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I loved this article. I share all your sentiments! I am a trucker (man-based world) and I thrive on driving as good as, if not waaaay better than most of my male counterparts. And thus it is so with my bike. I still consider myself a newer rider (I've been riding for about 2.5 years, started on a Yamaha R6) and feel I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself. I have always done well but still feel that "for a girl" moment every now and then too. Thanks for your humble and humorous article! It's nice to know it's not just me that feels it, even while wearing an "I got this" face.

Eli Breeden
Cleveland, TN
Friday, April 5, 2019
Great article. I always feel extra pressure and that all eyes are on me! My husband did not want me getting my own bike although I had ridden a bit in college before meeting him. He would say it was out of concern for other drivers and not my lack of skill although it didn't stop him from owning two bikes of his own. In my mind I was hearing "you're just a woman and not capable of good judgment and defensive riding."

Of course this fueled my passion to get back on two wheels. I took a safety course and would only ride in a group in the beginning more for his peace of mind than my own. I decided to not let anyone get in my way of doing what I love to do! Even having ridden many years ago the safety course was so great and informative and helped me rebuild my confidence once again. They treated us all equally and I showed those boys a thing or two. Women are super supportive and always have to come up and tell me how cool it is to see female riders. I would love to see more women join the sport.

Jo
Round Lake, IL
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Thank you for a wonderfully, honest article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experience.

I am a riding instructor in South Africa. I started off 10 years ago as the only lady instructor in Cape Town and I was ridiculed by many of my male counterparts as well as the testing officers but I pursued my dream and was extremely successful, eventually teaching more men to ride than women.

I did realize though that women needed to be taught differently than men. Women do not naturally have the aggressive nature, assertiveness and physicality that men do and so, I adapted my training methodology when teaching lady riders. It worked like a charm and my female students started learning faster and became confident riders at a much quicker pace.

Today, I have a "finishing school" for lady riders, basically to smooth out the rough edges and teach the ladies alternative ways of handling situations that just seem to come naturally to men.

I have been riding for 40 years and I learned the smart way, not the hard way! I had to find alternatives because I am not a strong as a man.

Yes, we are different but our love and passion remains the same and that is what is important.


Linlee Solms
Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday, March 24, 2018
April begins my 19th year teaching motorcycle classes, both for the State of Illinois and Harley-Davidson. The training a prospective instructor goes through includes treating each student with respect and understanding that different people come to class with different skills, abilities, concerns, etc. Any instructor who can’t respect his/her students and treats women in any way less than they would treat men should not be teaching folks how to ride.

Jon
Elmhurst, IL
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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