Women Riders

Fun, Sun, Save Dollars & Ride More!

Written by  February 29, 2008

Hello Leprechaun ladies, here’s wishing all of you a Happy St. Patrick’s month! We will soon be getting into the full swing of the riding season here in the Midwest….oh boy it’s been a long winter. Actually, there were a couple days in January that the bikes came out so we can’t complain too much, there just weren’t enough of those days!

My motorcycle will probably get a lot more use this year if the price of gasoline climbs to $3.50 per gallon as they predict. I’m betting attitudes will be changing when it comes to how we commute. Can you imagine how much money and how many billion gallons of gasoline could be saved if more people rode bikes? And, we would not be dependent on foreign oil. That in itself is reason to buy a bike if you don’t already own one, and if you do ride more often! Plus, the ecological benefits of breathing cleaner air caused by fewer carbon dioxide emissions would most certainly be worth it.

According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) motorcycles consume 56% less fuel per mile traveled than cars. A motorcycle would pay for itself in a few years or less on what you would save on fuel. Motorcycles typically get 40-75 mpg and you can fill up for $10-15 while our vehicles cost us $40-100 to fill up and the gas mileage sucks! Now, if everyone just thought this way we could do something we love to do, save money, and benefit our environment as well. Let’s all encourage our families and friends who ride to hit the streets more behind handlebars than a steering wheel.

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Dear Goldie,
I have been riding for three years and last fall I was involved in an accident. Lucky for me, I did not sustain serious injuries, but mentally it is freaking me out. I am so afraid to ride and don’t know how to get over the fear. Help??

Collee Charlson
Warrensburg

Hi Colleen,
When I started riding several people told me there are two kinds of bikers: those who have been down and those who are going to go down. A lot of people give up riding after an accident either from pressure of a spouse, family, etc or they make the personal decision not to continue riding. I know a few who have been in serious accidents and as soon as they are fully recovered they were back on their bikes. I believe it’s the passion within that keeps them coming back.

Don’t dwell on the accident. Most victims will never remember what happened due to the psychological block that our brain creates. Be positive and confident, you did this before and you can do it again.

As long as you have support from family and friends and you still have a passion for riding, you will get back to riding. When getting on your bike this spring, take it slow and get comfortable with your bike. Ride within your comfort zone, which has changed since the last ride you were on. Go with friends, do something fun- a scenic ride, charity ride, or just grab a bite to eat. They will understand if you lag behind or need to stop a little more often.

Education, practice, and visibility can help prevent the second instance. Good luck and take care. Hope to see you on the road sometime.

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May the Luck of the Irish be with all of you during the 2008 riding season!

***Save the Date for the 2nd Annual RUFF RIDE Dice Run to benefit the
Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS), Saturday, June 14. We had fantastic participation last year and look forward to an even bigger event this year. Visit NAWS web site for more info: www.pcnaws.com.

By Goldie Arnold

“Never rider faster than you angel can fly”

TIP OF THE MONTH: Take an MSF Beginner or Advanced Course. You can always learn something new, and practice, practice, practice!