Dedicated to the women who RIDE THEIR OWN motorcycles  

Ride Your Best

by Rainey

To my riding sisters out there both young and young at heart: I am 52 years young and have been riding for 5 years. I took the motorcycle safety course in 2005 and immediately went out and bought a Honda Shadow 600. It was the perfect bike for me to gain confidence on. About a year later I traded the Honda in on a 1200 Custom Harley Sportster and approximately a year after that, because of a long trip that I was planning to go on with friends, I traded the Sportster in on a 1600 Dyna Street Bob, which I absolutely love and will stay with for a very long time. When I can no longer hold my own bike up, I will definitely have to consider a trike. I’ll never stop riding. I ride because I need to, it’s my passion and I can!

When I first started riding, I got on the Internet and read everything I could about riding motorcycles including safety articles, I joined motorcycle forums, bought and watched a few videos on riding, but what I mostly enjoyed reading and what helped me tremendously was reading the newbie’s experiences. You can learn a great deal about what to do and what not to do when reading about other rider’s trials and successes on the road, or in the parking lot. You can never read enough or practice enough on motorcycle safety, and too, listen to those tips from the more experienced riders. But most of all, get out and ride as much as you can and always visualize yourself riding a perfect and safe ride.

If there is something you want to be your best at it is this! I truly believe the difference between being an excellent rider and a mediocre rider can be the difference between life and death. So practice, practice, practice – be confident, but don’t get too cocky because as soon as you do that’s when you’ll drop your bike in front of a group of riders at a rally or at a favorite “watering hole”, or worse, end up in a ditch. So, ride your own and ride well, but ride!!!

By Rainey
in Texas (where riding is year round – yeehaah!)

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From Rainey:
"I started riding at 47, divorced, have 2 grown sons, work in the legal profession. I ride a 1600 Harley-Davidson Street Bob (my 3rd bike). I have been riding for 5 years. I like to ride alone or in small groups of
4 or 5. Love everything motorcycles."

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