Recent studies emerging from the US indicate women who ride motorcycles are happier, with better relationships and increased confidence. ( Motorcycles make everyone happier :-)
Motorcycles are lots of things to lots of people. Through training thousands of students over the years, the Riders Academy student feedback ranges from pure fun and freedom through to meditative and healing powers.
Further evidence of the motorcycle’s healing powers has come from diggers that have been through the Riders Academy program. They often comment on the feeling of happiness through the pleasure of riding and the community of motorcycling, helping them deal with the trauma they have experienced serving our country.
Middle-aged Lady Riders Emerge
There also seems to be a trend of middle-aged ladies coming through who also feel empowered.
In our experience, women are not alone in feeling happier than those unfortunates who don’t ride. It seems the same study would most likely report the same findings for men.
Riders Academy Women-only training groups simply have no blokes present so ladies are guaranteed an ego and testosterone free environment to relax and focus on improving their riding skills and confidence.
The course has since evolved to include training specific to ladies, focusing on particular elements that dramatically improve female rider skills such as slow speed manoeuvring, braking, and counter steering, even yoga is sometimes included.
Over 90% of the Riders Academy female students give feedback and the ladies only training course is constantly evolving to fit with women riders needs.
Men Can Learn From The Ladies
Men could learn a lot from the ladies’ attitude to training, taking their time to focus on one drill at a time without rushing to get their knee on the ground!
motoDNA’s ethos is to encourage students to step a few percent outside their comfort zone on each skill session. This results in an accumulative gain in understanding not only the riding techniques being taught but also the riders and the limits of their motorcycles.
This is important as it drastically reduces the chance of a moment on the road and the often negative survival reaction that can automatically kick in.
Former MotoGP Engineer and International Racer Mark McVeigh is the founder and CEO of motoDNA Rider’s Academy; motoDNA Digital Academy; and youth development program motoCHAMPION. He has built a team of coaches, engineers and investors to help scale motoDNA’s expertise across a number of sectors, all with the sole purpose of improving rider skill and improving motorcycle rider safety.