Our sponsor Babes In The Dirt has been encouraging girls to ride for years, so we're happy to have a little advice from one of the co-founders, Anya Violet, about getting started and how riding dirt is a great way to begin!
NEW TO RIDING? BABES IN THE DIRT EXPLAINS THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED.
By Anya Violet, Co-Founder Babes Ride Out, Babes In The Dirt
We have had a lot of ladies reach out to us recently asking for advice on how to get into riding motorcycles. I think everyone will answer this question a little differently, but I would like to share my thoughts on this with you. Everyone's journey to two wheels starts differently. Everyone will tell you something different and really you just need to see what is going to work best for you!
In my opinion, if you are thinking of learning to ride, I would recommend starting on a dirt bike (preferably one that is small enough to where you can lift it off of you if you need to). This will get you comfortable with the feeling of being on a bike and with the mechanics of shifting, breaking and braaaaaaping!
Make sure you always wear proper gear because you will fall several times. We all do, that’s part of the fun! You can probably rent or borrow a bike from someone if you don't have one, but you'll want to spend a solid amount of time riding it. One weekend probably isn’t enough. Get to a point where you feel confident hopping on it and maneuvering it through a variety of terrain.
You don’t need to be able to shred massive hill climbs and jump doubles, but finding the confidence in turns and being comfortable with shifting and breaking etc. is key. Ask yourself how you feel after learning to ride a dirt bike. Does it still scare the shit out of you? Is it fun, but more scary than fun? Or is it the most fun ever? It is important to check in with yourself and decide whether this is for you, or not, before taking the next step. Riding dirt bikes before hitting the road will make you a much better street rider! I promise!
Once you feel good on a dirt bike, take a motorcycle safety/training course!!! This is a super rad learning experience and they have great instructors. A lot of people that take these courses have never even sat on a motorcycle so don’t be intimidated.
And, follow along with us on Instagram @overandoutmoto as we head out to Babes In the Dirt in Lebec, CA this coming weekend, April 27-29, 2018. We're flying and rolling into the event from the East Coast and will be sharing a look at our BID riding adventure!