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Female Motorcyclists Help Wanted

30
November
2004
  Posted at 04:35:17 PM
  File under  Female
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Although the number of female motorcyclists is on the increase worldwide, the industry, the players and the environment still does not see women as bikers (unless clad in bikinis riding as pillion).

Most of the motorcycles available have been designed for men, it's usually men who sell the motorcycles, maintain them and ride them. In recent years, the attitude towards woman on motorcycles has been improving (my wife is a keen rider, but only after speaking with other female riders did she start), and some motorcycles have appeared that seem to be targeted towards female riders (the BMW F650 CS Scarver springs to mind)..

In order to understand more on this social issue, Carla in the USA, is writing a paper on female motorcyclists. Here is what Carla is looking for;
My paper deals with two issues: The "macho attitude" the US industry continues to have, (but slowly getting better), regarding women entering into the sport of motorcycling.  I have encountered this 'attitude' myself and was curious to know whether it was a geographic problem or wide-spread.

Why the 'attitude' of condensation, and ignoring women riders when we enter into a dealer's showroom floor? Doesn't the interest, passion, and money of women riders have any 'say' in what the industry should do for us?

The second issue of my paper is why the 'snails pace' of the industry designing touring motorcycles, (as well as sport/tour), for a woman's short height. Again, I have straddled many of these style motorcycles and have not found one that I would consider comfortable & safe for my average stature.

My question is: "Why is the industry slow at designing/introducing touring motorcycles when women are enrolling and riding in record numbers?"

If anyone would like to share your personal experience regarding a salesmen attitude or frustration purchasing a touring motorcycle that is comfortable please do so or send comments to me via email. I would love to hear from as many as possible.

So if you want to help Carla in her quest, send your comments to cawash1@yahoo.com . Please, only serious messages. Would it not be great if more women rode motorcycles ???

THIS IS NOW OVER AND CARLA HAS BEEN ABLE TO FINISH HER PAPER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.






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