A glance at her resume might make you think that to this iconic Moto Maid, Gloria Struck, her greatness lies in her many achievements as a Sturgis Hall of Fame and Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee.
Gloria Struck is a sought-after media guest whose appearances span motorcycle rallies over the last 75 years. From the Sturgis Black Hills Rally, Daytona Bike Week, the Motor Maids conventions just to name a few. Her first solo motorcycle tour, in Canada in 1950, was the subject of a feature story in a 1952 issue of Harley-Davidson Enthusiast
There’s no doubt the 93 year old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother is ambitious. But what truly drives her is not the accolades or one more magazine article.
It’s meeting other women and being the inspiration that she is to people.
Phoenix Rising ~ The Women’s Moto Summit is pleased, honored and proud to announce that Gloria will be attending the 2018 October event. ~ Joan Krenning
As a child, Gloria watched his father and grandfather and brother ride motorcycles and wanted no part of it. It was her brother, Bub, who inspired her to allow him to teach her the art of motorcycling. And she has never looked back. She saw how riding a motorcycle could be used to accomplish good things.
She has frequently ridden to distant rallies for Motor Maids and the national Sturgis Motorcycle Rally into her late 80s, for which she spurns trailering. She estimates a lifetime 650,000 miles (1,050,000 km) riding on eleven Harley-Davidsons and three Indian Motorcycles she has owned, and went on motorcycle tours in Europe starting in her 70s. For her 90th birthday in 2015, she rode over 1,700 miles (2,700 km) from New Jersey to a Motor Maids rally in New Brunswick and back.
Gloria Struck was named to the Sturgis Hall of Fame in 2011,and to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2016. Source: Wikipedia
Today, Gloria has turned to making as many public appearances as possible, especially at women’s motorcycle events, adding value into other’s lives everywhere she goes.
Gloria continues to spread this vision of riding a motorcycle and how it is the best way to enjoy the freedom of life.
Phoenix Rising Women’s Moto Summit
Workshop Presenter: Shifting Gears