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Women Motorcycle Riders - Why We Ride

Women Motorcycle Riders - I am proud to a member of this small, albeit growing, group of motorcyclists. Yet, I often wonder if other women ride their own motorcycle for the same reasons that I do.

Yesterday, while riding on a rural road - the temperature perfect, the weather perfect - blue skies, no clouds - I thought about just ideal the conditions were for motorcycling. Just perfect. I was comfortable, the motorcycle was behaving exactly as it should, and the most overwhelming sense of well-being came over me. But, it was more than a sense of well-being - it was a feeling of complete awareness of the perfection of the moment.

Then, my next thought was: Of course this is perfect - look at the road, the lack of traffic, the weather - I am riding in the best of all possible conditions. Who wouldn't want to be among this group - this group of Women Motorcycle Riders? Since I wasn't worried about anything around me, I then started thinking about days on which I have ridden in less than ideal conditions. Days on which I didn't have an opportunity to think about why I ride.
Mountains in the distance, seen while motorcycling in Idaho.
Riding in the rain, being cold - riding on rough roads, steep inclines and hairpin curves. Riding with a helmet visor that needs repair, a jacket that is too warm, sweat running down my back - why do I choose to ride my own motorcycles on these days?

For me, it has to be more than just that feeling of perfection that comes while riding in ideal conditions. It's the challenge of making it through the bad mornings, leaving in the rain and arriving in another state in the early evening, with clear skies. Sometimes, it is about being one of the guys - until, I de-helmet and shake out my hair.

A small english village welcomes our motorcycles.

It's about the powerful feeling that I have - of being able to maneuver this two-wheeled vehicle, adeptly and expertly. It's the the relief I feel when I arrive at my destination at the end of a rigorous day of riding.

Yep, there are a variety of reasons that I ride my own motorcycle. Probably more that I consciously can know.

Why Do You Ride?

Have you ever thought about why you choose to ride your own motorcycle? Let's tell the men - why do we: Women Motorcycle Riders - ride?

See What Other Women Motorcycle Riders Have Said

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Wanted my own bike and my independence...... 
Always loved to ride dirt bikes and four wheelers, being the tomboy I am. When my bike-owning boyfriend and I broke up, their went my riding!! Enough …

My husband was lazy... 
and didn't want to go on a ride as often as I liked. It was "too hot" or "too cold" almost every time I asked "Can we take the bike honey?" so jokingly …

freedom and relaxation tension relief and just plain fun 
I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Riding gives me the relief from pain that I need. When I ride I don't think about anything but riding and enjoying …

First: Freedom; Second: To Conquer Fear 
Let me start by saying that there is relatively little that I fear. I have been an adventuresome woman for quite awhile. I used to ride dirt bike occasionally …

fresh air 
I bought my motorcycle, and first one, this year, in April, because i was tired of being locked in the city, with limited places to go. I dont drive a …

Yes, I'm a chick! 
Riding my own bike makes me feel sexy! Oh, and the freedom, independence, and sense of accomplishment doesn't hurt either!

YOU RIDE 
My husband taught me how to ride, 6 yrs ago, when we moved from Mi to Ga. Now I know why he's ridden for 36+ yrs. The first time, while learning, he …

Needed my own wind! 
It all started in the early 80s, my dad borrowed his brother's bike, and took the kids all for a ride. I wasn't shy, I was bouncing around and excited …

why i really ride 
i would rather ride than breathe im 71 and retired i bought a spyder sport seven months later i traded it for a faster rts spyder im plannind to go to …

For the Love of Riding 
I've been riding motorcycles for ten years and ever since I can remember I wanted to ride. My adventure started on a 125cc scooter that I simply loved. …

Big Girl - feels like a gazelle!! 
I'm a big girl, 5'-9" on the heavy side. I'm in good shape, I can do whatever I need to do physically, but I don't run. But when I'm on my bike I graceful, …

Just Getting Started 
Just bought a Ninja 250, beautiful blue. Taking motorcycle safety course June. I am 50 years old. My husband rides, and I am so excited to ride with him. …

Funny Story... 
Okay, I have often laughed about the real reason I began riding. I was the first born of 2 daughters to a father who always wanted a son; so needless …

It takes me back.... 
to when I was 13 with my first bike, riding with my best friend Kate! It takes me from being a married, 47 year old mother of three (nearly grown) boys …

Therapy.. and I don't mean group therapy 
Sooo many reasons! Have always wanted my own bike since the late 70's, when I first started riding (on back of the ex's Superglide). But, knowing how …

Because I can! 
When it gets right down to it, I'm a control freak. Why let someone else have all the fun when you can do it yourself, right? And, I figure - heck, if …

