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Upgrading the Pavement in Griffin GA – Rhonda H

AWESOME WOMEN RIDER ~ MS Rhonda H!

Occupation:  technician assistant

Rides:  08 HD Crossbones, 06 Big Dog Mastiff

5’ 7”

Rhonda. When did you start riding and what got you involved in motorcycles? 

I started riding 4 1/2 years ago.  I have always loved motorcycles, the sound of them, the look of them, and the way they look rolling down the road.  My fiancée started riding in 07 and like most women, I was on the back.  Well that lasted about 3 months and I decided that I wanted to learn to ride and be in the driver seat.  He bought me a 03 Sporty 1200 C to learn on.

How has riding motorcycles impacted your life? 

I have met some really amazing women riders.  The comrade of the brotherhood and the sisterhood.  Has taught me that The Code should apply to your everyday life.

What do you like most about your Crossbones? What kind of modifications have you done?

Hmmm… What do I like most about my Crossbones?  Well for starters it is just a bad-ass bike that you typically would not see a woman riding.  She handles beautifully.  Her saddle height is amazing.  She is just an all-around good motorcycle.  And I love the flat black look with the springer front end.

Modifications… wow, too many to list.  Performance Machine Stealth Cut wheels, rotors and pullies (black military grade anodized).  Kuryakyn Hyper Charger air breather (wrinkle black).  Upgraded pipes to Vance and Hines Big Radius (flat black) and power commander.  Custom made (by Eric) axle nut covers that were turned down on a metal lathe then sent out to be powder coated black.  Upgraded seat to a HD Brawler (this lowered me 2 – 3 inches in the saddle).  Changed the primary, cam and tranny covers to the wrinkle black.  I am sure there are more; those are the ones that come to mind right now.

What do you like about the Big Dog? What kind of modifications have you done?

And my Big Dog… love love love it.  The speed and power it has is amazing.  And like the Crossbones, just not your typical “chick” bike (well not here in GA…LOL).  Oh yeah, the bike and I look amazing rolling down the road.

Modifications…. S & S dual runner for the air breather… Vance and Hines Big Radius Pipe (chrome)… spiked triple tree nut covers… tribal forward controls… push seat with alligator inlay… again, many more… just those are the ones that come to mind at the moment.

What the riding weather like in Griffin GA?

Normally we can ride year round here in GA.  There are a few months in the winter where it is just too cold for me to ride, below 35.  The dead of summer months are just miserable with temps near 100 and 90 % humidity.  In my honest opinion, that is just too miserable to ride and enjoy yourself.

What has been your biggest challenge with riding?

Learning how to make tight turns and make U-turns.  (hahaha)  Starting out on an incline with controlling the throttle, clutch and brake all at the same time.  And mostly, looking out for the cagers that seem to have a blind eye to motorcycles.

When you’re not riding motorcycles what are you other interest?

I like spending time with my fiancée.  Love my 2 dogs… 11 yr. old pit-bull (Miller) and 10 yr. old chocolate lab (Ginger).  I like gardening (love flowers) and reading when I have the time.

What advice do you have for other women riders?

Get out there and ride.  It does not matter what you ride, as long as you ride.  I tell women all the time that if I can do it, then you can too.  The best experience that you can get is to get out there on the road and just ride.  Start slow and work your way up to it.  I started in an old WalMart parking lot.  LOL 

How is riding therapy for you?

Riding just takes all the stress out of me.  There is no greater feeling than feeling the wind in your hair, the sunshine on your face and the power between your legs.hahaha

Riding just makes me happy.  Hell, I should have started it years ago.

Ride Therapy! Ride safe. Ride Often ~ Ride ON!

Brenda Fox

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9 Comments

  1. Rhonda – how do you like that springer front end?
    How is in on the freeway at a slight bend over 65mph?

    Sweet paint job on the helmet – what kind is that?
    How does it feel at speed, does it bobble around or stay put pretty good?
    Keep upgrading the pavement, you do it well 🙂
    Brenda

  2. weezee

    I traded in my sporty I had for 19 years and went searching for a Crossbones. REALLY REALLY wanted one. First one I saw was in 07 and i knew that was my kind of bike. Found one but quickly realized, I probably couldn’t afford my payments. i had to settle on a Street Bob. Not real happy. Rather have my 77 Sportster back.
    Oh well, my time will come.
    Ride on girlfriend….

  3. Rhonda

    Brenda…
    that springer rides like a charm at highway speeds. Have had it up to about 85 on the interstate, very smooth ride.

    The helmet is a DOT approved helmet. I believe it is a Bell half helmet. The helmet sits good and does not bobble or pull back on my head. Very comfortable helemet.
    The paint job on it was custom done by a guy in Panama City at the Thunder Beach Rally. I told him I wanted it to match my bike, and lo and behold, he did a jam up job on it. He also put my name on the back of it in script letters. He did such a good job that I have had people ask me if the helmet came from Harley with the bike. The next year, I had the same guy do the pinstripping on my horn cover to match. I can not recall his name, but he is awesome.

  4. Rhonda

    @ weezee… thank you hun.. LOVE LOVE LOVE my Crossbones. Don’t know if you know it or not, but Harley is not making that bike anymore. Apparantly it was just a limited time thing, much like the Deuce. But there are still some out there, just have to look for it. We bought mine in 08.. traded my Sporty for it. First time I saw it was in 08 when Karen Davidson rode one down to Daytona for Bike Week. I was like, damn I love that bike and then they started showing up at my local dealership. And the rest is history.

    ride on my friend 🙂

  5. Rhonda – When I rode with Karen Davidson out here in Cali she was riding a Crossbones! Love that bike, so glad you scored one!
    B

  6. Rhonda

    Brenda….
    The first time I saw the bike out in the real world was when Karen Davidson rode the Crossbones down to Daytona for Bike Week in 08. I thought well damn, if she can ride that bike, then so can I. Love my Crossbones.

  7. Theresa

    LOVE seeing a woman riding a Big Dog!! Maybe in a few years I can join the Big Dog family too. 🙂

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