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Women Who Wrench and Ride

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I received this note from a reader recently, and wanted to expand on her comments. Firstly, thank you Becca for the kind words. Super awesome to hear you wrench and ride yourself. You are definitely not alone!

As for lady riders who also wrench, check out this list of other awesome motoladies you can follow online. 


This is what your site looks like on all my devices except my phone. I have noticed that a number of tumblrs look the same way. Seems that a number of those are using the brutal simplicity theme (whatever that is). Opened it this morning and it looked great. This afternoon it’s back to crap.Not to worry however runcible spoons have not kept me from perusing all posts. Just wondering if it’s only me or has anyone else been experiencing this for about the last week?
A barely computer literate follower - Cole

Thanks for the specification on the website viewing problems, man! So, the only thing I can conclude from this is your browser(s) are out of date and/or you have some sort of plug-in installed on said browser(s) that’s complicating your view of certain tumblr things. Chrome has never given me a problem, so I’m not a huge help. Sorry! :( 
That being said, soon enough I’ll no longer be on tumblr. Can’t wait!

This is what your site looks like on all my devices except my phone. I have noticed that a number of tumblrs look the same way. Seems that a number of those are using the brutal simplicity theme (whatever that is). Opened it this morning and it looked great. This afternoon it’s back to crap.Not to worry however runcible spoons have not kept me from perusing all posts. Just wondering if it’s only me or has anyone else been experiencing this for about the last week?

A barely computer literate follower - Cole

Thanks for the specification on the website viewing problems, man! So, the only thing I can conclude from this is your browser(s) are out of date and/or you have some sort of plug-in installed on said browser(s) that’s complicating your view of certain tumblr things. Chrome has never given me a problem, so I’m not a huge help. Sorry! :( 

That being said, soon enough I’ll no longer be on tumblr. Can’t wait!

Is something wrong with your site? I looks like crap on my desktop or laptop no matter which browser I am using but it looks great on my phone? Is it supposed to look like this? — Asked by Anonymous

Weird, sounds like the interwebs are poking your browser with a runcible spoon just to give it a hard time. Looks fab on all my devices.

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If you have further information on “it looking like crap” such as a screenshot or what have you, feel free to send it thru the submissions page for troubleshooting (select ‘photo’ in dropdown)

Thanks!

Can you give the feminist tone a break and just show your love for motorcycles? It's safe to assume that the majority, if not all of the people who follow you respect female riders or else they wouldn't read your posts. — Asked by Anonymous

I’m sorry, excuse me? Feminism is defined as the advocacy for women’s rights to be equal to men. I don’t believe posting content about women riding is anything but a feminist tone and hell no I’m not going to change the way I operate my website because I offended your delicate sensibilities. 

I was going to ask for examples but I think based on the definition most people could define my whole website as feminist. The word feminist has a bunch if negative connotations and while I understand it’s because many women who speak for feminism do it loudly and without grace, but I do not subscribe to the propaganda surrounding the word.

What I find truly fascinating about this (anonymous) message is that you want me to show my love for motorcycles however you define it, not how I define it. Implying the people I feature and the things I comment with my posts do anything but. I assure you, the hours upon hours of work I put into this site is ONLY because of my pure love and joy for motorbikes. DON’T TELL ME HOW TO LOVE! hahahaha…

To each their own.

Hi there, my friend has been trying to find the 'Every Man Dies but not Every Man Truly Lives' poster here in the UK. We cannot find a print to purchase anywhere, are you able to point me in the right direction as, I see you have the graphic? Many thanks in advance — Asked by Anonymous

The “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives” graphic appeared to be a scan from a screenprint on cloth, probably a tshirt. Unfortunately it is one of the photos I could not find an original source for (I just reverse image searched it again and am finding my page shows the oldest instance of the image) but I don’t know where to find the original image/graphic and if it’s a poster or not. 

The quote was originally “Every man dies, not every man really lives” and said by William Wallace, one of the leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence back in the late 1200’s (wiki). It was then used by the character Randall Wallace in Braveheart (youtube clip).

I just finished going through your entire archive. This blog is fantastic. Thank you for putting so much time and care into it! — Asked by clevermanka

Wow, can I ask how many hours that took?! You’re a trooper, and thank you so much for the kind note and support. 

Advertising on your blog. Get in touch. — Asked by Anonymous

Thanks for writing! Unfortunately since the platform I’m currently using kind of sucks for contact stuff, I don’t have any way to get in touch with you. 

Anyone who is interested in advertising or gear testing etc, feel free to email me at alicia (at) themotolady.com!

help help !!!so just brought a ducati monster 600 (2001) and im in the process of fixing her up , but ive just realised !!!! argh where do i put my paniers and tent when i go camping and rallys ????? any ideas ???? the soft luggage ive got drops on to the exhaust so is no good ,please dont say a top box as i really dont like them ! have you got any suggestions — Asked by Anonymous

Hahaha. I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at the panic in which you asked this. Take a breath. Ducati Monsters aren’t rally or camping bikes in my minds eye, but I’m sure there are options. Firstly, without information about where your exhaust sits (high, low mount) and such, I don’t really know what to tell you!

Look into getting hard case side mount saddle bags that have a bracket. This might be hard to find for older Monsters, but I’m sure you can peruse ebay and the Ducati Monster Forums for help.  Sign up, post an advice thread… people are usually pretty helpful and will have more experience with this than I will. 

My Monster has no tail, so I’ll be unable to mount any saddle bags. My tank is so fancy I won’t be mounting any top boxes either. So, everything I take anywhere with me will be trapped to my back. 

