Are Women Safer as Riders or Passengers?

I came across an interesting question from a male rider on a motorcycle forum, asking other women if they believe they are safer on the road...

Women on motorcyclesI came across an interesting question from a male rider on a motorcycle forum, asking other women if they believe they are safer on the road riding their own motorcycle, or as a passenger...

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The guy rationalized that many of the women riders he witnessed are not caught up in the "ego" thing or the "macho" thing. That is, they put more value in safety and learning from each other. Therefore, if they bitch on the back of another guy's bike, then theoretically, they're just as bad off as men.

One lady rider named, "wildthing" said this...
But I don't feel being in the front or on the back of a bike makes one place safer than the other, if somethings going to happen it's going to happen. But after saying that there are always exceptions to the rule.
Another gal named "BikerBabe" made an interesting point...
To anwer your Q Ebay, I feel safer riding my own. Besides, the times I have ridden on the back, I have been known to occasionally swat the rider with exclamations to "watch out".....that alone could be a hazard.
A guy named "Old_Evo" pointed out that women riders tend to ride more slower, and therefore, opened themselves up to more danger...
My wife and I rode with Women on Wheels for many years and I believe all of the above to be true. My only complaint with many of the women riders and my wife is that at times they are too timid. They will ride at the posted speed and settle in behind cars and trucks when IMHO it is a lot safer to give it some gas go around them and you are then riding out in front of all the traffic.
My personal opinion is that women are not any more or less concerned about safety than men. I guess it all depends on who you ride with. I've seen gals wearing novelty helmets, put more emphasis on their appearances, and enjoy showing themselves off as sexy kitties on the back of a Harley. Women are not necessarily into a "macho" thing, but they are definitely into an "ego" thing.

Guys will tend to ride more cautiously when a woman is on the back, for one because they don't want their woman to get hurt, and two because they don't want to show her that he's fallible as a rider. On the other side of the coin, wives and girlfriends often say that they have full trust in their men, and that in turn causes men to pull out all the stops in riding safely.

A gal may not be safe on the back of a bike if the guy riding it doesn't have good control of a bike with extra weight and height, however.

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