Any women riders?

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  1. zora

    zora the explora

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    The one is the avatar is the Bell SC-X

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    I am currently using a Bell SC-R

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    Both of those styles have since been discontinued, but you can still find them in closeout bins on a lot of sites. Tacky color schemes, but that usually equates to greatly discounted prices which I am a sucker for.

    I hear you about the branches and roosts to the face! Same situation here. Always. :D
  2. LooksGoodInRed

    LooksGoodInRed aka TrilobiteMX

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  3. cdwise

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    If you head up to Breckenridge. give me a PM. I'm a pavement person too but I do want to get back to the top of Mt. Evans and Rocky Mountain National Park this summer.
  4. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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    That makes two of us!
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    Gypsy_Writer It's all good!

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  7. Disco Hamster

    Disco Hamster made of pudding

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    Hi all,

    I'm new here, and also had some difficulty finding a female-based thread (subscribed to this one once I found it) on this site. I'm a relatively new rider - about 4 years, but I put on a decent amount of miles. I'm now lucky enough to live in an area of the country where I can ride year round :D . Currently riding an '07 R1200R, which is a much better fit than the S2R1000 and the F650CS I've owned previously (I'm 5'10). I'm looking to get into dirt hopefully sooner rather than later, but for now, I'm pretty much satisfied with pavement - although the R1200R does surprisingly well cutting through a hilly front-yard (long story). Actually there isn't a whole heck of a lot that bike doesn't seem comfortable handling - loose gravel, sand, wet leaves, a foot of standing water, etc. Overall, quite impressed with that sucker.

    One thing I do notice about a lot of guys when they find out you ride is suddenly they're all "experts" on motorcycling. I get it: you're a manly man. Um where's your bike today? It's supposed to rain, you say? Huh. Any other ladies notice this phenomenon?

    Now don't get me wrong, I welcome good advice from guys or gals, but the competitive nonsense baffles me.

    Anyhow, thanks for starting this forum!
  8. HappyCRNA

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    Hello DH! Welcome aboard!

    I'm lucky enough that the guys in my area are almost always on two wheels - usually the only times they aren't is when their wives wanna come along and don't want to get helmet head! None of the guys I ride with have wives who ride their own; it's not a hindrance though! Their wives love gravel too, two up!
  9. Disco Hamster

    Disco Hamster made of pudding

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    Thanks, HappyCRNA!

    Yeah, I had a good group of guys up in CT when my hubby and I lived up there - usually if he was working and I was out for the day, I'd grab his cousin to go for a rip over the mountain (okay, I now realize since living in NC and SC that CT doesn't really know what a mountain is). Maybe it was just the guys I worked with, but they seemed less interested in giving me the scoop on where the good twisties are around here (still have much exploring to do), or for that matter actually RIDING, and more set on proving that they were real bikers. Dunno - maybe it's endemic to that particular age group or industry - lots of chest-thumping. Meh.
  10. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Just saying hello- Riding my BMW f650gs from Alaska to Patagonia over the next year and have discovered very few females on the road, especially on their own bikes! Were are we all???
    Happy riding.
  11. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    In the garage fixing stuff.... :bluduh


    Enjoy your trip!!!! Are you doing a ride report we can follow??? :ear
  12. BSkye

    BSkye Been here awhile

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    Riding gravel on my KLR650 with my daughter on the xt225 :ricky


    Off to the 1st annual Ladies Ride mid-month.
  13. cdwise

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    I've done 3,800 miles in the last 2 weeks with another 450 miles to go before I arrive home. 5 days were spent at Amerivespa where 40% of the riders were women. Though the majority were riding 200cc or less. I've been seeing more BMWs than normal o this trip (told there was a big BMW event in Keystone about the time I left Breckenridge) and the one thing I noticed was that there are more women riding their own and far fewer riding on the back than the cruisers I normally see. My first gas stop had 3 BMW, 2 ridden by males and one by a female, 1 rental Harley Glide with a couple from Amsterdam riding it.

