Profile of a Female Motorcyclist Meet Kathy
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? I have been riding for 38 years
How did you learn to ride? My dad bought my brother and I Honda 70 trail bikes. I sat on it and just took off. The wide knobby tires and bulky frame made it a perfect way to learn to ride.
What was your first motorcycle? The Honda 70 Trail Bike.
How many have you owned? I have owned 3 bikes in my life time. The little Honda – a Kawasaki 550LTD that I rode all through college and my Harley Sportster.
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? Freedom. Time alone inside my own head while trail riding as a kid. The open road and untold adventures the ride gives me as an adult. Freedom.
Tell us about your riding. I ride because I ride. I take my bike everywhere. Tooling around the city, long road trips like Black Hills and charity runs through neighboring communities. I ride year round – and living in Chicago – that is saying something!!
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Get out there and do it. Follow your passion – the ride will never disappoint.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? The longest road trip I have made was from Chicago to Sturgis and back again last summer. 15 women, bikes and the open, unpredictable roads – I can’t put into words how amazing it was. Actually – I can – and I did – check it out here.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? Yes – *Organized Chaos Chicago – a woman’s motorcycle club.
Do you have a favorite riding story? So many really – each time I get on the back of my bike there is a new story being woven into the fabric of my life. Riding with like minded women is a gift to me – the camaraderie and laughter shared – there is nothing like it in the world.
What do you do when you’re not riding? Think about riding.
*Organized Chaos Chicago is a women’s motorcycle group, committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists.
Thank you Kathy for your story and inspiring other women to ride! Gals, I’m always looking for more women to profile!