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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    Haven't been much with a woman rider in a while. Ex-wife rode off with her 80 ST into the sunset. That's another set of stories!
    BMW is missing their target in the USA, perhaps; but in Latin America there is an explosion of WOMEN RIDERS! Every where one looks....THERE GOES ANOTHER ONE!.....

    The 310's are there and NOT DEAD OR DYING!
    So, who is the van driver giving the thumbs-up to? The woman rider who is not paying attention, or the photographer, or someone else?
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    Don't know what you are trying to ask or what it has to do with the price of burritos in Juarez but never even saw the fella in the van doing the thumbs up business. Perhaps he saw the future and had an idea of how the picture would be used and your valuable to the subject question. WOW!!! Thanks for that...

    What I was really trying to point out that women in Latin America are way ahead of the curve in jumping on board with 2 wheels and their families attached. Wish there was some kind of way to gather safety statistics pointing out what has been happening over, let's say the last 10 years with women, accident rates, injuries, at fault, and deaths all broken down by sexes. ....God bless.....Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    Don't know what you are trying to ask or what it has to do with the price of burritos in Juarez but never even saw the fella in the van doing the thumbs up business. Perhaps he saw the future and had an idea of how the picture would be used and your valuable to the subject question. WOW!!! Thanks for that...

    What I was really trying to point out that women in Latin America are way ahead of the curve in jumping on board with 2 wheels and their families attached. Wish there was some kind of way to gather safety statistics pointing out what has been happening over, let's say the last 10 years with women, accident rates, injuries, at fault, and deaths all broken down by sexes. ....God bless.....Dennis
    I think that the main reason for the growth in Latin America, and many other parts of the world, is that they have no other practicle options for transportation. Theirs is a necessity where ours is overwhelmingly an avocation. It happens here as well, but to a much smaller degree. I would hope that the only thing that would drive a person to putting a toddler on a scooter is desperation
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    Our club has had more women pilots at times, have lost a few due to relocating, health, or passing too young . Some I have talked to just do not do group rides or the club thing, but see them on the road.

    What I did notice at the Rally in Iowa was a large presence of female riders. Talked to a few who were on first solo cross country trips and enjoying the rally experience. Of course, most were on BMW's, but some were not. The ones who were not have had fitment issues ( not just a female issue) and ride what they can,or are planning on moving to a German machine in the future.

    I have the pleasure of riding with one pretty regularly, however I view her as a rider as I try to keep up.

    And speaking of women pilots...Happy Birthday to Voni G
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    Most of the serious female motorcycle riders I know are childless or at least empty-nesters.

    Perhaps that is a factor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldCamper View Post
    Most of the serious female motorcycle riders I know are childless or at least empty-nesters.

    Perhaps that is a factor?
    Perhaps. But as a counterpoint, Voni learned to ride when our kids were 6 and 8 so the four of us could take two bikes and go on motorcycle camping vacations as a family. She has continued to ride long after the kids were grown and gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Perhaps. But as a counterpoint, Voni learned to ride when our kids were 6 and 8 so the four of us could take two bikes and go on motorcycle camping vacations as a family. She has continued to ride long after the kids were grown and gone.
    But most of us already know Voni is an anomaly, especially when it comes to riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    But most of us already know Voni is an anomaly, especially when it comes to riding!
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    The absolute most women I've seen riding two wheels was Vietnam in late 60's. Also men. The Latin and Asian markets have been well ahead of US for"ever". Different countries, infrastructure, economics and therefore mindset. Certainly most units were scooter/small cc motorcycles, to which native average statute necessitated (your seat height variable being applied).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    The absolute most women I've seen riding two wheels was Vietnam in late 60's. Also men. The Latin and Asian markets have been well ahead of US for"ever". Different countries, infrastructure, economics and therefore mindset. Certainly most units were scooter/small cc motorcycles, to which native average statute necessitated (your seat height variable being applied).
    In many 2nd world and 3rd world countries scooters and motorcycles are mostly a primary means of transportation - for women as well as for men. While here in the US there is a small proportion of riders who use a motorcycle as primary transportation such is not the norm. We sometimes read of the heroics of somebody in Wisconsin or Canada who rides year-round, that is so unusual as to merit wonderment.
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