I RODE “650 THOUSAND” MILES

And still going strong

Her name is Gloria+1,Gloria Tramontin Struck  and she has ridden enough miles to circle the circumference of the earth 26 1/2 times. At age 89, she hasn’t slowed down. In fact, she’s still picking up speed on her Heritage Softail.

Gloria has a great history that as riders we would all be proud and envious of, her brother taught her to ride in 1936 when she was only 10 years old.

In 1946, she joined the Motor Maids and has since enjoyed the camaraderie of other women who share her love for riding. She says there are more female riders than ever today and that motorcycle manufacturers are designing bikes better suited for women, with closer handlebars, for example.

Struck has had some close calls on the road, pointing to a scar above her left eye, but says she was never at fault and always got right back on the bike. She credits motorcycling with keeping her alert as she grows older.

“You have to concentrate on what you’re doing. You have to concentrate on what everybody else is doing. You have to have your eyes behind you, on the side of you, in front of you.”

As for how riding makes her feel, she says simply: “It clears your mind. … It’s being free.”Gloria+2

When Struck celebrates her 90th birthday in July, she will be at a motorcycle convention in Canada, surrounded by friends and fans who, she says, want her to “keep on going and I’m trying to.”

Having had what she describes as “an exciting and adventurous life” so far, she plans to continue riding on two wheels — never three — until she turns 100.

 

Trivia Question of the Month:

Question: What motorcycle company used a front end that they called the “Girdraulic front fork”?

Answer to last month’s trivia question:

QUESTION: What event gave birth to Harley-Davidson’s slogan: “THE EAGLE SORES ALONE.”  Was it

(A) When Vaughn Beals and Willie G. Davidson buy back the company from AMF, or was it

(B) When Indian “The last American made motorcycle company closed its doors in the mid 50’s or was it

(C) When Kentucky Fried Chicken started making nuggets shaped like Shovelheads?

  Answer:  (A) When Vaughn Beals and Willie G. Davidson buy back the company from AMF, in 1981.

Bo’s Monthly Words of Wisdom:

It didn’t look that far on the map!

UNTIL NEXT MONTH
“Live to Ride or Step Aside”

Written by Bo
“The Hog Shoppe”

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