My bucket list 
Before I turned 40 this past May I decided it was time for a bucket list. I have been riding behind my husband for years and decided on my list was to …

For my Dad 
I'm 17 and my Dad was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and it is likely that he won't live for more than a few years. His biggest passion has always …

it makes me genuinely happy 
im in a state of total bliss while on my bike. i used to ride my cousins dirt bike when i was a kid , and then i had a couple of small bikes as a teenager, …

FUNNY STORY 
I am 26 and never in my wildest dreams had i ever thought i would ride a bike. Infact i never liked em. I wouldnt even be a passenger on a bike. I always …

The ultimate sense of FREEDOM! 
I ride because once I get onto my motorcycle I feel at one with everything. I get a sense of freedom I can not get doing anything else. I get on my bike …

Why ride, because NOBODY ever expected me to. 
I work in an office. I've always had an office/desk job. I have to wear the right clothes, have the right hair, etc. When my husband got a motorcycle …

It's been a bad year & shoes/purses just weren't cutting it...so I bought a Harley 
I just got my motorcycle endorsement a little over a year ago and signed the papers on my 2011 Harley 883 Iron Sportster in July. After a horrible year …

Why do I ride? That's easy. Coffee! 
(Originally posted on www.primoworks-on2wheels.com) Yes, coffee. I've been asked that question often and I feel coffee is a perfectly acceptable reason. …

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A new start 
Well, I use to ride on the back of my husbands bike he didn't want me to have one and I could only have long hair. I was so hot under that helmet in the …

So I don't have to wait for someone to ride with. 
I just turned 41 years old, 3 days after buying my first Harley. I rode as a passenger for close to 6 years, and then married a non-biker. I gave it …

The Thrill and Joy of it 
I'm a new rider and have found so much JOY in it. My husband has a Cobra Sportster and is always out on the road enjoying himself. I ride with him too …

I ride because of my daughter! 
Hi everyone My name is Katie and I just started riding. I am really enjoying it. Lets go back to 2006. My 11 year old daughter was having some vision …

Save money 
I bought the bike initially to save money on gas and parking. I work downtown and parking costs too much. It was also my gift to myself as I turned 30. …

It's My Turn! 
Because I choose to be an active participant in my life, not a passive observer.

It feels good.  
Does there need to be another reason?

At one with nature... 
I ride because it allows me to be at one with nature. I can smell the flowers and farmer's fields. I ride with the geese and ducks flying alongside me. …

Why I Ride "My Motorcycle" 
BECAUSE I CAN... AND I AM A GRANDMOTHER AND NO ONE CAN SAY I CAN'T... This is the life I always dreamed of.

I Ride Because I Am 
That is actually the reason I ride. Just because I am and I can. I've ridden bigger, I've ridden smaller. Just love to ride.

I ride, because there's nothing else like it! 
There's nothing quite like the freedom and sheer joy of being out on the open road with the wind in your hair. I feel totally relaxed, and all of my worldly …

I Ride 'cause it's Fun  
I grew up riding behind my daddy. He put me on his bike for the first time when I was 3y/o. All through my teenage years I rode with him. My parents were …

Closest Thing to a Stallion! 
I love the feeling of freedom, the power underneath you, the wind in your face... I never knew I wanted to ride, until the day I did it! I've been …

Twisties! 
I ride because there's nothing more fun than perfecting your line through the twisties.

Riding Together in Freedom! 
I love doing everything with my husband! We enjoy each other and have always shared adventures...so when he(we) decided to buy a motorcycle I couldn't …

You have to experience the thrill of handling that roaring monster under you!! 
It was fun to ride as a passenger and I may at some time have to go back to being a passenger, but until that day, there will always be Yamaha under me! …

Riding Engages All Five Senses  
Freedom. Riding is like having my own magic carpet. I love the immediate speed and acceleration of a motorcycle. It's a bonus that I can see the Golden …

Control and Respect 
It's the difference between a business man and a cowboy. I'm a woman (and I am all woman) but I prefer risk-taking and reward to safe and domestic. I …

Adrenaline Junkie... 
When I was 15, I met a guy who rode a Harley. We started dating and everyday for a week he came to pick me up on the bike. One day, he arrived in his car... …

Mama's turn.. 
I'm 41 years old and a single mother. I got pregnant when I was 20. After I had my son, I went back to school, while working to support the two of us …

I ride because I can be by myself and feel things more intense. 
Every time I go out it's something different. Even if I travel the same roads as the same time it feels: challenging, invigorating, more intense everything …

Don't wait too long !!!  
I sat behind my husband for 20+ years, riding on the back of his Honda 750 & then later on his Harley. My 2 grown daughters said they would not ride on …

