Gloria Tramontin-Struck, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2016, was recently featured by WGHP Fox News 8 in North Carolina for her longtime dedication to motorcycling.
Tramontin-Struck is 93.
Tramontin-Struck is from New Jersey, but was in Winston-Salem, N.C., to speak with women motorcyclists. She first learned how to ride in 1941, and riding back then wasn’t easy.
“During the early years, being a woman riding a motorcycle did come with some backlash,” the television station noted. “(She) says that she was even refused a place to stay at times, but that didn’t stop her.”
You can see the story here: wtvr.com/2019/04/11/woman-still-burning-rubber-on-her-motorcycle-at-93-years-old/.
Here are some interesting facts about Tramontin-Struck.
1. Her family owned a motorcycle shop in Clifton, N.J., and Tramontin-Struck started riding at age 16, thanks to a not-so-gentle nudge from her brother, Arthur.
2. She traveled solo on her motorcycle for most of her life. But now, because of her age, she prefers to travel with her daughter, Lori DeSilva (who took the above photo).
3. She’s been a member of the Motor Maids and the AMA since 1946.
4. She and Betty Fauls, daughter of Motor Maids co-founder and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dot Robinson, were the first women to reach 75 years in the group who were still riding.
5. Tramontin-Struck has written a book, “Gloria – A Lifetime Motorcyclist: 75 Years on Two Wheels and Still Riding.”
6. She has owned at least 14 bikes.
7. She has ridden in the 48 contiguous states several times over.
8. Some of her regular stops include the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Daytona Bike Week and the Motor Maids Convention.
9. She first took a motorcycle trip in Europe, a dream trip riding the Alps, in 1999 at the age of 74.
10. Tramontin-Struck estimates she has ridden nearly 700,000 miles. But she dismisses the notion that the number of miles ridden, in itself, is a significant accomplishment. She encourages people to live their dreams.