The So Cal Chrome Divas are a fortunate group as we have the luxury of riding year-round. We do not have a clue as to what winterizing a bike is all about as there is not a month that goes by when we are not out and about.
2016 was another great year for our group. Besides our normal monthly rides, we were able to facilitate many last minute rides as there’s always someone wanting to go somewhere. Beginning with our annual Road Captains & Membership meeting, our members offered up their suggestions for the forthcoming year. For example, our local rides included Pacific Coast HWY 1, Angeles Crest HWY 2, and RIM of the World Hwy 18 just to name a few. We also decided on our charity events for the year, Heels for Wheels-Breast Cancer, Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing, a Toy Run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, and others. We also planned our overnight trips, which we are known for in the Southern California area and are often asked by non-members to join in these events (no nonmembers on overnighters). Just to name a few, Joshua Tree to include Borrego Springs, Salvation Mountain, and Pioneer Town (San Diego Chrome Divas joined in on this trip), a 3400 mile trip through 10 states (Northern Cali, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona) and Pismo Beach to the butterfly preserve which we allowed for the first time husbands and significant other to participate. We also included in our calendar non-riding events, river rafting in Kernville, homemade pizza party, Pechanga Casino crab leg lunch, and Arizona’s Bullhead Regatta which involves floating down the Colorado River on a lounge chair.
We continued to promote women riders in 2016. For the first time we added two motorcycle practice skills sessions for both members and nonmembers. One of our member’s husband is a motorcycle trainer for the Los Angeles Police Dept. He came out to give us some riding tips and left us with more parking lot drills to practice on our own. We also asked a local private instructor to come out on a different occasion to do the same, both sessions an especially wonderful opportunity.
We also have a So Cal Chrome Diva garage page on Facebook where members, nonmembers, and all ladies who have an interest in motorcycling can join and share stories, ask for help, post their motorcycle events, sell motorcycles and slightly-used motorcycle gear. We encourage these ladies to come out on one of our events and share in the fun and camaraderie.