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More and more ladies revving up motorcycles

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Latashia Douglas, 45, is an example of how the face of women riders is changing. One in 10 bikers are now women -- and the men are taking notice.

"I get that they say you look good, you look good," she said.

It's not about the looks, it's about the bike.

Latashia described her bike. "It's a Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1600, so it's a lot of power, that's cc's, that's a lot of engine."

While she can handle it, other women are hoping to learn how.

"I am Miriam Duran and I've never ridden a Harley before, this is my first experience even turning it on to this degree and actually revving it up."

Dozens of women are taking lessons like the one at Harley Davidson's so-called garage party.

"Very nervous, especially since I've never driven a stick shift," said Duran.

They teach you everything, including what to do if you fall off.

"Use your legs, that's the biggest muscle you've got."

"You can't ride scared. If you ride scared then you're definitely gonna hurt yourself," said Latashia.

There are newbies and there are veterans.

"My name's Kim Lawson, I'm from Dover, Florida and I've been riding since I was about 8 years old."

Women riders are creating a huge market for motorcycle retailers, and in return, retailers are customizing bikes and accessories especially for women.

"Well there's a lot more fashion with riding now. We've got a lot more Harley garb we can wear, and there's accessories -- earrings, jewelry, boots, there's a little bit of everything," added Kim.

Women ride for a cause. One of those groups is the Platinum Angelz.

Latashia explained, "We're a sisterhood."

Kim is a member of the Faith Riders from Plant City.

"It's good to get out and minister to people on your motorcycle because it attracts different people that you normally wouldn't attract, being that you're on a motorcycle," she said.

For many women, riding provides a sense of freedom.

Miriam said, "As I get older, it's almost about time to do something for me, we're constantly as women doing things for everyone else and there comes a time when we want to step out and maybe do something a little more adventurous."

So their message to other women out there is, "It's your time to ride!"

"If you really wanna do it, do it. Don't let anything stop you."

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