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How to Start a Women's Motorcycle Riding Club

A guide to get you going

By Alisa Clickenger
6/22/2011


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Sharing the experience of riding with good friends is one of the most rewarding benefits for a motorcyclist. For women, especially, gathering together a few gal pals to ride and socialize with is an enriching and inspiring endeavor. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own motorcycle riding club, here are a few pointers to get your wheels rolling.    

1. Define your club. What’s your vision? Do you want to take daylong and weekend rides through your local region? Do you want to focus on track-riding activities? Once you decide your focus, research other clubs in your area and find out what they are doing. Ideally, you’re starting a club because there is a need in the riding community that’s not being met by existing clubs. To find out if that's the case, go online to research the events and gatherings in your community. Talk to the staff at your local motorcycle dealerships to find out what they know about other groups. 

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Many women's riding groups are formed partly to raise money for charities. The Chrome Angels of Central Florida, an independent club, are shown here during a charitable presentation.

2. Refine your vision. Talk to your riding buddies and further refine your combined vision. Ask for firm commitments from volunteers to establish the sharing of duties and responsibilities. Be professional—establish club officers (president, secretary, treasurer, etc.) so that you can run organized meetings. The unwritten rule is that a minimum of six people is needed to start a club.    

3. Decide on a name, logo and mission statement. Come up with a unique name, making sure it clearly states what your club is about but doesn’t duplicate any other club’s name or mission. Let the clubs in your area know your intentions to start a new organization. This is especially important in maintaining friendly relations between groups and avoiding stepping on any toes. Start working on a logo so that it can be incorporated into your newsletters, T-shirts and other marketing materials.

Next, develop a mission statement, and decide if you are going to be a charitable organization. The IRS has a special designation for not-for-profit clubs, called IRC 501(c)(7). It’s best to consult with an accountant on any potential tax liabilities.

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Decide if you want to start a group from scratch or form a chapter of an existing national group, as the group shown here did. The Ladies of Harley are part of the Old Town H.O.G. chapter in Brandon, Fla.

4. Determine your meeting schedule. Decide on a regular meeting place and time (monthly seems to work best for most clubs), and develop a dues structure. Make sure everyone pays the dues—even the president, treasurer and your best friend. It’s important for everyone in the club to feel equal, and it shows you are willing to invest in your own endeavor.   
    5. Start promoting your club. Decide what best suits your goals in terms of marketing, be it a Web site, newsletter, or fliers to hang up at your local motorcycle shops. Local motorcycle shops are a really good resource, so develop a relationship with the sales people so they can steer new and existing riders to your club. A shop’s customer lounge can also be a potential meeting spot for your group. Ask about that. It’s a win-win for both—your group has a place to meet, and the shop has female customers browsing the store before and after the meeting. See if the shop will offer a discount just for club members.       
    Other ways to promote your club include creating a Facebook page or establishing a MeetUp.com group. You can also reach out to women-focused businesses or organizations in your area to get the word out (health clubs, spas, women’s professional organizations, etc.). Whatever avenues your club chooses, just make sure that the person dedicated to your club’s promotion has enough time to keep the airwaves updated. It is important to answer inquiries about club rides and events from potential new club members in a timely manner.

    6. Consider joining up with the AMA. Another consideration for your club is whether you want the club to be sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The charter fee with the AMA is $35 for a calendar year, and this is a good option for enthusiasts who ride together but aren't really structured enough to host formal events. Event insurance coverage and some event promotion can be obtained through the AMA. Be sure to check their Web site (listed below under “Resources”) to see if this option is right for your club.    
    Few things compare to gathering with like-minded people in pursuit of the same passion. Be proud of your ability to bring people together and your club’s shared dedication to making your vision a reality. Most importantly, have a great time riding with your friends.
      Click here to visit WRN’s list of national and regional women’s motorcycle riding clubs. This page can also be found through the “It’s All About You” link on the WRN navigation bar.     
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        Reader Comments


        I'm from Philadelphia. I ride a Harley and I'm looking for a woman's club in Philly, or women who ride to start a club. Any suggestions?

        Becky
        Philadelphia, PA
        Tuesday, August 20, 2013
        Editor Response
        Please visit our Women's Motorcycle Clubs page for a listing of clubs in your area, then register on the WRN Forum, where you can connect with other women and reach out to those in your area.
        Genevieve Schmitt
        Good Article! Back in June of this year (2012) a small group of us started a club. We used Meetup for several reasons. First it lets you pick a variety of interests your club focuses on, et al: Harleys, Suzukis, women riders, etc. That way when other women in your area are looking for a group to join on the internet, it will "hit" on the internet. Our group also pick meetup due to it's ease of use. It practically guides you step by step how to use it. It does cost a little money to use meetup for those starting the group, but it is great! It gives folks a place to post rides and get togethers. We have a website, and Facebook, however they both direct you to our meetup site. We found that if there is Facebook, etc, too many people use too many places to communicate and conversations, postings, etc get lost to all members! We have been very successful!

        We started the first week in June and now ave 41 members! It's August-so that is only two months! We live in Western NC -- an awesome riding area! We live near Asheville, NC -- and we are the Asphalt Sisters! It just doesn't get any better than this! Go for it ladies!

        Kim
        Black Mountaiin, NC
        Sunday, August 19, 2012
        I am either looking clubs up wrong or we really don't have one here in NWI. I would love to join or start a group up in this area. I found your information to be very helpful. So far there are about 15 of us who would like to join a group or start one. We also have a few organizations in our area we would love to do charity work for. If anyone knows of something in our area that I am missing please let me know thank you.

        Lorraine
        Hammond, IN
        Monday, July 11, 2011
        Editor Response
        Lorraine,

        Please visit the WRN Forum (link under It's All About You on left side of site) and look for a thread where you Connect With Others in your area, or start a thread by asking a question.
        Genevieve Schmitt
        This was a very informative article. Thank you very much for sharing.

        Maurine Edwards
        Long Beach, CA
        Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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