Meet of the week
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary of supporting female bikers around the UK
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?”