Believe it or not, this woman is going to work. Commuting on two wheels turns the usual miserable slog into quality time and adds a little happiness to the week. Although many people who own motorcycles consider them a recreational vehicle to be used only on weekends, a significant minority rides their bike to get to work and run errands.
The search for a perfect-fitting motorcycle often feels like a Goldilocks-type hunt as a rider seeks a bike that feels “just right.” Seat height often emerges as a point of consideration and contention. Sitting flat foot on a motorcycle gives a rider many advantages, not the least being sure-footed confidence when coming to a stop, especially on hills, gravel roads or other unsettling situations.
Imagine walking into a motorcycle shop where the bikes parked in the showroom are designed for women, all the clothing, gear and accessories are for women only, and the shop is set up intuitively to the way a woman thinks and shops. Sound like a dream store? Well, this place actually exists, and it couldnt be in a more ideal location Daytona Beach, Florida.
Jennifer Stipkala rules the roost in a service department thats very much male dominated. (Count eight roosters and one female service writer.) How well is that working and how does she do it? I wanted to know and what I learned could be important to any woman wanting to work in this business or any manager planning to hire females into this testosterone-packed world.
Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Kymco, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha all want you to buy their motorcycles. Thats the main reason these and other manufacturers spend thousands of dollars to make their bikes available for licensed riders at no charge to test ride at events like Daytona Bike Week, Americade, and the Honda Hoot and the Laughlin River Run (to name a few).
I was not alone those seemingly endless days in May of 2005. The poignant plea captured a nation, headlining everything from national newscasts to Geraldo Rivera. Like others, my heart broke as I watched Steve Groene, a Coeur dAlene, Idaho, father, pleading desperately for the safe return of his two children, 8-year-old Shasta and 9-year-old Dylan. As a fellow biker, I couldnt ignore the motorcycle ball cap he wore each time he was on TV.