4 Myths about girls on 2 Wheels.... #MythBusters
1. "You are a girl who rides motorcycle. You must be a lesbian" -I hear that all the time. Just because I have a motorcycle, and have a great group of girls to ride with, doesn't mean we are all lesbians, or anything more than friends. It is no different than a group of guys who ride together, travel together, and stay in hotels during a trip - whether motorcycles or snowmobiles - pretty sure no one ever thinks the same of a group of guys as they do girls. I am super fortunate and grateful for all the amazing ladies in my life that enjoy 2 wheels as much as I do.
2. "That's a BIG bike for you" - Girls can handle horsepower just as well as guys. Yes, my bike is big (1750cc). No, it is not TOO big for me. I can pick it up after tipping it over. I can lean into corners until my pipes and floorboards scrape. I can do figure 8's with it. A well balanced bike means more than cc's in the world of having a big or small bike.
3. "You shouldn't be riding by yourself, it's dangerous!"- I like riding solo as much as I do with my friends. Sometimes more, depending! I ride all over the country by myself and am well aware safety and just think smart when riding, traveling, stopping, etc. I pay attention to my surroundings. I try not to turn down back roads that appear as though the area doesn't welcome visitors/tourists. You know the ones with fifty "No TRESPASSING" signs per square foot, poorly constructed barbwire gates and fences, and 30 mile stares from the shadows as I ride by. I also try to pay attention to where I stop - though my insight has failed me a time or two in that area. I try not to stop at places that appear shady - whether its the people hanging around the area or the condition of the area itself, I am well aware of my surroundings. I pay attention to what is around me when I am off the bike too. I always have my phone in my pocket, charged. And, I support the 2nd Amendment, if you know what I mean. (No, I will not start a conversation, nor debate, about that).
4. "What if the bike breaks down and you are by yourself?" I carry a tool kit, a tire repair kit, and have quite a bit of common sense in troubleshooting things that might happen with the bike. I have a SPOT GPS locator that can send a pre-programmed message to folks I want it to, in the event I am in trouble and need help - as long as I can see the sky, it will work. I also use it to check in - it sends a message to folks I program it to do so, and it sends my GPS coordinates with it. So I can send a "This is where I am" message or a "I am off the bike for the night" message or "Please send help to this location - something is wrong with the bike", and lastly, there is an SOS memo + one that goes directly to local 911 for emergencies. I also make sure to activate 'premium roadside assistance' on my bike insurance - so they will tow my bike to the nearest motorcycle dealer, vs a flat '50 miles' or other restricted options.
So there you have it! #MythBusters #RideLikeAGirl
You make the Victory long distance riding family proud. I'm damn proud to know you and only wish that I could ride with you more.ReplyDelete
Here's to an early Spring.
Always your brother,
Thanks Happy Dan!! Can't wait for riding season to get here!Delete
ML&R.......ride safe! I pray my granddaughter keeps her free spirit like you have...ReplyDelete
Good for her!! If she has it now, it's not likely to go away!!!Delete
You inspire me in so many ways. I'm only as courageous as I am because your fearlessness! You make me want to ride!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!! I am glad that I inspire people to go out and do what you have always wanted to do! No better time than the present! Cheers!Delete
Great article from one who knows - very good points, agree with them all, especially including the last part of #3.ReplyDelete
You make the Victory and long distance riding community proud.
Keep exploring Gypsy!
Thanks!! No better people than the riding community - and the Victory world is top notch!! Ride safe!Delete
Great blog, enjoyed the read on your travels with a group of friends, and by yourself. An there're moment's you need to travel as a lone wolf to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. I also agree with your opinion on lesbians stereotypes, there's absolutely no difference when a group of guys ride together. I thought you clarified nicely. Peace!ReplyDelete