Women of Harley: Elizabeth S.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #8 | Elizabeth S.

 

Meet: Liz

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1. How long have you been riding?

I have been a back rest for about 5 years, but riding my own for about a year and a half.

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2. What do you ride?

I have a Black 2006 FXSTSI Softail Springer

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

This is my one and only, so far.  To be honest, it was actually a bike my boyfriend had always really liked and so when I saw this one, I honestly believe it helped persuade him that I should be riding my own.  I do really really really love this bike, though.  It had big ole’ 12 inch apes with about 3 inch chrome risers and it just looked so amazing!  I sat on it and it just felt like it was meant to be.

Like, this was the bike for me.

I have since done some upgrades and have many more ideas that I will eventually get to, but we all know that takes money!  My lil work in progress.  🙂

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4. Does your bike have a name?

Not yet… I am totally stumped on a name!   I think a name will jump out at me once I get all the upgrades completed.

 

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5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

My dad always had his motorcycle endorsement but he didn’t have a bike when us kids were growing up. Occasionally he would borrow a buddy’s bike and take us for a spin, but that was about it.

Later in life, I met my man, Andy, who had grown up riding motorcycles.  It was in his blood.

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Naturally, I started riding on the back of his Road King.  It was about 3 years ago that I decided I wanted to take the motorcycle training class through ABATE of Iowa.  I took it, passed it, loved it, but still didn’t have the bike.  I would dream and search endlessly for bikes online. About a year and a half ago I ran across my dream bike and emailed it to my boyfriend and said:

I think I’m in love!

He thought it was a pretty sweet ride as well, so I started checking into it and the rest is history!  I was SO excited the day we went out to pick her up!   It was a Friday and my boyfriend had just landed at Eppley Airfield after two weeks of business travel and he headed straight for Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson.   He took it for a test ride, looked it over thoroughly, I signed all the papers, we loaded it up in his truck and took her home!   Sadly, I had to work at the bar that night AND had a ton of stuff going on the day after, so it wasn’t until 2 days later that I was able to ride her for the first time.

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

I don’t know that I have one particular person in mind, but I can name a few!  For starters, before I was riding my own, every woman rider that I would see got me thinking “I could do that”.

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Secondly, my new girls: the “Biker Bi!ches”.   Those gals are so freaking awesome and inspire me to get out, be me and ride! We are all such awesome chicks and so glad that I have met each and every one of them!

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And of course, my best friend and boyfriend Andy.  He knows so much about bikes and can tell you the exact year, make & model of a bike that is 300 yards away.  I just wish I knew half the stuff he does.  He has stood by my side and pushed me to get on my own bike.  I am so happy that he did!  We have made so many memories already and can’t wait to make many more!

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7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

My favorite thing would be the camaraderie and the sense of friends/family that comes with it.  I have met some of the best people through riding motorcycles.  I think about 90% of my friends ride.   Riding creates an instant bond and no one cares about your social or financial status. The point is you ride and you like to ride. Everyone is so accepting of every walk of life and that makes for one heck of a party!

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

I’ll give a funny one.   Last year, after I got my bike, I was riding with my boyfriend and all of the sudden a giant bug went up my nose and down the back of my throat.  Nothing about going 70mph down the highway that involves bugs is a good experience. Trust me when I say, it was horrible.  I ended up slowing way down, trying to spit it out and trying not to throw up at the same time ALL while keeping the two wheels moving forward.  Meanwhile, my man had pulled over to the side of the road, so by the time I reached him, I looked mighty fine with watery eyes and slobber all over my cheek and shoulder. all thanks to trying to spit a bug out.   I got off my bike, regained my composure and then off we went again.

Oh, the life of a biker; those bugs never stand a chance, but they sure try!

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His and Hers

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

Just do it! If you have ever even thought about riding your own, then I highly suggest the ABATE of Iowa learning course. It teaches you so much and the teachers are great.  Just get out there, don’t be scared.

It is very empowering… not to mention bad ass.

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10. There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be?

I’m not really sure if this is a “biker code” but I absolutely love the saying;

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

I think it fits with us bikers. Yeah, we can be serious and get things done, take care of our families, hold down good jobs but we know that there is still so much more!  The experiences and the views are what we miss when we are so wrapped up in making a living. We have to be able to relax and for us, that’s riding!

We might not know where we are heading but we are out there enjoying the ride…

wherever it may take us!

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND, LIZ!!!

 

 

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Women of Harley: Tyree S.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #6 | Tyree S.

 

Meet: Tyree

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1. How long have you been riding?

I grew up on a farm and can remember riding little dirt bikes around the age of 10, maybe even a little younger.  As for a street bike, I have owned my Harley for 4 years now.

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2. What do you ride?

2008 Harley Dyna Street Bob.

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

 One, because it looked good on me.

 

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4. Does your bike have a name?

 No, but she is my baby girl!

