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Women in Ontario Motorcycling

Women in Ontario Motorcycling

Part 2 - Margot and Elaine

Below we present the second of our 3-part series of profiles of women in Ontario motorcycling. Not women AND motorcycles, but women who actually RIDE. 



A NorthernOntario.travel Special Feature - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

Margot

Occupation:
Real Estate Investor and Landlord

Why She Rides:

Margot started riding 14 years ago and her current bike is a 1993 CBR 600 F2, which she considers “retro cool.” Her first introduction to riding motorcycles was on the back seat of a high school crush’s bike. She never forgot the exhilaration and, 10 years later, convinced her husband that they should buy a motorcycle.

Margot’s advice for would-be motorcyclists is to make sure to budget for protective riding gear, insurance and a training course when saving up for a motorcycle. Also, start with a used bike—starter bikes are readily available, and you will probably want to upgrade after a year or two.

Favourite Rides:
She has ridden to the east coast of Canada, as well as down to Virginia Beach. Locally, Margot enjoys riding up to Wasaga Beach for the day, and zipping across the city to visit her family in Brampton. (See also Motorcycle Riding In Toronto—How to Enjoy Most Canada's Most Congested City on Two Wheels

Elaine

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Occupation:
Motorcycle Technician

Why She Rides:

Elaine started on a small cruiser (a 1993 Kawasaki 250 ELHS Eliminator) but now rides The Little Purple Dragon, a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 500 which has seen 110,000 km’s. Riding is in her blood, since her father and grandfather both rode motorcycles. On a bike, Elaine feels very present, alive and at one with herself and her surroundings. Stress is left back in the parking lot. Her favourite part of riding? Throwing a leg over, putting on her helmet and starting the engine as she anticipates the adventure ahead.

Not just a pretty face, Elaine is an expert about all things motorcycle. She is a motorcycle technician and has worked in the motorcycle industry for 6 years. Since riding is a skill, she advises all riders to identify their weak areas and take courses to improve. She also believes riders should learn about their machine, regular maintenance and how to deal with emergency situations.

Favourite Rides:

Elaine feels Ontario has many amazing roads to explore and loves finding new and curvy roads, many of which have been catalogued in The Top 30 Motorcycle Roads in Ontario.

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