Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhillyWomenRiders/
Or if you don't want to join, fine. Send me an email using the contact link and I'll just shoot you an email when we meet up. Sounds good? Great. I look forward to meeting you.
Meet the 2013 KTM 690 Duke, the US Edition.
Since I am short (5'3", 28" inseam) I define any motorcycle that I can ride as a motorcycle for short people*. Makes sense, right? :-D
The new 690 from KTM was at Scuderia West for just a short week. Luckily I was able to take it out for a spin! If you're looking for a mid powered sportbike with a super comfortable riding position, then this is what you're looking for. Priced at $8,999 she has plenty of power (more than you think) especially at lower rpms but still delivers a deliciously fun ride, fantastic cornering and an awesome riding position. They'll get models around March if you want to test ride....
(Not advised for beginner/novice riders)
How can manufacturers do a better job of marketing to women? I don't really know the answer to this, but something I'd personally love to see is a woman of color (let's be honest, we hardly see women of color, fully clothed anyway, in these ads), FULLY geared up. I don't care if it's a cruiser, sportbike, dual sport, dirt, standard, supermoto, chopper, whatever. Just show me something ELSE than the same tired bikinis, babes, and squids.
After reading this article on the Huffington Post about Bic's stupid marketing campaign by making a pen for Her (WTF?? I didn't realize I was having such a hard time writing this whole time using my man pen), I thought about what a horrible job motorcycle manufacturers are doing 'trying' to market to us. Because they're not marketing to us, they're marketing to your male friend, husband or boyfriend to try and get you to ride. Why not market to us directly? Stop ducking the issue and bring it to me.
And seeing a woman in a half helmet wearing absolutely nothing in a tv ad doesn't count. Advertising motorcycles to women should move women forward, and inspire them to gear up or try something new. Whether it's a basic rider course, a track day, a dirtbike class, a supermoto school or an advanced street course. How about prioritizing safety over sexy?
Frankly, I'm sick of it. I look forward to the day where women are in charge of these marketing campaigns. A day where companies are willing to take a risk to put out a positive message to (potential and existing) women riders. And PLEASE PLEASE put down the pink pens, pencils, crayons, whatever it is you idiots use to 'color' these ads. I personally hate pink, and although not all women hate the color, it's unfair to label us all as pink lovers. We're not men, we aren't distracted by bright colors and boobs. Stop it.
Guess what, it's not 1950 anymore. You don't have to spend billions of dollars advertising in print ads. How many of us get our news online these days?
I know our numbers are only ~20%, but one way to get our number to 50% is to present meaningful, positive change in the way women are portrayed as motorcyclists. And stop spreading the old, tired message of the 'biker lifestyle' whatever that is.
ps. this post is in no way endorsed, promoted or encouraged by suzuki. I just happen to adore my SV650 :)
One word. FUN. SO much FUN.
Recently, I took home this sexy Brammo courtesy of Scuderia West and Brammo to share my experiences riding the Enertia around San Francisco. As a city resident and worker in SF, it's the perfect option. I could say the same about a little DRZ400, they're both light and nimble and super easy to ride (Betty is fully automatic, however). The one thing that sets them apart is this whole electricity thing, which I find to be really convenient.
Less stops at the pump! I can fill up so to speak, in my little garage. My SV is feeling neglected, as the only time I've taken her out for a spin was on Sunday when my husband and I rode up to the Marshall store and back. Since then, it's been me and Betty. 60 miles down, many more to go!
I'll be sad to see her go when our time together is up (as this is just a temporary loaner), but I know this much is true; that I foresee a supermoto or sexy naked streetfighter in my future. I've never ridden a bike like this before, I'm having so much damn fun. I think I'm sold on the supermoto riding position and hope to find something in the future that meets my city livin', vertical height and long distance traveling needs. We'll see.
If you're wondering what I'm wearing while on the Brammo, it's the same gear that I wear on my SV (ATGATT with my Arai, Sidis, REVIT jacket, pants and Racer gloves). Nothing has changed in that sense.
Follow me on facebook, twitter, or instagram (gearchic), as that's where I'll be posting photos of our dates. If you see me around SF, please feel free to introduce yourself to Betty. She loves meeting new people!
Ladies, do you have experience with any of these Dual Sport / Off Road boots? If so, please post a comment with your thoughts/opinions. Or, if you're in need of a pair, check out these options currently available for all you ladies who love to get dirty or ride supermoto.