Any women riders?

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by giddyupgirl, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. GrizGirl

    GrizGirl Long timer

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    Hi ladies -

    Just getting caught up on this thread. I have a comment about the boots - I actually bought Gitana's SG-12's and have sometimes wondered if they were overkill. Weekend before last I Rick and I were out riding what turned out to be pretty technical single track with a lot of rocks and narrow trails and steep slopes. I was trying to get my poor little DR up this one face, Rick was pushing from behind and my bike kicked left and trapped my leg behind me and against a large rock. I am convinced the boots saved my ankle from an injury. I am also convinced my Sidi Adventures that I wear for big bike forest service road rides, in spite of their good ankle support, would not have saved me from an ankle injury.

    Gear is very, very important. If you are riding technical single track and forest service roads learn to ride with the motocross boots. You're right, you cannot "feel" the controls but you can learn to know where they are, you can learn to not ride the brake and to be able to control your pressure on the rear brake. I didn't even get a bruise through the boots even though the pressure on my leg/ankle was enormous. To me they are very key equipment.

    As for the pressure suit - I don't like the "pressure" of the pressure suit. They feel constricting to me. I wear my chest armor with shoulder and bicep armor, along with separate elbow armor. I have had some pretty dramatic crashes and have had my front end rebound on me causing my handlebars to hit me in the chest (not uncommon, BTW, for motocross activities) and my armor has protected me well. So whether you wear a pressure suit or a chest protector, just make sure you wear something.

    Finally, on confidence. This is my first year on a dirt bike after riding large dual sports for several years. Going down steep hills used to scare the crap out of me - I would get so scared I would stop moving and I would then fall over - it's really hard to stay upright when you are barely moving! Not anymore. The change started to happen when Rick asked me how I would go down something on a mountain bike (I used to race mountain bikes, years and years ago) and something clicked for me that I have been building on ever since. As others have mentioned, I oftentimes just pretend I am confident going into something - I tell myself I can do it - I get stubborn and refuse to quit and always, always remind myself that I am doing this for FUN! I have made such strides this year I have actually outgrown my DR350, which I figured would be good for a few years. The suspension just isn't adequate for some of what we are riding so I'm looking to upgrade. I suspect by next summer I will have a KTM 350 in the garage. :evil

    Maybe next year I will run into some of you one the trails or maybe we can organize a women's ride here in Colorado!!!
  2. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    :clap I want to come back to Colorado to ride (as long as I can bring my man too). I had so much fun at Breckenridge last year!



    Very nice write-up btw - great great advice.
  3. cdwise

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    I don't ride dirt but if you go back to Breckneridge, PM me and I'll meet you for a beverage or something.
  4. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    Nice to see so many women adv riders - and to see there are a few nearby in Nederland! I've been riding for about 4 years now and to celebrate my upcoming decade b'day, I upgrade my thumper to this:

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    I'm hoping the weather Wednesday is nice enough for another 'last of the season' ride. Hope to ride with some of you sometime!
  5. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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    btw - I did contact the mods last year about a women's sub-forum, they don't think there is enough interest. That's why we started this little group on fb
  6. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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  7. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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    sry... you can just set it up to join us..
  8. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    :hmmmmm nope can't do it...
    I'll just have to catch up with ya'll here... *sigh*:norton
  9. Ladybug

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    I pushed the button I think I joined the group - - - I'm a FB dork, I just don't get it.
  10. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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    yes you did - to see the post just click on the group name (left side on your home page)
  11. Valkiera

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    Oh, pick me pick me!! Ummm, I mean, can I join :lol3 I pushed the little button too
  12. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    Just when it looked like I could get the bike out ... it snowed! Now back to waiting for the road to melt again. With the winds we've been having in Nederland that might not take too long. Sigh. waiting... waiting...
  13. cdwise

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    That kept happening to me for the last month in Breckenridge but now that I'm back in Houston for the next couple of months I can ride. Speaking of which, off to the gym for a swim as soon as I finish my email and a couple of computer tasks. ;-)
  14. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    :becca we have snow too :cry
  15. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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  17. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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    :deal worked like a charm....
  18. CaptnSlo

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    Fellow (sister?) lady checking in.
    I'd be interested in a female subforum. Most motorcycle forums I go on have one. I'm happy to ask whoever is in charge of such things.
  19. Cuttle

    Cuttle all ya'll can kiss my grits

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    I did ask, and the mods (female and male) did not see any value in a female subforum, and they think it would just attract trolls (that's the just of the pm I got about it).

    That's why I started the fb group - it's for women only.. aka "troll" free :lol3
  20. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    The only way I can see a sub forum..
    With out trolls is in the basement...
    YOU have to log in to get to the basement:wink:

    Now there is another place .. Is Molly's forum.. We have a motoforum there as well...
    You fill out the free sigh up .. NO one from the outside can see anything..
    Unless you log in.. Very safe place...:deal:clap

    And Molly who goes by TuffStuff here :D