Tracking the Uprising

Story by: Ric
Photography by: the awesomest featured ladies

Worldwide motorcycles sales are dwindling for various reasons, including the retirements of the baby-boomer generation of mostly men motorcyclists.  Adding on to these woes is the fact that the uptake of motorcycling by younger men has also fallen.

There is hope though, as across the globe, more women are entering the motorcycling scene, bringing along some drastic but welcome changes that could just save men from themselves — in fact, surveys and reports tell us that the women’s segment is the fastest growing!

Leaves behind, geddit?
On her Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer, Kyu leaves behind societal norms.

Case in point: the online sphere is littered with pictures of women who ride, which manufacturers are embracing wholly, hoping this will present the motorcycling lifestyle with a more positive, attractive image. There is hope that future generations will take up motorcycling “because mom did” and lead to market growth. An email conversation with an editor of a major online motorcycling publication revealed that his mother too used to ride before health issues put a stop to it.

Imagine all of them as a convoy....
Maybe one day they’d all be riding “because mom did”. Mom, Luo Ling Ling, (right) owns and rides a Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, among other bikes.

We are also seeing more women centric events, like 2017’s inaugural Belle Moto Asia event while motorcycle manufacturers court them with women focused media.

Within this growing segment are women who can inspire. Take our contributors Juvena “The Wandering Wasp” Huang and Cherie “Anyhowly” Tan who make no effort to shy away from dropping everything and setting off on adventures many men would think twice about.

While inspiring men and youth to set off on their own adventures, women are also showing us that almost any motorcycle along with some guts can be used with results.

In an upcoming article, Alyce Kathlyn and Georgina Tey will gladly share their stories on how they refused to let themselves be bottlenecked by societal norms, and perceived limits of both genders and machines — they began attending track sessions while many riders would contemplate if their motorcycles were capable for the track.

2B bike also can track!
“If you’re unable to manage a small bike, what more a bigger one?” — Georgina Tey on rising above perceived limits.

Meanwhile, if you know of any inspirational women riders, do feel free to mention them in the comments. Perhaps we will be able to feature them in future articles. Welcome, and join the uprising!

 

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