Any women riders?

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  1. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    That's great news! I'd like to get one in the next couple years and my daughter too.
  2. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    New female member from Australia :wave

    A bit about myself-
    I started on GS500 Suzuki in 2008 and in January I purchased a 2012 wee strom it's a great bike.

    Did my first solo trip on the GS500 around 6-8 months after getting my license, I went to Tassie, 3 weeks on the road.
    Considering when I did this i had only a few hundred k's in the saddle on the bike it was scary but i felt a great deal of satisfaction that I made it. :nod

    I have now done 4 road trips on the new bike between 3-5 days long with friends what a great bike for touring on.
    She has done just over 15500km's now with many more to come.
    I also hope to gain the skills to be able to take more dirt/gravel roads on my trips to see more sites.

    Hope to gather information from the more experienced female riders on this forum and hopefully I may be able to contribute something use full as well. :D
  3. brazen13

    brazen13 woot.

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    Hello new female member from Australia! :D

    That's great that you went out so soon after getting your license! It's a very satisfying feeling. The ride I took after I got mine was like 2 weeks after - was SO not ready! woo. I've been riding for two years now and am a much better rider! phew!

    I just went on a ride this weekend, though, and ended up WAAAY over my head. The guy I rode with did not intend for it to get so gnarly - the road was marked as a maintained gravel type road up in Vermont but I think after Hurricane Irene last year, a lot of those roads got pretty beat up. I was SO scared oh my gosh! I think my boyfriend said it would have been a class 4 road - washed out, ruts, huge rocks. But I made it and so did the bike! The guy felt so bad - he kept apologizing but he was great. He picked the bike up for me twice, moved it to where I could get back on and was very encouraging.
  4. jcravens

    jcravens CoyoteGirl

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    Had a great ride this September (photos & blog here), and also, reached some milestones: I've ridden more than 7000 miles on my KLR since I bought it just shy of a year ago, including more than more than 100 miles of gravel! My husband (coyotetrips) and I are always looking for public gravel roads to practice near us South of Portland (suggestions welcomed!).

    Not easy learning to be a dirt and gravel rider in your 40s, but I'm giving it a go!
  5. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    That's great Jayne! Sounds like you're having a blast!
  6. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    Thanks for the welcome.
    Sounds like you had a great weekend good on you for getting in and giving it a go. :clap
    Not sure I'll be doing that type of dirt on the strom though.

    I'm told it's all a confidence thing I hope they are right but where do you find the confidence that's what I'd like to know. :lol3
  7. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    You get the confidence from riding, pushing yourself a little bit, riding, pushing more and over time, you develop skills and trust in yourself. It helps to have someone who is a patient coach but you can figure it out for yourself, too. Another inmate, Neduro, has really good dirt skills videos you can find here: http://www.dualsportriding.com/
  8. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    that, and it helps getting a bike that you don't mind dropping - seriously. Because you will drop it, more than once and as long as you wear the right gear it's really not a big deal (we all do that - in the dirt).
  9. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Yup. If you're going to ride in the dirt, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a pressure suit, quality knee pads, possibly bike shorts with hip armor, good pants, a dirt helmet (better ventilation) and quality boots. You can pretty much plan on spending about $1,000 to $1,500 to get kitted out for quality gear. Yes, you can get gear for less. But do not stint on boots or your pressure suit. And yes, I advise a pressure suit more than a roost deflector. Look at it as a long-term investment. You'll wear the stuff for years.

