I’ve just spent a great afternoon combining two of my favourite things: riding my Street 750 and eating cake. I wasn’t alone as I was taking part in the Ladies of Harley Afternoon Tea ride, one of the many organised ride-outs at the Thunder in the Glens Rally.
My Street 750 was the most understated bike in the 30-strong throng but that didn’t mean I felt out of place. I was welcomed by Lorraine McGuire and Linda Adams, both are members of the Dunedin Chapter and helped organise the ride plus the other girls from around the country who were all there with one common cause – to have fun on their bikes with the added bonus of a sweet treat at the end of the ride.
Lorraine and Linda, both of whom ride variations of the Sportster, are active in organising events at the Dunedin Chapter specifically with women in mind. There are currently over 390 members making up the Chapter and it includes around a dozen Ladies of Harley members who ride. With theirs being only one of two chapters covering the whole of Scotland, it’s a broad church.
I also met with Sandy Greenham, a Soft Tail Deluxe rider and Aire Valley Chapter member, who'd made the journey north from Yorkshire. Sandy's passion for Harleys, like that of many other riders, stems back to childhood when she fell in love with the chrome synonymous with H-D. Having passed her test a few years ago she became an active member of her chapter and loves the camaradarie and social scene it brings.
Ladies of Harley is not just for riders, it’s a way of engaging pillions too. With events and rides specifically aimed at women riders it’s very inclusive, and if this ride was anything to go by, well run and enjoyable.
The route took us along the B9152, with sweeping bends, a few undulations and at times hugging Loch Alvie. To ensure the group didn’t get split up we sat at a sedate pace of between 40-50mph, at these speeds the Street 750 held the road well and gave me plenty of chance to take in the spectacular views.
Whilst chatting with the ladies it became very apparent that they have a passion for their bikes and I was impressed by the mix of bikes being ridden. They definitely must raise a few eyebrows when they turn up on mass, riding machines usually associated with big, burly blokes. It’s definitely a case of ‘Girl Power!’
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