Sportbike women invade Smoky Mountains

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 21, 2007
With female riders now accounting for almost 10% of the motorcycle market—and growing—more and more events are catering to this segment of the business. A case in point is the second annual ride taking place this weekend in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

The Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina are getting ready to be overrun by sportbike women during the 2nd Annual Schampa Women’s Sportbike Rally, presented by Cobra Powersports, Aug. 24 to 26.

Friday kicks off with the Meet ‘n’ Greet sponsored by Yamaha, which will feature a bike night atmosphere at Fontana Village Resort; a book signing with Dads Girl author Judd Weirbach, the father of the late Tiffany, whose Melanoma Foundation the event is raising funds for; and a Sportbike Challenge featuring off the wall motorcycle games and T-shirts give-aways.

Saturday morning is photo-op time, with two photos to be taken of all the women and their bikes followed by a day of riding. The Sportbikegirl Luau, sponsored by NPR Ducati, will conclude the day. Participants can expect great food, with the chance to win door prizes donated by sponsors, totaling more than $12,000.