    I spent today riding through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons where I saw much larger than normal number of women riding their own bikes both cruisers and various BMW. Sports bike were as best I could tell all male. Though I think there were still more women riding on the back than their own bikes. I did see a few dads with daughters and two guys on one bike.
  14. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Maybe I just need to head further south then. They say Alaska is 10 to one male to female ratio anyway, so I guess that makes sense with the bikes too!
    Ride report stalling with technical joys. Will get back to Seattle and sort them out and see how I go from there. And where was the all women's ride?
  15. cdwise

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    Yellowstone National Park is where I noticed the highest percentage of women riders.
  16. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Katherine, riding an F650GS in Germany. Passed my big bike exam over here last September, license in October, bike in November. 9K+ kms so far. I do a lot of my own maintenance. I mostly commute and do some touring. I've already done a track day (not on the F) with mixed success.

    This board seems to be full of interestig people who do stuff. I like that.

    What I like about the bike - it's lowered, great confidence-builder. It goes everywhere (sorry, work, I didn't mean to trash the lawn...). It's comfy. It is fuel efficient. I can see for miles from the seat, which is great for touring. The boxes are nice - get bigger or smaller however you need them. I love yellow bikes. It makes me grin! Maintenance is not that challenging.

    What I don't like - not much. It's a bit of a vibrator. Some days it's kind of fussy.
  17. Disco Hamster

    Disco Hamster made of pudding

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    Hey Katherine!

    What year is your F650? They were originally introduced as a single cylinder, which are notoriously buzzy, but came out later as a twin (with an 798cc engine in '08 I want to say), and now from what I hear the newer ones are going to be labeled F700 - because continuing to mark them as F650 was "confusing people" :huh. BMW certainly has an odd sense of humor. They stopped making the CS ('01 - '05), which is a shame, cause it was an amazing "beginner bike", but it had the same Rotax engine as the other F650's did (up till '07). I remember mine having a bit of a "personality", haha. The fuel injection and the dual sparkies helped quite a bit with the vibrating on the more recent models ('00 - present). They're quite smooth, by single standards - there's a reason they're called "thumpers", haha.
    The buzzing/vibrating certainly got to me on longer trips, but it was great for short 40-50mi commutes. I do miss that bike (you always remember your first love, right?), it was loads of fun, but the R1200R I have now is far better suited to my needs nowadays.

    Question - I've heard some European countries employ a strict licensing program for motorcycles/cars. Under a certain cc (you mentioned you passed your big bike exam), or you are required to have scooter, then motorcycle, then car training? Personally, I think it's a brilliant idea (if it is in fact the case) that you should have to go through some sort of scooter/motorcycle training before getting trained and licensed for a car. Might cut down on the number of car-motorcycle collisions if there were more awareness. Dunno.

    Anyhow, stay safe out there!
  18. My Alter ego

    My Alter ego n00b

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    Ok I have to admit this is one of the things I like most about the bike. Bit unsafe I know, but on a long straight boring ride I can make it delightful by pressing myself up against the 'tank' and 'thinking of England'.... ORGASMIC! :wink:

    Just thought I'd put it out there- in case your missing the one of the joys of the Beemer
  19. Cuttle

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    great first post! :lol3


    but yes, the joys of a thumper :augie
  20. cdwise

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    You are never "required" to have a scooter to get a motorcycle license anywhere in the EU that I'm aware of. I'm most familiar with UK licensing from friends but generally it is a graduated license. You take a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course similar to MSF course in the US but longer. If yuo have a car license you can then ride upt to a 125cc scooter or bike. If you do not then you need an A1 - light motorcycle license which is also limited to 125 cc with power output up to 11 kW. You must also pass both a theory and practial exam on a bike. If your test vehicle is between 120 and 125 cc and capable of more than 100 km/h you will be given a standard A motorcycle license but will be restricted to motorcycles of up to 25 kW for two years (roughly 250cc) before you will be able to ride anything larger. If you are over 21 you can go the direct access route and take the full week long motorcycle course. Then assuming you pass both the theory and practical portion you go directly to an unrestricted license. The UK, and I'm not sure about the other countries are sort of funny about vehicle licenses from a US persepctive. If you take your test riding or driving an automatic you are limited to riding/driving automatic motorcycles/cars.

    The direct access course costs between $1,500 and $2,500 depending on country and currency conversion rates. Even the CBT can cost between $500 and $1,000 for the A license. Which is why most people go the graduated license route.