Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #4 | Lora J.
Meet: Lora J.
1. How long have you been riding?
I grew up on mini bikes, but I was always just a little scared of riding back then. When I was 18, my husband would let me give him rides on his dirt bike. On Mother’s Day, seven years ago, I got my first bike and have been riding my own ever since.
Lora’s First Bike
2. What do you currently ride?
Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?
I have owned two bikes. My first one was an 1100 V Star. I have since purchased my Heritage Softail, which I got for a screaming great deal. I kept my V Star for my 16 year old son who has now been riding a few years.
Lora’s son on her V Star
4. Does your bike have a name?
I haven’t gotten around to my new bike. Any ideas?
5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike.
I love riding my own bike and I feel more safe when I am in charge. I actually had my first street bike before my husband got his. I have always felt free riding my own bike. Riding is like Prozac. It relieves a lot a stress.
Riding is something I had wanted to do for a long time, but I waited until my kids were old enough to watch themselves. Kids first, riding second.
Lora with some of her riding sisters.
6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?
All women riders are my inspiration. I have found that women tend to ride safer then men, and women always form a bond, no matter the age difference.
7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?
Meeting new people.
Motorcycles are always a great ice breaker. There is always a story.
8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.
My favorite two wheeled story was my first women’s trip with about 20 ladies. The oldest was 66 and the youngest 32. We rode to Wisconsin, got rained on and ended up drying our clothes out at a Casey’s along the way. We rolled into the Dells in matching shirts and people everywhere wanted to take our pictures with them. It was my first time to go on a trip on my bike with only women.
Our trip was full of adventure. We had a couple ladies wreck, we lost stuff along the highway, people left their blinkers on (apparently this makes a few ladies really bitchy). For the record, it wasn’t my blinker, but it was a lesson! I now always make sure my blinkers are off and I learned how to ride in formation.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience.
9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?
My advice would be:
- If you lay your bike down get back on.
- Don’t buy a brand new bike to begin with get a nice used one.
- Ride alone on less populated back roads so you can get in uninterrupted practice.
- Never let your bike get dusty.
Lora and DeAnn
10. There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be? Or, if you were to add your own code, what would you say?
Always ride like a lady. Keep it classy, girls.
11. Final words?
Ride every chance you can, you never know when it might be your last.
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