More and more women are embracing motorcycles—finally, if you ask us. Today, more than one-quarter of riders are female, which is a nice little number. And If you’re new to riding or just want to become an even better rider, below are some tips perfect for any woman behind the handlebars.
Take a Class
If you’re just starting to ride, the best thing you can do for yourself and all other people in traffic is to get a few lessons. Seasoned riders can give you great tips, but nothing beats professional teachers who can teach you the basics and some great tips you’ll use throughout your riding career. For instance, some bikes like enduro often require to be ridden while standing up, so getting proper stand-up technique and training for that is necessary.
Join a Club
Even if you’re a solo rider by nature, it’s great to have a club behind you. Today, there are many motorcycle clubs that have only female members, so you can freely share your riding experiences, ask for tips and make like-minded friends. Many women feel more at ease at all-female clubs, so why not join. If there’s no such thing in your area, consider starting a club and many ladies on bikes will join pretty soon.
Get the Right Bike for You
There’s no limit on what kind of bike you can ride as a woman, but you should consider your height, weight and riding preference. If you want to have a lot of fun on the road, small and light sports motorcycles might be right for you. They are usually easy to handle and don’t have a lot of weight like choppers and cruisers. If you’re a nature gal, a cross or enduro bike might be great for you, but you have to consider your height. The best thing you can do is get on as many bikes as you can, give them a ride and you’ll eventually fall in love with a model.
Protective gear is a must for every rider. All riders must wear helmets at all times (they reduce the risk of fatality by almost 40%). Your helmet should cover your entire face since these types of headgear offer the best protection.
Next, leather is the best choice of motorcycle wear, since it fits well, offers protection from falls and keeps you nice and warm. Ankle boots, gloves and belts are also a must. Luckily, all of these items come in many models, colors and sizes, so you can still be a fashion queen as you ride.
Fix Your Hair
Women usually have longer hair than men, so learning how to fix your hair is a great tip. Wearing your hair loose is usually not a great idea because it can move underneath the helmet, distract you, block your view and get itchy and uncomfortable. Plus, it can damage your hair.
If you have long hair, the best thing you can do is tie it in a low pony or a nice braid. A braid is a go-to hairstyle for many women riders because you’ll have a presentable hairdo when you take off your helmet.
Learn a Few Maintenance Points
Obviously, you don’t have to be a full mechanic if you want to ride, but knowing a few things about motorcycle maintenance will help you in the long run. Firstly, you’ll save a lot on mechanics who tend to rip off women. Secondly, you’ll feel much safer on the road, even if your bike fails you. It’s never safe for a woman to be stranded on the side of the road.
Riding a motorcycle is a passion that’s not reserved for any gender, so if you love to ride, don’t let anyone stop you. And with these tips, you’ll have a safe, comfortable and fun experience every time you jump in the seat.
*Photos by Ekaterina Belinskaya