Yep, you read it right. Not only are more women riding motorcycles, but more women are also learning how to fix them.
On a beautiful California winter day, six members of the riding group Dangerous Curves joined me at Moto Shop to take their firsts steps to learning about working on their motorcycles. This day was going to be about the basics, and just for women.
Some had ridden for over 15 years, while another had just received her motorcycle license the previous week and about to buy her first bike. We had a good variety of bikes to learn about: sport, cruiser, dirt, and dual sport.
Twice a month we offer a Basic Maintenance Workshop at Moto Shop. We cover all the little things one should know about on their motorcycle before setting out on a ride: hand controls, brakes, wheels, tires, battery, fluids, suspension, and chain. It is also helpful in determining any needed maintenance items or repairs for the future. This Workshop lasts about 4 hours and at the end everyone is more confident with their bike and has a much better understanding of how it works.
We’ve come to realize over the first year and a half of running the shop that lots of riders know very little about their bikes. We are encouraged to see such great interest in changing that. We strongly believe that the more you know about your bike the better off you, and everyone around you, will be. Not everyone wants to tear apart their engine, or do other major work – but knowing the basics is the first step that everyone should know at the very least. We do offer other workshops that cover all of the advanced stuff as well.
One woman complained about the poor performance of her Kawasaki Vulcan, and during the workshop it was found that one of her intake boots was leaking – a most likely culprit. So parts were ordered, and she will be back to learn how to install the new boots by herself another day.
Another bike, the Ninja 250, had been running rough as well and it’s owner came to the decision that it had been neglected long enough and the best bet would be to sign up for the upcoming Valve Adjustment Workshop, where she would learn to adjust her own valves, and perform some other tune-up tasks to get it back to running smooth again.
The last step in the Workshop is motorcycle chain adjustment, clean, and lube. I can’t tell you how many neglected chains we’ve had roll into the shop – or should I say lurch into the shop!
The 6 women of Dangerous Curves left Moto Shop informed and ready to take the next steps in maintaining their own bikes. It was a very good day.
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325 South Maple #20
South San Francisco, CA 94080