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Louise Reeves

Louise Reeves

It has been stated that IBM’s workforce is only about 29% women. As part of a campaign to attract more women to the company, IBM started a series of videos called “A Day in the Life,” highlighting women who have risen through the ranks.

Up until now, most of the trikes we have seen on the road have been custom builds. Then Can-Am came out a few years ago with its Spyder lineup, trikes with two wheels up front. Polaris has made trikes both for cruising and off-roading, but none of the big motorcycle companies really delved into the trike market. Harley-Davidson has.

When she was 50 years old, Michele Wierzgac’s mother made her promise not to pursue her desire to learn to ride a Harley. Her reasoning: “If something were to happen to you I couldn’t take care of you and who would take care of me?” Michele could not argue with that logic and held off realizing her dream.

Facebook is filled with pages devoted only to women riders. I joined or “Liked” a few and was invited by Joan Krenning to join her new page, Steel Horse Sisterhood. Being just a pillion warmer with a crushed ankle, I was honored to be asked. I immediately introduced myself as the Women Riders columnist for Cycle Connections Magazine, and asked if anyone had an inspirational story, to please contact me. Marybeth Mitcham’s story, in her own words, is this month’s Inspirational Woman.

July 1, 2014

July Tidbits

In attempting to come up with a column for July (some months are harder than others, to be sure), I ran across a few statistics that I found interesting in regards to women riders.

May 29, 2014

New Bikes

Harley-Davidson Street 750
If you’re looking for a new bike, as in really new, Harley-Davidson has introduced its first truly new model in 13 years, the Street 750 and 500 models. For the US market, the bikes are built in Harley’s Kansas City plant. Marketed as a “first bike,” the Street is powered by an all-new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin with chain-driven single overhead camshafts that operate four valves per cylinder. This keeps the seat and center of gravity low, it weighs only 480 lbs with a full tank of gas, and is said to have more suspension travel than the Sportster.

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 2013 was only the second year since 1997 that motorcycle fatalities saw a decline in numbers. Comparing year-to-year numbers for the first nine months of 2012 with 2013, the GHSA said fatalities decreased in the District of Columbia and 35 states, increased in 13 states and remained the same in two.

Do you know any miserable women riders? Probably not. Recent studies have shown that women who ride motorcycles are happier than women who don’t.

In 2013, the AMA broke new ground by electing its first woman board chairperson, Maggie McNally Bradshaw. Since 1924, only three women have served on the board.

April 1, 2014

April Tidbits

Do you know any miserable women riders? Probably not.  Recent studies have shown that women who ride motorcycles are happier than women who don’t.  The study commissioned by Harley-Davidson and conducted by Kelton, involved 1,013 women who ride and 1,016 non-riders.  Over half the respondents indicated the motorcycle as a key source of happiness, with about 74% claiming their lives had improved after they began riding.