In the May 2007 issue of the American Motorcyclist, one of the
feature articles is about Bike Week in Daytona. It covers not only the
cruisers, but also the results of the Super Moto, the AMA's Can-Am Grand
National Cross Country Series and the Daytona's 200 qualifying. The
article is very good and equally reports on the racing part of Bike
Week and the show aspect of this event.
However, one of the several interesting notes comes from Bill
Wood's "Viewpoint" on page 14. Besides his observation of
the show of the sport bikes that paraded down Main Street, it is his
notation that there were more women (and not passengers) riding their
own bikes. Now that's saying something.
Last year, I wrote an article about the increase in the number
of women who are purchasing and riding their own bikes. Ohio, the third
in the nation for motorcycle riders, reports that over the past 5 years,
licensed motorcycle riders have increased by 7%, while women riders
have increased by 28% (www.state.dot.oh.us?News/2006/2006_motorcycle_statistics.htm).
With more women across the country purchasing and riding their
own motorcycles, more women are looking to connect with other women
who also share their passion for riding. A quick search on the internet
shows over 40 women's motorcycle/riding clubs, from Women In The Wind,
Women on Wheels, Spokes-Women, MAWMR and many more.
In our own Club, the Spokes-Women have experienced a steady
influx of women who want to connect with other women riders. It is a
reflection of not only the increase in women riders, but also the age
of information we live in today. Years ago, the options women had to
connect with other women who ride were limited. Word of mouth, and perhaps,
a local newspaper article were the only forms of public information.
Today, the internet has allowed women riders to connect from all over
the world. There are forums as well as a Club's own website. The AMA
has also recognized the increase in women riders and their desire to
meet other women by hosting bi-annual (usually) conferences for women
It is an exciting time for all women who ride. Every woman,
whether a new rider or an experienced rider can learn from one another.
We should not limit ourselves to numbers, experience or attitudes. We
were all new riders at one time and we connected with other women riders
for the camaraderie, friendships and the chance to learn from one another.
We have a responsibility to each other to promote the sport,
its' safety and enjoyment. Now get out there and ride!!!!
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