It’s not exactly a surprise that Kristie Stonebraker is a Harley girl, especially in her blinged-out Harley Davidson rhinestone T-shirts and her new Harley jewelry that she recently bought herself for her 55th birthday.
Stonebraker has had her 1997 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail for three years, but she’s been a biker at heart nearly her whole life. Stonebraker rode Honda mini bikes when she was a little girl, and when she was 16 her parents bought her a Kawasaki. She’s been riding ever since she got her street license. But when she moved on to a new bike, Stonebraker only had eyes for Harley-Davidson.
“I would only buy a Harley,” she says. “Mainly because of the way they sound.”
Stonebraker goes to at least one bike night a week and says on the weekends she puts in about 200 to 300 miles, although she hasn’t ridden as much this summer due to the extreme heat.
When her first Harley was brand new, Stonebraker took it to bike night for the first time and promptly dropped it in the parking lot of the bar.
“All these men came running to help, and I was so embarrassed,” she says. “I told them, ‘This is how I pick up men. I drop my bike and you all come running.’ ”
Stonebraker lost interest in biking for a few years, but she dated a biker who got her back into motorcycles, even though the relationship didn’t work out.
“I got tired of riding with men, so I got my own motorcycle,” she says. “It was the best thing that came out of that relationship.”
Since then, Stonebraker has taken up riding with her brother, who recently purchased a Harley as well, and a few of her other biker chick friends. But there are downsides to everything. Stonebraker says the worst thing about biking is the rain.
“It hurts like needles,” she says. “The key to biking is you have to be prepared for weather.”
However, dealing with the rain is worth it for the freedom that comes with biking.
“My favorite part would be the freedom you feel when the wind hits you in the face,” she says. “Take off and not know where you’re gonna go that day, and go where the wind takes you.”