Jumping right into the sport of motorcycling isn’t always simple. Maybe your heart and soul are telling you to become a motorcycle rider, but your mind keeps interfering. For some reason, you cant find the emotional firepower to jumpstart the learning process and make your dream a reality. You’re not alone.
Thousands of women dream about riding a motorcycle, but many are held back by barriers ranging from fear of the unknown to financial worries. Below is a list of common barriers to riding a motorcycle—and why you shouldn’t let any of them stop you from becoming a woman in the wind.
You just had a baby, changed
Your family and friends might view you as irrational and irresponsible if you buy a motorcycle.
Your husband or significant
Youre haunted by old stereotypes
Obstacle 2: Where to Start?
For some women, the biggest barrier to pursuing the sport of motorcycling is simply not knowing where to start. If this is your dilemma, here’s the solution: start with a training class. There are training classes available in nearly every state in the US. Most of these use a curriculum developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), the industry standard for teaching motorcycle-riding safety and skills. Visit MSF-USA.org to find a class near you. These classes are very popular with women, and approximately one-third of all graduates are female. Another reason to take an MSF course: In some states, passing the class riding test satisfies the state motor vehicle licensing requirements. Taking the beginner class is also a good way to gauge if motorcycling is something you’ll truly enjoy.
Obstacle 3: Product Knowledge
If a woman has never been exposed to motorcycling, she may be intimidated by her lack of knowledge on the basics of operating a motorcycle, such as using the controls. But when it comes to riding, remember that everyone starts at the beginning—men and women alike. Proper training, such as the MSF courses, will take you through all the steps necessary to learn, starting with the basics. As with any activity, the more you practice, the more proficient you’ll become. No one can expect to be an expert rider just after graduating from the training class, and it’s perfectly normal to practice your newfound skills in a parking lot or on a quiet neighborhood street before hitting the main roads. All riders learns at their own pace—the important thing is to take that initial leap, realizing you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills you need as you go.
Obstacle 4: Cost
Many people consider motorcycles to be out of their reach because of the high price tag. True, a motorcycle is a luxury item, but like most luxury items, a quality motorcycle can be bought used at an inexpensive price. To see for yourself, check out the WRN Classifieds to view numerous listings for pre-owned motorcycle.