What percentage of motorcyclist is female? You’d be (or at least I was) surprised that it’s around 20%… at least according to a study that was done back in 2018 amongst almost 2500 adults in the United States. A 2016 study in the UK showed that around 10% of UK motorcycle trips were done by women.If you know of any more recent studies please leave a comment below. I am very curious.
I was surprised by this ‘high’ number, because when I’m out riding it doesn’t feel like 1 in 5 (or even 1 in 10) riders is female. Whenever I stop in a biker cafe or restaurant, the vast majority of riders is male. Perhaps it’s because I live in Mexico, or perhaps it’s because my riding buddies are male, or perhaps I’m just stopping in different places. I don’t know. Whatever it is, it’s clear to me that motorcycle riding is still primarily a male thing. That’s a shame and I don’t really understand why to be honest. If you have an idea please let me know in the comments.
International Female Ride Day
This is why I’m happy that initiatives like the International Female Ride Day (IFRD) are here. Last week (May 1st) was the 15th year of the IFRD and I’m sure that because of the IFRD a lot of women have started riding. Also, in the last years, female focussed motorcycling websites were started, like motoress (owned by Vicky Gray, who created the IFRD) and women riders now, which have also helped encourage women to take up motorcycling. My hope is that, in a few more years, motorcycling will become like hiking or scuba diving. No more sites or events especially for males or females, but just for motorcyclists, full stop. Until that time, I’m happy that all these initiatives are here.
With that said, I’d like to share a list of female Motorcycling YouTubers who I follow and have inspired me to be more adventurous in my riding. I hope that by sharing this list, more people will be inspired too. Either to take on more adventure in their rides or just take up riding in general.
First woman I want to mention is fellow dutch(wo)man, Noraly (a.k.a. Itchy Boots). She has been traveling solo, all over the world on several motorcycles now, going from adventure to adventure. If she didn’t come across your YouTube feed yet, definitely check out her channel.
As the Magpie flies
Amanda has been making Motorcycle Youtube videos for 5 years now. I really like her honest, funny and friendly way of approaching situations and reviews of motorcycle and camping gear. Mostly riding alone, she is an inspiration for many. Check out her channel, As the Magpie flies, if you want to know all about motorcycle riding, gear and camping.
If you know Itchy Boots, you probably also know Kinga (a.k.a. onHerBike). Originally from Poland, but with a laid back Aussie attitude she’s been riding solo on her BMW F800GS for many years now, all over the world. In 2018 she was invited by BMW Motorrad as a guest to the International GS Trophy 2018 in Mongolia.
Ride With Red
Not a world traveler and mostly riding Cruisers (although she’s changed motorcycle recently), Red has a different way of enjoying motorcycling from the previously mentioned women. Nevertheless a source of inspiration for many to get out there and ride.
I know and I’m sure there are many many more female motorcycling YouTube channels out there. Just too many to list all here. But if you feel there’s a real inspirational gem that I’ve missed, by all means leave a comment below.