Next up – Profile of a Female Motorcyclist Meet Shirley (nickname: Roadrunner) is from Aiken, SC. As I continue this series I’m so appreciative of all the women that have taken the time to answer the questions and submit a picture or two.
Much wisdom and many life lessons are being written. I’m also being challenged and feeling the desire to become more than a hobby rider. Thank you friends!
Profile of a Female Motorcyclist Meet Shirley
How long have you been riding a motorcycle?
How did you learn to ride?
I learned the basics by riding at low speeds around my neighborhood. Then I took a Motorcycle Safety class. The safety class was a big confidence booster for me because there were others around with the same skill level as me.
I highly recommend to anyone learning to ride and even seasoned riders – take the safety class. You’ll learn a lot.
What was your first motorcycle?
I started on a Honda Rebel 250. I only had that bike for 6 months before I upgraded.
How many have you owned?
I’ve owned 3 motorcycles: Honda Rebel 250, Honda Shadow 600, Honda Spirit 1100
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle?
I rode by a scooter place one day. I was intrigued … it looked fun so I took a test drive. I had so much fun that I decided I wanted a scooter.
I decided to sleep on the purchase … and after more thought I decided a motorcycle would be better even though I’d have to learn how to shift.
Tell us about your riding.
Mostly for pleasure, although Friday’s are casual at our workplace so sometimes I ride my motorcycle into work on Friday’s.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle?
Before buying a bike, try out different models and notice how low/high they sit from the ground. You want to be as flat-footed as possible. Also, take the safety course.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your motorcycle?
The longest trip was from Augusta, GA to Maggie Valley, NC. I had been riding for a couple years and our riding group (Chrome Divas) took a weekend trip to the mountains. I think the total mileage for that weekend was 1,000.
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups?
For 3 years I rode with a great group of ladies, the Columbia, SC chapter of the Chrome Divas.
Do you have a favorite riding story?
Yes, I rode the Tail of the Dragon by accident (a road in NC/TN that boasts 311 curves in 11 miles). I had programmed my GPS to purposefully avoid the Tail of the Dragon, because I felt I wasn’t ready for the challenge since I had only been riding about 2 years.
I wasn’t paying attention to my GPS though. Before I realized it I was 2 miles into the Tail of the Dragon … too late to turn around. I had to keep going and it was so much fun after I calmed down. I ended up riding it two more times on that trip.
What do you do when you’re not riding?
Polish the chrome of course! 🙂 I’m an avid reader, I love to garden.
Thank you for stopping by to read Profile of a Female Motorcyclist Meet Shirley! I am always looking for more stories like your adventure into riding. Your experience, knowledge, and insight will encourage women in their motorcycling journey! Fill out the contact form and let’s connect!