Women Who Roll 2014: Jody Perewitz, land-speed record holder

Publish Date: 
Apr 24, 2014
By Vince Guerrieri

WHEN IT COMES to motorcycles, Jody Perewitz was to the manner born. Her father is customizer Dave Perewitz, founder and namesake of Perewitz Cycle Fabrication.

“It was all we ever did,” said Jody, who serves as the director of marketing for the family business. “Our lives revolved around motorcycles, and it just became a passion for me.”

When she was 5 years old, she started racing dirtbikes, and as soon as she got her license at 16 she started riding motorcycles, getting a Buell M2 as a hand-me-down from her older brother.

Jody bought her father a trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, mecca for anyone with a need for speed.

“He said, ‘If we’re going to go, we might as well build a bike,’” Jody said. “I said, ‘I’m in.’”

Jody set a land speed record, topping out over 203 mph, and became the first woman to break 200 mph on an American-made motorcycle. She later went back and pushed the record up over 208 mph.

Jody has three bikes in her stable: A Road Glide she uses for cruising, a rigid custom for fun rides and a 1963 Panhead she rides to antique events.

“I’ll never sell that one,” she said.

Read all the 2014 Women Who Roll profiles here.