Honda GL1800 2005

by Brycie Slabaugh
(Whiting, IN)

Conquering the

Conquering the

I love traveling throughout the United States on two wheels, so the bike of choice is to ride on my "White Bunny Bike" for long or short trips. I have so much fun meeting new people throughout the US and when they find out that a woman is riding that big ol' Goldwing, it is even more fun.

Growing up I was scared to death of motorcycles, but in my early 40's I had a friend give a me ride on the bike of his bike, and WoW, did I ever get a thrill. But I wanted to be in control so I bought my first bike at 41 and I am still riding 30 years later.

Classes were not a popular thing on learning to ride so I contacted the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and they sent me a whole bunch of literature on how to ride, and I taught myself how to ride a motorcycle. Twenty years later I took the MSF Rider course and still learned some things about riding safely. Since then I have taken the Experienced Rider Course twice and still re-learn safe riding techniques.

Bikes that I have owned: 1979 Suzuki GS 425E (it had idiot lights to show what gear I was in), 1989 Honda GL1500 (first Goldwing), 1999 Honda GL1500 (first Goldwing to totally destroy), 1993 Honda Shadow 600 (what a step down), 1993 Honda GL1500, 2002 HD Heritage Softail Class (still riding this one) and finally the 2005 Honda GL1800 (White Bunny Bike).

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Oct 08, 2011
I agree the gl1800 is a great bike!
by: Witt1031

mine is red, 2008, and I have had it for 6 months and I love it, it has everything... Of course, I have a vstrom, too, just for a little different feel.

Sep 27, 2009
I'm impressed!
by: Cathy

Wow! im impressed! At 58 I took the Mc safety class (and took the best score) now at 60 I'm lovin' my new shadow 600. This is my 2nd yr on the shadow. How do you handle such a large and heavy bike? My son in law has a 85 Gold Wing 1200, I couldnt even lean it up off the kck stand to try a ride (in a large open parking lot). At some point I'd like a bigger bike for a more comfortable ride. Appreciate your comments. Best wishes to you and ride safe.

May 18, 2009


Apr 25, 2009
by: Cheryl

You are an inspiration! I hope you enjoy many more years of riding. Your White Bunny Bike is beautiful.

Apr 16, 2009
Great Story!
by: Anonymous

Amazing story about your motorcycling experiences!! LOVE it!! Keep on rolling out the miles! We need more women like you!!

Apr 11, 2009
Thank You Pat
by: Brycie

Hey Pat,

Thanks for the compliment. I just know that you are gonna have a ball on the Dragon. I enjoy it so much that I have ridden it a total of six times (3 with my Harley and 3 with a Goldwing). Enjoyed more each time. Have to admit though that the most I enjoyed it was with the Harley.

Apr 11, 2009
by: Pat

I am another "late bloomer", Took the Riders course in April of 07, 2 weeks shy of my 49th birthday. That was 2 years ago, and am now on my 2nd bike. I hope that when I reach your age I'm still riding!! You are an inspiration to all of us...THANKS....(oh, great pic of you "Slayin the Dragon", I'm headed up there in June!!)

Apr 04, 2009
by: SueZ

Wow-Easter Sunday meeting huh? I'm sure I can't make that one, but I will watch your site and perhaps come to something! Sounds fun! I'm pretty committed at church on Sunday Mornings, but who knows...I may play hooky some morning! Nice to know you guys are out there! Rode today....brrrrrrrr......but fun!

Apr 03, 2009
For SueZ
by: RebelOne

Yes, Brycie is amazing. I too started riding kinda late, 5 years ago, at 46 and started riding with Brycie?s group 3 years ago. She is such an inspiration that I can keep riding well into retirement. Currently, our farthest south member lives in Demotte; and we have members in Cedar Lake and LOFS. So hopefully we will see you this season.

Apr 02, 2009
For SueZ
by: Brycie

I belong to The Hoosierettes Chapter of Women in the Wind. You can check us out at Hoosierettes.org.

We will be meeting at the Jedi Garden in Griffith on Sunday, April 12th about 10 am. Also we have a ride to Monon scheduled for Saturday, April 11th. We plan to leave the parking lot in front of Zorba's Restaurant on 45th Street at 9:30 am.

Apr 02, 2009
You Go Girl!!
by: SueZ

Wow! Am I reading right? You are 71?? I just got my licence last year at 50 was kind of depressed thinking I'll probably only ride 10 years or so, or less! You are an inspiration! I'm in Lowell, IN. Do you ride with any women's groups?? I'd love to find one around here!

Apr 02, 2009
Love that Pic
by: Anonymous

I just love this photo of you on the Goldwing. You look so amazing. Heck, you are so amazing. You're an inspiration to me, a mere 58 yo biker chic. Keep on it girl. Cynthia C.

Mar 26, 2009
by: Lizz1958

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I, too started riding late in life. I believe it is sweeter because I enjoy it more than I would have in my 20's or 30's. I am 51 now and I hope that I will be riding 'til they put me in the big oven.

Liz Z

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