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AMA: Seminars determined for Women & Motorcycling Conference 2000

26 January 2000

Posted By Terry Callahan
Motorsports Editor, The Auto Channel
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- They are, by some accounts, the fastest-growing segment of motorcyclists. And they make or influence purchasing decisions on a surprisingly high percentage of new motorcycles. Who are they? Women riders. And for the second time in three years, the AMA will team up with women's motorcycling organizations to host a national conference focusing on this growing part of motorcycling.

"Growth for Both" is the theme of the 2000 Women & Motorcycling National Conference, which is designed to boost both motorcycling in general and women's participation in it. The conference will take place July 13-16 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a motorcycle-friendly community in the heart of Ohio's Hocking Hills region that is convenient to great roads and trails.

The conference objectives are to bring together a diverse group of women motorcyclists; to encourage women to participate in all aspects of motorcycling; to improve the public understanding of motorcycling; and to identify areas of motorcycle and aftermarket product development that will enhance motorcycling for women.

Conference features will include workshops and presentations, demo rides, a vendor area, group and self-guided rides, a street party, a bike parade, and a Saturday night program featuring a cookout and keynote speaker Karen Davidson, the creative director of general merchandise at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Planned presentations include:

If It's Broke, Fix It: A skills-building presentation teaching attendees how to fix common motorcycle problems. A general session presentation by an expert panel will be followed by smaller group demonstrations at AMA headquarters Saturday.

Support Your Sport: Detailed, nuts-and-bolts information about how to effect change in government regarding motorcycling issues.

Trauma and Accident Management: What to do first, second and never when an accident occurs. Get in Gear: Fashion and function for motorcyclists.

A Woman's Place is on the Road: How to travel alone and love it, including tips on safety, packing, routes and budgets.

Racy Women: A panel presentation and question-and-answer session by women who race motorcycles.

Growth for Both: How women and the industry can move forward by understanding one another's needs.

Careers in Motorcycling for Women: A panel presentation by women working in motorcycling. Make Your Bike Fit You: Getting a bike is the first step in making it your bike.

In addition, a dialogue room will be set aside for interactive sessions, allowing participants to meet and talk with women of significant achievement. This room will also be used for informal gatherings of presenters and attendees.

Registration is now in progress. To sign up for the conference, or to request a brochure, call (614) 856-1900. Or write to Women & Motorcycling National Conference, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147; fax (614) 856-1920; e-mail W&; or log on to

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