Guest Author - Nancy Brotherton
Why do women ride? Many people ask that question because in the past it was not deemed lady-like to straddle a bike and strike out on your own if you were female. Some people, usually ones that have never ridden a motorcycle can't comprehend why anyone would want to ride exposed and vulnerable to the elements and community. Like the Bob Dylan song title states, "The Time's They Are A Changin'"; fortunately, so are women. No longer do we have to be the nurturer, maid, and cook.
In the last ten years women motorcycle riders have nearly doubled. Women now make up about 10 percent of the riding population and 25 percent of all new motorcycle sales purchases. This is astounding, since most advertising is aimed at males and manufacturers are only now beginning to produce certain bike styles suited more towards the average women's height and frame.
Here are some reasons for women riding: Sense of accomplishment and confidence; friendship; adventure; and that feeling of freedom.
The sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes with riding a steel horse on your own is indescribable. It's like climbing Mt. Everest. It is pulse pounding and liberating. It isn't any wonder why women want to try it, or anyone for that matter.
The friendship comes when you meet another biker on the road. You share common interests and a bond from enjoying the freedom of the road. There are motorcycle clubs devoted to riding, special waves when you see other riders, helping hands and support all though the roadways for bikers.
The adventure is when you take the road less traveled and "just ride". It's like being the master of your own destiny or the captain of your own ship. Riding a bike is a unique experience each and every time you start it up. You're never sure where the road is going to lead you or whom you are going to meet. Riding is an adventure waiting to happen. The song, "Born To Be Wild" relfects that feeling of adverture and freedom.
The feeling of absolute freedom while you're riding down the highway with the wind in your hair and nothing between you and the next stop but miles is incredible. You have no one to account to but yourself. You rely on your skills and your bike to get you to your destination. As the saying goes, if someone has to explain it to you, you just don't get it and probably never will.
Until next time, ride often and ride safe.