I hate to sounds like I’m making a biased assumption...
I am a 26 year old female. I have a FANTASTIC career, a more than amazing husband, a house fit for my needs, and a 2004 Honda Shadow VLX 600. My first motorcycle EVER. That being said, I woke up one July morning of this year, 2015, and decided I wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Before I was able to take the Beginner Rider Course provided by the MSF, I wen ahead and purchased a motorcycle from my local Craigslist. I must say, my bike was absolutely perfect! I fell in love with her immediately.
Being a new rider, I wear a helmet EVERY. TIME. I. RIDE. Even if it’s just up the street to the gas station.
AND LET ME TELL YOU… I get the MOST SHIT from Harley Riders….
In November I rode in a local toy drive. lets just say it was Hondas to Harleys 2/10. And I got so many negative comments from these guys. stuff like, “You’re wearing a helmet? How long you been ridin’? (I would answer “not long at all”) then they would immediately say, “well then you’re definitely in the back SPEEDBUMP!” or, “Why you wearin a helmet? We only get up to about 15 miles an hour.” Or… “It only hurts for a second!”
I already feel insecure as a new rider around seasoned riders. But not insecure enough to risk serious damage to my body when Joe Blow’s Grandmother decides to pull her Buick Regal out in front of me.
That being said, Please, even if you’re joking, don’t make someone feel belittled or embarrassed because they want to wear protective gear while riding. I really do think the riding community is a fantastic one. Support each other.
Life is not about the destination, but the journey you take, and the surprises you encounter along the way. Moto F.A.M. founder, Michaela George is all about finding adventure wherever she goes, and at this year’s Babes Ride Out, her big adventure was spent spreading the word of Moto F.A.M. (a non-profit organization catering to fallen riders), and exploring all depths of the desert with her pack of fellow two-wheeled wanderers. Find out what advice she’d give to other women exploring the idea of riding, and learn what challenges she encountered along the way.