This week was my second ride out with the Perthshire Ladies Motorcycle Club. My first ride out on home ground with my Honda CBF125cc.
Having ridden round London to get my confidence in town, now it was time for the lovely country roads of Perthshire.
As a new rider at the grand old age of 52yrs, it was a bit of a daunting prospect to meet up with the ladies of the club at first. Thankfully I decided to go to a social event for my first encounter. There was of course the obvious trepidation as I turned up at the restaurant with another first timer, but I needn’t have worried. The ladies were very welcoming and involved us in their conversations throughout the meal.
Now that I had met some of the members in the flesh, I didn’t feel so shy about posting on the Facebook page. I even went on my first ride out on my Pioneer, which got a flat battery halfway round. To say the ladies were supportive is an understatement. They bump started my bike for me, fixed my ignition switch from falling off and made sure I was ok throughout the ride.
This week’s ride out was on a different route with mostly different members. Again, they were hugely supportive.
It can be daunting, pulling up at the meeting place on your little 125cc and parking next to the big bikes. You know, the ones you are dreaming of riding once you get your full licence. You see those ladies who know each other with their big bikes and you try to hide, thinking maybe you will just slink off. Don’t do it!
Go on the ride out. With a lead rider and a tail rider, you are protected by the group. They know you are unsure and they will keep cars off your back and keep back going round corners. They will let you know if you have left your indicator on and they will give you advice about your gear, your bike and riding in general. Your local ladies motorcycle club know which roads have just had stone chips, where the big potholes are and where to get petrol without having to take off your helmet.
I am a new member to this group and I am so glad I joined. If you are unsure about joining any ladies motorcycle club, my advice is to get in touch and take the plunge. It’s a great way to get out and about on your bike and learn from others who have been where you are now.