Women of the Sport
I receive articles or emails from riders from time to time. I don't have the
time to publish all of them but some I feel should be shared and this one I
thought would be a great one to publish. One of my readers and fellow B-king
rider (Kevin Patterson) submitted the article bellow. Kevin wanted to take
the time to acknowledge women riders who like most guys have a love for the
sport. I have not
at women any different then men when it comes riding. I have met many with
great riding skills and a big passion for the sport of motorcycle riding and
racing. In earlier years I did notice there were fewer involved then recent
years. I gauge this on participation I have seen at motorcycle events and
rallies I have attended past to present. To give an example, this years
Oyster Run 2009. This event is held in Anacortes Washington and attracted a
whopping 15,000 + bikes. This is a one day event and is noted to be the
largest rally in the Northwest. I noticed allot more women riding in to town
on everything from sport bikes to Harleys and even an occasional Custom
Chopper. How cool is that?
Women riders are far from new to the sport. Women have been making great
strides in the sport for the past 70+ years. Dorothy Robinson was one of the
first women to break down gender barriers and pave the way for female
motorcyclists. Prestigiously known as the "First Lady of Motorcycling,"
Robinson competed in a number of endurance runs and races, bringing home her
first victory in 1930 at the Flint 100 race. This iconic motorcycle legend
also became the first woman to win an AMA national race by taking a victory
at the Jack Pine National Endurance Championship in 1940 – a competition she
won once again in 1946. Robinson was also a co-founder of Motor Maids, the
first official U.S. motorcycle organization for women. The club encouraged
many women to give motorcycling a try.
drag racer Valerie Thompson set another record at Bonneville Speedway's 4th
International Motorcycle Speed Trials. Valerie clocked in at 161.736 miles
per hour on a panhead, an set an all-new land speed record.
In this same article we have Kimberly
Crystal Kelly with a 2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800 with a specially designed
side-car. Kimberly entered the record books with a speed of 108.214 mph in
the SC-G-2000 Gas class and 108.365 in the SC-F-2000 Fuel class. Her fastest
pass, 108.850 mph, came in the Fuel-class effort.
one of the most well known is
the 2008 AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year Leslie Porterfield.
Porterfield became the official fastest female motorcyclist in America this
summer at the International Speed Trials by BUB with a top speed of
234.197mph. In addition, she broke three land-speed records and became the
first woman to enter the Bonneville 200 mph Club on a conventional "sit on"
Read More Leslie Portfield -
These are a few examples of women riders that have excelled and in some
cases made careers in the sport of motorcycle racing. This all starts with
women getting involved in the sport and demonstrated a passion for bikes and
riding in general. Without further a due.. I'll let Kevin introduce you to
two women riders who excel on the road and on the track.
I'm Kevin Patterson, I just wanted to do a short article on women riders. I
have always thought that women have been kind of over looked in the
motorcycle word. There is a lot more women riders than you would think. The
first thing that most people think when they see a woman rider is that they
are inferior to other riders, but I beg to differ. Here is a good example of
two very good and experienced women riders. I have logged a lot of miles
with both and they are very impressive!!. Lisa Patterson and Carrie Robinson have 100%
different goals in there riding but both are very safe and courteous. As you
will see in the pictures and story's is that Carrie is into high performance
and Lisa is into scenic and long distance riding. These ladies can
I have been triple digits behind both of them!!
By Kevin Patterson
Bike: 2008 Suzuki B-King
Published: October 2nd, 2009
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