    Arai XD3 helmet on closeout $499
    Klim Dakar pants $275
    Gaerne G Midland boots $365
    RockGardn Flak Jacket pressure suit $160
    EVS knee pads $45
    Jersey $45
    Jacket $100

    And that's $1489.
  10. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    I couldn't agree more. Thanks to cuttle for recommending the pressure suit I now wear and won't ride dirt without it. I also did not skimp on boots ... Far too important.
  11. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    Thanks ladies for the info.
    Hi Jayne I've been looking at your page you linked great info there thanks for that.
    Gitana thanks for the link to the dvd's will check them out.
    I am looking at getting new boots as my road ones probably don't give enough support and protection even for the blacktop.
    They have already split on the side and the soles are seperating from the boot itself and they aren't great for grip specially when you can't flatfoot the ground.
    I won't be doing any major off road just the odd track to a lookout etc or forestry track not quite the right bike for really major dirt adventures.
    But in time as my confidence builds and I am less paranoid about falling over things may change.
    Thanks again for your help and advice
  12. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada

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    Any other women out there who ride Triumph Tigers? I have the Roadie version (which I lowered a bit). Wonderful bike!
  13. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Confidence? I reckon the trick is just pretend you have it until you do. Wear good gear to protect yourself and instal crash bars on the bike ( and ride with empty panniers if you need) so if you drop the bike you don't break anything! I started out after getting my license at my parents place in Victoria, Australia and headed straight down to Tassie solo the next week. fun! Such a great state for riding! Now on a bigger bike doing alaska to Patagonia solo. The reason I got my license in the first place. Enjoy it. Good luck
  14. BigE_50

    BigE_50 Been here awhile

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    Hewby, I just took a peek at the blog about your trip; I'm looking forward to reading it all. Your trip sounds fantastic!
  15. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    Hi Hewby
    Wow Alaska would love to do that one day.
    Enjoy your trip.
  16. lytehouse

    lytehouse The Toy Lady

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    Been skimming thru this thread for advice on a good pair of boots for the dirt. My husband and I recently took to off road (after years on street bikes) and within a month, he's got a broken wrist and I had an bruised foot.

    Anyway, live and learn, right?

    My question is to Gitana....where'd you get your Gaerne boots? Did you buy them locally?
    Ya'll have so many more options for shops than we do, I just want to make the most of my time up there.
    Thank You,

    Brenda
  17. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    The best place to buy gear is in Arvada, MotoGear Outlet. The owners are ADV members and they have GREAT sales. However, the Gaerne G Midland boots are only available from one place: http://www.atomic-moto.com/Gaerne-G-Midland-Boots_p_351.html. I happen to like Gaerne boots a LOT. I have wide feet and they fit really, really well. I didn't want a true motocross boot for dirt riding, but I wanted something with a lot more support than my Gaerne trials boots. The G Midland fits the bill. Atomic is the only importer, and you can't get them anyplace else.

    As for Colorado gear, in addition to MotoGear Outlet, there's Performance Cycle in Denver, and Apex in Colorado Springs. I have bought a lot of gear through Bike Bandit, Rocky Mountain ATV and Motorcycle Superstore as well.
  18. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    I got lucky and found my Gaerne Explorer used on German ebay.. had them shipped to the states for about 30 bucks (maybe 70ish total). :D

    Real motocross boots are tough to ride in imo; I owned some and found myself dragging the rear break by accident (no feeling with the boots) - not a good idea in gravel :lol3
  19. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    Seems to be quite a few posts on building confidence here so thought I'd share a conversation I had today with my boyfriend. We were driving home from the Shenandoah 500 today and talking about riding and all the things we want to do. He mentioned how impressed he is with how much I have improved this year and that made me really happy because I definitely feel like I have entered a new level of skill finally.

    I explained to him that the biggest difference between my riding now and even at the beginning of the year is that I have built confidence and have lost that deep fear in the pit of my stomach every time I get on the bike on new trails. That fear has changed to excitement and making me want to ride all the time! I went through the same thing when I learned to mountain bike years ago. There is healthy fear that keeps you n your toes and the fear that holds you back too much.

    The challenge I find every time I try something new that seems scary, like riding in the dirt and gravel and rocks, is that I know I will get over that bad fear and I keep getting on the bike and pushing myself through it until I am able to conquer it. Some things take longer to push through the fear than others, and sometimes that fear comes back, but it's all part of the challenge and a huge part of why most of us ride!!! We are doing some the majority of women do not do and we are doing it well and experiencing life.

    Get out and ride!! I am on a good high from this weekend. Can't wait until my next ride!
  20. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Wise words! :clap