Women Riders

July Tidbits

Written by  July 1, 2014

In attempting to come up with a column for July (some months are harder than others, to be sure), I ran across a few statistics that I found interesting in regards to women riders.

Harley-Davidson is claiming that as of this year, they have 62% of the female market, which means they sold more new bikes to women than any other motorcycle brand in 2013.

According to some analysis from the AAA Mid Atlantic and the Richmond Ambulance Authority, women riders may be the cause for the decline in motorcycle fatalities. Based on their report, for every male that has gotten his motorcycle license, two women have gotten theirs. Simultaneously, motorcycle fatalities across the state are down 33%. AAA and RAA attribute the trend to the rise in women riders.


I have been the “interim” Spoke to Spoke (Women Riders in the new magazine) contributor for six years now. Happy Anniversary to me! Some months it’s harder to find subjects (like now), but in scouring the internet for them, I’ve learned so much, made a few Facebook friends after writing about them and, hopefully imparted some invaluable information regarding safety. In those eight years, the numbers of women riders has steadily risen, and so has the number of blogs and online columns catering to women riders.

As a result of being the Women Riders writer, I have been honored to speak to some pretty cool ladies about their lives, was able to review a great book, Chicks on Bikes by Christina Snook, and speak with MC members about their take on women riders.

Thanks for listening.


Now that the warm weather will be with us for a while, I am still seeing something that really sticks in my craw; lane splitting. I covered this before, but it is worth mentioning again. Lane splitting (riding between lanes in stopped or slowed traffic) is illegal in 49 states. The only state that allows it, with conditions, is California. Now, I don’t want to point out the ones always doing this, but let it suffice to say I have not yet seen it done by riders on cruisers. But if you are doing it, stop it!


Finally, this has been making its way around the web, and if you haven’t seen it, take a look. It’s pretty cool and reminds us all of where we’ve been and where we are heading: Vintage photos of women riders