If you’re interested in getting into motorcycling or have already taken your motorcycle rider training /safety course, you’ll be wanting to make that next step – buying a motorcycle. Over the two decades I’ve been training motorcycle riders to ride or road race, I’ve been able to evaluate some relevant factors about motorcycles for women. Though some might argue the female gender should not be looked at any differently than men; I’ve found that’s far from reality. The fact is there are features in a motorcycle which are more akin to the average woman’s anatomy and demeanour – making its operation much more – fun and fabulous!
But before we get into the six motorcycles for women listed below, I’d like to point out preliminary factors you’ll need to consider in the mix of your decisions.
- What do you plan to do with the motorcycle? What will you be using the motorcycle for? Will it be for weekend rides only; with friends? Will you use it namely as a commuter riding to work and home, or to school? Will you be looking to take a passenger – maybe your teenage daughter will join you for rides or even longer distances tours. Or maybe you plan on some ride adventures, say long distance on rougher roads. These are important questions as your riding lifestyle often dictates the type of motorcycle needed. You wouldn’t buy cross-country snow skis if you love skiing downhill.
- Are you good with tools? With maintenance? If you are then you can opt for some of the more intricate models that might need a bit more “tender loving care” and maintenance than say a Kawasaki, Yamaha, KYMCO etc.
- What’s your style? Are you brand focused? Are you a sporty or a wilderness adventure seeker? Or, do you like to cruise along or want to tour but tackle the twisties along the way. These questions too are relevant to your choice and even consider other preferences. Maybe you prefer German-made motorcycle or American. These things too weigh in to your choice.
- What is your experience and how would you rate your level of confidence? If you are still nervous about handling throttle power you’ll want a lower hp (horsepower) engine and one with lower torque too. By the way, forget engine “CC’s” as a bench mark to power and clout. It’s really the power to weight ratio. The big 1200cc engines you’ll find on cruisers don’t have the hp of smaller lightweight models. And it is all about the hp and torque to the back wheel. An engine that’s a gentler roll on of power will allow you to develop confidence in total operation of the machine. At speed, going slow, quick braking and faster cornering you want to aim to avoid “anxiety” inducing factors. These will just end up impeding the progression of skills. I find this a common problem with many who are starting out – buying way over their head. Often a riders’ choice of motorcycle is a decision made on pure desire or passion and even “clout factor”. The retailers aren’t always helpful either. They often recommend riders to buy a model that you’ll “grow into”. Not a good practice. Often that “growing into” stage comes with too much anxiety which means your new ride sits in the garage. Your motorcycle of choice should be fun, fabulous and bring out the best in you. You need to overpower the motorcycle, not the other way around. And yes with feet flat on the ground