City bike show a hit with the ladies



robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Jennifer Murray leans on her bike of choice, the 2007 American Ironhorse Slammer, at the Calgary Motorcycle Show held over this past weekend.


While many people swore off bad habits and vowed to lose weight in the coming year, Jennifer Murray made her own New Year’s resolution.

The 37-year-old from Lethbridge plans to buy a motorbike in 2008. It’s only a matter of which one.

Murray, along with more than 30,000 other women, men and children from across southern Alberta, checked out hundreds of options available to bike enthusiasts at the Calgary Motorcycle Show this past weekend.

“It’s exciting, but overwhelming,” Murray says of the selection showcased at the Roundup Centre. “It’s like being a kid in a candy store. I’d like a Harley, but a soft tail. A fat boy is just a little too heavy for me,” she said.

Murray is one of a growing number of women attending the bike show each year. And they aren’t coming to make their boyfriends or husbands happy.

“Women want to get off the back as a passenger and have more control,” the show’s manager, Laurie Paetz told Metro.

The annual event even focused specifically on female riders this year. Too Cool Motorcycle School hosted eight training seminars for women over the show’s three days, and Friday was dubbed “SHE Rides Nite”.

Carol Hauer brought her daughter Chiara to “ooh and ah” over as many bikes as possible yesterday. For now, the seven year old rides with her mom or dad, but she can’t wait to get her own motorcycle.

“They’re fun,” she says with a big grin. “And they make loud noises.”