MYRRH DAVIS still has her first motorcycle, a 1972 Honda Trail 70. She bought it as a teenager, when she would come home from school and ride it through the woods of Central Pennsylvania until it got dark.
These days, Myrrh gets her pick of BMW’s demo fleet. She is the community development specialist for BMW Motorrad USA, one of about 40 people working for the manufacturer in New Jersey. She supervises a staff of contractors that take BMW products to various shows around the country, including the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows.
Myrrh has had a varied career, including a time as a park ranger and a stint marshalling and officiating bicycle races, but her love of motorcycling led her into her current position, which she’s had since 2000. Myrrh’s involvement with BMW started in 1996, as one of those contractors she now supervises.
“I was essentially paid to ride,” she said.
When she was 7 years old, Myrrh decided she wanted a dirtbike - but she had to convince her parents.“They didn’t think it was a good idea,” she said. “It wasn’t what little girls do.”
But she wouldn’t be swayed, and one day her father brought home a Cushman scooter he found in a corner of his warehouse - a relic from the days when he was an ice cream man. “We spent all summer trying to get it to work.”
Eventually, it did, and Myrrh was able to ride it on flat surfaces and downhill -- and push it uphill.
Even into the 1990s, she kept her riding habits away from her parents, hiding her motorcycle at a neighbor’s when they came to visit.
One day, her father, looking to borrow a tool from the neighbor, found the bike and quickly deduced what was going on.
“We just won’t tell your mother,” he said.
Myrrh pilots a desk at work, attending meetings, planning events and keeping up with correspondence. But she still finds time to ride.
“Motorcycling is life,” she said. “That’s where the fun is. I like a little bit of adventure in my day.”
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