Our founding member of the Fat Bottom Girlz (FBGz) Florida, Colleen Nevitt, aka Ween, started this female riding group after riding with other female riding groups in Georgia. She enjoyed many riding adventures and met life-long friends. When she moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., it was not easy to find an all female riding GROUP. So, she decided to organize, found two fantastic co-organizer’s and through social media outlets and word of mouth, we now have the female riding group Fat Bottom Girlz Florida – Women on Motorcycles.
“My first vehicle was a Honda 250 back in 1980. While living at the beach never required anyone to go over 35 MPH, it was the perfect street ride.
Eventually, I got the itch to go “over the ditch” and venture out more. To do so I went through two Honda Shadows and then the first of my three Harley’s. I am currently enjoying the 2016 Road King. I mention this motorcycle progression as we all evolve with our bikes, particularly as we age.
I encourage any and all women to just get out and ride. It doesn’t matter if you have two wheels or three; clocked two thousand miles or two-hundred thousand; are young or old. We are an inclusive group of women! We don’t care what beautiful skin tone you have or your sexual preference. We embrace all female riders to include our trans sisters.”
“Just get on your bikes and RIDE”
Ace Castillo has been a member of the Fat Bottom Girlz (FBGz) since December 2015. Ace hails from Utica, New York. After retiring from the military, she settled here in Jacksonville, Florida making it her home.
“My first motorcycle was a 1978 Yamaha Special 750. I blackmailed my big brother into teaching me how to ride. At 14 years old, I stood about 4’11” weighing 100lbs soaking wet. The bike was too big for me, and I had to get off the motorcycle at every stop sign and red light to avoid laying it down. Over the years I have clocked many miles on different styles of motorcycles to include the Kawasaki Ninja, Yamaha, and Honda Shadow.
As time passed my choice of motorcycles changed. My current Iron Horse is the 2016 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo. I love riding and will continue for many years to come. Safety is always a priority and so are my sisters on two wheels.”
As long as I can remember I have been enamored with motorcycles and that feeling stays with me today. I started riding on 1960’s Italian made bikes, like the temperamental Garelli Cross with the magneto ignition, and the Moto Guzzi. I have since ridden many makes and models, from Japanese, British, German, to American. I have to say my two favorites are BMW and Harley Davidson. Currently, I ride a Milwaukee Eight Harley Davidson touring. I think Harley hit their stride with this new bike. Wow, what a pleasure to ride.
It is so encouraging to see so many amazing women out there riding today. When I obtained my driver’s license and started riding the streets, there weren’t many women riding. In fact, in my town, I was the only one. I would ride with the guys and their attitude was, if you can’t keep up, too bad we’re not waiting. I was determined they were not leaving me behind. In fact, I made it a point to stick to the leader like glue, no matter the speed. Looking back now I realize I did a lot of foolish things, but I also learned many valuable lessons too.
I appreciate the pioneering women who rode before me. They didn’t have the acceptance and encouragement that we share today. There are two women who are my heroes, Bessie Stringfield and Dot Robinson. Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993) made eight solo country trips across America. All at a time when it was dangerous for an African American, let alone, an African American woman to be on a motorcycle. Dot Robinson (1912-1999), one of the founding members of the Motor Maids, helped bridge the way for women to compete in motorcycle racing. I feel that because of these women and others like them, we ride.