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Motorcycle Ladies Day at Yeager’s Cycle

Written by  April 30, 2004

More than thirty riding diva’s left Kansas City on April 3rd for a day trip to attend a Ladies Day seminar in Sedalia, Missouri, sponsored by Yeager’s Cycles and Sales. The weather was a nippy 37 degrees when we departed so our full leathers felt great. The sun was shining and so was all the chrome as we headed down 50 Hwy. I must say, the Missouri Highway Department made some headway through the winter months patching all the chuck holes from last year ! It wasn’t near as rough as I expected.

Due to an overwhelming response, the seminar was held at the State Fair Community College. Elizabeth Castillo, MSF instructor organized the event and reported a total of 113 ladies in attendance. She was very happy with the turnout and thought the speakers did a fine job. With a full day ahead of us Elizabeth started introductions promptly. There were ten guest speakers that captivated our attention with a ride range of topics.

First off, was Joan Emery, Professional Award Winning Artist who specializes in motorcycle photos. She comes from a family of four-generation of women riders, which includes her daughter, Elizabeth Castillo. She had her artwork on display and everyone was quite impressed. You can contact Joan, at (573) 378-6243.

Vicky Harding, MSF Coach, MFA instructor, and a 20,000 mile per year rider, was next on the agenda. She went over the T-Clocks (check your ride); Tires & Wheels, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis, and Kick Stand. The number one problem that occurs is under inflated tires. Her advice was to always check them while they are cold and refer to our motorcycle owner’s manual (MOM).

Elizabeth Castillo gave a slide presentation on safety, alcohol, hearing loss, skin care, and how to beat the heat. She recommends you drink lots of water to avoid dehydration and to use sun screen to help prevent skin damage and cancer. If you have a passenger, check with them often to see how they are doing. Designate signals to communicate, inform them to keep their feet on the pegs, move as a unit.

Andi Dean rode 3,700 miles in two weeks, so she shared her packing tips with us. She passed around pictures of her bike; loaded, and ready to go. She packs an extra helmet when she travels and rides with a full-faced helmet. She also packs extra spark plugs and a flashlight. I think it would have helpful to demonstrate how to roll your clothes, put them in Ziploc bags, and remove the air.

Tracy Rogers spoke on Emergence Scene Management and personally owns four motorcycles. She pointed out that most accidents occur at intersections, 45% of fatalities involve alcohol, violation of motorcycle right of way, and there is no data on modifications for trailers or modifications on bikes that cause accidents. The golden hour of trauma, which is your best survival time, is one hour or less. The types of accidents are Frontal (over the handlebars), Angular (ejection), and Horizontal (laying the bike down). Her advice is to know the 7-digit emergency numbers for non-911 counties and that *77 is not universal with State Highway Patrol. She also explained that 911 does not always work on cell phones.

Rebecca Herwich, President and CEO of her own company in St. Peters, Missouri, is a Harley Davidson Licensee who manufactures and distributes the decals, mugs, hats, screen print materials and accessories for Harley-Davidson dealerships in the United States, and has recently expanded internationally. She loves telling people her “Made in Missouri” products are being sold in Taiwan! She is certified with WBENC, an organization in which spending money with other women businesses gets you Harley-Davidson credits.

It was getting close to lunch so we headed out to the warm air and plenty of sunshine. We fired up our bikes up and headed to Patricia’s Mexican restaurant, and to do a little shopping across the street at Yeager’s. This was convenient and everyone enjoyed mingling and seeing all the new merchandise for the 2004 riding season. Some of the ladies who attended the seminar were dropped off by husbands or boyfriends, and I thought it was very courteous of the organizers to make sure the ladies who rode two-up had transportation to lunch and shopping. Even though they did not ride that day or don’t ride their own, they are still respected women riders and we were glad to have them along. After lunch and shopping, we headed back for the afternoon session of speakers.

First up was Lousie Reasoner with the Freedom of the Road Riders (FORR). She spoke on grass roots politics; it’s all about choice. If you want to get involved with Democrats or Republicans, get on committees within your township. FORR has a legislative committee that works all year for motorcycle rider’s rights.

Rain Nietzold, Editor and Publisher of Biker Ally Magazine in Bartlett, Illinois, shared her experience on how she started her magazine four years ago. She travels 20,000 plus miles a year to cover rallies, events and conduct interviews for her magazine. Her magazine is filling a void where the Harley Magazine left off 15 years ago. Her columnists include Michelle LaRose, Grace Pope and Karen Miller; all women motorcycle enthusiasts. Biker Ally offers tech tips, new motorcycle product reviews, road trip experiences by readers, and Rain’s saga continues on her Spirit of 76 travels. She shared her passion for riding and her heartfelt expressions of love for her family; especially her three children, who have been serving in Iraq. Her two boys are home and we are thankful for that.

Rain had notified me back in December that she would be a speaker so I immediately sent the word out to friends and we posted the seminar information in Cycle Connection Online Motorcycle Magazine in early January to give everyone a heads up.

Vicky Harding talked to us about emergency information and how valuable it is to carry with us on our bikes. You can fill out a simple 3x5 index card with your name, address, date of birth, blood type, allergies, your doctor’s name, and who to contact in case of emergency. A first aid kit should be a staple in everyone’s bike. You can also keep a blank 3x5 card and pencil to write information on if you come upon an accident scene and help is needed for an injured person. Vicky also recommended you change out the plastic gloves in your first aid kit every six months.

Our last speaker was Ward Wollard, writer, lead mechanic at Yeager’s Harley-Davidson, and fellow rider. He shared information with us on accessorizing and after market products for our bikes. The first thing most people change when they buy a bike is the exhaust, because they want louder pipes. His advice is, “when you use it, don’t abuse it,” think of others, and use your pipes responsibly. The second most popular replacement part is the windshield. You should be able to sit up and look over the windshield, relax back and look through it. There are also inadequate taillights on stock bikes, which is a safety issue. There are many replacement items available to make you more visable, such as LED lights, Panacea LED lights, and so fourth. Ward was not intimidated by being the only male presenter. He was witty, had funny stories to share, and was a bit hit in a room full of ladies.

A panel discussion with all the speakers took place with questions from the audience. Afterwards, the ladies began collecting their personal belongings, along with cool motorcycle bags filled with goodies everyone received when they arrived. I asked several gals what they thought of the day and all had positive comments and hope there would be more to come.

We are hoping to hold a seminar one in Kansas City sometime this summer that will be sponsored by Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and F.O.G. Cycles, so stay tuned!

As the day drew to a close they held the final door prize giveaways. Our group turned out to be darned lucky; because Lynn Grove of Kansas City won the remote controlled V-Rod, and the grand prize, a women’s black leather jacket, was won by ME! Wow, could we have asked for a more perfect day? Kudos to Elizabeth and her staff of volunteers, and to Yeager’s for having us as guests.

We invited Rain to come to Kansas City after the seminar and stay with us, and we headed home with a few less garments on and the sun still shining, but boy did the wind pick up! Our gas mileage sucked! Our “tough diva” award goes out to Leisa Anderson who rode her 2004 Sportster without a windshield! The other ladies who traveled with us were: Lynn Heide, Connie Scott, Reva Weaver, Lynn Grove. We met up Patty Busse and Sidney Neimann and twenty plus Women in the Wind riders from Kansas City. Great showing girls!

We got home from Sedalia around 6:30 p. m., freshened up, went to dinner, and then headed down to the Easyriders® Bike Show at Bartle Hall. It was a great day.

Story and photos by Goldie Arnold