Hello riders! Some of you may remember last month’s article Targeting Women Motorcyclists – Resources for Female Riders. The article highlighted Vicki Gray / MOTORESS and the International Female Ride Day, other players in the local female riding community, and how as riders we all benefit from a strong female presence in motorcycling. It called out for women riders to share their links with us.
Earlier today I heard about a new blog, I-Want-To-Ride.com. The new blog chronicles the quest to becoming a motorcyclist, as told by future biker-belle Cecilia Lourenco. Having lived and rode a scooter in Florence, Italy, Cecilia’s posts offer an enthusiastic but down to earth look at her progression into motorcycling here in Toronto, Canada:
“I miss that little scooter…well not so little. I did tip over a couple of times and needed help to get it back up!! On second thought…what am I thinking?!! I can’t ride a motorcycle!!! What if I tip over?!! No no no, squash that thought. It’s time, I can do it.
I’m tired of sitting in the back of someone else’s motorcycle. I want to be in control! I want to ride!! But if I tipped over with my Piaggio Liberty, how will I be able to handle a motorcycle? I’m only 5’1″ and 110lbs and when I tell people I want to ride a motorcycle they all chuckle!
So now on cue my inner voice steps in and says, “Come on Cecilia, when have you ever backed down from a challenge?!”
That’s right! And you know what, when I first purchased that scooter six years ago I was so scared to ride but I didn’t let that fear take over. It’s kind of the same fear I feel now with motorcycles. Fear mixed in with anticipation and excitement.”
Copied from http://i-want-to-ride.com/1/post/2010/09/i-want-to-ride.html without permission, so cross your fingers that Cecilia won’t mind!
Later posts address her licensing here in Canada, from having to spend over 3 hours to get her M1 motorcycle license at the Ministry of Transportation – an Ontario motorcycling tradition – to her special women-only weekend M2 Course this coming week.
Best of luck to Cecilia and the rest of the Women’s Weekend riders this weekend!
Follow Cecilia’s adventures at http://i-want-to-ride.com