Update: August 16 2019
One day Steve, the owner and founder of Stag Motorcycles in the UK and I were discussing the lack of women in the Sur Ron Light Bee space. I told him that my 31 year old daughter LOVES the bike. She trained in off road ICE riding as a pre teen. After having owned, ridden and worked on the LB it amazed me that more women have not yet adopted this incredible device.
“Most” motorized bike retailers tend to not believe that women are attracted to Sur Rons. Hell some even discourage women in action sports. I beg to differ and after some discussions Steve began to understand. So as a favor I asked one of my friends to ride my own bike for two reasons; first to get her reaction and secondly to create imagery for Steve to use at trade shows and other events. Make no mistake, I only pick two projects a year to do on a complimentary basis. Otherwise I charge my full half or full day rate. Steve lucked out for two reasons, first because of my own personal interest in getting more women into action sports and second, because he is a nice fella with an open mind…. Go get ’em Steve!
Update: August 14 2019
My sincere hope is one day I see this level of female participation in our Sur Ron community.
Update: August 9 2019
I was contacted through Instagram by Blane, a fellow SR owner who lives with his girlfriend Jade in Hawaii; on Oahu right near my cousin! Small world. He wanted to thank me for this site. Anyway Jade was kind enough to agree to a Facetime get together so I could ask her some questions about her feelings and experience with her Sur Ron.
It’s really cool to hear first hand how a woman owner of this bike feels about the experience of ownership. And how she feels about the advantages and disadvantages between her ICE bike and the SR! Thanks Jade!
Jade in action on her Sur Ron in Hawaii where she lives.
Here are some shots Blane took of Jade on her ICE trials bike.
Jade and I discuss her experience with the Sur Ron and her style of riding:
Original Post August 6 2019
During the days when most of my time riding was on the racetrack we had a few women on our team. Ginny and Linda were the only two at that time. This was back in 1999-2003. During our track training days we had more and more women take our course and it was then I discovered that women in general make MUCH BETTER STUDENTS than most men. They LISTEN, they FOLLOW DIRECTIONS and they leave their egos in the pit area. Our classes were two full days and 85% of that time was track time, 15% classroom. In damn near every class the women consistently dropped their lap times, and while the men did, but not as much. And no it was NOT because the women’s lap times were twice as long in the beginning. They were all nearly the same, but women as a group cut theirs more than the men. Go figure….!
One of my students was Kathy and like her sisters she listened and executed what she learned. She later became a racer and did very well. Over the years we became friends and I invited her over to my area to ride my Sur Ron. Not only is she a road racer, but a dirt rider too.
My personal belief is the Sur Ron is woefully underrepresented with women. And after letting her ride the bike it was not the toy or pit bike she expected. After the ear to ear smiles she was hooked! I was lucky to get my bike back!
One of the things I neglected to say, Kathy is not only a TomBoy, but also a self described Girlie Girl! She loves shopping for all things gadgets and clothes, but her TomBoy side comes out when she says things like “There’s a Dainese sale going on, let’s go!” LOL
Next up, a different woman’s perspective on riding the Sur Ron in an urban environment. Stay tuned…