I've had my license for about five years, and one thing or another (some legitimate excuses, some not) has held back an actual bike purchase. That all changed when I listened to my husband (host of Your Bike Life) interview the publisher of Women Riders Now recently.
During the interview, Genevieve Schmitt spoke of how the sport of motorcycling is seeing an influx of women riders, how the numbers are growing rapidly. She spoke of a women's only motorcycle conference coming up soon in Georgia, and the bonding and camaraderie. She talked about the infusion of freedom, confidence, and excitement you get from riding your own bike.
Then last week I read an article called What's Stopping You? on the same web site. For an entire week I dreamed every night about the Suzuki GS500 I saw at the Int'l. Motorcycle Show in Atlanta recently. Enough is enough, I thought, and called up the dealership that sold my husband and I our beloved Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe (shown here at right--we call her BeBe King).
Would you believe the dealership had exactly one GS500, and because it was a 2005 model, they were ready to make the deal of a century?! Needless to say, I had to have her (more pictures live here). Indeed, the world has changed, and though it scares me half to death, I couldn't be happier!