So you are a woman with a goal; you want to ride a motorcycle. Perhaps it is in your blood or it just felt wrong sitting on the back, but whatever your motivation, here are some tips for a safe successful journey to become a licensed female operator.
I decided to learn to ride when I was forty-nine. My motivated was strictly emotional. But, I was determined. I wanted not only to ride, but to ride a Harley. So I contacted the local Harley dealership and got some great information.
The New York State Motorcycle Safety Program sponsors local weekend courses for both experienced and novice riders to achieve licensure. The course is designed to educate you through a dynamic series of videos, discussion and hands-on riding exercises. At the conclusion of the program you may opt to take the Motor Vehicle Road Test and if successful, you will receive your license. Check your state for such programs. You must have already obtained your permit to enroll in this program.
Once you obtain a motorcycle permit, in NY, you may ride on the road with another licensed operator on your own motorcycle as long as your licensed operator is within one quater of a mile.. You may not carry a passenger while holding a permit. I suggest you obtain the permit and attend the riding course prior to attempting the road.
Another method, which was most helpful to me as a woman. is to obtain private lessons via an expert female instructor. I was directed to Chriistine’s Kickstart Program located in the Hudson Valley of New York. Christine provided the small caliber motorcycles to practice on to build individual skill. She includes a video regarding motorcycle safety, the motorcycle itself and manuevers .
once licensed, It is so important to choose your riding partners and alert them to your skill level. Do not be afraid to take it easy. Learn to negotiate curves at slow speeds then build skills and confidence. Very importiant is learning how to brake hard. If you engage the rear brake too aggressively the bike will go out of control; this is not an experience you want to deal with.
It’s pretty exciting to obtain a bike, but without proper safety hear your riding could be history. Always plan to be safe. A helmet, though not required in all states, is imperative. Most motorcyclist deaths would be prevent by the use of a properly fit helmet. Safety gear includes proper footwear, such as riding boots. Gloves are used to help grip the controls and reduce injury to the hands should you fall..Leather and rain gear is important to protect you and you are important enough to want protection.
I passed the NY Program and became a licensed driver. I have counseled many other women about my experience and several have gone on to become avid riders. I now ride that big Harley and nothing beats the wind in your hair more than the shock of grown men ogling a woman on a bike!
So join us and ride safe! There are so many great scenic places in this country and riding on those roads is breathtaking!