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Question: Do a Lot of Women Ride Motorcycles?

This question was one of the searches that landed someone here on the blog. Sometimes the search terms are ridiculous, sometimes they’re interesting and sometimes they are even a question worth exploring.

Hmm, I would say more now than ever but I have nothing to back it up. Let’s consult the internet at large, shall we?

Women Riders Now says that in 2012:

Nearly 25 percent of all motorcyclists are female (that’s one out of every four riders).

Anecdotally, I don’t see that 1 out of 4 riders in my area is a woman but maybe I’m that fourth rider.  Locally, I probably don’t see one out of every 10 other riders is a woman. This could be a regional thing with places like the west coast having a larger representation of women on motorcycles.

What about you – do you see anything close to 1 in 4?

fuzzygalore and toadmama
One of my favorite motorcycle chicks – Toadmama and me skewing the statistics

I’m Pretty Sure That’s Santa’s Motorcycle

December: Miscellaneous Motorcycle Thought Purge

As The Bloggess would say, this isn’t a real post. I’ve got a few disjointed odds and ends rattling around in the ole noggin that I need to purge. They’re motorcycle/road-related so, there you have it.

Chris’ Riding Adventures

My friend Chris is just kicking off his new blog. You remember what it’s like just starting out, don’t you? Writing stuff down, adding photos and then wondering how the hell you make people come to read it. Stop in and say hi to Chris, won’t you?

He’ll be riding in the 2015 Iron Butt Rally, so you know he’s “special.” :D

chris riding adventures

Our Lady of the Highways

image source: Window on Cecil Countys Past
Source: Window on Cecil Countys Past

When I was riding home from Fredericksburg, Virginia after completing the Void Rally 9 this year I noticed something on the northbound side of I-95 in Maryland. I used Siri via my Sena headset to take a note so I wouldn’t forget what it was. That was 2 months ago.

I was cleaning some of the junk off of my phone yesterday when I spotted that note (that I shouldn’t forget) that said, “Our lady of the highway near mile marker 105.” Siri is pretty handy when you’re doing 75mph.

Find Our Lady of the HIghways on Google Maps 

“It’s a reminder to be a bit more kind, a bit more humane, Christian – if that’s your belief. Whatever your belief is, to remind yourself within that belief to be a little kinder, a bit more civil and a bit more courteous on the road.”

Be a little kinder? Someone lookin’ out for us on the roads? Yes, please.

 


 IMS-NY Progressive International Motorcycle Show

progressive internation motorcycle show log

The motorcycle show rolls in to New York early this year, the weekend of December 12/13/14. I think we’re going to go on Friday again this year because it’s generally less crowded. Who needs a blogger correspondent? My name looks awesome on those dangly little press badges. :D

Are you a NY Metro local? Will you be attending or working the show?

Motorcycle Show – New York


 

Judging a Biker by Their Leather

fuzzygalore motorcycles parked in town

The last day of November was unseasonably warm. As such, there were a lot of motorcycles out enjoying the weather. After pedaling around for a few hours in my fatbike, I took the a Tiger out for a spin and popped in to town for coffee.

I sat at a picnic table looking through photos on my phone, sipping my cuppa joe when a biker came over and said hello. On the surface he looked exactly like what any movie or tv show would dress a biker up as – jeans, chain wallet, black leather boots, vest with patches.

That type of garb can put people off. That just seems to be the way it is. But, ya know? That guy? That guy was just… plain ole nice. He was pleasant, positive, friendly, shook my hand, excused himself when he cursed in front of a lady :D

Some part of me probably judged him at first glance. And maybe he did the same to me. But in a split second pretense was gone because someone took the chance and said hi.

I can’t help but feel like much of the non-riding public who glance at us motorcyclists makes some snap judgement regarding what we’re about. In my imaginings it tends to go negative. It’s so easy to paint “groups” with a broad brush based on a few crappy apples. How do we change that? Is it even possible? Is this rush to judgment a necessary part of the human condition?

Around the World with AntiHero

Let’s face it. The lives that many of us have chosen don’t allow us to fling ourselves out in to the world to just wander. Maybe we do it in small doses – a trip here and there. And maybe some of us don’t find a way to do it at all.

Thankfully there is an army of other motorcyclists who share the view from their visor. As they send back images and dispatches from the road, they can help to feed your dreams until the time that you find yourself out there in the world.

This is currently my favorite world traveler. He’s taking me around the world with him and doesn’t even know it.

AntiHero

You may have seen his Ducati Panigale trip threads on ADVrider.

I like to follow him on Instagram too:

#ducati #panigale #rtw

A photo posted by AntiHero (@dennis_matson) on

Regarding Instagram

I know some people are sensitive about using Instagram. They don’t want someone else owning their images. Fair enough. But, if you register an account you can still follow, comment and search the app without ever posting a photo yourself.

You can of course still look at a user’s profile on Instagram without logging in. But, you can’t search the site for users and hashtags so you’d need to know who you’re looking for and navigate there directly.

The sheer number of images that are posted on the service is staggering. And some of them are downright incredible.

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