Women Who Roll 2014: Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, AMA chairman

Publish Date: 
Apr 24, 2014
By Vince Guerrieri

MAGGIE McNally-Bradshaw fell in love with riding when she was 11 years old and on the back of her cousin’s Triumph. When she was a student at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., she talked about how she wanted a Corvette and a motorcycle.

“Someone said I couldn’t have a motorcycle because girls don’t have motorcycles,” Maggie said. “Within a week, I had a permit. I was stubborn and hell-bent on proving them wrong.”

Today, in addition to her work as a voice/data communications specialist for the State of New York, Maggie teaches motorcycle riding classes at Hudson Valley as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach. This year, she was re-elected to her second one-year term as president of the American Motorcyclist Association board

Maggie became involved with the AMA in 1991 through her local chapter of Women on Wheels. She served as road division president and as a field representative for the group before becoming a board member in 2009, the third woman ever to serve on the AMA board of directors. She was elected vice chairman of the board in 2011, the first woman in that role, and then elected chairman in 2013.

Maggie has a daughter, Kaelyn, 28, and son, Sean, 22. Since they’ve left the nest, her baby is a Harley-Davidson Sportster she bought new in 1994. The stable also includes a 1983 Super Glide and a 2006 Ninja 500, and she and her husband, Curt, just bought Zero electric bikes, an XU and FX.

“I haven’t even had it out yet,” Maggie said. After this past brutal winter in the Northeast, she’s more than ready.

“I love the feeling of the bike,” she said. “It gives you a sense of youth, excitement and energy. It’s a new season and a fresh start.”

Read all the 2014 Women Who Roll profiles here.