July is Women's Motorcyle Month; one in 10 motorcyle owners is a woman. There are nearly six million women riders out there, and the average age is 40! There are young mothers, career women, even grandmothers riding. I have a niece who recently purchased her first bike. She's in her early 40's and is hooked, and tries to get a ride in as often as possible. Her enthusiasm has inspired one of the women who works with her to get a motorcycle herself!
All this talk of women on wheels made me curious...also I sensed some good blog fodder. I browsed the internet and found the following fascinating video that gives some history that I was totally unaware of regarding women motorcyclists. I hope you'll watch and enjoy it.
I tried to embed the video, but I kept getting a message that there was an error, so to see the video, you need to click here. I apologize that I couldn't put the video here on my blog, but I hope you'll go watch it and come back!
My sons both owned motorcycles and the things really scare me. I breathed a sigh of relief when the younger of the two finally got rid of his. (He totalled it while living in Arizona, and fortunately survived with road burn, bruises and a badly broken wrist.) The older son had sold his months before.
My own motorcycle experience is limited. I once had an adult education student who gave me a ride on his bike when I had to drop my car off to be serviced. That was a 20-mile ride and I hung on for dear life! I was in my late twenties, and he was trying to scare the pants off the teacher, I'm sure! Then, when I was divorced and in my mid-thirties I had a very good male friend who had a bike and we sometimes went to the beach together on it. (He was much more cautious and I enjoyed the rides more than the first one.)
To those women who are far more daring than I, I salute you!
But don't expect this granny to be bombing around on a bike anytime soon, unless it's in my dreams!