According to the USA Motorcycle Industry Council (Dated 2018), 1 in 5 (20%) of Motorcycle Riders are women. Some may say that this is a small number, but this percentage is an increase of 50% over the past 9 years. To put that into Canadian terms, there were 720,000 Canadian Registered Motorcycle owners in 2017, according to Stats Canada…so, if 20% are women then 144,000! The women are here to stay!
Motorcycle groups geared towards women are forming throughout Canada & beyond. Thanks to an article from Independent Motors, here are a few to investigate:
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Having donated nearly $90,000 towards breast cancer treatment over the past 11 years, the Lost Girls MCare a mainstay in Visalia and always host their annual Lost Girls’ Breast Cancer Ride. Continue to support their valiant efforts by purchasing a patch on their website or by donating to the Girls.
With five chapters throughout the state — in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Tecumseh, Mt. Pleasant and Lansing — the Guilty Girlz RC truly live by their slogan, “be guilty of your passion.” The group, established in 2011, is a part of the Michigan Confederation of Clubs as the first of its kind. The women want their group to be a supportive environment that produces feelings of “trust, sisterhood, respect and empowerment to women who ride.”
If you’re a fan of classic or even customized motorcycles, then you have kindred spirits in the Foxy Fuelers. These Australian motorcyclists were inspired by another Sydney group, the Sydney Café Racers, and now ride with them and other women. They learned by doing, and they want to encourage other women who are interested in riding to do the same.
If you’re a woman with a motorcycle, the Iron Sirens WC wouldn’t mind if you joined them for a ride. No parts of Canada are off-limits — you’ll find chapters in Addington County, Alberta, Rose City, Port Dover, Halton Hills, Muskoka, Wasaga Beach and more. The club often participates in open events where anyone can ride. There are also member-only activities planned for every month in 2016, some of them rides and some of them social gatherings.
In what has typically been a male-dominated sport, more & more women are developing the same passion shared by men: the market-place should take notice. Some businesses have, with designs & color schemes geared to attract women. If you want to talk sexy, show me a female biker riding solo, pulling along side…excellent!
I agree that there is plenty of room to grow from the current stereotypical images of slinky-clad woman draped over the back end of a bike.
The women I’ve talked to, who ride, embrace the same aspects of the sport as men do: freedom, adventure, excitement, independence. Now that’s something we can all agree on!
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