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“WOMEN MOTORCYCLE RIDERS” AKA “HARLEY WOMEN RIDERS” AKA “HARLEY WOMEN BIKERS”

 

Women bikers have come a long way from the rough and tumble motorcycle babe early 1900s to today’s society.  The stereotypical image of the burly male bikers straddling his two-wheeled freedom machine and riding off with a “biker babe” in tow is becoming something of the past.

Even before the 1921 article and Harley Davidson model catalog, the adventures of several women riders had already been documented in the Harley Davidson magazines. Out of all the documented stories; two of these stories were popular in pioneer days regarding women becoming independent involving learning and driving their own motorcycle was of Della Crewe (1914) and Effie and Avis Hotchkiss(1915).

The inspiring story of Della Crewe’s traveling in 1914 on her two-speed Harley Davidson with side-car starting from Waco, Texas to New York City, New York with her Boston bull pup name “Trouble”.    

Of course, there’s a story of Effie and her mother Avis Hotchkiss in 1915.  Effie purchased a three-speed Harley Davidson and added a sidecar for her mother so they could travel and see America; very inspirational. Their traveling story from Brooklyn, New York to the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco. There are a lot more stories of our pioneer women riders during the years even though Motorcycle Industries was still known to be a man’s world.

From pioneer to our current time, women riders or bikers are becoming very popular.  Before, a woman out riding usually with a male biker driving; now “most women are the driver: the feel of freedom, the thrill of traveling, the feel of being in control, and the love for speed”. I’ve known women riding Harley Sportsters, Dyna Wide, Electric Glide, Shovel Heads, Road King, Heritage and other different make and models like Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki.

Myself, I do not know how to ride a bicycle; and yes, I ride my Harley Davidson Road King Classic (picture) every chance I have and mostly everywhere I go if the weather permitted. The freedom and being in control, and especially the thrill.  The early years of learning to ride was not so thrilling at the time; due to the fact of finding out that trees, corner of the house, the light pole, the home dug well, and side of the barn does not move; but practice and being consistent is worth not giving up . I love the deep sound of a Harley Davidson; it does not matter if I am riding down the road, or hearing a Harley pass by the house – the distinctive, awesome and unique sound that I always pause and look.

Harley Davidson was always the men’s world, not anymore; the women are just as much a demand as men are according to Harley Davidson reviews, not for just for posing on the motorcycle for the Harley Davidson magazines and but as “RIDERS”.

 

 

 

 [Feel the freedom, my sisters, enjoy the ride and be safe].

 

 

 

JUNE BUG CAN THROW A MIGHTY PUNCH

 

“To ride WITH a windshield or WITHOUT?” Knowingly, mostly everyone who rides a motorcycle; it does not matter if it’s a Harley, Honda, Suzuki etc.., has ask this question at least once.  For myself, I am a Harley rider, I prefer having a windshield on my motorcycle – knowing reality facts, “[BUGS do Hurt]”, and also, an extra protection from flying debris.

I used to ride my sportster years ago without a windshield – {Freedom} as they say. One evening on our way back from a motorcycle run; I got hit by a June Beetle also known as a June Bug, it missed my helmet and shattered the right side of my riding glasses. Pulling over on the side of the highway, between the tears and the soreness from where the bug hit, somehow, we manage to make it home.

The next morning, it looks bad and felt worse {black eye, swollen and all}.  A friend stops by that morning and his facial expression tells it all; but it never fails “Does it hurt?” he asked. Hubby(Richard) reply “Nope, she was changing lane when the June Bug put on his breaks. Here’s your sign!” This I give Bill Engvall (comedian) the credit.  During that week, I decided maybe I should have a windshield put on the sportster. Well, to make the story short, today it doesn’t matter what type of upgrade or customize I do on the Harleys – it will always have a windshield, my preference.

There are seven (7) reasons why:

1.    Eliminate most of the bugs hitting the rider.

2.    Helps when you get caught in the rain.

3.     Help save a rider mostly from gravel/rocks thrown from tires.

4.     Other flying debris off the cars/trucks.

5.     It helps tone down the wind a little.

6.     It is an extra protection from horse, cow and hog trailers.

7.     It makes the ride and enjoyable trip.

There is no correct answer to the question. I do have friends who will ride without a windshield, but it always depends on each persons’ preference.

So….”[Would you ride your motorcycle with or without a windshield?]”

 

HARLEY DAVIDSON WINDSHIELD VERSES OTHER BRANDS

“We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing.”  Like the wind; pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain.  To counteract this, a windshield will deflect at least some – if not most – of that windblast away. Article written by Rider motorcycling at its best.

The windshield or windscreen is an extra protection that helps shield the rider from wind and flying debris such as dust, insects, and rocks. Not every biker likes to have a windshield on their motorcycle, but this article is for the bike riders that like having a shield in front of them as they ride.

Windshield helps keep the bugs out of your teeth and the rain feels like shot from a shotgun. They, also helps protect the riders from large bugs spatter (like June Bug) that almost knock them off their bikes, as well as debris that comes from vehicles either passing or that is in front of them.  They are great in the wintertime to block the cold wind.  The winter wind will make your hands numb no matter if you’re wearing riding gloves or not.  Article written by Ivstars386.com.

In the early years, windshield was made with acrylic (plexiglass) type, they were known to be crystal clear, however, drill mounting put stress cracks in the acrylic and lead to breakage.  The industries have come a long way; up to today standards; the Quantum Polycarbonate (Lexan) is the toughest material made that outstands the others with much better strength, better optical quality, and far better scratch and abrasion resistance.

In my early years of riding, Harley Davidson’s windshield were the best made; the different variety, the width {how wide you prefer}, the length {how tall you prefer}, the quality, and the offset of tinting in colors or clear.  Today, the industries are booming, we have so many companies making windshields with good quality that compete with Harley Davidson. Don’t get me wrong, I will always prefer Harley Davidsons windshield for my Harleys; but earlier this year when I replace my Road King windshield, I found another company called “[Freedom Shields]” that made good quality windshield also; but that a story for next time.

So, Harley Davidson windshield verses other Company Brands.  It all depends on the rider.  Sometimes cheap is not a good thing, I know everyone is not made of money; but a good, quality windshield might save your life and makes the ride very enjoyable. Safety should be your utmost concern, because the most important person is “[YOURSELF]”I will always recommended Harley Davidsons but it’s the riders’ choice – “[A good, quality windshield provides a rider an extra protection from the environment and on the road, and it’s worth it!]”