I Am Woman, Hear {My Harley} Roar!

  Yep…that’s me all decked out in my motorcycle garb sitting on a Harley.  Just call me Easy Rider! ;-)  

riding a harley

A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of Harley-Davidson, and experience what it was like to “ride a Harley!” I have to tell you…I was the envy of many friends and family members. :-) Who wouldn’t jump at that kind of opportunity? Harley-Davidson is synonymous with “COOL”!   

Even better? I got to go with 10 awesome women bloggers from around the country who were invited for the same event. Here we all are sweltering at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. lol. It was 107 degrees when we were there! So we all look a little bedraggled in this pic, but it’s the only group shot we got! (I look sad, but I’m just HOT! And not in a GOOD way!)  

harley mamas

 

Click here to find out more about the amazing Harley Women and their amazing blogs.

 

Why did Harley-Davidson invite all these cool women to Milwaukee? Well, when you think of “riding a Harley”, most people might think of it as a “guy” thing. Not anymore! Harley-Davidson is reaching out to women with some great programs designed to help ANYONE who is even just CURIOUS about riding a Harley get on a bike!  

My guess is there are plenty of you who would go for something like that. But for those of you who are still a little leery about riding a motorcycle, I have two words: NO CAGES! When I first heard that phrase out at Harley-Davidson headquarters I didn’t quite understand. But after spending some time on the bikes and with the people who ride (and work there)…I get it!  

Cages = cars…technically. But “No Cages” is bigger than that. It’s a philosophy of freedom and the independent spirit I believe is in every single one of us! That need to break free of the “norm” once in awhile and just “GO”. Where? Doesn’t matter. Just somewhere not on your familiar beaten path. Of course a motorcycle isn’t necessary to accomplish this, but it sure is fun! And honestly, I have yet to experience a more “freeing” feeling in my young life. ;-)    

  woman rider

  Lest you think you have to be a blogger to get this sort of opportunity, let me assure you you don’t! Harley-Davidson has created some awesome opportunities for women (and men for that matter) to experience Harley-Davidson up-close and personal and get a taste of the “No Cages” philosophy! The best way to get started would be to go to a Garage Party!

A Garage Party is an opportunity for women to join other non-riders for one night and learn the basics of motorcycling. Harley-Davidson dealerships around the country offer these get-togethers specifically geared towards women. I love their tagline…It’s like a book club, only louder! lol.   Now that I think about it, how fun would it be to plan a “girls night out” around one of these parties?  Trust me…they are a blast!  

We attended a Garage Party at Hal’s Harley-Davidson and learned SO much! Everything from how to pick up a bike that has fallen over to where do you carry your makeup and beauty supplies on the bike! :-) It’s a really fun opportunity to learn about Harleys from “real women” who ride them!    

garage party  

Yeah…I picked up that bike by myself!

Click here to find a Garage Party near you!    

After attending a Garage Party, if you’ve caught the fever and are ready to head out on the highway, Harley-Davidson provides a training program called Rider’s Edge. Also offered at H-D dealers, it provides you with 25 hours of expert guidance from certified instructors. If they’re anything like the instructors and the other wonderful Harley-Davidson people we worked with at H-D Headquarters…we’ll all be in good hands!      

harley instructors  

A few of the fine people who were our “tour guides” at H-D while we were there. (Dana, Amanda and Bill Davidson, great-grandson of company co-founder, William A. Davidson.)  

And just in case you’re wondering, after I finish Rider’s Edge training I’ve already picked out my “dream bike” bike. ;-) Awesome huh?    

my future harley

  My thanks to Harley-Davidson and the awesome people who work there who made 10 other bloggers and myself feel like we were “born to be wild”…at least for a few hot days in July!  

And as if that weren’t enough fun I’m heading out to NYC TODAY for the BlogHer annual convention where I get to meet up with these awesome ladies again!! Harley-Davidson is a sponsor of this event, and I’ll be tweeting and instagram’ing all over the place. :-) So excited!    

  Tell me what life with “no cages” means to you for a chance to win this Harley-Davidson Women’s Pink Label Embellished Nylon Jacket.   Women's Harley Jacket

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Comments

  1. Barbara Heymann says

    For my 50th birthday, I took motorcycle riding training course and got my motorcycle endorsement. I had not ridden a motorcycle before, only a scooter. Learning to shift was a whole new experience, but I did it! Nothing like two wheels…

  2. Mary says

    Life with no cages would mean to me that my husband and my kids could just pick up and travel around the world. We could camp, or bunk with friends but just experience everything we could.

  3. Norma D. says

    Cages=cars…….but there is nothing like the freedom of the wind blowing thru your hair on a bike! I don’t have one of my own, but my boyfriend has a Harley:) I love going riding with him!!!

  4. says

    What a fun event and campaign! To me no cages means not putting myself in one of my own making, like my first response of “Oh I could never ride a Harley” after reading your piece I thought, why couldn’t I? Very cool! I hope I get to run into you at BlogHer, I will be there with my partner Val! Look forward to meeting you!

  5. says

    SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the one you chose- I would have picked that one too. My hubs has the Road King in that red color of the one next to the one you chose- I can see the fender in there & it’s called Sun Glow Red because it sparkles with gold glimmer in the sun. We joke because in our garage we have a minivan & a Harley- total opposites.

  6. Donna says

    I’ve always dreamed of getting a Harley someday. I think they are beautiful and I always wrench my neck to catch a glimpse of one going by when I hear the trademark sound. My car definitely feels like a cage right now with two little ones and car seats and goodies that need to be with me at all times. It would feel wonderful to ‘escape’ a bit and drive around my beautiful area without looking through windows. :)

  7. says

    LOVE this! My husband had a Harley and we adore heading up to Wisconsin and stopping at biker bars along the way. Also have a great time in Key West with all of the Harley riders there!

  8. kesha says

    Oh how I love riding Motorcycles. It is so liberating to be on back roads enjoying the breeze and late day sun! This would be my no cages barred! It is so refreshing!

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