Howdyyyy from Nashville, TN
by Janet Pierce
(Nashville, TN USA)
I always enjoy connecting with other riders and especially women riders. I've been riding my own for about 12 years and rode passenger for over 20 years before that. I bought a bike and took the MSF course a couple of years after my divorce and after realizing that missing riding was not just emotional baggage after a 27yr marriage that started with a ride on our first date.
Many rides and many years and five motorcycles later I have around 80 or 90K miles under my belt, have ridden in all 'lower 48' states and hope to take a trip up the Alcan to Alaska (where I grew up and originally began enjoying rides), in the next year or two. I am soon to turn 66 and looking forward to a retirement check, although I can not yet afford to enjoy a full time retirement. Hopefully the extra income will help support a little more riding and less work.
I am active in the Motor Maid organization, North America's oldest women's riding group and the women I have met there are amazing.
At 53, my beginning riding career was filled with discouragement and upsets. I wound up taking the MSF course twice even though I passed on the first one. It wasn't until I found other women riders to ride with who supported and mentored me as I try to do newer riders now, that I got really comfortable and started to head out on my own as well as with friends.
I currently ride a '00 ultra classic which has kept my buns comfortable through many a long tour. However, so many bikes and so little time. I ran across this site while researching sport tour bikes. I found it very helpful and will be sending the site to some other women who I think will like it.