OMAHA, Nebraska. According to the Guardian, the days of women motorcyclists riding behind a guy are over. More women are taking to riding and enjoying being in control of their own bikes. Women are also finding female community in riding together. It’s not just about hitting the open road with a boyfriend, but about riding in a group of women who feel connected and empowered. As more women hit the open road, motorcycle companies are taking notice. Plan to take up riding? Here are seven things to consider:
- Take a riding course. Riding courses will give you what you need to know to get your license, but they will also teach you more advanced techniques about how to maneuver your bike for optimal safety. Riding a motorcycle is different than riding in a car. If you are involved in an accident, you don’t have the protective chassis a car provides. Taking a safety course can also have the added benefit of reducing your insurance costs.
- Find other women who ride. Riding with other women is a great way to learn and grow as a rider. According to the Guardian, about 10% to 12% of motorcycle riders are women. In a recent piece by the Chicago Tribune, that number was reported as high as 14%.
- Find the right motorcycle. Industry research indicates that women prefer cruisers. These bikes are a little smaller and allow you to sit upright while riding. As a general rule, when you’re learning how to ride, start smaller and work your way up.
- Consider your height. Motorcycles are still largely designed with men in mind. In order to ride safely, you need to be able to put one foot on the ground. When shopping around for a bike, keep your height in mind. That dream bike you’ve been eyeing on the motorcycle magazines might be too high off the ground.
- Get the gear. Even if leather jackets aren’t your style, leather can protect you in the event of a fall or a crash. You’ll want a nice pair of gloves, a jacket, boots, and pants. You’ll also need a good, well-fitted helmet.
- If cost is an issue, you’re not alone. Getting started with riding on your own can be expensive. There’s a lot to think about, like safety courses, which bike you’ll buy, and all the gear you’ll need. You might be able to save money by joining a group of other female bikers who can sell you old gear—just make sure it’s still safe. You can also save by buying a used bike rather than a new one. Again, a women biker group can help in this department, because there might be women who are looking to upgrade their bikes and sell their starter bikes.
- Learn how to tune up your own bike. A great way to stay safe and to save a little money is to learn to tune up your own bike yourself. Not only will your bike be in the best shape it can be, there’s nothing more empowering than knowing you can change the oil.
Rensch & Rensch are motorcycle lawyers in Omaha, Nebraska who are excited about the many horizons and communities opening to women riders. Our law firm also provides support for individuals who may have been in a crash while riding. If you’ve been in an accident, know your rights. Visit us at https://www.renschandrensch.com/motorcycle-accidents to learn more.