Women Riders Now (WRN) is the leading resource, online or in print, for
from a female perspective. Our site is updated almost daily with stories and information that all riders, women or men, can appreciate. We also offer a comprehensive Beginner's Guide
for anyone interested in becoming a motorcycle rider. Staying up-to-date with WRN is easy, whether through subscribing to our biweekly WRN Newsletter
or by following us on Twitter
Women and Motorcycling Statistics
WRN is the most popular place on the web for women riders to share stories, photos and information about their experiences on the open road.
Why is there a need for an online magazine like WRN? Because a new generation of riders demands it! The growth of the female riding population is one of the biggest shifts taking place in the motorcycling industry. For proof, just look at these 2012 statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Council, the industry trade group that tracks the number of women in motorcycling. These are the latest and most up-to-date numbers available:
- Nearly 25 percent of all motorcyclists are female (that's one out of every four riders).
- In 2012, approximately 27 million people in the United States operated a motorcycle. Of that number, approximately 6.7 million were women.
- From 2003 to 2012, the estimated number of female motorcycle operators increased 35 percent.
- In 2012, the estimated number of motorcycles owned by females is 12.5%, up from 10.5% in 2009.
- From 2009 to 2012, the estimated number of motorcycles owned by females increased 20 percent.
- About 40 percent of women motorcycle owners ride a cruiser-style motorcycle.
* Operators is defined by those women who can ride a motorcycle regardless of if they own one.
* Owners is defined by those women who bought a motorcycle and registered it in their name.
Women Riders Now has proprietary research and statistics on women involved in motorcycling, their buying habits, what they want, what they like and don't like, among other useful information We make those survey results available for a fee upon request. Additionally, we have the ability to survey our readers here if you would like feedback on a product or service you are considering. Please contact WRN founder / publisher Genevieve Schmitt
for more information.
Although the love of motorcycling is universal to those who ride, most women experience the sport differently than men. Women often learn to ride differently, have different requirements when choosing a bike, and face different mental hurdles when it comes to getting into the sport.
And while the number of women riders continues to increase, those women—whether they're new or experienced riders, passengers, or curious non-riders thinking about taking the driver's seat—are not targeted by any large-scale national media outlet. Surveys have shown that readers of motorcycle magazines are 97 percent male, and so the editors of those magazines typically cater to a male audience.
So where does a woman rider go to find information about beginner-friendly motorcycles
, female-friendly motorcycling gear and apparel
, and stories that speak to her experience
? Since its launch in 2006, WRN has existed to fill that void, offering a wealth of information for women at all stages of motorcycling.
What We Offer
Women now make up one-quarter of all motorcyclists, an increase that we at WRN attribute to the "copycat effect." When a woman sees another woman riding her own motorcycle, she thinks, "If she can do it, so can I."
WRN's mission is to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive motorcycling news and reviews to the female riding population. By doing so, we aim to educate and inform the motorcycle industry and general public on the growth and impact of the female riding population.
Because we know motorcyclists love to connect, we also offer the WRN Forum
, where riders can share about everything from their favorite motorcycle helmets to their latest road trips. Looking for other women to ride with? Our National & Regional Riding Clubs
page offers the most comprehensive list you'll find of women-only riding clubs around the United States. And with the WRN Calendar of Events
, you'll be in the loop about the biggest woman-centric motorcycle rallies, rides, and track days scheduled around the country.
New to motorcycling? Anyone just getting into the sport should check out the WRN Beginner's Guide
, where we guide you from start to finish on how to enter the world of two-wheeled riding.
The Standards We Adhere To
Women Riders Now is packed with information for all levels and types of motorcyclists, from beginning cruisers to experienced sportbike riders.
WRN is an online magazine that adheres to the highest standards in journalism. Like most print magazines, we are supported through advertising. We do not favor any one brand. We promote responsible riding and the wearing of proper riding gear. When we have control over the content of photo shoots, our riders wear proper gear at all times. Occasionally, we receive photos from contributors who are not wearing proper gear, which we post at our discretion. For more information, visit our FAQ page
Our Founder and Editor
is the founder and editor of WRN, which operates under the ownership of her company, Solitude Ranch Communications, LLC. Genevieve has been covering the women and motorcycling "beat" full-time since 1999, and in 2001 she was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame. Genevieve is regularly called upon by motorcycle dealerships, rally organizers, and event organizers to give speeches and presentations
to women riders around the country. She has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles
on the subject of women and motorcycling. To read more about Genevieve, visit the Our Founder
Our Photo Library
WRN owns the most extensive library of photos featuring women riding motorcycles. Media professionals and other interested parties can access this library at a set price per photo.
Please email us to learn how you can access those images.