Women Are Growing In Number In The PTW World
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:41 pm quote
My wife started riding in the early 1970s. She had to buy mens riding gear because the womens stuff was all fancy stuff with no protection. Many times on crosscountry trips she was called sir because peoplw werenot used to seeing women riding their own bikes. She never encouraged other women to ride unless they wanted to, not because their husbands wanted them to ride. She talked to too many women on bikes that were terrified but were ridingbecause their husbands talked them into it, riding scared is dangerous! She is 70 years oldnow and still rides a n aprilia scarabeo 500, the harleys and bmws are in the past. She is a better rider than i am..Mymother rode in the 1940s and 50s.
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:04 pm quote
zigzagguzzi wrote:
My wife started riding in the early 1970s. She had to buy mens riding gear because the womens stuff was all fancy stuff with no protection. Many times on crosscountry trips she was called sir because peoplw werenot used to seeing women riding their own bikes. She never encouraged other women to ride unless they wanted to, not because their husbands wanted them to ride. She talked to too many women on bikes that were terrified but were ridingbecause their husbands talked them into it, riding scared is dangerous! She is 70 years oldnow and still rides a n aprilia scarabeo 500, the harleys and bmws are in the past. She is a better rider than i am..Mymother rode in the 1940s and 50s.
A big plus for ladies who ride PTW's.
My housekeeper, around 35 yrs, rides a Harley. She started about 6 yrs ago and was prompted by her hubby. He's been riding Harleys for 20 yrs or so and when they married she rode pillion for several yrs before getting her own bike. They bike all over together.
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:11 pm quote
My wife has ridden to calif twice, ohio several times, and into the smokeys many times. A road king to calif one time and a bmw once. She has owned two hds, two bmws a yamaha and at least 4 motor scooters. I am a lucky man!
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:31 pm quote
Trouble and Strife
Well at least it will get them out of the kitchen.

Where's my dinner ?

Bill x
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:57 pm quote
zigzagguzzi wrote:
My wife has ridden to calif twice, ohio several times, and into the smokeys many times. A road king to calif one time and a bmw once. She has owned two hds, two bmws a yamaha and at least 4 motor scooters. I am a lucky man!
Has she got a sister?
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:15 pm quote
Ladies on Two Wheels
Great happening - also makes group riding more fun.

Reality: The majority of my group riding gang are guys who previously rode motorcycles and now enjoy the twist and go of scooters. Additionally,
the majority of our wives have said hell no to riding. Common refrain, "go play with your buddies, see you later".

I notice the Harley's Guys have more two-up riding with a lady on the back.
After all, they are more macho. Macho Macho Man, I want to be a Macho Man.
Not really.

Well, that is the news from Lake Wobegon,

Bob Copeland
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:22 pm quote
I taught my wife to ride (well, she was my girlfriend at the time) on my 650 Triumph when she was 16. She has been riding her own bikes for 40+ years (we rode together for a while). She bought a Goldwing the first year the Aspencade came out. She has had sportbikes and a Harley. And, when I thought I was about done riding due to a hip issue that makes it painful to toss a leg over a bike, it was her idea that we get a couple scooters.

We took the scoots across town today (Phoenix is a big city, population and square miles) for a ride to a restaurant she suggested. We have done coast to coast to coast riding, but these days it is day-tripping on the scoots. And we are still enjoying it.

She is my favorite riding partner... I can't imagine it any other way.

The one other female in the family is our daughter... we got her her first motorcycle at age 8. A look back at that time...



That little girl on the right is now in her mid-40s. No, she doesn't ride these days (married a non-rider 19 years ago).
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:20 pm quote
One advantage of teaching your son or daughter to ride well at a young age is that they will be less likely to get on the back of a motorcycle with a bad rider. They will know what good riding habits are and not be attracted to the "thrill" of inappropriate riding.

Our Vespa club gets together every Friday Morning for breakfast.
Approximately one third of the riders are female.
They don't always pitch on their Vespas...
Sometimes they are on Triumphs, Ducati's, BMW GS's and even a Harley.
The fact that they are really into riding really makes me smile.

I find there is nothing more attractive than a woman who rides her own bike.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:10 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
A look back at that time...
What a great photo! Thanks for sharing
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:14 am quote
Yes my wife has a sister, she sold her sportster years ago.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:01 am quote
Re: Trouble and Strife
Bill Dog wrote:
Where's my dinner ?

Bill x
On the way.

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Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:03 am quote
My wife thought this might fit with this tread. Good book.

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Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:20 am quote
Great Photo Memory Capt Jim
Capt Jim,

Loved your family photo. Despite the fact that we have had few ladies ride with my Maxi-Scooter Group, the smaller frame scooter community in the Twin Cities has numerous riders. They are riding 50/150/300 cc scoots.

Here is my favorite lady:

Bob Copeland

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I have been on several rides with this lady. She is a hoot.

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Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:04 pm quote
Thanks, Bob. Here is the Blonde at a lunch stop while out and about on the scoots today...



She has always been a natural, fluid rider. When we are out riding through the twisties, I am more aggressive, she is smoother... we seem to not be able to shake each other, though.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:20 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
. A look back at that time....
That's a great photo, thanks for sharing!
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:47 pm quote
Re: Ladies on Two Wheels
Bob Copeland wrote:
... Additionally,
the majority of our wives have said hell no to riding. Common refrain, "go play with your buddies, see you later".

I notice the Harley's Guys have more two-up riding with a lady on the back.
After all, they are more macho. Macho Macho Man, I want to be a Macho Man.
Not really.
Don't trust their female partners out of their sight while they're out riding, perhaps?
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:12 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
Thanks, Bob. Here is the Blonde at a lunch stop while out and about on the scoots today...



She has always been a natural, fluid rider. When we are out riding through the twisties, I am more aggressive, she is smoother... we seem to not be able to shake each other, though.
All those years of riding must be the ‘right thing’ she’s not aged a lick....
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:58 am quote
Can not trust Hot Ladies Out of their sight!
RustyJ,

Interesting take on the two-up Harley Riders with their Ladies.

I can remember, as a young man, all the wives at the local bar while their
husbands were away deer hunting. They would literally come up to you and grab you by the shoe horn.

Bob Copeland
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:06 pm quote
Local story and women and their machines. Even includes a Ural !
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-02/sheilas-shakedown-women-find-lifechanging-biking-campout/10850946
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