A 40 Year Dream Come True 
Last week at age 55 I passed the MSF Basic Riders Course and received my motorcycle license endorsement. Forty years after sitting on my father's 1965 …

I just wanna! 
Motorcycles had always scared me. Plus it didn't help knowing that my aunt died of a motorcycle crash at the tender age of 19. There did not seem to …

Family Legacy 
I grew up riding on the back of my dad's bike. It was a Suzuki when I was little, but a GoldWing for most of my life. I loved the feeling of being close …

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Inner Peace 
That's why I ride it brings me inner peace, no matter what my day brings within fifteen minutes on my bike it washes the worst day away. I have ridden …

Why I Ride 
Because when I ride, I can't have a bad feeling. My other problems fade away. I'm in the moment.

Why do I ride! Really? 
Hi Ladies, Well, hmmm. Let's see, when I was about 5 years old, my Poppa sat me on the gas tank of a pre-war Harley and took me for a ride. I was frightened …

My Bike is My Best Friend 
It's freedom, no kids, no spouses, no bosses just me and my bike. I always ride solo because that's what it's about for me, making my own choices. It's …

Its a control thing....  
Need I say more, LOL.

Tired of Being Someones Kissass 
Well you see I got married to young!!!! Had to do this and do that all most my whole life. Kids grew up the xx wanted to sell our business after 25 yrs …

The Silver Lining 
Ah, motion. It's why we go to fairs & festivals & ride those vomiting conducing rides. I love fresh air, rainy air, cool air - sniff! sniff! Like the …

I ride because it is who I am, not what I do.  
I started being on bikes when I was two years old. When my family went trail riding, I would sit safely nestled in my moms arms on the front of her bike. …

Why I choose to ride "my own" bike? 
I'm surprised about the way you phrased the question. Is the assumption that we choose to ride our "own" bikes instead of riding with a man on "his" bike? …

My Bike...Gave Me Life 
I raised two beautiful children on my own. I worked hard everyday to provide for them financially for 20 years. My extra time was spent with my children …

The Thrill of Nature's Beauty 
I really love riding on back roads, National Parks, mountains, straight and level, wherever the road takes me; or I take roads that just might intrigue …

I'm an Independent Tomboy Who Loves Technology and Nature! 
I'm 19 and I just recently bought my first motorcycle(a used Kawasaki Ninja 650R, (candy plasma blue). I love it! I fell in love with motorcycles as a …

My Husband Talks Too Much 
My bike listens. That's all. No back-talk.

Always Wanted to Ride My Own 
I have been riding on the back of one guys bike or another since I was 14 and I had always dreamed of riding on my own. Took the MSF classes and they …

Watching the Ladies Ride Made Me Want to Try It  
I have fallen on my bike 7 times, lucky I didn't get hurt. Going around the corner not giving enough gas. But never riding to fast that I fell and really …

Why, Why, Why 
I've been riding for a year now...I'm 17 years old....why not ride a bike, I feel so independent when I ride my bike. Thanks to my boyfriend, he's the …

I Would Love to Learn to Ride 
I am too scared now to ride.

Why Ride When You Can Drive? 
Riding a motorcycle is like becoming one with nature, you become a part of the road, the wind and the bike. Why do I ride my bike? I love the feeling of …

It's so unwinding and refreshing.  
I love to ride. It makes my anger release easier.

Riding is Flying on the Ground 
I am a pilot. Have been for 40 years. I was a motorcycle rider prior to that though and the best thing I can say about riding motorcycles is that if you …

Because I can! 
I have always been the "safe, dependable" one. The one who never ever breaks out of her box, who never walks on the edge. Until I started riding years …

In the Moment 
My whole life is about boxes; I wake in my housebox to the alarming sounds of the 'go to work' bell, shower in the wet box and climb half asleep into my …

I get...." Are you Crazy?!" 
I am a 49 year old woman whose kids are grown and who could not get my husband to come in and sit and learn to crochet with me so.....instead of me sitting, …

Why I Started Riding 
I am 32 years old, and up until a few months ago, I really had never thought about operating a motorcycle on my own. I have ridden on the back of a Harley …

Love the way I feel.. 
Riding is the best way to express a part of me that I can't describe in words alone. I can't help but smile really big when I take off on my bike. After …

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Getting back on the metal horse 
In 1990 I had a really bad motorcycle accident that almost cost me my life. I didn't ride for many years after it due to fear. In 1992 I became a police …

Because of the feeling of freedom 
I ride because when I was 13 my stepdad's sister had a moped and let me ride it every time she came to our house and I was in love from the start, and …

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