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5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

I met Jordan the summer of 2007 and thought she was a pretty amazing lady.  I admired her for riding her own.

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Tyree and Yours Truly

Fast forward a few years when my brother came to live with me.  He was daring enough to let me ride his Honda Shadow and it was then I realized how much I still loved “going outside to play” and knew I had to get my own!

 

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Tyree and her brother, Clint

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

My Dad.

I remember being a kid and he would have my sister sitting on the tank sitting “criss-cross applesauce” and me on the back with my feet thrown up over his legs so I wouldn’t get burned by the pipes. Dad would do some of the craziest dirt bike stunts and I thought he was so cool!  He really taught me how to ride.

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Tyree’s dad and mom


7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

The friends and people you meet. It is like no other!! A respect and love for something that is so rejuvenating, thrilling and that gives a since of strength, power, and freedom.

It is something that someone who doesn’t ride, can’t understand.

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A few of the BB’s.  Regeana, Marcy, Elizabeth, Jen, Tracy, Me & Tyree

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

How can I pick just one?

Every “B!tch” ride has been amazing and the long trips to bike rallies are some of the best trips I’ve ever been on.  Even just jumping on a back winding road with one of your biker friends is a memorable event just the same.

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Back Road Shenanigans : Tyree & Jordan style

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

Do it!!!! If you have ever thought about it, it is so worth it.

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10.  There are many “Biker Codes” out there.  If you had a favorite what would it be?

Bikers have a brotherhood and sisterhood like no other. 

Unlike so many groups, bikers truly are a family, and bikers live by a code of respect.

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11. Final words?

Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, love honestly, laugh easy, keep it simple, ride often, ride free and never regret anything that makes you smile!

And, my dad always said “I work hard, and I play just as hard as I work“.

Thanks, Dad.

That’s the way I am choosing to live my life as well.

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Cheers!

 

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Women of Harley: Lora J.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #4 | Lora J.

 

Meet: Lora J.

 

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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.

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Lora’s First Bike

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2. What do you currently ride?

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail

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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.

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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.

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Lora with some of her riding sisters.

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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.

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7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

The freedom.

Meeting new people.

Motorcycles are always a great ice breaker.   There is always a story.

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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.

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

My advice would be:

  1. If you lay your bike down get back on.  
  2. Don’t buy a brand new bike to begin with get a nice used one.
  3. Ride alone on less populated back roads so you can get in uninterrupted practice.
  4. Never let your bike get dusty.

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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.

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11. Final words?

Ride every chance you can, you never know when it might be your last.

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Women of Harley: Chris Y

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature | Chris Y.

Meet: Chris

 

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1. How long have you been riding?

45 years

2. What do you ride?

2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model?

3 bikes

4. Does your bike have a name?

No .. I think that’s silly.

 

5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

I was never a girlie girl like my older sister.  Riding dirt bikes was far more appealing and began riding with my dad and brothers at a very young age.   I always rode dirt had a 50, 70 and 125 Honda, then added on Yamaha, Bultacos and Benellis.  I also rode a Yamaha 500 TT.  That thing had a compression release that if you didn’t get the head in the right position to kick start it would throw you clean off.   At the age of 16 I was legal to take the bike out on the streets, however, the first love always took me back to the dirt. 

Fast forward several years after teaching and riding dirt with my son.   It would take me too long to recover from riding and he was getting to be the age where being with your mom was not cool.  So, I decided to get me a street bike and landed with a Harley. They said that once you sit on a certain bike you will feel it.  So, off I went to kick some tires with one of my brothers at Dillon Harley-Davidson.  I must have sat on almost every bike there. I felt the “aha” moment when I sat on my 2003 Dyna Low Rider.  I said in an instant “I’ll take this one”.  Lately I have been looking at Street Glides. Maybe next year?
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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

My Dad and older brothers

7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

  • Biker always have your back.
  • The looks.   What?  A girl riding her own bike? 
  • Freedom and empowerment

 

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8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

1) I remember being the only girl in Council Bluffs, IA that rode her own bike and the guys would always want to ride. Of course, I always responded with “If you let me ride yours”.   Their response?

“I don’t have one”

2) I have fond memories of riding dirt bikes down by the river with my dad and brothers when I was a kid.   I remember trying for the first time to cross a 2X4 board that was across the stream, and I didn’t make it. Needless to say, I got the bike out but was muddy from head to toe. All you could see were the whites of my teeth and eyes.  

I have many other stories, but those stand out the most to me.

 

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Chris and her son when he first started riding at age 7.  He is now 20.

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

 I say go for it. Do NOT wait for a man to take you riding. But don’t start riding for the wrong reasons.  Believe me when I say that you can tell if a person (man or woman) is comfortable on a bike by the way they ride.  Don’t let anyone stop you if its what you want. But don’t get cocky once you start riding.  You may ride well, but don’t get over confident.

Remember: it’s not IF you go down, its WHEN.

