The not so hairy biker...
Certainly the sight of a female rider cruising through the country back roads isn't common but it doesn't mean female riders are in the minority, quite contrary.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Association there are 525,000 females holding a full motorcycle licence in the UK and this figure is rising.
There's no particular stereotype of what demographic of women ride motorcycles, young, old, professionals, housewives, the daring and adventurous or the practical and economical...its for anyone, any woman and this I believe is one of the most appealing factors of the motorcycle.
Motorcycles for women
Typically motorcycles are designed for men, they are often top heavy and difficult to manoeuvre and finding one suitable for the female frame is often problematic.
Women tend to try and seek out a bike that is lightweight but just as powerful as the male counterpart.
Motorcycle manufacturers have recognised the need to appeal to woman riders.
Look closely at some of the more popular motorcycle manufacturers and its clear that efforts have been made to respond to a need in the market.
Manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Suzuki and Yamaha have created models designed the physique of a woman in mind. The bike must be fitted to the individual rider and allow for easy reach of the controls. Sit on the bike and make sure that both feet are firmly placed on the ground. Also look out for a bike with a lower, narrow seat and longer handle bars. These elements are important as they directly impact upon how the bike handles on the open road and undoubtedly increases the comfort and enjoyment of your ride.
Women motorcycle clubs in UK
It is also worth a mention that there are a variety of women only motorcycle clubs in the UK set up for the purpose of encouraging participation in motorcycle events. It's a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and arrange events in your own area.
Motorcycling clothing for women
Also gone are the days when women had to wear ill-fitting male jackets and trousers and smaller sized male boots that may not have afforded any protection. Now women can have as many choices as men...and they can still look good!
Women riders are continuing to challenge the negative stereotype of the biker chick and the perception that a motorbike is a mans toy. The secret is now out of the bag; women can enjoy the freedom and liberation of riding a bike independently and have fun doing it.
I recently spent an idle Sunday afternoon tearing up the garden on a stunning Triumph Bonneville...anyone fancy a spin?
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