bike and need help, you will have it with you.