I think I look better now at 43 than EVER! I'm 5'8", 130 pounds, and my hair is long (finally).
I ride my own ride. I feel confident in that statement, even though I am not an expert rider. I grew my hair out to be able to put it up for the helmet. I do exercise to keep me stronger for riding - I won't be sore after a weekend. I think I use my "core" to ride, and heck - I can't eat while I'm riding!! I was a skinny, horrible hair, coke bottle glasses wearing teen. I DESERVE this!! I was no cheer leader, I was not popular...
I get "the look" from the passenger girls. In their 20's wearing a bikini top and shorts. I smile to myself and say age sure has wisdom. I have friends who have wives that are passengers, and they comment on my less than perfect riding. I told them when they get out on the road on their own bike, then we'll talk, 'cause they have no clue. I do tend to hang with hubby and the guys at a BBQ. Yes - I would rather talk about bikes, rides, motors, paint than my period or giving birth (which I never have nor ever will). The majority of those wives don't EVEN work!! No little kids, just too tired to work, and sleep all day till hubby comes home - then they make them go get take out!! ARGH!!!
I don't know if it's me or my bike, but I get alot of cool comments from guys. Advice, too! I feel like I'm in "the brotherhood". Hubby worries becasue he just does, and it comes out as criticism - but after almost 13 years, I understand him. I think he like the fact I ride my own ride, and is glad not to have my weight on his rear. Means he can have his own fun. He goes with his friends, me with mine, and we discuss over bug cleaning. Both of his sisters, my hairdresser and formerly (when I got my nails done) the nail girl (too prissy, gave it up, but, gosh, I need my hair coloring!)
Bottom line - chicks on their own bikes ROCK!
I just got my first bike yesterday..
but I rode with my family for as long as I can remember and I used to see the reactions my mom would get when she pulled up on her bike at events we went to. I'm 30, 5'5 and 121lbs, have 3 kids and hit the gym regularly and my mom going to be 49 this year and doesn't look a day over 35. ( i hope I take after her). My husband is quite happy with me and was a bit worried about me getting my own bike but that soon changed from worriedness to talk of showing me off next to him instead of behind him.
I also know about the "wives" you're talking about. I see them ALL THE TIME...ugh
Anywho..glad to be a part of this and next time someone gives ya a dirty look, blow em a kiss..