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Ireland BikeFest, Killarney, 2012

01st Jun 2012 - 04th Jun 2012 Ireland BikeFest, Killarney, 2012

Mother of five, Glenda Stacks, got lucky and won a trip to Ireland BikeFest!

One of the events I look forward to every year is the Ireland BikeFest in Killarney which I have attended every year! If you want to know what the ‘craic’ is you'll have to visit next year. I was a little bit strapped for cash in the run up to this year’s event and had a lot of personal commitments – I didn't think I’d be able to attend. But then, on the Saturday before the festival, I was listening to Today FM (a local Ireland radio station) and the DJ, Phil Cawley, was giving away a weekend as a prize. All you had to do was text in the bike you ride so I immediately texted, hoping that it might grab his attention, and it did! Happy days, I made it to Killarney after all. 

Despite there being quite a lot of rain, everybody remained in high spirits and the atmosphere was palpable: the craic was mighty and the bikes roared! I was interviewed on the radio by Phil Cawley, much to the amusement of my kids who listened in from home. I was asked to explain what the difference was between riding a Harley-Davdison motorcycle and other makes of bike. My answer was that if you had to ask, you'll never know!

I have recently upgraded my 1200 Sportster after putting 31,000 km on the clock! I now have a Heritage Softail Fire Fighter Limited Edition as I felt it was time to ‘chunk up’. It took about two hours to adjust to the extra weight, but one I had I haven't looked back. I have also recently been made Road Captain in our Chapter – Gaelic Chapter Ireland – and will be attending first aid courses and first on scene training. Being a woman in a man’s world takes a bit of courage and people often stare, but it’s usually in a positive way. If you are one of the girls out there and are riding pillion I would encourage you to take the next step and ride your own – it’s very liberating!

For me being part of the Harley-Davidson family started by riding pillion with my boyfriend, Eddie. While I was happy to be a pillion passenger I often wondered what this buzz was that most Harley riders talk about. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me – I wanted a go! I started on a smaller bike but it wasn't long before I really got the bug and Eddie bought me my first Harley-Davidson a 1200 Sportster 105 Edition for my 40th birthday. After my first ride-out from dealership, it looked like I looked I had a coat hanger in my mouth – I just couldn’t stop smiling. I finally knew what it was really all about.

I never thought I had it in me to be a biker. Until then my life was just about bringing up my five young children. I still pinch myself. The encouragement I receive from people is fantastic.


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