Cristine Sommer-Simmons was co-founder of the magazine Harley Women and earned a spot in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame for her longtime advocacy of motorcycling.
Here are 10 things you may not know about her.
1. She lives in Hawaii.
2. She is married to Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers rock band. He has been the one consistent member of the band over the years and wrote the band’s hit “Black Water.”
3. Sommer-Simmons has cowritten more than a dozen songs with her husband that have appeared on Doobie Brothers albums.
4. She met fellow future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Linda “Jo” Giovannoni while Giovannoni worked at a Harley-Davidson dealership, and they became friends.
5. In the early 1980s, Sommer-Simmons and Giovannoni helped organize the second chapter of Women in the Wind, an organization of women riders.
6. They then began doing a club newsletter that evolved into Harley Women magazine, which was launched in 1985.
7. Sommer-Simmons worked at a post office before leaving that job to devote all her time to the Harley Women magazine.
8. She has ridden with the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes and late actress Elizabeth Taylor, and got some business advice from Forbes related to Harley Women magazine.
9. She worked as a freelance writer for various motorcycling magazines over the years and even had a column in a Japanese motorcycle magazine for many years.
10. She wrote the award winning children’s motorcycle book Patrick Wants to Ride and The American Motorcycle Girls: A Photographic History Of Early Women Motorcyclists.
Read more about Sommer-Simmons and other members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof/.