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10.  Final Words?

Ride and ride like you stole it. Don’t wait. Just do it. Before you know it you’re old and standing there saying “I should have or could have”.

Not this chick.  I did it.

I love to see women riding.  When I first starting riding as a kid, there were none.   Now there are many.  I call them my wind sistas. 

 

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 Cheers!

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A Few Words From Jordan:

I have to take a moment to echo Chris’ words.  The biggest piece of wisdom given to me when I first started riding a Harley years ago:

There are two types of bikers: 

Those that have been down and those that are going down.  

Women of Harley: Jen M.

Harleys & Heels | Biker Bitch Feature #2 | Jen M.

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I met Jen a few years ago at a bar outside of Glenwood, IA.  A small group of us were meeting up to go riding for the day and Jen just happened to also be at the same bar with one of her friends.  We chatted for a little while, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 that I was able to spend some time with her and truly get to know her.   She is bubbly, vivacious, has a gorgeous smile and a sweet as can be personality.  This chick knows what loyalty means and is a girlfriend that you can definitely always count on.

Without further ado ~ Ladies and Gents:

Meet:  Jen

 

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1. How long have you been riding? 

7 Years

 

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2. Why do you ride? 

For my SANITY! I also love the beauty of the back roads, I meet amazing new forever friends, since I have no family here, the biker community has somewhat adopted me… pretty much riding my own Harley is one of the coolest things I’ve ever learned how to do.

 

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3. How many bikes have you owned and why did you choose your current model? 

My first bike was a METRO Scooter! It wouldn’t even go 30mph so I upgraded to a Ruckus.  I was actually in the Omaha Scooter club! HAHA! I have had four other bikes since… V-Star, Vulcan and now I’m on my second V-rod (my current model, MUSCLE, is my fave by far!)  She’s sexy and mean!

 

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4. Does your bike have a name? 

Baby

 

5. Tell us the story behind why/when you decided to ride your own bike?

My ex-husband had a plan. He wanted a motorcycle so he started himself on a scooter, I felt left out so he bought me one.(here’s where his plan starts) The Scooter wouldn’t even get up to 30mph.. Giant FAIL! So, he bought himself a V-star.  I then purchased a faster scooter but felt like a nerd riding alongside his motorcycle.  So, 1 month later he upgraded to the Volcan and I took over the V-Star.   Of course my V star was a slow pig and I needed some speed..  I mean, the 950 was cool for a little bit, but it wasn’t a Harley.   The ol’ ex took me to Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson one afternoon and said, “BABE you have to ride this V-Rod”.   I’m looking at it like… Nah.  

He begged, I caved, got on and well…

clearly the rest is history.  

 

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6. Do you have a biker who is your inspiration?

I actually used to ride behind my dad a bit.. he’s a cool dude! He rides horses now.. but loves and swears he’s going to buy another Harley one day.. he LOVES that I ride, and thinks my bike is pretty bad ass! That’s cool!

 

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Jen and her dad

 

7. What are some of you favorite things about the biker lifestyle?

I love how once someone see’s your a biker they pretty much accept you into their family.. It’s amazing how welcoming people are.. I’ve met some of my best and most loyal friends riding. It’s also just so much fun! I love hopping around to the little towns and having a beer and a laugh with some super cool people I would of never had a chance to meet. I just recently met a double recipient of the Purple Heart on my last bike trip! That was amazing!

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 Jen, her friend and the double Purple Heart recipient.

 

8. Give us one of your favorite two-wheeled stories.

I have to say my weekend trip to Awesome Biker Nights this year was so cool! It didn’t start off the best as I was super hung over, got pulled over on my way to meet a group of people I didn’t know, was a half an hour hate and it was HOT HOT HOT!  I was not in the mood to hang with (Bling we call her) sparkly butt that day and by the second stop after meeting up with this new crew, Cowboy Hat Sassy Girl was giving me the evil eye and I was just ready to ride out on my own.  Then something happened.  My mood changed, the atmosphere lit up, the cameras came out, the music started playing and it’s all history from there.   20 bikes, 35 people and now some of my best friends, ever!  I haven’t laughed or smiled that big in a long time! They adopted me and gave me the road name McSassy!  HA!  I think it fits!

 

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9. What advice would you give other females who are thinking about riding their own?

Don’t over think it, just get on and ride, it’s such a great experience and it gives you the independence and identity that you need in life. It’s fun to jump on the back sometimes but there is nothing like getting on your own, starting her up and knowing you can go wherever you want!

 

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Jen and I

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10. There are many “Biker Codes” out there. If you had a favorite what would it be?

Respect! Always respect the road! It’s like the ocean, it’s powerful and can change in a second! Always keep your eyes open! Nobody can see you! NOBODY!

 

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 Jen and Tracy

 

11. Final words?

Ride Fast, Live Hard and LOVE… Love the life that you’ve been granted because it doesn’t last forever!

 

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