Faces in the Crowd: Gloria Tramontin Struck

Gloria was recently honored by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her time on two wheels.

STURGIS, S.D. — At 94 years old, this pint-sized rider packs a punch. Gloria has logged over 500 thousand miles, with trips through every state in the lower 48 and even a few jaunts around Europe.

Gloria Tramontin Struck

Gloria Tramontin Struck

She received a standing ovation at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame ceremony this year, with lots of hugs and autographs to follow. Gloria was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and this week recognized for a lifetime of achievement.

Gloria Tramontin Struck, Lifetime Achievement Award winner, says, “All my trips, all my adventures, never anything for recognition — I was living my life. So this award I received today, lifetime achievement, was very unexpected.”

Gloria Tramontin Struck's Book

Gloria Tramontin Struck’s Book

She dedicated her award to her brother Bubb, who taught her how to ride. Growing up in a motorcycling family, Gloria says she reluctantly learned at the age of 16 – since then she’s loved the open road. She’s been riding on two wheels for 75 years and has no intention of stopping. She recently wrote a book about her life experiences.

“I included my life story, not just my motorcycle history, but my life because I grew up during the Great Depression. I worked in a war plant during World War II. So included a chapter about World War II and people tell me I have a lot of history in my book.”

Gloria's Award

Gloria’s Award

She reflects on what her life would possibly be like without her motorcycle.

“I’m 94 years old now and normally I would probably be baking cookies for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren and looking forward to my weekly bingo game. But hell, that’s not me. I’d rather be riding on two wheels around the country — meeting old friends and new friends — isn’t that what motorcycles are for?”

Gloria signs autographs

Gloria signs autographs

Click here for information on how to purchase Gloria’s book.

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