Crashes, Fatalities Grow With Motorcycle Popularity
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By B.A. Morelli, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

May 27–A couple of years ago, Joann Zehr retired and decided to revive a habit she’d left behind 30 years earlier.

Zehr resurrected her 1979 Honda 185 Twinstar motorcycle and started buzzing down Iowa’s highways with her husband, Fred, with some of their newfound downtime.

Now that 2014 riding weather is here and they have a new bike — a Harley Davidson 2014 Heritage Classic — the couple has kicked off cruising season.

“It’s just the wind in your face, and it’s such a sense of freedom,” said Zehr, 62, of Cedar Rapids, who is a member of an all-women motorcycle organization called the Chrome Divas. “Shifting gears is fun, and I like to make noise.”

The popularity of motorcycle riding has been steadily increasing and with it the number of crashes and deaths.

The Chrome Divas has grown in size each year since forming in 2007 and now has 54 women in the club, according to director Cindy “Tizzy” Tisdale, 51, of Cedar Rapids.

“Part of it is people are seeing it’s an activity that most people can afford,” said Tisdale, noting they’ve raised $ 82,000 for local…………… continues on Insurance News Net

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