Never Say Never

 

In 2001 I was content being a passenger sitting behind my husband on his motorcycle. I don’t remember exactly when I had my aha moment that made me decide I wanted to ride my own but I’m so glad that happened! I convinced our daughter to join me in taking a riders edge class. In May 2003, with much apprehension, we showed up for our first lesson. I had never even started a motorcycle before so I was very nervous and excited at the same time. I admit that It was a long, tough weekend because of concentrating on all that you are being taught. We both got our endorsement and my life has never been the same since then.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ride my own big motorcycle!! Look at me…I am doing just that and I’m excited about sharing my passion for riding with other women riders. Hey ladies…YES YOU CAN!

In 2008 I was appointed Director for our local Harley Owner’s Group® Chapter. I knew that I would need to prove myself as a woman rider to some of the male riders in our group. It didn’t take long to gain their respect and for them to realize that women love to ride just as much as they do.

American Woman Riders are real women like you and me. We come from different social and family backgrounds from all across our United States of America. We are professional women with many different occupations. We are grandmothers, mothers, daughters, wives and single women. We are not perfect and that’s a good thing. We share a passion for riding, enjoying and discovering our beautiful world by using two wheels.

Only you can make that decision and make it happen. I will guarantee you that your life will change. You will make a choice to share a special bond with other women riders. If you are hesitant to take that first step at learning to ride contact me and let’s talk.  Never Say Never! Say, YES I CAN!

Tina-HarleySkyAngel

www.americanwomanriders.com

harleyskyangel@comcast.net

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When the Handlebars Are in Your Hands

Tina Reeves: American Women Riders

I was asked this question this past weeekend: What would I tell new riders to help keep them safe?

Just because you have that motorcycle endorsement and you have that new bike doesn’t mean you know everything. It’s the beginning of your learning to ride process.

You need to take the time to get acquainted with your motorcycle. Learn your controls and location so that it becomes a natural reaction to use them. Adjust the mirrors for you and always remember that even though you use those mirrors always do a head turn check of traffic before changing lanes.

Always keep scanning ahead and keep your eyes moving. Use your defensive riding skills and expect the unexpected. If you are riding in a group don’t follow so close that you can’t avoid trash or potholes in the road.

Something very important when riding is do not panic. Panic overpowers your ability to make decisions and maintain control. I remember the first time I had to brake quickly. First thing that came to my mind was don’t panic. I can do this and that helped stop me from losing control.

Go out on some low traffic streets or find a empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice and practice some more. It can sound intimidating to a new rider but it will all become second nature after you gain experience and confidence. Respect your motorcycle and be proud that you are doing something that will change your life.

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!

Tina-HarleySkyAngel
American Woman Riders