These are amazing times for women motorcycle riders. The role and effect International Female Ride Day (IFRD) has played in the task of encouraging women in motorcycling, expanding the numbers of women who ride motorcycles, remains unsurpassed. IFRD came at a time when a boost for women interested in motorcycling was needed. It was the time to elevate the enjoyment for women riding motorcycles to the next level. International Female Ride Day continues to achieve respect and acknowledgement the world over while breaking down barriers for women. IFRD creates and renews friendships across every culture and border on the planet for women in motorsport. It is now referred to as a movement for women riders. It’s fun, all embracing and continues to keep the woman motorcycle enthusiast’s voice present and strong!
To help you join in on this global phenomenon and to make the most of your own local, regional or solo ride on International Female Ride Day (IFRD), we’ve compiled a list of ideas that’ll help to get you started.
To start this off it is important to know that the only activity imperative to being part of IFRD is to JUST RIDE. That has been the slogan, the credo which sits at the soul of IFRD, created by expert motorcyclist and woman rider advocate, Vicki Gray. It means, get out there show your beautiful self on a dirt bike, a cruiser, a sport bike, trike or scooter while riding in synchronicity with women the world over.
In addition to joining in with women around the world, remember that it is you, the role model inspiring other women, on IFRD. You in your own unique way inspire others and set an example of the diversity, the fun, and the penchant women share through this activity – motorcycling.
- Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and motorsport achievements of women riders; visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women, no matter the activity.
- Declare with passion how you, as an person or organization help progress motorcycling for women- because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity and alter perception; preconceived judgements or notions.
So really, there is no wrong way, wrong ride or way to take part in IFRD.
Here are our most favourite tips and recommendations.
Pre IFRD Ride Day Bike Prep
- Ready your ride. It’s good practise to prepare your ride in advance. For many this is the first ride of the new riding season. We recommend start preparing at least 10 days before IFRD. Do a pre-ride inspection, check your tires, liquids (oil, fuel, brake fluid, etc.) and be sure your motorcycle is not going to be the reason you can’t participate. And of course give your bike a polish.
- Ready your gear. Double check that your gloves, helmet, jacket boots are in good shape. And don’t forget rain gear. Essential to every rider’s wardrobe. In many parts of the world it’s springtime which means – showers. But this is not a reason to stop you from participating so be prepared. Some of the best photos we’ve collected over the years are take on rainy days.
- First Ride Refresher. If this is your first ride of the season, or in a few weeks. Hop on your bike and head to a parking lot (shopping malls or school parking lot are generally handy) and go through a few exercises to refresh your skills. Practise a straight line emergency stop, swerve and then practise those slow speed controls.