While you might think the above quote describes women as passengers on motorcycles, truth is more women are actually owning motorcycles for their own riding purposes. In fact, the number of women riders in the U.S. has increased to about 7.2 million of about 27 million overall in 2009, according to a recent survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council, and this number of female riders is only expected to continue to uptick, especially since more women celebrities are stepping out.
Yes, the likes of Angelina Jolie, Pink, Jillian Michaels, Pamela Anderson and even Elizabeth Taylor have — and are continuing — to smash stereotypes that hogs are only for men. They’re a girl thing to. So if, you’re not content anymore riding on the back of a bike or just want to pick up your own motorcycle to get in on this emerging fad, now is certainly a good time. But before you can ride with the best of them, there are certain things that you’re going to need and certain motorcycle pointers that you’re going to need to know.
Motorcycle riding is characterized with some kick-butt clothing. You’re not going to want to put on your winter coat and mittens when cruising the city streets or joining fellow riders on trips. No, you want your own get up. This includes riding jackets – both safe and styling — special riding gloves, a helmet and boots. What’s more is that, with the increase in women riders, more motorcycle accessories are being designed with women in mind. It’s not just a man’s hobby anymore.
Practice Makes Perfect
It’s a cliche, but practice really does make perfect. You have to learn to crawl before you can learn to walk and you have to know how to handle — and respect — a bike before you can truly master riding. For starters, you should never buy a bike that you can’t handle. More bike manufacturers are marketing toward women, so when you’re shopping for one, you shouldn’t have a problem working with a salesman who can hook you up with a bike that isn’t beyond your means. Additionally, we recommend you take a riding course. Not only is this a great introduction to riding your motorcycle, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet other female riders to ride with after you master the art.
Anyone Can Do It
Think you’re too old to ride a motorcycle? Think that just because you’re a mom, you can’t get on a hog? Think that you’re too short? Think again. The great thing about motorcycles is that anyone can ride them. And being that motorcycle brands are marketing more toward experienced and new women riders, there’s sure to be a bike for you if you’re gaming enough to give it a shot.
Some other reasons to pick up riding? Well, for starters, buying a bike is a lot cheaper than buying a car, an attractive aspect, especially as the nation continues to recover from the great recession. While cost is one thing, the bigger thing is that riding a motorcycle is a rush of adrenaline like no other and provides a boost of excitement, fun and camaraderie that you might not have realized had you not given it a shot. With millions of women already doing it and millions more sure to join in, there’s no time like the present to start riding — yes, chicks dig bikes.