Motorcycling News
Louise Reeves

Louise Reeves

May is, as we all should know, “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” In my mind, every month should be “motorcycle safety awareness month,” but one official month is better than none.

Don’t forget, May 2, 2015 is International Female Rider’s Day. From Toronto, Canada to Australia, and even in France and Italy, groups of women are gathering together to ride. Women riders are outpacing men in the number of new motorcycle license issues.

I have an update on Diane Landis Gracely, whom I wrote about as an Inspirational Woman back in our December 2014 issue. Diane, along with her husband Keith, runs a handmade wood art business, Biker’s Buzz. Their work is, to say the least, outstandingly beautiful.

Report Receipt Date: March 11, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V142000
Component(s): Service brakes, hydraulic
Potential Number of Units Affected: N/A
Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

While you are chomping at the bit to get your ride moving again, consider what Kristina Zmuda does until the arrival of spring. Kristina, a 27-year-old engineering major at the University of Wisconsin, races motorcycles on the ice.

February 28, 2015

Ugh! Winter!

It is the middle of February and here in the northeast, we have been getting snow about once a week with the most recent snowfalls coming more frequently. We have also been experiencing sub-zero wind chills. February used to be the split personality month. Snow one week, balmy 60-degree temperatures the next and back again. This would happen well into March with no idea how to dress for a day.

February 1, 2015

Cold Weather Reading

Except for a few lucky states, it’s the middle of winter, a time when you think bears have the right idea. You look forlornly at the leather hanging on a hook in the closet, and you thought you heard a lonely whine emanating from the garage. You really don’t feel like doing (ugh!) housework, and at some point, you have to put on your heaviest coat just to get the mail.

Beryl Swain was the first solo woman to complete the TT race in 1962, performed on the notorious Isle of Man TT course in an official event, finishing 22nd. This led to the male dominated world of racing to revoke her license due to the perception that motorcycling was too dangerous for women. The ban held until 1978 when Hilary Musson competed.

A lot of women biker pages are springing up on Facebook, and through them, I have been able to connect with a lot of very interesting, funny and down to earth women, who make no apologies for their love of riding. It seems that this common bond has pulled them through tough times in their lives, and in the process, made their lives meaningful and complete.

As I reported last month, Harley-Davidson is cornering the women riders’ market with their new additions, the Street models and Tri Glides, as well as the “garage parties” they hold at the dealerships.It’s working out quite well for Harley-Davidson, as it turns out.