MMP 06: Why I bought my first motorcycle at 59 – with Gay Allison [Podcast]

Motorcycle Mentor PodcastIn this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, Gay Allison gives her perspective as a woman rider. She also tells us what her friends and family thought when she decided to purchase her first motorcycle at 59.

Eric, Gay’s husband, contacted me via email several weeks ago and shared with me that Gay thought the podcast “talks seemed directed toward male riders… and that female riders didn’t really fit in with the more classic view that it is a mens-only group.”

I was surprised, but welcomed the feedback. My wife of 23 years would probably agree that I don’t have a clue what’s going on in her head… even though I try. But, I digress.

Solution: I invited Gay to be on the show to share her perspective on women and motorcycles! It made perfect sense.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out:

  • Why Gay decided to start riding solo.
  • What Gay’s family and friends thought about her new adventure.
  • If Gay experienced fear or ever wondered if she had made a mistake.
  • How other riders respond to her as a woman rider.
  • How Gay selected her first motorcycle.

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Special thanks for rating the podcast on iTunes…

Last week in iTunes, with your help, the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast was ranked #1 in “New and Noteworthy” for the Games and Hobbies category and #5 in “New and Noteworthy” for the Sports and Recreation category. That’s not an easy thing to do. Simply put, it’s because so many of you have taken the time to rank the podcast!

I’d like to personally thank the following people for rating the podcast on iTunes:
Kevin Campbell, Ismael Abrego, Richard Lindgren, Dirk Shearer, Maria Martinez, Bill Donovan and my riding buddy Mike Shell.

iTunes uses the number of ratings along with the actual rating (how many stars) to determine the popularity of the show — and where to list it in the iTunes search rankings. If you rate and write a review for the podcast, please let me know so I can personally thank you on a future podcast.

Photos of our special guest: Gay Allison


Gay on her Vespa scooter named “Sage”


Gay on her 2009 Vulcan 500 named “Magenta”


Gay with her husband Eric


Gay washing her 2000 BMW 1100R named “Heron”

Connect with Gay

You can leave feedback or ask Gay a question by typing in the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page. Gay has agreed to respond in the comments section below. Thanks Gay.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please let her know by saying a quick “thanks” below.

Help the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast

And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle related podcast.

To leave a review on iTunes.

  1. Click here to open the podcast page.
  2. Then select the blue “View in iTunes” button to open iTunes.
  3. Then select the “Ratings and Reviews” tab.
  4. Then select the gray “Write a Review” button.

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