For different reasons, Sharon Coln, Ramona Howington, Christine Hood and Barbara Sharp decided to take life by the handlebars.
For Sharp, 58, of Inman, it was 11 years ago, when she got divorced. Three years ago, Howington and Hood, both 52 and Inman residents, began to feel the effects of an “empty nest” as their children got older.
“You have more time now, at this age,” Howington said.
“It was the mid-life ‘challenge,’ ” Hood said with a smile.
All four women decided life would be more fun astride their own Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Coln, 60, of Greer, learned how to ride a motorcycle on a ball field years ago, but she couldn’t afford a bike at the time. In 2007, she began riding on the back of her boyfriend’s Honda Shadow. That relationship ended, but Coln’s love of motorcycles remained, and she bought a 1997 Harley Sportster, naming it “Sporty.”
“I really had the fever to ride, but I didn’t want to have to depend on anyone or wait for anyone to pick me up to ride, so I saved up the money to buy one for myself,” Coln said. She eventually logged 74,765 on Sporty, riding it across the South before buying a 2008 Harley Heritage Softail that she dubbed “Journey.” “Journey” has taken her across the South and to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Howington and Hood had ridden on the back of their husbands’ bikes before getting their own.
Sharp says she’s never been a motorcycle passenger in her life. “When I got divorced, I said, ‘I’m going to take a motorcycle class.’ I had no idea how to ride it, but I rode it.”
Both Hood and Sharp took a motorcycle instruction class offered at technical colleges in South Carolina, including Greenville and Spartanburg. Hood got Howington to ride and she was able to pick up the skills on her own. Read the full article at goupstate.com.