Monday, September 24, 2012

A Look into the Life of IHG - One or Two Questions at a Time

Do you feel you are treated differently because you choose to ride a motorcycle and are a woman?
People are usually shocked when I tell them I ride a Harley.  I usually get the line..."Wow, you don't look like a biker."  I always want to ask what they think a biker should look like but I don't.  I don't necessarily think I'm treated differently by other bikers.  I'm treated differently by some narrow minded Yupsters but who cares!

The one thing that I thought was pretty awesome was when my Mom told me that she was proud of me for learning how to ride my own motorcycle.  It always feels good when your folks are proud of you!! 

Do you have a favorite rally or event?
My all time favorite biker event was bike night at Porky's on Douglas Ave in Des Moines.  It was the best bike night in town.  I was crushed when they tore it down to build a grocery store that they still haven't built yet.  There is just a big empty lot where Porky's once stood.  It makes me sad whenever I go by it. 
The only rally that I've attended is Sturgis.(2004, 2008, 2009)  I'm hoping in the next year or two to ride my own there!  I think that will probably be one of the greatest times of my life.  Something I've dreamt for many years.  Each time I've been to Sturgis I've cried when we leave.  It seriously has felt like home to me each year I've went.  You have to experience it to understand.  


Trobairitz said...

Isn't it funny when we get the "you don't look like a biker" comment. I went to the bank to pull out some cash a few years ago to buy a used bike the teller asked if I was doing anything fun with it. When I told her she said I didn't look like I'd ride a motorcycle.

Preconceived notions are funny. I am glad you enjoy Sturgis - a lot of people do. I have no urge to go whatsoever. Way too many people for this loner.

fasthair said...

Ms. IHG: Porky's was the best! None of the "bike night" places since can even hold a candle to the good times that was had there. I can't even remember the last time I was at one.


SonjaM said...

Good that we don't look like bikers eh? Because they all look the same, right? Bald or bad haircut, always sans ATGATT, showing off their hairy backs and beer guts, the body full of ugly tattoos.
We are so lucky that we don't have to think in stereotypes ;-)

Hogman said...

You know,you try to tell people about the magic of Sturgis,but when you see that blank stare in their eyes,you can't help but think about the words on the t-shirt,"If You Don't Ride,You Wouldn't Understand"

KT Did said...

I'm happy we look the way we do... whatever that is, LOL! Keep up the Q & A, I always like to read them!

Dan said...

I dont have hair on my back, does that mean Im not a real biker?:) Hi Steph, Im really proud of any gal who rides her own bike.
I love going to sturgis like you. This year was 20 years and I hope for many more. Also hope to make it over to one of your bike nites next year to finally meet you. Have a great fall. dan

CBarton1 said...

"You don't look like a biker" I get that all the time!