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My husband and son bought me my first motorcycle for my 40th birthday and little did they know they created a monster. I started on a Suzuki GZ 250, rode that for a few months (husband rode behind me with our bluetooth intercoms on and walked me through the basics; my own private instructor!). Later that winter, I took the Harley-Davidson Academy course (loved it!) and upgraded to a Suzuki M50, an 800cc bike. I've been riding that for the past 16 months when I just upgraded to the Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT.

Each time, before I upgraded, I rode demos of every style of bike I could get my hands on. I kept a log of the bikes that I test rode and both times, I had a list of 12-15 bikes that I tried.

I stayed with the Suzuki family due to how the bike fits me; I'm 5 feet 9 inches, have really long legs and arms but a short torso. Upgraded cruisers like the Indian Scout and Triumph Speedmaster were awesome but too small. The bigger touring bikes fit great but were too heavy for what I wanted. That's why I ended up with an adventure bike. It's got enough power to keep up with my husband's Victory Cross-Country touring bike but is small and nimble so I can commute in traffic easily.

I wear as many "girly" colors as possible and have joined an amazing women's group here in Boise. I highly recommend what I did—demo a bunch of bikes, take a safety course, and join a women's group if you can. A group of like-minded ladies will accelerate your riding ability quickly, safely and in a manner that is simply fun.


Rachel Maduen
Boise, ID
Monday, August 27, 2018
Editor Response
Excellent advice, Rachel! We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Keep on enjoying the ride and spreading the love.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I am the secretary of a co-ed motorcycle club called 317 Ryders MC in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have been riding for five years now and love every second of it.
I love it when I am out riding and children wave at me. I hope that I inspire young ladies to want to know more about this new found freedom of riding.

My bike is a very distinctive Yamaha R6 once you walk up to it you know a woman rides it.

Last year I started organizing my own ride and called it “The Secretary’s Ride” the ride is for women riders only. We took a nice ride to Oliver winery and enjoyed the ambiance and scenery, with the support of my club sisters and women we knew that ride it was a total success! This year we plan to do this ride again in August. I am hoping I get a larger turnout or even get some ladies that I haven’t met yet to participate.

This magazine is a great thing to see as a female rider. It encourages me to get out more meet other women riders who have the love for motorcycles like I do. I hope to create more bonds and make more friends this year than ever! Riding for me is not just a hobby it is my lifestyle and I wouldn't change it for anything!




Kim (Special K) Larkins
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
#6. Nope, Nope, Nope. I'll keep my short hair and hi-viz, thank you very much. No butterflies or pink (ugh) for me. I'm not sure why the heck I need to tell the world my gender. My bike sure doesn't care.

Charlene
Wichita, KS
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Rode a bit when younger and was mostly a passenger and that turned into a couple of bad wrecks so needless to say when hubby started riding about 14 years ago I didn't last as a passenger. My biggest problem always was that since those wrecks and experience driving a big rig I'm cautious. Which seems to be a problem for riders of both sexes around here, so other than hubby, most don't want to ride with me. But I kinda enjoy solo, more not that I don't believe in encouraging others.

I like hi-viz, bright colors, not much gear for girls without the girlie curves but I get quality with accent colors if I can. I have had several different bikes and different brands. I do believe that you should always start small, build your confidence and skills, then hop on up to a ride that takes your breath away.

I always tell other women if you can balance it between your legs then you can ride it. I also tell them not to let hubby, significant other, or salesman talk you into something you're not comfortable with.

Last year I finally found my dream. The color caught my eye first, then the comfort, and the seal on the deal was the price. I have put more miles on this then I have on all of my others in the last 12 years. And I would do more if work and hubby would let me.

I've always been a tomboy but I do love it when you get that "that's a girl" look but I ride with comfort and safety first. I don't believe that gender matters but if you let the world know that women can ride too we help to increase our numbers. Examples are Dot Robinson and Ann Ferrar and the motorcycling Grandma, Hazel Kolb. Knowing women's history in the motorcycling world helps you spread the word.




Joni
Hot Springs, AR
Friday, August 25, 2017
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