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Introducing WRN’s Sportbike Corner

A place for those who ride for speed and thrill

1/10/2012


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They accelerate like rockets and corner like a dream—sure, sportbikes may appear less comfortable than your standard cruiser, but for those addicted to these machines built for thrills, nothing else quite compares. Just like other segments of motorcycling, sportbikes and road racing are growing increasingly popular with women riders. And at Women Riders Now, we want those riders to have a place to call home.   
 
Women are increasingly taking to sportbikes, a type of lightweight motorcycle built for speed and maneuverability. Plus, just like cruiser riders, female sportbike riders like to get together and ride with like-minded friends.
Women are increasingly taking to sportbikes, a type of lightweight motorcycle built for speed and maneuverability. Plus, just like cruiser riders, female sportbike riders like to get together and ride with like-minded friends.

We’re excited to introduce our new Sportbike Corner, a place where sportbike enthusiasts can find information pertinent to their style of motorcycling, including exclusive reviews of new models and announcements for sportbike-related products and accessories. And if you visit the section now, you'll find all the stories we've done on sportbikes in the past, including reviews of motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja 250 and BMW F800, news on women-only track days, and information on Suzuki's new GSX-R models.

Not all women who ride sportbikes take to a racetrack. However, being able to test one's speed and cornering ability in the controlled environment of a racetrack is an attractive riding option for many female sportbike riders.
Not all women who ride sportbikes take to a racetrack. However, being able to test one's speed and cornering ability in the controlled environment of a racetrack is an attractive riding option for many female sportbike riders.

We’re also excited to introduce our latest WRN columnist and core contributor to Sportbike Corner, Rachael Westfall. Rachael is a freelance writer from Lake Forest, Calif., who rides a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R. In addition to contributing to WRN and MotorcycleShows.com, she serves as vice president of the US chapter of the Women's International Motorcycle Association (WIMA USA), is a certified motorcycle technician, and has worked as an instructor for TrackXperience.com. We know you’ll enjoy Rachael’s wisdom and insight on the world of women and sportbikes—check out her first column, Women Sportbike Riders vs. Women Cruiser Riders, for thoughts on how different (or alike) sportbike riders are from their cruiser-rider counterparts, as well as profiles on some of the fearless women in the sport.    
     
Rachael Westfall, WRN's new sportbike columnist, started riding dirt bikes when she was nine years old, then moved to street bikes at 19.
Rachael Westfall, WRN's new sportbike columnist, started riding dirt bikes when she was nine years old, then moved to street bikes at 19.

Help us spread the word to your sportbike-riding friends (men included!)—or if you ride a cruiser and are curious about life in the (very) fast lane, this is a great place to get acquainted. Click here to see all the articles in WRN’s Sportbike Corner.
    
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Reader Comments


Glad to see other women share the same passion of riding sportbikes as I do! I do not meet too many women who ride sportbikes in my area. My first bike was a Suzuki GS500F. It is a great starter sportbike. I now own a Suzuki GSX-R600 and I love it! hope to make it to some track days and meet other women riders.

Kendra Nickles
Abingdon, VA
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A great addition! I am a committed sport touring rider and feel very happy you have expanded the focus.

Kristin
Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Editor Response
Just to clarify, we have always included and written about sportbike and sport-touring as seen by the list of stories included in the WRN Sporbike Corner page. The stories go back as far as Women Riders Now has been live. We're now just compiling those stories in their own section so sport enthusiasts can find them easier. Thanks for reading WRN!
Genevieve Schmitt
Great addition to an already great mag! When discussing sportbikes with the uninitiated, it's important to point out that the bike only goes as fast as you want it to go. Sure, these bikes are designed to go fast, but they are lots of fun at regular road speeds too. also, Track days aren't all about going FAST; it's about being able to focus on your cornering, accelerating and braking techniques without the demands of being on a public road. Even the quietest of roads will still have wildlife, roadkill, driveways, compromised pavement, etc.

Manna Cali
Stony Brook, NY
Friday, January 13, 2012
I have been wondering for some time if my 2008 Harley VRSCD (V-Rod, 1250cc) truly fits the sportbike class. It surely isn't a cruiser. I think it's Harley's version of a sportbike, and their drag-bike is a V-Rod!


Chere Large
Corpus Christi, TX
Thursday, January 12, 2012
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