Women are the minority when it comes to motorcycling, as many surveys estimate between 10% and 20% of all motorcyclists are females. Sarah Schilke, national marketing manager of BMW Motorrad USA and chair of PowerLily, a group made up of female motorcycle industry professionals, said that “Women continue to embrace motorcycling like never before. Of the 9.2 million owners, more of them are women than we’ve ever recorded. And among the more than 30 million Americans who swung a leg over a motorcycle and rode at least one time in 2014, a quarter of these riders were women.”
Motorcycle collectives (e.g. Litas and New York’s Miss-Fires) spread the message of gender equality on the open roads. They find other riders enthusiastic about it. A new generation of female bikers inspires each other with shared ideals: freedom of the road and companionship. Here are 15 awesome pics of women riding motorcycles.
15 Kawasaki Z400
The Kawasaki Z400 is a rare under-500cc motorcycle that is easy to approach for a new rider while absolutely ripping when asked. It can shred a racetrack with ease. This bike is known to be more popular with women who love its confidence-inspiring everyday riding comfort. It also has phenomenal fuel mileage.
14 Triumph Street Triple R
The Triumph Street Triple R has one of the best inline-triple engines ever produced. The 765cc’s sound would be enough to put this bike on top of its class. The woman in this picture looks urban cool riding a bike with blacked-out styling. The bike also has the most precise chassis of all street bikes.
13 Ducati Panigale V2
The Ducati Panigale V2 is perfect for riding on civilian roads with other cars and speed limits. It has 155 hp – more than enough to thrill any rider on a track day but stay manageable in crowded areas. Ludicrously fast and visually arresting, the V2 represents everything Ducati does best.
12 Zero SR/S
The Zero SR/S is a capable electric motorcycle. Thanks to fairings and a windshield, it’s a comfortable city cruiser. Even though it’s heavy (505 pounds), the 140 lb. ft. of torque puts its performance into a sportbike category. It features premium components that make the price more palatable: Bosch ABS and J.Juan brakes.
11 Star Motorcycles V Star Custom
Star Motorcycles is a brand division within Yamaha that offers the bike that most women say they want. The V Star Custom has a strong but manageable engine, low seat height, and low center of gravity. Some people buy it as their first bike but never trade up to anything.
10 Kawasaki Ninja 300R
The Kawasaki Ninja 300R has confidence-inspired characteristics that make it a bestseller among female riders. It’s a lightweight and inexpensive sportbike with comfortable ergonomics such as a windscreen that protects from wind blast. Its top speed has been recorded at 112 mph and acceleration at 5.6 seconds to 60 mph.
9 Yamaha YZF-R3
The Yamaha YZF-R3 is a tall bike. Shorter riders may struggle to put their feet flat on the ground. Taller women love the extra seat height and their feet rest flat on the ground. The bike is a street legend. Its aerodynamic styling and riding position make it popular among experienced riders and beginners.
8 Honda Shadow
Honda Shadow bikes have been around since the 80s, even though they’ve gone through quite a change. Today, the bike gets back to its roots with a chrome exhaust and retro style. There is an easy riding position with the Shadow model. It’s created for the open road but you can use it as a commuter.
7 Suzuki Boulevard S40
The Suzuki Boulevard S40 is one of the most popular motorcycles among beginners who need a bike for local rides and quick commutes. The body height is meant for smaller-framed buyers. Anyone under 5’10” will feel comfortable. That doesn’t mean taller riders shouldn’t buy it, but it will take some time getting used to it.
6 Kawasaki Vulcan 900
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 is a big bike in an easy-to-handle package. With the 900cc V-twin engine it has all the attitude and style of a one-of-a-kind build. Kawasaki calls the Vulcan 900 “the artful expression of individuality.” The bike is popular among female riders due to its dynamic fusion and premium fit and finish.
5 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200
Harley-Davidson has offered several versions of the Sportster 1200. Many women prefer the Sportster 1200 Custom, but many are also riding the 1200L. This is a stripped-down street bike with a massive low-end torque thanks to a 1.200 cc V-Twin engine. The bike has a distinctive aggressive riding position.
4 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 SuperLow
Introduced in 2011, the Sportster 883 SuperLow is hugely popular among female riders. This is Harley’s entry-level model, and since the brand dominates the female market share and women are a fast-growing segment of new riders, it makes sense that the SuperLow would be the most popular bike ridden by females.
3 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
The Street Glide is a classic Harley-Davidson: it’s a big and comfortable cruiser. Nothing sounds more recognizable than a 45-degree V-twin engine. The bike has modern conveniences such as cruise control and push-button start. You’ll feel secure with the handlebars, which provide a comfortable riding position. But the real appeal is the long design.
2 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
With the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, the woman in the picture can cover a lot of ground in comfort. The bike is precise when pounding rocks at crawling speed. Seating is spacious, and you won’t hesitate to burn up a 7.9-gallon tank of fuel as you rip dirt or cruise asphalt.
1 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE looks cool with its huge pipes emanating from a Bonneville 1200 engine. It features a classic fuel tank, wire-spoke wheels, and a long bench seat that’s a throwback to the ’60s. If we look closer, we can find a Showa fork with suspension travel worth of an adventure bike.
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