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Empowering Women: Overcoming the Fear of Riding a Motorcycle

Updated: Oct 3, 2023


Riding a motorcycle, a symbol of freedom, adventure, and independence, is a dream shared by many. Yet, for some women, the idea of straddling a two-wheeled machine can be met with trepidation and fear. If you're one of those women who yearns to experience the thrill of riding but is held back by anxiety, this blog post is for you. I'm here to offer guidance, inspiration, and practical tips on tackling the fear of riding a motorcycle.


Understanding the Fear


First and foremost, it's essential to recognize that fear is a natural response to the unknown. Riding a motorcycle, especially if you've never done it before, can seem daunting. The fear may stem from concerns about accidents, loss of control, or the perception that motorcycles are inherently dangerous.


Acknowledge Your Fear


The first step to overcoming fear is acknowledging it. Understand that you're not alone; many riders, both men and women, have grappled with the same anxiety. Recognizing your fear allows you to confront it head-on and take steps to conquer it.


Education is Key


Knowledge is a powerful antidote to fear. Start by educating yourself about motorcycles, riding techniques, and safety measures. Read books, watch instructional videos, and seek advice from experienced riders. The more you understand, the more confident you'll become.


Take a Motorcycle Training Course


One of the most effective ways to conquer your fear is by enrolling in a reputable motorcycle training course. These courses are designed to teach you the fundamentals of riding in a controlled and safe environment. You'll receive expert guidance from certified instructors, learn essential skills, and gain valuable hands-on experience. If you're in the UK, like me, you'll need to complete some formal training to obtain any type of motorcycle license, as it's a legal requirement.


Gear Up for Safety


Investing in the right gear is crucial for boosting your confidence and safety on the road. Ensure you have a certified ECE 22.05 approved helmet, protective riding jacket and trousers, gloves, and durable riding boots. Proper gear not only shields you from potential injuries but also provides peace of mind.


Start with Baby Steps

Don't rush into riding on the open road. Begin with baby steps by practicing in a safe and controlled environment. Ride around an empty car park or (if you have access) an open field to get a feel for the bike and its controls. Gradually build your confidence as you become more comfortable.

Mental Preparation


Conquer your fear mentally by visualizing yourself as a confident and capable rider. Positive self-talk and affirmations can go a long way in boosting your self-assurance. Remember that you have the power to control your thoughts and emotions.

Join a Supportive Community

Connect with other female riders and join a supportive motorcycle community, such as my Ride Like A Girl Community WhatsApp Group. These connections can provide valuable encouragement, advice, and a sense of belonging. You'll discover that there are women from all walks of life who share your passion for riding.

Embrace Challenges

Expect challenges along the way; they are part of the learning process. You might stall the bike, make wrong turns, or have moments of doubt. Embrace these challenges as opportunities for growth and improvement. Every rider, regardless of experience, faces hurdles.

Set Realistic Goals

Set achievable riding goals for yourself. Start with short rides in low-traffic areas and gradually progress to longer journeys. Celebrate your milestones, no matter how small they may seem, and use them as motivation to keep moving forward.

Remember Why You Started

Lastly, always keep in mind why you wanted to ride a motorcycle in the first place. Whether it's the thrill of the open road, the sense of adventure, or the desire to challenge yourself, your motivation will be your driving force.

In conclusion, overcoming the fear of riding a motorcycle is a journey worth embarking on. With the right mindset, education, and support, you can totally conquer your fear and experience the exhilaration that comes with two-wheel adventures. Remember, the road to empowerment and freedom awaits you, so don't let fear hold you back! Take that first step, and soon you'll be riding with confidence and a massive smile on your face.

So, ladies, gear up, book that training course, and hit the road with confidence. Your motorcycle adventure awaits!

Safe riding! Jennie x

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Thanks for sharing this! I am a 21 year old female and just got my motorcycle permit today. I have lessons scheduled at a local dealership at the end of the month! Many times when I tell people I plan to get my license, they respond with warnings (e.g. "don't get yourself killed!") rather than encouragement. Although I appreciate their concern for me, it has been more harmful than helpful as it has caused be to be fearful. But thankfully, I feel more confident now that I have learned more about motorcycles and what I can do to prevent an accident. Thanks again!

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Ive been riding 2 years now and passed my full test September 2020. I bought a big girls bike (XSR700 - same engine as the MT-07 I learnt to ride on) and have been taking it easy. My issue is, I still have the 'fear'. I'm fairly tense when I ride all because I have the fear I may make a mistake and come off the road etc. It is my lack of experience that is predominantly the driver here. I love the sense of achievement riding and freedom of being on two wheels, which keeps me motivated. But I think having the fear also keeps me grounded and not push myself too quickly too soon. Each ride out I…

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Such a enjoyable read, I'd forgotten you riding on the back of my bike.

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