I posted this newstory this morning in our Motorcycle News One Forum but thought I'd share it here as well:
Women take control of the handlebars at rally
Monday, November 6, 2006 - By Senée Seale - The Daily News - galvestondailynews.com
GALVESTON — Sharon Wagner really is one tough grandma.
In her 11 years of riding a motorcycle alone, she has ridden her bike to rallies in Sturgis, S.D., and Florida.
She also rode The Tail of the Dragon course in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The 11-mile ride has 318 turns to maneuver.
“I counted the women who rode that road, and I was one of two,” she said. “It was very hairy.”
Wagner and her husband work in Austin during the week for a construction company and spend their weekends in their San Leon home.
She bought her first bike to celebrate her 40th birthday and owns seven. The occasion will decide which one she rides on a particular day, Wagner said.
Saturday, she chose her Electra Glide motorcycle to carry her to the Lone Star Rally.
“I don’t like riding with him,” she said about her husband. “I like to be in control.”
That seems to be the main reason many women chose to take control of the handlebars.
Christina Martinez of Magnolia began riding on the back of her husband, Donny’s, Harley Davidson, but now she rides solo.
“It’s my ride,” she said. “I got on the back of his, and it just got into my blood.”
Her husband has no complaints.
“It’s a sexy thing to see a woman on a motorcycle,” said Donny Martinez. “It doesn’t matter what kind. It’s them taking charge.”
Lisa Aurich of League City began riding her Yamaha 1100 three years ago.
“I grew up around bikes,” she said. “My husband bought his bike. I rode with him for a little while, but I wanted my own.”
Michelle Celedon of Houston rides with her husband after having six children, but she’s ready to get her own bike again now that the baby has graduated and left home.
“I’m going to ride again,” she said. “It’s just hearing the noise and everything going on. You have more control. It’s just you.”