by Tina Hartley | helium.com
Motorcycle riding tips for women aren’t really any different than motorcycle riding tips for men. As a capable woman I rather resent the implication that women need special tips for all things related to the automotive world. Inferior strength and smaller size, you say? Not necessarily. In any case and for any gender; make sure that the bike you are planning on riding suits your size.
When sitting in on a motorcycle your feet should be able to be planted firmly on the ground. If you ride a bike that is too big for you, strength may well come into play since you will not to be able to properly balance the bike. A bike on a lean may require extra strength to keep it from tipping over.
All motorcycle riders should take an approved motorcycle training course. Many states require a rider to complete an approved safety course before they will issue a license. The majority of states also require a rider possess a valid drivers license before they can receive a license to ride motorcycles.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers courses for beginners and refreshers courses for seasoned riders. MSF offers 5 keys tips on their home page:
- Get trained and licensed
- Wear protective gear
- Don’t drink and drive
- Ride within your skill limits
- Take refresher courses
Don’t underestimate the need for protective gear. Wearing proper clothing while riding is absolutely essential. Seasoned riders are often overconfident and novice riders don’t know any better…yet. There are few guarantees in life, but it is guaranteed that if you ride a motorcycle you will eventually have a spill.
A DOT approved helmet is a no brainer; that is if you want to protect your brain. Personally, I am pro-choice when it comes to the helmet debate. Adults should not be forced to protect their own heads or any other body part. The law should allow an adult to make stupid choices. That said, wear a helmet at least until you can claim seasoned rider status. After that, make your own choice according to the laws in your state.
More on protective gear; the leather look. Leather didn’t become the coolest thing in biker gear because it was a fashion statement. Leather does a great job of protecting your skin when you lay down your bike. At the minimum; wear denim. Riding a motorcycle while wearing a halter top and sandals may catch plenty of eyes but it falls in the same category as not wearing a helmet.
Ride within your skill limits. There are women who were riding bikes on dirt trails when they could barely reach the ground. If you’re one those women; great, you’re ready for anything the road can throw at you. At least, your as ready as you can get… Otherwise don’t overload your behind. Don’t drive too fast, don’t corner too hard, and for heaven’s sake… don’t let anyone tell you you’re handicapped because you’re a woman!
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