While Gloria Tramontin Struck
came from a motorcycling family, she
didn't originally have any burning desire to ride.
In fact, in 1941, when she
was 16, her
older brother decided to teach her
to ride while she
told him tearfully, "I don't want to know how to ride.
won out, and since then she
has owned 14 bikes-three Indians and 11 Harleys.
now rides a 2004 Heritage Softail Classic.
Gloria was born in 1925 behind her family's business, the Lexington Cycle Shop, in Clifton, NJ.
The business had been selling bicycles and Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles since 1915.
was only three years old, her
father, Ernest, died at the age of 32, leaving her
28-year-old mother, Pierina, to take over the shop.
In 1946, at age 21, Gloria joined the Motor Maids.
and the founders' daughter, Betty Fauls, are the club's longest standing members still riding.
Last year the two were the first in the Motor Maids
' history to be honored for 65 years of active riding.
has logged over 500 thousand miles, riding all 48 continental states many times over.
has made the trip to Daytona Bike Week numerous times since 1951, and she
attends many Rallies, Motor Maid events and conventions from New Jersey to California