Dangerous Curves has grown into a women’s motorcycle group that runs on camaraderie, friendship and a love of riding. In 2002, original group leaders Michelle Acopan, Shannon Wohlgemuth and Shannon Abrams found one another through a motorcycle website. As the word spread through the motorcycle community, more women riders joined and Dangerous Curves has evolved into a vibrant group consisting of 25 regular members.
“It is a different group than we had in the beginning. We’ve definitely become more mature than we were,” says Dangerous Curves co-leader Michelle Acopan.
Dangerous Curves, which was featured on the cover of MidWeek in 2002, is a diverse group of women, including those married, single, straight, gay, young and older. Any woman rider may join, as long as she abides by the set of rules that have helped shape their identity. “Our rules are mostly for the safety of riding in a group. You have to have structure, especially for a larger group, which we’ve grown into,” says Acopan, who rides a Honda CBR 1000 RR sportsbike.
As is the trend with any long-lasting group, changes happen, and the same can be said for Dangerous Curves, as leader Shannon A. has moved to the Mainland, and Shannon W. will soon be doing the same. But with the Shannons relocating, group members “Maui” and “Krys” have stepped in and emerged as co-leaders.
Dangerous Curves is not all about rules and leadership. Its longevity has stemmed from the enjoyment of being friends and sharing common bonds. The women like to ride throughout Oahu at least twice per month. Dangerous Curves members and their families spend time barbecuing, they have an annual Christmas party and attended the NFL Pro-Bowl as a group. Acopan is confident in where Dangerous Curves is headed in the future. “We know our friends are going to come and leave, we just want a constant flow of members” she says. “Everybody has friendships here. We support each other through good and bad times - that is the important part of it.”
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