Friday, May 11, 2012

Women Riders Month

Since May is Women Riders Month, here are a few highlighted women of motorcycling history:

Adeline and Augusta Van Buren: Rode from New York to California on 1916 Indian motorcycles. They became the first women motorcyclists to make a coast to coast journey solo on two individual motorcycles.

Bessie Stringfield: Broke both racial and gender barriers by completing 8 individual transcontinental tours and serving in the U.S. Army as a dispatch rider.

Dorothy "Dot" Robinson: A pioneer for women motorcyclists, she is known as the "First Lady of Motorcycling". She established the Motor Maids in 1940 with Linda Dugeau. The organization united women that owned motorcycles. In 1941 the American Motorcycle Association chartered the club and it became the first organized women’s motorcycle club. Robinson competed in many races and became the first woman to win an AMA national competition.

Annie Seel: Known as "The Rally Princess", she is a Swedish born motorcycle rider. She currently is leading the female entry fields, and placed 40th in total motorcycle standings. She competed in 4 Dakar Rallies, but also competes in Supermoto and road racing.

Becky Brown: Becky, as many others, wanted to find other women to ride with. In 1979 she placed an ad in her local paper to ask women to organize riding with her. She is credited with starting Women in the Wind. It has grown to an organization of over 1,000 people in more than 70 chapters in North America. Each of the chapters is allowed to act as an individual. They have raised thousands of dollars for multiple charities. She contributed to writing in Iron Trader News, IronWorks, Harley Women Magazine and Biker Ally. Ann Ferrar featured Brown as a highlighted character in her book, "Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road". She was also featured in the documentary "She Lives to Ride".

Hazel Kolb: At the age of 53 she rode the perimeter of the continental United States, or "four corners," in 80 days. The distance totaled 14,464 miles, in honor of her late husband, Jack. Hazel was awarded trophies from Jay Leno, Malcolm Forbes and The Motor Maids.

Happy Mother's Day to all those momma riders!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MDA Ride for Life XXV

                VIP Status                                                                                            The Main Stage

Towering Stacks and Flywheel Assembly

  It Almost Looks Like a Ship                                                           Incredible Larry Doing His Thing

Pumping Out Rider Quotes

MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) had put this event together for the past 25 years. The weather held out and the venue interesting! This was the first time I had ever been to Bethlehem, PA. I knew it was a steel town, but never thought an arts center would be located inside of the steel industrial area. The show was held in a place called the Steel Stacks. It was an abandoned steel mill that had been converted to an art center. It was very cool sight to see. Large stacks filled the sky with a powerful aura. From what I was told, the mill was closed in the 80's and Sands Casino had purchased the grounds. A large stage was built with the mill as a backdrop. The stacks are lit up at night. That night they were orange for H-D colors. The threat of rain was present in the morning, but the day was beautiful. Incredible Larry entertained the crowd and live music filled the grounds. The ArtsQuest building was an incredible building holding the dealer registration and various events. The food was even pretty darn good. A great crowd came for a charitable purpose. The night capped off by a performance from the Bacon Brothers (Kevin Bacon's band). If you were there, share your comments!

Vision Test