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Women Ride, IMS Shows

January 17, 2011

lilredridingliz at IMS November 2010I have now attended the International Motorcycle Show in San Mateo for the past three years. During the most recent show in November 2010, I volunteered a few hours of my time in the women’s area, titled Women Ride. I wanted to do my part to encourage women who might be thinking about getting on a bike for the first time.

Women Ride center, IMSThe Women Ride area is graced with banners featuring photographer Christina Shook’s imagery from her book, Chicks on Bikes. For those who haven’t yet had an IMS come to a town nearby, make sure you go, if ONLY to see Christina’s photos. The imagery is powerful, and if you don’t yet ride, this may light the spark; I got goose bumps walking up to the Women Ride area and seeing Christina’s photos enlarged. I feel both a kinship with the women depicted and also a debt of gratitude to them for paving the way so many more of us can enjoy the sport of motorcycling, whether for commuting, touring, racing, or simply just the pleasure of being on two wheels.

Gin Shear and Sue Slate, of the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, are the driving force behind organizing the volunteers and seminars for the women’s center. They are incredible role models for riding, sharing enthusiasm, advice, wisdom and many stories of their decades spent on motorcycles. Women Ride also offers women’s riding gear to try on (with volunteers helping ladies get the correct fit), courtesy of the wonderful guidance of GearChic’s Joanne Donn.

I’m already looking forward to spending more time volunteering at the Women Ride center in 2011. It’s a great place to make connections, deepen friendships, and share my love of motorcycling with others.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2011 7:59 pm

    I’m hoping to get to the show in Minneapolis Feb. 4-6!! Last year I was hoping to get my motorcycle endorsement. This year I’m a rider!! Woot-woot!

  2. January 19, 2011 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the great shout out!
    I encourage anyone remotely interested in motorcycles to head out an IMS show. There’s so much to see and so many friendly people who share the love of bikes. The women’s center rocks this year and each city has a line up of superstar women speaking there.

  3. February 22, 2011 10:57 pm

    Just found your blog and wanted to say hi. We went to the IMS in DC last month, first time for me. Had a lot of fun trying on bikes đŸ˜‰

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