This year’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take the time to recognize women motorcycle riders. Many events have been organized throughout the race weekend that are just for women. Some selected lady riders have been kind enough to share their riding stories with us. They come from different riding groups and organizations from all over the country, but they all share the passion of speeding through the streets on two wheels. This week’s story comes from Lynda!
AKA? Mrs. Dorfmeyer
What riding group are you associated with? I belong to AMA, MSTA, HOG and Ladies of Harley. I am mostly an independent rider, but support the sport and the industry.
How long have you been riding? On the back…a loooong time. I completed the Abate course here in Indy on 7/27/2003: so on the front it has been 8 years.
How did you get involved with your organization? My husband Rick is a charter member of the AMA, he also got me involved with the MSTA. He also introduced me to the world of motorcycle racing…Who knew? I was always a big race fan…but somehow I missed the motorcycle part????
What are some of your favorite biking events you have traveled to? I have so many….All 3 MotoGP’s at the Brickyard, I probably qualify as an evangelist for that event. MotoGP in Laguna Seca. Continental Tire 4 day excursion to the conti-drome and the back roads of Germany. Bonneville Salt Flats to see my sweetheart set a Land Speed Record on the Rayce Teams (Bloomington Powersports)Project 212 Honda cbr600, that they built in Tim Halsmer garage. The Tucker Rocky BFD in Ft. Worth, via Colorado and Arizona, the 4000 mile odyssey on the sportster with my sweetheart Rick, Craig and Jesusa Voris. Cheraholla skyway in the rain, Arizona 191 (formerly Rte 666) passed a sign that read 20 mph curves, next 60 miles). Oh yeah… we rode to Washington DC for the 1st 9/12 Rally….WOW.
What was the first bike you owned? Honda Rebel-Circa 1988
What is your dream bike? Whatever I am riding.
What drives you to be a biker? / What is the greatest reward you get from biking? I think I come by it honestly, my grandmother flew fighter planes (the P51) in the WASP (Women’s Air Service Patrol) in WWII. Her wings are in the Smithsonian in DC. My wings are on my Harley Davidson and the patches/pins on my vest.
My father was asking me the same question one day while driving down the interstate. We passed a van with a golden retriever with his head out the window, ears flapping, tongue hangin out… As we passed that van, I said to my father, ” Do you see that dog? He replied, Yes…I said “I GET THAT”. He has commented that he cannot understand how his college educated daughter aspires to be a “biker chick”. Riding is something I do COMPLETELY for me. I do not care about what anyone else thinks…that is mine. The rewards? I have met some unbelievable people, that is THE unexpected gift! Peace, a sense of adventure, the wildness of my youth…Harley says it well…Screw it lets Ride. !!!!
Any great memories of events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or memories of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP? My memories of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway go way back. I come by being an IMS fan honestly also. My father’s 1st job was at the Motor Speedway: he sold newspapers and sno cones when he was 12 or 13 (which we figured was around 1950 or so). He also worked the scoreboard, near the short chute, which consisted of 3 telephone poles placed in a triangle, with boards joining them. He had score cards and earphones and was responsible for keeping the crowds informed on the first 5 drivers. I have been coming to the motor speedway for the 500 since I was about 12 or 13 also. The Brickyard 400, Formula 1 and NOW the Redbull Indianapolis Moto GP! Too many exciting memories to write down!
I had an opportunity to be on the inside while this event was being put together, due to Rick’s friendship with Mel and his employer being Tucker Rocky, one of the sponsors of the MotoGP. I can honestly say that I will NEVER forget the first time I saw those guys test riding on the track…I COULD FEEL IT, and HEAR it. There is nothing like watching those bikes live and in person. Then coupled with it being held at IMS the shrine of racing…well it doesn’t get much better.
I think my next fondest memory is being able to see the expression on the people’s faces when I would ask, that first year, “Is this the first time you have ever been to the Brickyard/IMS”? People would light up, grin from ear to ear, and proceed to tell me how long they have wanted to come here, that there is no place like it in the world, and then you put bikes on the track…….well…you get it I am sure….a line from the movie The World’s Fastest Indian comes to mind… “Paying homage to the Gods of Speed”.
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