They’re not the oldest motorcycle group in the country but they ARE the oldest “ongoing women’s club” in the U.S. since 1940. The group started by Linda Dugeau of Rhode Island, a lover of motorcycles who enjoyed riding and sought to find others who shared her passion. The “mission” of the group was to, “foster a positive image, promote safe-riding skills and ride, sister, ride.”
“We’re not a motorcycle gang,” said Richmond Motor Maid member Pamela Jewell. “We’re not one of the ‘one-percenters,’ that’s for sure!” “We socialize, we ride,” she added. “We just have fun.”
The Motor Maids are 1,300-1,400 member strong across the United States. And their heritage is shared with a uniform, patches for completions and a love of the open road. The smells, sounds and varied nuances of the unique travel offered by open motor bikes is a special affection shared by all members.
74-year old Glennadine, who just returned from a 2,000 mile trips spanning 5 days to the Motor Maid museum in Iowa said that some of the riders are hard-core, many mile travelers and some are good-weather afternoon strollers. And the ages of the women ranges to 90 and up! Glennadine, who owns three Harleys all with over a 100,000 miles on them, is a many-mile traveler. She recalls one year she entered a contest for the most miles covered and came in fourth- after driving 33,000 miles in one year. The equivalent of 10 cross-country trips comes close to totally 33,000 miles. Glennadine, claims to have ridden over a half-million miles in the last 30 years.
The Motor Maids consider themselves dedicated riders. They do not wait for the sun to shine through the clouds to finish their trek. They take the opportunity to enjoy the world from the open seat of a, loud, pulsating motor-bike. And if you want to wear the Motor Maid’s colors on the back of YOUR jacket, make sure you ride your own bike to the conventions. “If they trailer it (their bike) they are a guest. There’s no trailing in our club.” said Glennadine. No matter what the weather, rain or even snow, “you still ride.”
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