Is that because everyone thinks Harleys rule? Nope. It's because HD has done such a good job getting their name out there that even a 90-year-old granny who knows nothing about motorcycles whatsoever knows that an HD is a bike.
I may not love HD, but I do have to admit they did something right when they created "We Ride," a publication designed to introduce women to motorcycling and encourage them to ride. (You can download a PDF copy HERE.)
Yes, it's a bit of an HD sales piece, but it's also full of lots of good informational tidbits. And, even better, it showcases a wide range of women who ride.
I actually bought my first motorcycle at age 18. I rode for a few years then stopped. Practicality was the big motivator. I always missed it, though. Finally, in late 2000, Hubby (who had also ridden "back in the day") and I decided to get back into the sport we both loved.
It's something we both enjoy, so we usually ride together. I don't think twice about venturing out on my own though. (This blog and Web site of mine are proof of that.) Heck, sometimes I prefer to ride alone 'cause Hubby tends to get impatient when I'm in the mood for putting down country lanes cow spotting. And sometimes I just feel like doing what I want to do when I want to do it. Know what I'm saying?
|Cows on a country lane.|
What a cool idea, eh?
The first IFRD occurred in 2007. It's grown in popularity each year. A full history is available on the MOTORESS site. Last year was the first year I was aware of the event. I didn't participate. This year will be different. This year I'm going to get out there and ride.
Heck, if I can get the day off of work, perhaps I'll make a day of it. Wouldn't it be fun to get a whole group of women riders together? A great idea may have just been born...
Are you or someone you know doing anything to mark IFRD? If so, do tell!