This article is primarily for all those badass chicks out there who want to or already do ride motorcycles, but men, you may need to pay attention to this too.
About three years ago I became friends with some guys who rode motorcycles … I saw them out on their bikes one night and was taken for a ride. I instantly dug the feeling of the wind in my face and a giant piece of vibrating metal between my legs. After going out with them several more times, and always getting overruled on where we were going to ride, I quickly got tired of being at their mercy. So I bought a bike of my own.
I quickly fell victim to the stereotype that a girl should ride a smaller, lighter bike. I was looking at a Harley’ Sportster at the local dealership, but really liked the Fatboy model. “Isn’t that a big (fast) bike, can you handle it?” YES, I can.
Fortunately, the salesman said to me: “Go for it! Size only matters if you drop it”.
So, I did. I pulled out my checkbook and bought a Harley-Davidson Fatboy.
Now, I never actually rode a motorcycle on my own, but with a 700lb bike (dry weight) I was about to learn, quick. So, at 30 years old and a badass mom of four, I took a motorcycle safety class and became a Harley chick.
From then on, seems like all I heard was … “You ride that?’, “Isn’t it too big?” “What happens if you drop it?”
“I pick it up” I said.
“You have two young girls, isn’t it too dangerous?”
“Well, no more dangerous than if I was their father riding it.” I tell them, but a lot of times they just don’t “get” it.
Now I’m not saying that all men feel women shouldn’t ride, or if they do it should be on a smaller bike, which is obvious since my husband and I ride together all the time. After we first met, he actually bought a street bike (cbr900rr) knowing I had a hog so we could ride together.
Unfortunately, I had to sell the hog, but have since bought two Kawasaki street bikes, a ’99 ZX9R and a ’00 ZX12R. And still I hear …
“Is that a 600?” (600 being a smaller bike and fewer cc), or “A 12r, isn’t that a big (fast) bike, can you handle it?”
“YES, I can.”
Can you guys handle it? Really, there are many benefits to your woman having her own motorcycle.
7 Benefits of a chick riding her own bike
It’s a great way to ride together without listening to her in your ear.
If you have kids, they’ll think their parents are cool.
When you go too fast around a corner you won’t get the death-defying atomic thigh squeeze.
When you go on road trips you’ll have double the storage.
When she rides up, you can tell the guys “Yup, that’s my badass chick on her motorcycle.”
Give her the control and freedom she wants and see what she’ll give you in return :)
Ok chicks, if you are interested in learning and you don’t want your man to teach you (or he’s not quite sold on the idea and won’t teach you) give your local safety council or DMV a call for class info. The classes may be somewhat costly, but you use their bikes and are then given a card in which you can show the DMV and get your license endorsed w/out a road course test. Plus you’ll learn a lot and save a lot of time wasted on possible disagreements with your man. Bottom line, men drop the comments … they only make you seem insecure and please, please, badass chicks everywhere … Go for it! Ride what YOU like and what YOU want no matter the size. Ride hard and ride safe!