Recent stats reveal increasing trend in female bikers
LATEST Government statistics show 14 per cent of people taking their test are women, say the Motorcycle Industry Association. Over 60% of the ‘Get On’ Free Riders at the recent Motorcycle Live Event were women, including TV presenter Sarah Cawood and actress Gemma Atkinson.‘A list’ celebrity women such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have all taken to riding bikes and scooters but its time that more girls started to join the growing ranks.Speaking in the sub-zero temperatures currently sweeping the nation, Steve Kenward, MCI’s CEO commented: “ There has never been a better time for people to start riding, and Get On makes it easy. The industry would love to see more women joining the motorcycle community. Improvements in motorcycle clothing, that will keep you warm and safe as well as the technological advances in the bikes mean there is no reason why more people can’t enjoy the benefits of a bike, all year round.“Saving money, shortened journey times and flexibility are just some of the benefits of getting on two wheels and as the statistics show people are riding more than ever with an increase of almost half a billion miles travelled now than a decade ago.”
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If there were a lot more women taking their test this year than there were last year then that would be something to shout about. There is a difference.
This sounds a lot like bullsh*t. There were a much greater number of bikes on the road 10 years ago. The industry was thriving and there were a lot more people taking their test, including many more women than today.
Usual rubbish from Mr Kenward et al.
Posted: 22/12/2010 at 16:28
Thanks for making us women into objects yet once again.
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Posted: 23/12/2010 at 07:28
How about a picture of Maria Costello, Jenny Tinmouth or even young Nicole MacAleer instead
I suppose the manmade enhancements help Gemma keep the weight of her wrists while she is on a bike as she can use them to prop herself off the tank
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Posted: 24/12/2010 at 04:40
More women would be riding bikes if the industry looked at frame sizes. My partner is a more natural rider than me, but struggles to find a bike to sit on, particularly racing style frames that her feet comfortably touch the floor when stationary. I'm not tall myself and find some a real stretch.
You only have to look at the average BSB meeting to see that bikes are equally popular with women, so why are the bikes mainly targetted at fella's. Personally the more women who are riding the bettter. It will only strengthen the industry and sport, and that's good for every body.
Posted: 24/12/2010 at 13:55
Dos - I happen to be a gay female rider, so I can obviously appreciate the above photo. However, I agree with the Curvy Rider, dA and Jess, it doesn't really belong in this article. There are so many photos of notable women riders on their bikes which would be a much better addition.
I know a few female friends who really wanted to get into riding but were so intimidated, until they finally met or saw other women riding, and finally took the plunge. Potential women riders need to see role models, not half naked ones.
townie - spot on! considering the motorcycle industry deserately needs new riders to join, they'd better get their act together soon.
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For some of my friends, they were intimidated because they were made to feel it's not something women do. Riding motorcycles is not traditionally aimed at women. This is changing gradually, but you go to any bike show out there and it's obvious bikes are marketed towards men. A lot of women still get into riding thanks to encouraging family members or boyfriends/girlfriends. I personally think the industry could get a lot more women on bikes, and at younger ages, if the message changed a little.
To be fair, some of the nicest most respectful guys I've met ride motorcycles, and they've always made me feel very welcome. With others (thankfully a much smaller percentage), they make it clear I have to earn their respect, simply because I'm a woman. Sometimes it's more subtle, either it comes out through comments from coworkers, or that look of confusion you get walking alone into a dealer's.
Like you say it's how riding makes you feel that counts, and I wish more people got to experience it without being made to feel they have something to prove. For someone trying to get on, being treated like you can't be taken seriously just because you've got the 'wrong accessories', is pretty discouraging.
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Posted: 25/12/2010 at 00:09
I'm a young guy who's a dedicated biker (riding for 7 years and still haven't bothered taking my car test yet) and I agree that biking should be enjoyed by all.
I'm not going to start on the picture choice of this article (media is all about attention grabbing sensationalism after all) but on the frame issue, I agree that smaller built people (both sexes) should be considered in the biking world. I accept that manufacturers have to justify their investments into R&D, etc, but of all the bikes I've owned (GN125, ZXR400s, CBR400R, RVF400R, ZXR750R, '98 Blade Hyosung GT-125 (), DRZ400SM, '02 R6 and currently a Husky SM450R) the most fun I've ever had was my RVF (albeit SMs are a wilder sort of fun ). Bring back 400s!!
If they were made now, with modern technology and styling, I think there would be less intimidation (at least to physically riding them) for girls out there who want to ride. But at the same time, the thinking person would buy one to hassle all the "big boys" on track days... And I'm first in line!
But seriously for the girls out there who are reading this and haven't taken the plunge yet, go for it and get a proper bike. PLEASE don't get scooters though, mainly the Piaggio-type ones! Most in London are ridden by "car driver" minded people but they are a danger to all (absolutely oblivious to everything and everyone), including other bikers.
I'm trying not to stereo-type here, but at the end of the day you won't learn how to ride a real bike by riding one of them (breaking, handling, control, etc).
Most importantly though, don't let people or articles/pictures like this put you off. It can't really be denied that Gemma is a bit of eye candy but if/when she rides a bike, she'll look just like me (in her gear, natch)!
Bikers are supposed to be a family (i.e. will accept everyone without prejudice) and as far as I'm concerned, everyone's welcome in mine.
Posted: 25/12/2010 at 12:57
Make that "braking"...
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