DRIVER’S SEAT: TRACY HAYES — NO BITCH SEAT REQUIRED

Name: Tracy Hayes

Occupation: Account manager for a logistics company

What do you do for fun? Motorcycles — especially with the Twisted Sisters — live music and cooking.

How might the community know you? I’ve been around since The Landing and when pb&j’s were 50 cents at the Bell Pepper.

What kind of bike do you own? A 1999 Titan Sidewinder and a project bike — a 1983 Honda 400 which will be a cafe racer when I get through with it.

Have you named your bike? Yes, her name is Roxie.

What’s a big misconception about motorcycle-riding women? That they don’t ride and sadly that they are still thought of as passengers.

Favorite road trip story? Well you never forget your first:  That would be the Arkansas State Hawg Rally in Hot Springs

What’s the sexiest thing about your bike? She’s my favorite color (orange) and has lots of bling.

Dream ride to…? I have a couple: Sturgis, S.D., and San Francisco for their Gay Pride Parade with Dykes on Bikes.

Is this a loud bike or quiet? Loud! Loud pipes save lives!

How do you feel to be riding in the parade?  We feel honored to represent our community.

Tell us about Twisted Sisters.  We began as the motorcycle escort for the Virgin Couriers in the parade in 1999, but for the last three or four years we have been our own entry in the parade. We welcome any riders who would like to participate!

How do you celebrate Pride? By riding in the parade!

So… do the ladies like a woman on a bike? I hope so! I always thought it added a rebel quality.

Is the person riding “bitch” ever not going to look like one? Or a bottom for that matter?  That’s why I have a solo seat! My girl has her own bike, too.

Hawg vs. crotch rocket? Hawg.

What is it about riding a bike that appeals to you? Everything: The wind in your hair, the sun on your face and — yes, it does happen — the bugs in your teeth.

How did you handle the heat this summer without A/C on your ride? Not very well, I must admit. I have been parked for most of the 100-plus degree summer, but I’m glad that fall seems to be close and I will get to ride more.

Is this your everyday ride? No, my daily ride is a Dodge pickup truck.

Helmet or no? No.

We promise not to tell the DPS.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 16, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens