Great article and I'm so glad to see women enjoying and getting more involved in motorcycling. There's a freedom in it not everyone understands. Having been involved in a motorcycle accident, I wasn't prepared for the attitudes of the medical and fitness community toward my injuries. Somehow, motorcycle injuries project an image of irresponsibility and daredevil behavior that didn't warrant the same treatment as someone involved in any other kind of accident. Wearing protective gear can make all the difference between being seriously injured and walking away with functioning scrapes and bruises. That, at least, earned me some respect. I wear the attitudes toward woman riders proudly. Ride safe and be seen.

Cynthia Bertini
Canton, MI
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

There are many clans in the motorcycling world, each with their own mores and world view. Your points resonate when describing some clans while other clans (including mine) are already "training junkies" who wouldn't dream of throwing a leg over without ATGATT.

Throttle up!

Tamela Rich
Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I understand why an experienced motorcyclist may be a bit jaded that the motorcycle industry would reform itself. I am still open for women that are currently coming to motorcycling may create its own revolution. This phenomenon totally worth watching. Awesome article!

Evona Tollison
Burke, VA
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Hi Steve, Interesting point of view. I think women can be just as reckless and stupid as men as individuals. But, as a group, maybe this is the answer:
"Women are generally more interested in formal safety training than men, with 58 percent of women taking a rider course, compared with 44 percent of men, according to the AMA."

I am lucky that I live and ride in a pretty tolerant area; I don't encounter any real conflict about being a rider. I do try and be courteous, think about how my actions might be perceived by a driver or bicyclist who isn't familiar with motorcycles and gently correct drivers who think lane splitting is "crazy." reader stats also show that women are more likely to wear gear, and 99 percent of our readers wear a helmet every time they ride. Strangely, even with all that planning, gear and training, we still have a hell of a good time riding:)

S Swanson
SF Bay Area, CA
Thursday, June 5, 2014