Now more than ever, many women are taking up motorcycle riding. If you are a woman and considering motorcycle riding, there is no better time to hit the road. One out of four motorcycle riders today is a woman, and whether it’s for freedom, independence, adventure, confidence, or community, learning a new sport can be very exhilarating.
If you are like many women who’ve been wondering what it would feel like to ride a motorcycle— maybe you’ve pictured yourself on a motorbike or cruiser, with a helmet and a cute little leather jacket— we’ll guide you to muster the courage you need to hit the road. You can go from daydreaming to the ranks of women riding motorcycles. Going after what you love and learning a new sport at the same time is achievable with a little bit of commitment.
Let’s get you riding… Women riding motorcycles embrace new experiences and break out of molds. Below is a step by step guide to get started with motorcycle riding. You can print out the list and put it somewhere visible as a reminder of your goals.
Step 1 – Commit and set your goals
You need to set a goal or a target date. If you don’t set it, you might procrastinate and end up not achieving your dreams as a biker. First, choose a date when you want to complete your motorcycle training course and ensure that the date is realistic and achievable.
Step 2 – Take a motorcycle training course
There are training centers all over the 50 states of America. You will find all types of motorcycle training classes from beginners to experts. Many of these courses offer a basic curriculum designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Harley Davidson also offers training for beginners called the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Riding Course, so your choices will be varied.
Step 3 – Buy a motorcycle
During your training, you will discover the type of motorcycle that will suit your frame and riding style. You will try out a mix of cruisers or sports bikes during the training course. This will help you decide if a laid back motorbike or a cruiser with an upright position will be best for you. The training is invaluable because it helps guide you towards the type of motorcycle to purchase and reveals your riding style.
When choosing a motorbike, it is advisable to pick a used one to get you started. This is because as a beginner, you may spend as much as 6 – 12 months just honing your skills, after which you can trade it in for a more powerful motorbike.
Step 4 – Gear up
You will need motorcycle gear before you can get on the road. Try your local dealership and speak to a sales person who will show you all the necessary gear for different riding conditions. There are many new types of riding gear for ladies. Some for comfort, style or functionality. It’s important to know what will suit you and make you more comfortable because when you are on the road, how you look should be the last thing on your mind.
Step 5 – Join a women’s motorcycle group
Women have an affinity to stay together and connected. It’s only natural that most female riders would want to connect with one another. Join a group of like-minded women in your local area. There are many clubs across the United States and Canada. Motor Maids, Women’s International Motorcycle Association (WIMA), and much more. These clubs are an opportunity for women to meet regularly and share their experiences and passion for motorcycle riding. It’s also a great way for new riders to network and integrate into the local community of fellow motorcycle riders.
Step 6 – Rack up some miles and real-life practice
The fastest way to get better at motorcycle riding is to get out and ride. If you’re too busy for long rides, then schedule in shorter rides in between breaks, chores or to any nearby location, just so you can start experiencing the joys of riding a motorcycle. Racking up miles will ensure that you experience different traffic and driving conditions. You can also set daily goals on how many miles you will ride before a specific date. Before you start riding, go on a few trial runs with a friend who is also a rider. Practice in a big open space like a parking lot; this is important, especially after you have passed your MSF. You will need to put in some practice without the distraction of road traffic.
Step 7 – Call yourself a motorcycle rider!
Now that you’ve achieved the above 6 goals, you can now call yourself a motorcycle rider. For many women, mastering to ride a motorcycle is a breakout point for other long-awaited life changes. Some people feel that motorcycle riding is for the menfolk only, but this is far from the truth. Sometimes the fear of going out on a powersports vehicle may be the deter many women from learning the sport. However, once you become confident in riding, you will do just fine.
Motorcycling is one of the most inexpensive sports to start. There’s no special equipment required all you need is your motorcycle and riding gear. If money is a factor, it is highly recommended that you buy a used motorcycle and riding gear. You will have a lot of fun riding and will enjoy all the benefits that many women before you have experienced.
Final thoughts For years women have been encouraged to ride motorcycles. Even industry brands like Harley Davidson have been trying to get women onto its program (Garage party) to encourage them to try motorcycling. Garage party is intended to take away the fear and intimidation that some women feel when they contemplate the sport.
Women on motorcycles are powerful especially when they master how to ride well. It transforms and empowers those who are on the sidelines looking for mentors to encourage them. As women riders increase in numbers and strength, so too will they influence the participation of other women in the industry.