The biggest event happening this past summer for women motorcyclists was the AMA International Women amp; Motorcycling Conference presented by Harley-Davidson and Buell, a rally for all brands of motorcycles. Dont be mistaken by the word “conference.” The four-day event, taking place August 19–23, 2009, in Keystone, Colo., is more of a rally, convention, and conference wrapped up into one event where women riders are the focus. The vendors, banquet and keynote speakers make it a convention; the demo rides and guided scenic tours make it a rally; and the seminars and educational workshops qualify it as a conference.
This is the fifth time since 1999 that the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has organized this hybrid event and the main reason the non-profit motorcycling membership group continues to do so is to show its support for the fastest growing demographic of new motorcyclists – women.
Keystone provided an incredibly scenic alpine backdrop for a motorcycling event that coupled with a high-pressure weather system all weekend created ideal summertime conditions of dry and clear sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s.
Nearly 1000 people registered (about the same as the 2006 conference that took place in Athens, Georgia,) that’s not exclusive to women. Men can participate too if they paid the registration fee ($165 – $185 depending on when it was purchased), and about 100 of them did accompanying their female significant other. Most women rode out to Keystone, or flew in to Denver and rented a motorcycle from EagleRider, the Official Motorcycle Rental Sponsor of the event. Heres part one of our four-part photo story coverage. There are many more photos from the event I spread them out among several stories—so visit the links at the bottom of this story for more. Click on the photos to make them larger and view in a slideshow.