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Women Riding Motorcycles

The motorcycle hobby or sport is not just for men. More and more women are taking up riding. This is fantastic, isn't it guys? Remember when women only rode on the back of a bike as a passenger? Remember sidecars? Women ride and drive everything on the planet. Gender isn't an issue anymore.

This article is about women riding motorcycles and sportbikes in particular. I have seen female riders riding big heavy cruisers and Harley's too. It takes a lot of skill to control a big heavy bike. A woman riding a bike is hot to most of us guys. Well, it is to me. So gals, get your motorcycle endorsement and buy some gear. Riding is a blast.

Motorcycle women come in all shapes, sizes and ages. A rider's age really isn't a factor to me anymore as I just turned 60. I like to ride with other riders that have some skill and experience. I ride with the newbies too. I always give them some extra distance. This is a courtesy and it's safer for all of us. It doesn't matter to me what sex a rider is. Males and females wear the same gear so you can't tell who you're riding with anyway.

Women riding sportbikes: I wish there were more mature women riding sportbikes. 40 seems to be the cutoff age around these parts. 50 seems to be cutoff point as far as males riding sportbikes. I'm one of the guys who just never grew up. I don't know why, but when I get on the bike, any aches & pains I may have just go away.

There are a few really accomplished riders in some of the groups I ride with. Lisa rides an R-1. R6girl rides a Yamaha also. Katie rides a Gixxer 750. Linda rides a Kawi ZZR 600. T-bone used to ride a Hayabusa. Now she rides a Kawi Zx10R. Foxie rides a 636. Foxie is 40+ and hot. There are a half dozen more female sportbike riders I've ridden with in the area. More newbies are joining the community all the time.

Women's Riding Clubs: I've only come across a couple women's only riding groups. These aren't the classic MCs. I don't particularly like the "Motorcycle Club". It has too many negative connotations. "Zani' leads "The Crew" as they call themselves. I've enclosed a photo of a few of the riders in the group. Zani is in the black t-shirt. She rides a slightly lowered black Honda 600RR. Do you think they're talking about bikes, clothes or guys?

Women's sportbike riding Gear: Listen up ladies. Any gear is better than none. All the motorcycle gear manufacturers now make gear especially designed for women. There is plenty of Pink stuff available. I'll give you a hint. If you just go out and buy the predominantly black gear, it will be easier to sell if you want to upgrade. Maybe you'll lose weight and it won't fit you anymore.

Of course you need a helmet that "fits". Make it snug, not loose. Your hair is going to get trashed. Get used to it or cut it short. The dark tint helmet shields won't let you see at night. There are flip down sun visors available too. Buy a median priced helmet for your first one. You don't need to buy a $900.00 Arai Corsair V.

Gloves are extremely important. Your hands and fingers are the most valuable parts of your body besides your noggin. Spend at least a hundred dollars on gloves and preferable 2 hundred. Get the gauntlet style gloves. Let the salesperson help you. They are bike enthusiasts not used car salespeople.

Leather is a lot better than fabric for jackets and pants. You can get the perfed leather that will flow some air when you are moving. Leather may make you sweat more. It will also save your skin in a crash. Quality leathers will last a lifetime. Cordura or mesh fabric is cooler, and it will somewhat save your skin; but, only once in a crash. You will need to buy another jacket. Heavy jeans fall into this category too. Please don't wear thin designer jeans, OK? Some Wranglers or Levis work great. If you get them dirty, it's no big deal.

Women's motorcycle riding boots: Do women like to shop for shoes? Well, I know a couple who do. You need to buy riding boots or shoes that cover your ankles at the very least. Please don't ride with tennis shoes. No flip-flops or bare feet allowed. Do you want to be known as a "squid"? No, you don't.

Go over to your bike dealer or a Cyclegear store for proper sportbike boots. Get some help from the salesperson. You are not going to find sportbike boots at the "Harley Dealer". If your ride a Harley or a power cruiser, then go ahead and get those heavy, clunky black boots with the spikes and brass buttons. You've seen them.

Some sportbike boot manufacturers to look for would be Alpinestars, Sidi, Puma, Garne, Teknic and some others. The Icon brand is very popular. the styling and graphics are top notch. Icon gear is very cool looking. It tends to be a little heavy. Definitely try some boots on locally before you buy your gear online.

What's the best sportbike for women? I can only give you some suggestions. there is no "best sportbike". The Suzuki Hayabusa is very popular with women. It really isn't the best beginner bike. It's heavy and ungodly fast. It corners extremely well too. Women like the curvy styling. I think it's the low saddle or seat height that women like. Suzukis or Gixxers really do have some striking colors and graphics. Go check them out.

Many sportbikes have a 32" plus seat height. Long legs are an asset. You can get your sportbike lowered if you are under 5'-6". You need to be able to touch the ground with the balls of your feet. You don't need to flat foot the ground.

A better bike to start on would be a 6 to 8 year old super sport or 600cc sportbike. They cost in the neighborhood of $3,800.00. You are going to drop or crash your bike in the first year while learning to ride, so buying a cheaper bike makes sense financially. Men drop their bikes far more than women. We just don't think about what we're doing most of the time.

If you must buy new, there are 3 sportbikes you might consider. Look at the Kawasaki 250R and the Honda 250R. These bikes look just like their bigger brothers. They're lighter. They have a low seat height and they are in the $4,100.00 range. They cost less to insure. The Kawi 650R is another good beginner bike.

Women racing motorcycles: There aren't too many professional women riders yet. Angelle Sampey is a world famous drag racer just recently retired. There are a handful of up and comers now doing quite well. A lightweight rider has an advantage in motorcycle racing. Not having broad shoulders is another.

There are few female riders in the motorcycle road racing world. This racing niche is super competitive. It's only a matter of time before more women enter the sport. This professional sports arena is wide open to women. Motorcycle racing is for riders under 40, though. It is much more dangerous than auto or truck racing.

Conclusion: Women motorcycle riders are no different than male motorcycle riders. Well, women do tend to be smarter, don't they? Regardless, look on the web for some local motorcycle forums. Look for "sportbike" in the forum name. Lurk for awhile. There is almost always a "rides" section in these forums. This is a great way to get to know more about the sport. Don't depend on your hubby or boyfriend. Just go out and do it. Learn to ride. Take some pictures and make some videos. Make some life long friends. See you out on the next group ride, ladies.


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