Meet of the week

Cel­e­brat­ing its 10-year an­niver­sary of sup­port­ing fe­male bik­ers around the UK

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Charley Lester

Curvy Rid­ers MCC was es­tab­lished in 2006 by two fe­male Scot­tish bik­ers, Ed Crummy and Linz Inglis, who started up a web­site with a fo­rum to meet and sup­port other women mo­tor­cy­clists. As num­bers grew, regional groups were set up with lo­cal reps look­ing after women in the area and or­gan­is­ing ride­outs. Mem­ber­ship is still strong­est in Scot­land and the north of Eng­land, but there are now over 400 paid mem­bers all over the UK.

I’m sure I can hear some grum­bling from var­i­ous quar­ters – why is this sort of thing still nec­es­sary? Some­thing about equal­ity, in­clu­sion, mod­ern at­ti­tudes, all types of rid­ers be­ing taken se­ri­ously…

Chair­woman Emma Morter has heard it all: “Com­par­a­tively, women bik­ers are still a bit of a rar­ity and a nov­elty. Some men – though not most, by any means – can make us feel quite un­com­fort­able and as though we are in­trud­ing in their hobby. I went into a deal­er­ship look­ing for my next bike and was asked what my hus­band cur­rently rides, and most fe­male mo­tor­cy­clists I know have had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.” I’m nod­ding fer­vently and scowl­ing ag­gres­sively. “Some women, es­pe­cially when learn­ing, can find it in­tim­i­dat­ing to ride with men, and a big part of why the club was founded was to en­cour­age and sup­port women in what should be a re­ally inclusive hobby for all.”

As well as meet­ing for fre­quent regional ride­outs and na­tional trips, ‘Curvies’ also pool their knowl­edge on the best mo­tor­cy­cles and kit, in­clud­ing par­tic­u­larly help­ful and friendly deal­ers, thought­fully de­signed prod­ucts and stores with a good range.

“Much of the dis­cus­sion is on their free web­site and fo­rum; a valu­able re­source for those whose builds are more var­ied and dif­fi­cult to fit, yet less catered-for in the in­dus­try.

“The club is about sup­port, shar­ing ideas and friend­ship,” says Emma. “As long as you have a bike and you’re fe­male, it doesn’t mat­ter what your ex­pe­ri­ence level or ma­chine.

“Our mem­bers make friends for life, trav­el­ling round the UK and meet­ing up with other Curvies, go­ing to lo­cal ride­outs and na­tional events. Check your lo­cal group – we’ll be meet­ing up all through the win­ter so what are you wait­ing for?”

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