Girls on spyders
¬†Facebook Group, Girls on Spyders (GOS)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
By Leira Del Toro
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Why should guys have all the fun?¬† Plenty of us girls love to ride too! In fact I am amazed at how many Girls on Spyders are actually out there!¬† Some enjoy riding on the back seat, others have their own bikes, riding weekends, and that‚Äôs great.¬† But there are lots of us who look for any excuse to fire up our Spyders and head out into the wind.¬†
¬†The Can-Am Spyder community is full of adventure-seeking women like Karyl from Washington State.¬† She‚Äôs in her 70‚Äôs and travels by herself across the U.S. on her RT just for the adventure.¬† And Charlene ‚ÄúFlamingo Babe‚ÄĚ from Texas, who has burned up the roads in 48 states and 3 Canadian Provinces on her 2009 RS sporting lots of bling and pink feathers, or Linda from Missouri who rides a Purple RT, wearing all things purple.¬† But don‚Äôt think these girls are just in the U.S.¬† In fact, they‚Äôre all over the globe!¬† Like Chantal in Belgium, Christina in Canada, Ileana in Costa Rica, Sabine in France and even Meemo in Jordan, just to name a few.
¬†¬†Well, I can tell you I have not been out there globe trotting‚Ä¶These and over 1000 more have all become my sisters through the Girls on Spyders (GOS) Facebook Page.¬† Girls on Spyders is a girls-only Facebook Group consisting of women who love their Spyders.¬† They are from all across the U.S., Canada and around the world. ¬†
¬†I Was Hooked
I kind of got into this thing by accident.¬† The thought of riding a motorcycle never even occurred to me until 2010 when my husband, Erick, made up his mind that he was going to buy a Can Am Spyder RT.¬† Not knowing much about the Spyder, I was a little hesitant and had my doubts.¬† But just to keep an open mind on that chilly, November day, I agreed to take a short test ride on the back with the dealer.¬† My husband said money couldn‚Äôt buy the grin on my face as we pulled back into the lot‚ÄĒIt told the whole story!¬† He knew I was hooked!
¬†Erick and I loved the long rides in all kinds of weather, so we were always checking out new gear and special riding clothes.¬† This new hobby was changing me.¬† One day Erick decided to teach me the basics of riding the Spyder.¬† He said, just in case anything ever happened to him, I would know how to drive it.¬† He had no idea he was creating a monster!
Erick and I got to know other Spyder riders at the Second Spyderfest in Cuba, Missouri.¬† We loved the people, the bikes and the ride.¬† The BRP Owner‚Äôs Event in Maggie Valley, North Carolina was a lot of fun too, but it got even better when I received some unexpected good news‚ÄĒI got a promotion at work!¬†¬† Right then and there I made a big decision.¬† We were about to become a two-Spyder family because I was getting me a Spyder! ¬†In June I bought a beautiful new 2011 RSS in Alloy Orange.
How It All Began
Soon enough, I wanted to know anything and everything about the Can Am Spyder.¬† Since I had been having fun with a Facebook group I started for my dogs, I thought, ‚ÄúWhy not start a Facebook group for girls on Spyders?‚ÄĚ¬† There had to be other girls out there who had these machines and loved them as much as me.¬† It would be a great place to communicate and trade ideas.
¬†At first Girls on Spyders (GOS) was just 25-50 members.¬† But then someone posted about it on the Can-Am Facebook page.¬† I came home from work and had over 100 requests to join in just one day!¬† That‚Äôs when I asked Faran for help in the Administration of GOS‚ÄĒIt was just too much for one person to handle alone.¬† Faran was a new BRP Ambassador and won a Spyder.¬† We hit it off right away.¬† She jumped right in and we have become the best of friends.
¬†The group was growing fast and guys kept trying to join, but we wanted to keep it a ‚Äúgirls only‚ÄĚ group‚ÄĒa safe place to post questions and girl stuff without feeling dumb or intimidated. Because there is such a sisterhood in GOS, within a year we had around 500 members.¬† We steadily grew‚ÄĒespecially after the next Spyderfest.¬† That‚Äôs where the GOS logo made its debut.¬† We put the logo on stickers for bikes and helmets and on t-shirts.¬† Almost as soon as they were put up for sale, they disappeared.¬† It wasn‚Äôt long after that, we decided to incorporate as a non-profit.¬†
¬†Because of the demand, we had more t-shirts printed and began to sell them to our members.¬† It was hard to keep them in stock!¬† I worked all day at my job, then came home and sorted and packed up t-shirts and decals all night. In October of 2013, GOS hit 1000 members.¬† We celebrated big!¬† Today we are over 1200 strong, and growing every single day!
¬†Our members are good friends.¬† We talk about all things Spyder‚Ä¶posting upcoming rides, events, pics and mods‚ÄĒand yes, even Sock Monkeys.¬† (I‚Äôll have to save that story for another day.) Meeting up with a bunch of GOS sisters in person at rides or Spyder events is so much fun.¬† Anyone can post a problem and get 30+ helpful suggestions, or ask a question and come away with all the information they can possibly use.¬† If anyone has a personal need, they know they don‚Äôt have to go at it alone.¬† There are plenty of GOS sisters to stand with her.
What started out as a fun way to get to know other women who love their Spyders as much as I did, has grown into an International Sisterhood of Fun-Loving Girls on Spyders.