Over 400 women turned out for the 2nd Annuel Harley Davidson Women's Day Ride
Hello readers, Linda here. I'm a new blogger to Riderzlaw.com so would like to introduce myself briefly. 15 years ago I began riding dirtbikes with my father. Like many of you, this was something we shared together in an otherwise strained relationship. For many years we enjoyed riding together, but at age 20 I did something that rocked our two-wheeled bond…I bought my first street bike. As is typical with old fathers, he tended to be extremely stubborn. From that purchase on I was forced to endure his constant barrage of disapproving remarks for my Ninja 250 and I being on the 'dangerous' highways of San Diego.
Of course, women are often stereotyped as bad drivers, but I feel I've always been alert and conscientious on the road and know how to ride defensively. I might even go one step further and say that women are often safer riders than their male counterparts as we tend not to show off or terrorize the roads at excessively high speeds. As years have gone by and I've proven my dexterity on the road, my father has begun accepting me as a street bike rider more and more every day…that is, as best a father could accept his daughter sharing lanes with other cagers on the road.
At first glance most people are unaware that I'm a female sport bike rider, and when they find out seem to be in awe of the miracle that is women riders. For example I once walked into a restaurant with my boots, jacket, gloves and helmet on. I placed them on the table next to me whilst a random guy walked up and asked if I ride! I responded callously "no I just carry this gear around to look cool".
Being a female rider certainly has its' advantages though. Getting pulled over isn't much of a concern. After being pulled over 3 times in my life for speeding, once for running a red light, and once for running a stop sign, I still haven't a single ticket or dollar paid.
On the flipside, I find myself frustrated to no end when dealing with shops, dealerships, and the likes. Often employees see me and instinctively assume I'm there with my boyfriend. When I was in the market for an FZ6R, my boyfriend and I went to a dealership together to scope out some bikes. Immediately a salesperson approached my boyfriend and asked him directly if he needed help. At the time my boyfriend owned an R6 so naturally answered 'no'. The salesperson turned away and left us. That was it! A second occasion I walked into a different dealership alone and not a single salesperson approached me. They simply watched from a back office window as I browsed the shiny new toys. Eventually I was sick of waiting for recognition. I walked out, and that dealership lost my business.
I'm curious, what experiences do the female readers on here have? What are the benefits and drawbacks as you have experienced them?