Riding Motorcycles has always been a male dominated hobby. However, women are taking over the open road on motorcycles now more than ever. The number of women riders increased by 34 percent between 1998 and 2003. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council there are almost four and a half million women motorcyclists. This statistic shows that women are breaking down barriers and stereotypes that riding motorcycles are for men only.
July is a month that is dedicated to celebrating women motorcyclists both present and riders of the past who paved the way for women today. Women motorcyclists broke down gender barriers in the early days of motorcycling and four of these influential women are in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
- Adeline and Augusta Van Buren- in 1916 the Van Buren sisters rode Indian motorcycles from coast to coast. They were the first women to ride across the continent.
- Bessie Stringfield- Being an African-American woman, she not only broke gender barriers but also racial barriers that were so prevalent at the time. She was known as the “Motorcycle Queen of Miami” and completed eight solo cross-country tours. She was also a dispatch rider for the US Army in the 30s and 40s.
- Dot Robinson- Robinson co-founded Motor Maids of America in 1939 which is one of the oldest and most successful women’s riding organizations in North America. She was the first woman to win in AMA nation competition as an Enduro racer.
These women are an inspiration to anyone who has been stereotyped and who has been told that they could not do something because of their gender or race. They broke down barriers so that women today can ride motorcycles as freely as they want.
The Weimer Group likes you to be prepared, not only in your insurance coverage’s but the health and safety of motorcycle riding. Here’s a very simple checklist to follow before you get on your bike for that ride:
- Check all head lights, tail lights, and turn signals to be sure they are working properly
- Test kill button/switch
- Check battery levels and clean the terminals
- Check all engine transmission fluids and oil levels
- Check coolant/anti-freeze levels and hoses for any cracks or leaks
- Check brake and brake fluid levels
- Inspect brake pads and replace them if they are worn
- Inspect tires for obvious wear and dry rot
- Check air pressure and fill to the appropriate amounts, Never over-inflate – especially in HOT weather
- Inspect the drive chain and belt for wear and tears
- Inspect air filter and change oil if necessary
- Check all nuts, bolts, and screws for tightness and continue to do this regularly through the riding season
- Inspect rear shocks and replace if worn
- Look for damaging cracks on handle bars, engine components, or transmission mounting brackets
Once you have gone through and thoroughly inspected your bike or taken it to a bike repair shop for a spring tune-up, it is important to ride cautiously and slowly at first. Consider taking your bike out for short rides at first, to be sure your bike is ready for aggressive long-distance riding. If your bike doesn’t feel right, or if something feels loose, do not ride it!!! It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Also, if you don’t have a shop to take your bike to, take a visit to our Featured Partners page. You will find a great and reputable shop there and let them know you found them on The Weimer Group’s Featured Partner page: http://weimer.astonishsites.com/service-center/partners-page. Make sure you call The Weimer group to discuss that your coverage for your motorcycle is the right one for you! Harleysville: 215-723-9805 & Perkasie: 215-257-9171