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Lace Wheels - Motorcycles and Women

Through out the history of the motorcycle there have been but a few women that dared to straddle the haunches of there own steel horse, until now.

Every year, more and more women are coming to the realization that they can get off of the back and get their own ride. Feeling more empowered today then ever before, women are exchanging the back seat of their old man’s custom hog for a sweet bike of their own. These women aren’t the butch haired, tattooed, Early women motorcycle pioneer
masculine stereo types of old. They are doctors, lawyers, homemakers, and teachers. They’re the girl next door or somebody’s mom. They are women just like you. Women that have come to the realization that they can learn to ride a motorcycle.

Women account for at least 12 percent of all of the motorcycle riders in the U.S., with over 75,000 women enrolling in rider training courses last year. Some say that one out of every 10 motorcyclist on the road today is a women.

Another trend sweeping the country today is motorcycle groups and clubs that cater to women that ride motorcycles. On Google alone, there are 241,000 women related motorcycle club websites, and another 221,000 women related motorcycle blogs.

One such blog is “Lace Wheels – Motorcycles and Women”, the newest up and coming web presence on the Internet today, designed for women that ride motorcycles.

Sherry Walrath the owner of "Lace Wheels - Motorcycls and Women." Sherry Walrath the owner of “Lace Wheels – Motorcycles and Women,” with the help of her husband, found the strength and courage to realize one of her greatest fantasies. She got off the back; got her first Harley Davidson motorcycle, and she learned to ride it.
Although, Sherry has only been riding her Harley Davidson 883 Sportster Low, for a short time, she is a pro.  She loves riding so much that she wants to share her feeling of accomplishment and passion for riding, with every woman she meets.

Like a lot of women, Sherry harbored a deep longing to learn to ride a motorcycle. She tried to ride her brother’s mini-bike when she was a girl, but had a very bad experience. She crashed the mini-bike. Therefore, along with her longing to learn to ride, she harbored a deep seeded fear that she could never learn.

Sherry would ride on the back of her husband’s motorcycle when they went out on rides with their friend; although, all of her female friends rode their own motorcycles and would try to coax her to learn to ride and get her own motorcycle. Sherry would always reply that she was content, and that she loved riding with her arms rapped tightly around Sherry and her husband
her husband’s waist. This was partially true. Sherry did love to ride with her arms around her husband, but deep inside, she wanted to learn to ride.  

Fortunately, Sherry had a husband that had the same passion for motorcycling as she did. Seeing through her denial, he knew she really wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle, but lacked the confidence to give it a try on her own.

One day, while on a short ride around the neighborhood, Sherry’s husband turned on to a back road that went around the middle school in their town, and pulled over. Hopping off, he told her to get in the saddle. Hesitantly, but after a bit of coaxing, she moved up to the driver seat. Her husband got on the back. After going over the clutch, brake, throttle and gears with her, he said ok let’s go. Knowing she was in good hands, Sherry slowly pulled away from the curb. For the first time she was riding a motorcycle.

“She was a natural,” her husband told me. She never stalled or jerked the throttle, once. It was a good thing he was there because when she came to a stop, he asked, “Aren’t you forgetting something?” She had forgotten to put her feet down. All in all, for a first time, it was a perfect ride,

Sherry's first bike a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster Low
A few days after that first ride, Sherry and her husband went to their local Harley Davidson dealer and bought her the motorcycle of her dreams.

With the help of a few friends and a patient, loving husband, Sherry overcame her fears, fulfilling a life 

long dream. She knows how lucky she is to have the support and encouragement of friends and loved ones to help guide her.

This is why she has started “Lace Wheels – Motorcycles and Women.” Sherry’s goal is to help encourage as many women as she can, to step-up and get the courage to learn to ride.

Sherry would like your help in making “Lace Wheels – Motorcycles and Women,” the first place women, from all walks of life, come to when looking for the best informative, interesting information and articles on the Internet. Please help us and help your sisters that ride, or would like to learn to ride, by sharing your experiences.

 If you are a woman who rides a motorcycle, please share your story.  Please tell us how you overcame your fears, got off the back and got your own ride. Share stories about the open road, day trips, runs or rallies.  Share photos of friends that ride with you. Tell us what type of motorcycle you ride, or what your favorite bike is, and why. If you belong to a motorcycle group or club, you can share information about your group or club.

Please send us information in the form of an article, along with your contact information. We will review it, and where appropriate we will publish. If you have any information that you can share, which might possibly help other women gain the self-confidence and overcome their fear of learning to ride a motorcycle, we would especially welcome it. 

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