The number of motorcycle mamas is increasing. How cool is that?
Barry Rogers enjoys watching the mechanically gifted Teutul family put together gleaming motorcycles on American Chopper, a reality show on the Discovery Channel.
He gets a kick out of it when Paul Sr. and Paul Jr., the father-and-son team, hurl wrenches and insults at one another.
"And I like the girls, the women who really love motorcycles," the Pennsauken man said.
Once a male domain, biking is fast becoming an equal opportunity motor sport. About 18 percent of riders are women, 4.3 million strong, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, a trade group. Last year, Harley-Davidson sold 30,000 bikes to women, compared to 600 in 1985.
Wearing a baby pink helmet, Lin Leinbach joined Jim Sweeney and Lorraine Densten for a ride Wednesday, soaking up a sweet summer afternoon.
Leinbach, 49, of Audubon, has been riding since April. She and Densten, 46, of Washington Township, signed up for motorcycle safety classes. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation said one-third of the enthusiasts who took courses last year were women.
"I don’t like what the helmet does to my hair but I do like riding a motorcycle," said Leinbach astride a Honda Shadow 600. "I’ve already moved up to a bigger bike."