I have always ridden solo, been called the Lone Ranger more than once and am independant as can be, good and bad. I struggle with asking for help when something is wrong with the bike or if I think I am doing something wrong. When I was learning how to ride I knew everything so I thought, not so, just pig headed. Now, I still ride solo, but with more common sense. I watch out all the time on the road for crazy people that may do harm, when I am by myself somewhere stopped I am always aware of my surroundings, always. That is the most important thing not only for women but all riders, always be aware of everything around you. I carry pepper spray when I am riding alone, and I always tell family where I am going and my expected arrival time give or take a couple of hours.
By riding solo I have found who I truelly am, and not who I could be. I find myslef more centered and confident as a person. More willing to engage others in conversation because I have the ride and bike to talk about. I am proud to be riding through the countryside and seeing what I see and knowing that I am doing it through courage and strength to just do it and not second guess myself. I was so scared of tipping the bike over if I leaned to far, or what would happen if I did need help, would others look at me like "oh, that is typical, a woman that can't even manuever her bike.." then I stopped and thought to myself that I can do this I am not a wimp for petes sake. I started lifting weights more than before to gain the muscles needed for maneuvering a bigger bike and found out that I am just fine. I love riding for all that it is. The wind, the motorcycle waves, the nods, the scenery, and yes even the appreciative eyes of other male motorcyclists.
Female or Male when you ride there is almost like this secret society that is always welcoming no matter what you are on. They don't care, and they certainly don't care if you do tip your bike over and can't lift it, they just come running from out of the wood work and help out and say they have done it many times. Thankfully this has never happend but I have witnessed it first hand with my father and when he tipped his bike, people came running to help. And that is what it is about for me as a female rider and just a rider.
Safe Journeys to all,
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