Wicked Women Choppers – Steel Horse Motorcycle News

Wicked Women Choppers – Steel Horse Motorcycle NewsBWickedWomen Choppers LLC.by: papamike69How a small town Alaskan woman is making hermark in the world of custom motorcycles.At age ten Christine Vaughan becameinterested in motorcycling. Her first bike was a Suzuki RM100and within a couple of hours, she tried standing up on the seat.Thinking that her lack of fear would serve her better in anorganized environment, her Father signed her up for Racing.Christineeventually moved up to quad racing, andthen she became interested in street bikes.Christine’s derives inspiration comes from thewomen in her family. Christine puts it like this.“Genderblurring is a necessity in the Alaska bush – tosurvive everyone has to be able to do the task at hand.A stereotypical family could not function in the remoteareas of Alaska and it is more the women doing whatwould be perceived as men’s work than it is the otherway around.  Ifyou are female and your family fishes, you fish.The same holds true for canneries, logging andeven the oil fields.I take strength in the fact that I cantrace my maternal roots back through seven generations.  My Great-Great Grandmother ran a, lets say, “boardinghouseâ€ so the entrepreneurial spirit is in mygenesâ€.It was out ofnecessity that Christine learned to work on motorcycles.Oneof the first things Christine did with her first bike wasto take it apart. When she asked her Father and brothersto help her put it back together. They told her, â€you tookit apart you can put it back togetherâ€. It has been alearning experience for her ever since.A high school graduate and almost two years of collage butwith no degree behind her, Christine has never been goodat learning by watching or listening. You can interpretthat as a good or a bad thing, but the way that Christinelearns best is by jumping in, getting her hands greasy anddoing…Having no formal mechanical orfabrication training Christine has honed her bike buildingskills by trial and error. Bring able to learn by doing;normally she does not repeat her mistakes.Starting with nothing but the idea, in 2004,Christine decided to start Wicked Women Choppers.Christine knew that with outaccess to parts, her business would go nowhere. Therefore,she formulated a plan to start with the largest suppliersfirst. Christine recalls, all of her initial letters tothe suppliers where answered and all were favorable.Many company Owners and Presidents calledtopledge their support. That was quite anaccomplishment, considering at that time, Wicked WomenChoppers met none of the normal requirements.Christine Stated.“Brett Smith of S&S called me personallyand invited me to Daytona to attend an event they weresponsoring so he could meet me and introduce me to his staff.We have had the same type of response, on a smallerscale, from all of the vendors. If you can get support from thebig guys, the others will follow their lead.â€Now with four full time employees,several part time employees and a painter who paintsexclusively for her, Christine plans to staff up andstart small line of signature parts once production getsgoing and she get comfortable with the production bikes.Being the only women in a maledominated industry Christine has received absolutely nodissension from her male counterparts. She has alwaysbeen made to feel more then welcome and cannot sayenough good things about them.Frustration brought Christine to her decision to makeMotorcycles for women. Having to slide forward to reachforward controls is not only uncomfortable but alsounsafe.  Havingto balance the bike on the balls of your feet whenstopped is the same.To make the motorcycle more comfortableand safe to ride, Christine, when building her ownmotorcycles, had to fabricate her own parts. Sheaddresses all of those issues when building a bike forher valued customers.Onesuch bike in production is the “Shady Ladyâ€The Shady Lady is a“Chopper Styleâ€ bike and comes stock with a Polished96 Cubic Inch S&S engine – a 107 and 113 inchmotor is available as an upgrade.Theframe has a drop-seat for easier reach to the groundwithout sacrificing ground clearance.Everything on the bike is painted, polished orchromed.  Thebars have internal wiring for a real clean look and theclutch is hydraulic for easier use with “comfortâ€style levers to accommodate smaller hands.Therear tire is an Avon 250 on a chrome billet 18-inchwheel.  Thefront tire is a 120 Avon on a chrome billet 21-inchwheel.  Wechoose a larger front tire to give better handlingcharacteristics.Thebike come standard with an enclosed primary belt drivethough you can upgraded to a Primo/Rivera Brute IV openprimary for an additional cost.TheShady Ladies design is with the optimum amount of trailto provide a safe ride at all speeds.These bikes are designed to turn heads and madeto be ridden.The “Shady Ladyâ€ comes stockwith what most other companies charge as upgrades, butwe do have some upgrades available.Our dealers will be able to order the bikesfitted out with what they feel they can sell.Individual customers can request any changes theywant and we will work with them from start to finishedproduct and build a bike to their specifications…The First WomanBeing the first woman in a male dominated industry issure to draw some attention.All of the major motorcycle magazines haveapproached Christine expressing interest in doingfeature stories. She has a segment published in CycleWorld, as well as SisterCycle, Canadian Biker Magazine,Women on Wheels and feature stories in all of the localpapers.Radio and television are taking notice as well,even the Discovery Channel asked her to send an auditiontape.  Inaddition, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Famecontacted Christine and they want her to be a part of a2-year display they are doing on “FirstWomen”, Christine being the first woman commercialmotorcycle builder.Whenasked if she would build for a man, Christine answers,definitely.“I don’t want anyone tobuy a Wicked Women Chopper because it is made by awomen.  Iwant them to buy my bikes because they are innovativeand a great value for the money.The fact that I am a women does give me insightinto the needs of the women rider, but my skills as adesigner and builder is what I want people to look at,not my genderâ€.“Wicked Women Choppers beingthe name of my company may keep the men away, but anyonelooking for quality and value needs to give us a look.Strangely enough, most of our inquiries to datehave been from men (go figure)â€.Christine remains committed toher vision and a part of that vision is to remain smallenough to be personally involved in every bike producedby WickedWomen Choppers, LLC.If you liked what Steel Horse News has to say pass it on Clickhere to email this to a friend.Amazon.com WidgetsCopyright© Steel Horse MotorcycleNews.  May 15, 2012.

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