Why I Ride: A Girl, a Dream, and 883 CCs

Meet Leslie Padoll, adventure-loving road warrior.

“Riding motorcycles has always been seen as a masculine thing.”

Not anymore.

On the back of her flat-black Harley-Davidson® Sportster, in her pink, sparkly helmet, Leslie Padoll isn’t all that concerned with what people think about her and her motorcycle ways.

Raised in a family of motorcycle enthusiasts, it was only natural that she would develop a love for riding. “There’s something really, really romantic about the connection with your motorcycle and the desire to go further.”

Whether she’s cruising around New York City or trekking coast to coast, Leslie knows the experiences she’s collecting make every ride worthwhile.

See where the road takes her (and her bike, Francie) in Episode 2 of the Esurance “Why I Ride” series.

Want more motorcycles?

Get Leslie’s full story at esurance.com/whyiride. Plus check out the first episode of Why I Ride featuring Matt Work, avid rider and owner of San Francisco-based motorcycle club, Piston and Chain.

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8 Responses to “Why I Ride: A Girl, a Dream, and 883 CCs”

  1. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    Miss Heidi
    July 18, 2014 #

    I applaud this young woman for her spirit…it's just too bad she had to disrespect the American flag that way.

    • Avatar for Jennifer Wood
      August 13, 2014 #

      Excuse me Miss Heidi, after reading your comment first and then watching the video I was expecting to see her burn a flag or something. Explain please how she disrespected the flag. Looks to me like she displayed it proudly on the back of her jacket nice and big for everyone to see. Or better yet, why don't you explain the proper way she could have displayed her flag in your opinion.

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    melecio roque
    August 16, 2014 #

    hmmm.. this young lady loves her country enough to carry IT's flag with her where ever she travels… disrespect?? I think not..

  3. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    September 12, 2014 #

    Way to go….keep the shiny side up and enjoy it while you still can ride…..

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    Roland B. Brawner
    November 1, 2014 #

    I rode for over 40 years and consider every moment a pleasant memory. In spite of some biker's looks, they are some of the friendliest people you could meet and usually ready to lend a helping hand whenever they can……Leslie seems like one of these people.

    Yeah, she has a jacket with the US flag on the back and even as a veteran, I seen no sign of disrespect on her part. She is proudly displaying the flag, no differently than if it were up a long pole in YOUR yard! It is a part of her and her beliefs.

    Disrespect is the radicals that burn the flag, urinate on it, spit on it, step on it, etc. I assure you if that is done in front of a dedicated biker, the party doing it would suffer a lot more than the flag! I say three cheers for Leslie……stay safe!

    Roland B.

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    Carla johnson
    November 14, 2014 #

    I drive a semi now In hopes of buying a new bike for next summer love the road can't wait to experience it on my bike..signed 53 year young mother of 5 grandma of 9

  6. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    October 19, 2015 #

    A highly inspiring post for all the lady bikers out there! I have just started riding a motorcycle and have just began to get my riding gear in place. I am a big woman and getting the right fit of riding gear is being a tough job. I, am therefore, preferring to , as I get all the correct fit of riding gear in such places. This post highly encourages me to take forward my passion of motorcycling.

  7. Avatar for Jennifer Wood
    October 29, 2015 #

    A great article indeed. I completely agree that Riding has always been looked upon as a masculine sport. So much so that even it becomes tough to find the right fit of riding gear for women. There are very few stores today that keeps quality women's riding gear. Only a few stores like Clandes Motards have in stock good variety of women's riding gear keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of women. Such posts definitely will encourage more women to take up motorcycling seriously without worrying about the fun the world makes of them.

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