Women Riders

Randoms Again

Written by  April 30, 2012

It’s May and that means it’s time for Harley-Davidson’s “Garage Party,” women-only social events hosted by Harley dealerships after hours that offer hands-on tips and classes on key areas of motorcycling basics. Special guests, seminars, riding classes and tours are just some of the activities dealerships will be planning, and you can sit on their bikes and get some ideas for your next ride. Helpful staff will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just thinking about starting, it wouldn’t hurt to stop in and brush up on your knowledge and maybe treat yourself to some new gear. Contact your local Harley-Davidson dealership for more details and times.


May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month. The proliferation of public service announcements will be noticed, whether on billboards, in magazines or broadcast on the radio. The trick is to keep the messages alive and ingrained in the minds of everyone throughout the year. What seems to be the biggest issue is the use of cell phones by cagers. I am fairly vigilant when on the bike, yelling at any cager I see using a cell phone to “Hang up that phone!” However, one driver I yelled at not only continued talking, he actually reached over to the passenger side to roll up his window, so both hands were off the wheel while going 50MPH. You can’t fix stupid. The best we can do is what we already are doing--being proactive in our own safety.


The tattoo is done and looking fabulous (see photos below)! I’d forgotten how much outlining hurts, though. I chewed my left arm to the point of leaving marks that lasted a few days! The artist, Bryan Kienlen, did an excellent interpretation of my design. The photos below show the progression. It took a total of two hours and is about 6 inches long on my right thigh. As for the symbolism, the crown is my last name (King), the rose is for my mom, Rose and the rays are for my dad, Ray. The rose wraps about the crown for mom’s embrace and the teardrop is for both her passing and the care she always showed to everyone.


We are full swing into wonderful long days. If you haven’t done so by now, take the time to check your brakes, your helmet and your tires. Don’t cheap out! If something needs to be fixed or replaced, do it without delay. I want you safe.

By Louise Reeves