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I have been kicking around being a MSF instructor for a while—this convinced me to give it a go! Thanks for your great website. I always appreciate your insight and just this space you've created.

Chris
Littleton, CO
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Editor Response
That's awesome Chris! I am super stoked every time I hear about another woman becoming a RiderCoach. Stay in touch and let us know how it goes. Good luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
Yes, ride, be noticed and nice! We influence more people than we will ever know.
While on a cross-country trip, on Interstate 80, wearing my red leather boots on my Red Harley Street Glide, I apparently was noticed. During a rest stop in the ladies rest room, a woman noticed my boots and said, "It's you!"

I didn't know her, but I smiled. She added, "My son was watching the motorcycles as we were driving and he noticed your red boots. As we passed the riders, he exclaimed '...and she's a GIRL, Mom!'"

We both laughed and she wanted to know all about motorcycling. In parting, I added, "Please let your son know that I'm a grandmother too!"

Joyce Liana
Troutville, VA
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Just stumbled upon this site and I am thrilled to have found it. So far, I have enjoyed ALL of the articles.

I really love the idea of women rider promotion stickers from WRN.

Grace Evans
Geneseo, KS
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Editor Response
Hi Grace. We are so glad you found us, too! We are working on promotional stickers and shirts and may have some available soon.

Ride on!
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
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
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