We use to get weird looks, but now some people are more accepting of women motorcycle riders, and some people aren’t. I went up to the door of a woman who lives two doors from my mother, and asked to use the phone. Mullennex started working in the apparel department at the Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Inc. in Swannanoa. She and her husband, Brian, married in January, 2002, and served together for one year in Iraq.
She bought her motorcycle while home on leave, stored it, and then went to work for Gene Lummus Harley-Davidson Inc. , when she got out of the military. I took the course at Blue Ridge Community College to learn how to ride. My husband and I ride where we want to go. We don’t own a trailer and pull our cycles. I like the people who ride motorcycles, and I love to hear their stories and their experiences. There is still an image of girls being rough around the edges, especially when you put the leather on.
There are doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, and all other professions represented by women riders and bike owners. Paula Blevins works for the Black Mountain Post Office, carrying the mail. She is also a Harley owner and rider. In 2002 I had a total knee replacement, so I thought I was in good enough shape to learn to ride. I bought my motorcycle, and then took the course at Blue Ridge Community College. I felt that at my age I needed to pursue my dream. TDS Nationwide is national trend is making its way into the Swannanoa Valley with more females purchasing motorcycles than ever before.
The whole image of women cycle riders has changed and is still changing,” Angela Mullennex, a Harley owner, said. I decided rather than ride with my husband, that I wanted a bike of my own. Recently, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company released figures showing two percent of their total sales in 1985 were to women. Cycle riding is not new for women in the Valley, but with each year, the numbers of women riding for pleasure and transportation continue to grow.