In the Fall 2021 issue of Ride Texas magazine, get inspired by women leading charitable events, fundraisers, and non-profit organizations in the motorcycling community.
Featured in this article:
- Ride the Wind; and
I’m thrilled to share news of the new RIDE TEXAS Magazine Women’s Editor, Julie Nordskog Andrews, a.k.a. #Squirrel. This is a new position, not just a new person! #womenridetexas
The Spring 2021 issue was also the debut of photographer, Lily Snodgrass. Check out her beautiful photos featured in “Finding Your Tribe.”
Don’t miss columnist Lucinda Beldon’s article on “Modifying an RV for Motorcycle Adventures.” Long-time contributor Carol Smith explains the differences between bike sharing and rentals.
If you have a lead on a great story or information about female-focused motorcycle events around Texas, please reach out to email@example.com
I learned to ride in the mid-90s on a 1972 Harley-Davidson Ironhead but didn’t know may other riders back then. Basically, I spent a few years operating a motorcycle. I gave up riding for a time when I become a mom. In 2015, I resumed riding, seriously this time, and became active in the women’s motorcycle rider community online and at women’s riding events. It was at one of these events I met Junie Rose. Junie has ridden every route of the 10-000-mile Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge since it began in 2010.
When the opportunity arose for me to ride the 2018 Hoka Hey, I saw it as a great way to inspire women riders to do more of what they love and challenge their limits. I’m grateful to the entire crew at Taboo Harley-Davidson in Alexandria, LA, my 2018 and 2020 HHMC sponsor, for opening this door to me and supporting women riders in general.
In 2018, online fundraising and BADASS patch sales (see link on right-side margin of this page) covered ride costs and Feeding America donations to provide “10,000 Meals for 10,000 Miles.” Feeding America is a top-rated, national non-profit network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. After the ride, I mailed a BADASS patch to every female HHMC 2018 Finisher.
Riding the 2018 HHMC on stock 2014 Dyna Glide was a challenge in every sense of the word, but I finished. Yes, in 21 days. Let’s just say it hurt the Dyna more than it hurt me. And it did hurt riding all day every day, sleeping outdoors next to the bike, navigating the route (and getting lost) without the aid of GPS. I’ve since taken a hard look at everything I could have improved on that ride. Which was…ya know, everything.
In preparation for the next Challenge, I’ve search obsessively for the best riding solutions. I’ve asked many riders and industry experts about riding gear and aftermarket parts. And I’ve been lucky to form friendly relationships with the people (who cheerfully answered endless questions) at Legend Suspensions, J&P Cycles, Klock Werks, Law Tigers Texas, Wolfpack App, Denali Electronics, and Twisted Throttle.
In addition, Ride Texas magazine and J&P Cycles’ Countersteer blog have given me opportunities to share some of what I learned. When not riding, I’m writing about riding. Or obsessing over how I’ll make espresso on the HHMC.
This year, I will ride fully equipped and finish in fewer days. I’ll be on my ’19 Road Glide with, first and foremost, upgraded suspension and lights. Better windshield, lighter helmet, all-weather riding suit, waterproof boots. Better coffee setup.
For 2020, I doubled my charitable goal to provide 20,000 meals with Feeding America. Sales of BADASS patches, BADASS stickers, and BADASS magnets will launch February 2020 on Facebook and Instagram @womenridetheirown and @hokaheyrider942.
By my count, a total of 14 women have completed the 10,000-mile Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge (HHMC)– ever.* Four of these women have completed two or more challenges.
To give an idea of the magnitude of the accomplishment, 949 riders in all have made the attempt. Hoka Hey hosted challenge rides in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. A rough sketch of the playing field over time shows: approximately 100 riders participate per challenge, and, although results vary from year to year, about one-third successfully complete the ride as “Finishers.”
To qualify as a Hoka Hey Finisher, a rider must follow a set of written directions provided at each checkpoint (about 2,500 miles apart) without the aid of GPS. The route is different every year, and riders do not know in advance where they will go. If the rider deviates from instructions, she must return to the point where she got off-route and begin again. In addition, riders must sleep outside next to their motorcycles for the duration. The total ride is approximately 10,000 miles.
The 2018 challenge began with 13 women riders, representing the largest number of women riders to enter a Hoka Hey Challenge. Seven women successfully crossed the finish line, and, of these, five were first-time riders. I was fortunate and honored to be counted among them.
Finally, the Hoka Hey is not a race. It is about finishing, no matter how long it takes. How long did it take? Well, as one of the last to cross the finish line, it took me 21 days. The fastest to finish the route did so in 10 days (with little to no sleep, I might add). But a fair average for time to complete the 10,000-mile route would fall in the range of 14 to 16 days.
Here’s a bit of wonky math: if 350 riders in total (give or take) have completed the Hoka Hey at least once, then women represent 4% of those finishers. And that is elite company.
The full list of past challenge participants and finishers is available on the Hoka Hey Challenge website. The next Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge will take place in 2020.
*Note: These are my observations and estimates only based on the information available. The are not official Hoka Hey Challenge numbers. Rider statistics were not recorded for the inaugural ride in 2010.
I recently shared the following in response to an Instagram post from @empoweringwomenriders (#followthosegals).
Sometimes you have somewhere to be with no ifs, ands, or buts. In those times, when you find you absolutely have to ride your motorcycle in the driving rain (pun intended), take extra precautions.
These are only a few pointers from my experience. Here are more detailed articles on the topic:
While not rain-specific, I want to stress the evermore critical nature of protection in the rain: wear all the gear, all the time. #atgatt #helmet #nobrainer
A closing point: rain gear and weatherproof gear can differ significantly. What you wear and/or wish to carry on your bike will depend on your needs. Read this gear guide for product specifications:
What experiences have you had riding in the rain? Which tips would you add to the list? 🏍🖤
@twistedthrottle @motoress @visordown @gearpatrol @klimwomen @denniskirk
***10,000 Meals for 10,000 Miles*** campaign. All July BADASS patch sales go to Julie’s Hoka Hey fund for donation to #FeedingAmerica.
Buy one $5.50 patch, feed 100 people!
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With @FeedingAmerica, and a matching partner grant, just $1 will provide 20 meals to hungry families this summer.
THANK YOU for making this all possible. #BeTheChange #EndHungerInAmerica
I’M GOIN’ FOR IT. If I told you I have a chance to ride the **Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge** starting July 15- and I need a hand to be able to do it-
would you be willing to pitch in $5 or $10 bucks?
Cost to ride 10,000 miles in about 2 weeks: $2,200
(that includes an est. $1,000 in premium gas alone)!
A few juicy details:
* We do not know the ride in advance. Nope. Nada.
* We are not allowed GPS. Gulp….h..e..l…p. LOL
* We sleep outside next to the motorcycle, every night.
* We cannot deviate from the route or speed. Yeah, they know! We have a personal tracker on us. Sigh.
I also hope to make this ride personally meaningful, with your help, by raising additional donations to @FeedingAmerica to provide ***10,000 Meals for 10,000 Miles***
That’s the Dream. Motorcycles, miles, meals. Hell, yeah!
If YOU can pitch in, or want to learn more, click below.
And THANK YOU. Because Women Ride Their Own!
P. S. Everybody asks, “Why?!” Because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It’s a chance to be among a handful of beautiful, strong women riders (out of 100 riders total) to represent … well, ALL of us beautiful, strong women riders! And it’s a chance to do Good. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
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