Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Women love motorcycles


Because I am a Harley-Davidson rider and enthusiast, I have blogged often about motorcycles.
 A beautiful summer day and leisurely riding the back roads of Wisconsin is something I enjoy more and more every time I ride.   This summer I had to cancel out of a planned one week organized ride to New Hampshire because of a change to the senate floor schedule, and I missed the Scott Walker ride because of the senate schedule.  However, family gatherings allowed a ride to Eagle River and a ride to Wautoma and the weather was excellent. 
Female riders are no longer a novelty.

Marc Lachapelle has written a piece for MSN Autos about the growing phenomenon of women and motorcycles. Lachapelle writes:

Women now own 12.3 percent of all motorcycles in the country, up from 9.6 percent in 2003. That’s a 28 percent increase in five years. To put these numbers in perspective, ownership levels were 8.2 percent in 1998 and 6.4 percent in 1990. Women also make up close to 23 percent of the entire population of motorcyclists, which was estimated at 25 million total riders nationwide for 2008. The proportion was 18 percent in 2003, for an impressive gain of about 27 percent in five years.”

Why the rise in popularity?

More than ever before, there is a wide range of motorcycles for women to choose from including various levels of size, comfort and luxury.

A greater availability of riding gear that looks and feels good is also creating a wider appeal.

Harley-Davidson has especially made an outreach to women with female-only events and workshops. The company devotes a website just for women. 

You can read more in Lachapelle’s article. Lachapelle has a keen interest in this topic.

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