Bikes, Babes & Bling Empowers Women
Women bikers have activities and vendors geared just for them at Bikes, Blues and Barbeque.
Bikes, Babes and Bling used to be its own separate event but this year its incorporated into the rally.
At Baum Motorcycle Village in Fayetteville they have free riding lessons and other techniques to empower women.
“It shows the ladies how to go through the gears, have the feel of riding a motorcycle without the danger of being on the road,” said Manon Durand, part of women’s outreach for Harley-Davidson.
Devin Kennedy rode a motorcycle for the first time as part of the free lessons. She said the learning experience was amazing.
“I’ve sat on the front of a bike before like a little kid kind of thing, but I’ve never been in control,” Kennedy said.
“It’s a lot more power than you think it is,” Kennedy said.
Carolyn Hewitt, also with Harley-Davidson women’s outreach, demonstrated how with technique a person can lift a fallen 500-pound motorcycle off the ground.
“What I’m going to do is rock the bike back and bring it to a 45 degree angle,” Hewitt said.
Hewitt said this helps women feel independent.
“You don’t have rely on a guy anymore. You can do it yourself. It’s definitely very much empowers for women,” Hewitt said.
Whether lady bikers want to learn how to lift a fallen motorcycle or are learning how to ride, Manon Durand said it’s all about taking that first step.
“It’s something very interesting to see in their faces when they go to the first gear and you see this big smile on their face, it’s exciting to see this,” Durand said.
Hewitt and Durand said they also teach men how to ride and lift their bikes. The two instructors hold daily seminars at 11a.m. and 4p.m. until the end of the rally.