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I love this site! I passed my MSF class with a perfect score (after dropping the bike practicing the quick stop) two weeks ago. Prior to that, I bought a Kawasaki Ninja 400 and couldn't wait to get on it! Needless to say, the Ninja was a totally different feel than the Kawasaki Eliminator I took the class on. After one awkward ride around my apartment complex, I finally got more comfortable with the Ninja's sensitive controls. I am so happy I went with the lighter Ninja over the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 I was originally looking at. Plus, racing has always been in my blood so I use getting good enough to participate in a track day as motivation to get on my bike every evening, even if it is just riding through my parking lot. I love reading all the stories and informative articles...this is truly a wonderful site for the female rider!

MJ
Kingwood, TX
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Editor Response
Thank you MJ. Congratulations on passing the course and buying your first motorcycle! We wish you many happy years of safe riding.
Szulewski Tricia
I was a passenger for more than 3 years on my boyfriend's bike. Before I met him, the one and only time I was ever on a bike was when I was about 8 years old and went around the block on my Mom's friend's bike. Riding wasn't even on my radar. As a passenger, I was content. I enjoyed riding with my boyfriend, but never thought to learn myself until he suggested that I take the MSF course.

I took the course and surprised myself by passing the test. However, I still didn't purchase my bike for about a year and a half after I got my motorcycle license. I wanted to start small. I sat on a lot of bikes before I found the bike that was my perfect fit—a 2016 Suzuki TU250X in burnt orange. When I bought my bike I was very nervous. I practiced in a parking lot with my boyfriend to re-learn what I was taught at the MSF course. Gradually, I went from a parking lot to small neighborhood roads, to main roads, to highways. (Yes, my 250 can manage highways, but I don't travel them often or long.)

I've been riding for about 5 months now and have already put 3,000 miles on my bike. Now I ride more than my boyfriend does! There is something about being on your own bike. I love my bike, the ride, and the looks from people when they realize that the rider is a girl!

Annie McDonald
Pennington, NJ
Monday, September 17, 2018
I passed my MSF course a few weeks ago. The weekend afterwards I bought my very first motorcycle, a Honda CB300F ABS. I won't lie, I'm terrified when I think about all the things that could go wrong, but exhilarated when I ride.

I'm 51 and only rode a very small scooter a few times in college. My original plan was to buy a larger scooter for running errands and making the short trip to my best friend's house, less than 3 miles away. I've been on the back of his bike a few times (Triumph Tiger), and we recently visited the Isle of Man for the TT. He had been working on me to get a "proper bike" (he's British). His friends in the UK, even their teenage children said the same.

I was convinced I wouldn't pass the course and before the end of the second day, had already concocted a plan to buy a bike, spend a few months practicing riding in parking lots and then taking the course again. I managed to pass the course much to my surprise. I'm taking short rides around my neighborhood and building up my confidence. I'm progressing much faster than I expected and love every minute on my bike.

Juliette
Round Rock, TX
Sunday, July 29, 2018
We all need encouragement! I am a new rider, began last summer. My husband has taught me everything I know. I began on the driveway, learning the clutch and brake on a 1976 Honda GL 1000. Then I moved to the parking lot, then the neighborhood, then the street, then the highway. I am proud to say that I attended my first bike week with my husband this month in Myrtle Beach and I handled myself like a pro. I am so proud to be a woman rider alongside (not in back) of my husband. We rode twice a day every day and I didn't do anything embarrassing. Scheduled to get my license in August upon passing the course.

Leigh Moore
Matthews, NC
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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