Maria Ruiz can still remember the first time she heard the tell-tale, guttural roar of a Harley-Davidson motor. It hit her right in the heart, she recalled with a wistful smile, hands crossed on her chest.

Ruiz was once an outlier when it came to women’s interest in motorcycles, though now it’s become much more common as more and more Wyoming women get hooked. Back in her day, in the late 1960s, however, she was one of few females who not only loved motorcycles, but also worked in the industry, working in Harley-Davidson shops and dealerships throughout the United States, until finally becoming a dealer in 1986 in Yuba City, California.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.