Whether its the freedom, the machine, or the woman herself, everyone can appreciate something of beauty in a woman riding her motorcycle. For some women, a ride around town, or even the state just isn't enough. On July 4th, 2011, Madeline "MISSRIDER" Velazquez set out on the ride of a lifetime: travelling across the United States by motorcycle, all alone, aboard her Triumph Bonneville. She was kind of enough to take a moment to answer some of our questions and tell us about her trip.Read More »
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:
Vicki Gray was dropping off her KYMCO Bet & Win at Studio Cycle Group in Toronto when I offered her a ride to the subway station. Vicki, perhaps better known as MOTORESS, has been actively involved in motorcycles since the mid-1980s. Here was a woman who could have easily out-rode me on my own bike, content with taking a quick ride around the block as a passenger on my Harley-Davidson. When we arrived at the station we spoke briefly about our experiences as a passenger. “I’m not afraid of anything”, she said. I believe her.Read More »
It was spring of not-so-long-ago and Ashley had finally started riding her own motorcycle. While I took my time warming up my faithful carburettor motorcycle, she fired up her new fuel-injected little machine and took off on me.
Now, you need to understand, whenever my girlfriend has taken off on me on a bike, bad things have happened. Like the time I told her to take things slowly around the parking lot. She gave me the "yeah yeah" and rolled her eyes. Then she crashed my first bike across the asphalt. I digress...
Ashley was involved in a motorcycle accident on her CBR-125R back in March, 2011. Someone who was stopped (illegally) in a bicycle lane pulled a U-Turn right in front of her. She hit the brakes and the horn and swerved to try to avoid the car, but the car didn’t yield and blocked her exit and they collided.Read More »
Let's look at how to bargain for a brand new (or even used) motorcycle or scooter from a dealership. We'll start with some general tips and then look at how dealer pricing works.Read More »
Be safe, or at least don't get ripped off!Read More »
Part of our on-going How to Buy your First Motorcycle series. We've already looked at motorcycle insurance, the M1 license, including an M1 practice test, now it's time for the M2 test. We'll cover:
Should I take an M1 exit course (a.k.a. MSF riding school course), or just take the test with the ministry?
Does taking a course for my M1 exit test help me save on motorcycle insurance?
What are the approved ministry of transportation motorcycle courses and which one should I take?
Practice Safe Scootin'?
Scooters are a great way to get around the city. Some are even great for cross-country trips like KYMCO Xciting 500Ri. Big or small, here are some tips for all scooterists: