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There’s a big misconception among the general public that hitting the road on a motorcycle is purely a ‘man thing’. The truth is there are plenty of women out there who prefer two wheels.
According to a recent survey, nearly twice as many women are riding a motorcycle than a decade ago, making up one in five of the national biker population.
One problem women used to experience in the not too distant past was finding a club to join. Many of these could be, at the very least, a little patriarchal in their approach to life, the universe and everything.
The good news is this is beginning to change quite quickly. Many clubs nowadays have a good mix of both men and women. You can even find all-female clubs such as the Curvy Riders Motorcycle Club which has groups all over the UK.
It’s certainly true that all-female biker clubs are on the increase. Most motorbike groups nowadays are open and welcoming to women and are supportive and inclusive, at least in the UK.
But why should you join a motorcycling club in the first place?
Some people prefer to be the lone biker on the road, others like to be part of a big group. Joining a club puts you in contact with likeminded people who share your interests. Most clubs organise outings and even holidays around the UK and across Europe. Some of the bigger clubs also give you access to cheaper insurance and discounts on things like clothing and hotel accommodation.
You also have the opportunity to learn from others, which is great if you are newbie biker and just finding your way on two wheels. Of course, the main reason for joining a club like this is the social side. You’ll meet a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. A lot of clubs are also involved in charity fundraisers and there’s always a sense of great community spirit.
A good place to start is on our website Bikers Are Welcome Biker Clubs or the British Motorcycle Federation which has a list of local motorcycle clubs. By far the biggest ladies club is Curvy Riders which has chapters across most parts of the UK. They run a variety of ride outs and social events throughout the year and there is normally a named person to contact if you want to join.
Some motorcycle clubs do have certain rules such as members having the right kit and some may even hold annual general meetings and have subscription fees. Make sure you find out what the rules are before you join the club. Other motorcycle clubs are more informal and built on local friendships rather than anything else.
Whether it’s chatting with fellow bikers at a roadside café or heading along one of the many motorcycle routes across the UK and staying at local biker friendly hotels, there’s plenty to enjoy when you join a motorcycle club, whether it’s all-female or mixed.