[post script] jack455 wrote me and said: “Tell your follower with the ducati monster panic to google search ducati monster luggage or panniers on images for an idea. I was looking at monsters and did some searching myself”

Check out the facebook post of this for other replies from readers »

Question: Protective Denim

Question from Rob Brooks-

Any recommendations on protective Denim for women? Wanting to get my girlfriend some, but no one seems to make any that would fit to a woman’s body. Kevlar doesn’t flex. Figured you would be the one to point me in the right direction.

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times, so I’m going to address it here. First, my disclaimer: For full protection you should ride in fully protective motorcycle pants with hip, knee and shin protection. Leather or abrasion resistant textile designed for protecting a rider from road rash, etc. 

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That being said, many of us like to ride in more casual gear that will still offer us decent protection so that we can be comfortable and more safe than in jeggings and flip flops. The level of your safety gear is your choice alone, and while I offer options… I am not going to claim I wear a race suit every time I leave the house. I’ve listed some good looking protective motorcycle pant options below. 

What are some of your favorite blogs? — Asked by Anonymous

Hi anonymous! I actually follow more individuals than I do blogs these days. I mean, I have my rounds that I do… but when it comes to what I PERSONALLY follow, it’s more instagrams, personal facebook feeds, etc. That being said, check these out… 

I could probably keep going for another couple hours, but I’ll leave it at that. 

Hi MotoLady! I was wondering where you got your armor for your legs from (make and model would help greatly!)? I am so tired of wearing my riding pants, as it heavy and just not flattering..looking for another option that will allow me to wear regular pants and still feel safe. Thanks! love your blog! — Asked by Anonymous

Hi there, and thanks for the compliments on the blog! Very glad you enjoy it. 

As for the knee armor, I have two different types that I use and enjoy for different purposes and with different boot/pant combos for comfort. 

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Icon Stryker Knee Guard ($105 on RevZilla)
Some of the perks of these is that they’re very sturdy, would fit bigger people well (I’m petite and they fit fine), and that they’re lined with Hydradry which wicks moisture. Air channels help with cooling, too.

Dainese Knee V Guard ($65 on RevZilla)
The Dainese shin and knee guards are a little longer than the Icon version, and they’ve come down in price since the style I have. Mine don’t have the same lower straps (they just tuck into boots) but otherwise are very similar. The perforation in the plastic is nice too.

I would definitely suggest picking some up! While it’s not as safe as wearing leather or textile riding pants (especially with the lack of hip/thigh/butt protection) it is a huge step up from riding in only denim. 

Saw these vintage Hondaline boots (item 230938582513) on ebay and thought of you, Motolady! Too darn small for me!! Tim v/h — Asked by vintagehack

Thanks for that. I kept your awesome tip all to myself and won them! :) 

hondaline vintage motocross boots in box

so im thinking of buying a use 2005 Buell Blast for my first bike, im 5'2 and 100 lbs thoughts? — Asked by kellyedge

Since I don’t personally know much about this bike, I can only go off what I read in the specs I found online (such as on bikez.com).

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It’s a petite and light weight bike- 360 lbs dry (without fluids and gas) and has a low seat height of 27.5 inches… with an optional low profile seat that takes it down another two or so. These two things are going to make it a comfortable bike for someone with a shorter inseam, and also light enough that it won’t feel too cumbersome to you.

As for power, it seems pretty tame from what I can tell. At 34 HP, it’s probably a decent place for you to start. Since I’ve never ridden one I can’t really speak to the quarks of the bike for a new rider, but from other reviews online it seems that it’s a really fun and simple bike to ride. It gets really good gas mileage (or so they claim at 68 MPG) which is always a bonus. I also have no idea how these things act mechanically, if they’re a money pit for maintenance or what have you. 

But all the being said, a single cylinder 500cc (ish) light weight and petite motorcycle isn’t a terrible idea for you. But make sure you get formal training through your local motorcycle safety / training organization and for the love of god, buy proper motorcycle gear! Full face helmets are awesome, and so is having proper armor in pants and jackets. 

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Hii I'm in need of your assistance!!! My name is Leah, and I am thinking about purchasing a ninja kawasaki for myself but i dont know if it'll be too big for me. its a 2004 and i am around 5'4 and weight around 120-125 lbs. would this be a smart buy for a petite girl like me? hope to hear from ya. thx!! — Asked by liazitro

Firstly, what is your prior motorcycling experience? What engine displacement / size are we talking… 250cc? A lot of it depends on your skill level and comfort level.

Hannah Johnson (~5’3”) rides a Hypermotard with an exceptionally high seat height (33.3”). She literally jumps onto the bike as it takes off. For her, size has little to do with it. You can make changes in the bike (seat, suspension, etc) to bring it down a little bit so you can put your feet more firmly on the ground. Ninja’s are pretty light weight across the board, so keeping it upright or even picking it back up if you drop it isn’t such a big deal.

If you’ve got some experience under your belt and can responsibly ride the bike and respect it while you learn more… I say go for it. But that’s just my opinion, and I might lack real-world experience in this realm that some others can shed some light on for us. I bought a big, heavy, cheap, poorly performing motorcycle to learn on.

I also just want to mention the CBR 250 from Honda. I really loved the look of that, they’re very petite motorcycles and also very light. But again, I bought the opposite of that. 

Readers, comments?

Hey, cool lady biker :) i too live to ride and spanner, i would love one of your t-shirts but live across the pond, will you ship ? how much ? May the wind behind you always be your own xx — Asked by Anonymous

Howdy there! Yes, I can ship overseas. Leave a comment on this post with your contact, or send me an email at alicia@themotolady.com so we can get it worked out!

Thanks for writing. :)