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Ricondi Mount Glorious

If you’re keen on a quality-made leather jacket, without all the bells and whistles, then the Ricondi Mount Glorious is for you. It has a basic old-school design, with the stripes giving it a fresh, bold and fashionable flair. I was in Brisbane to pick up a red Suzuki Boulevard, I’d recently purchased, so took the opportunity to call into …

Helmets

A lot of us thrive on choices and because we may ride different bikes and different routes on any given day, it’s only fitting we have some choices with our helmets too… I have four, two Kabuto full-face and two open-face helmets. We’ll be testing as many varieties as we can get our heads into… so this list will grow. …

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Johnny Reb Glenbrook Denim

The Glenbrook Protective Denim Jacket   I love denim! In fact, I’ve most likely got a denim fetish, if there is such a thing. Anything denim, I need… so when I saw this old-school-type denim riders’ jacket from Johnny Reb… I just had to have!   With Summer on our doorstep, I was looking for a jacket to wear on …

Johnny Reb Hume Hoodie

Hume Protective Full-Zip Hoodie   I’ve been a fan of Johnny Reb gear, since they brought out those cool-as boots for the fellas, with the ankle strap and loop. Not sure when they started making specific gear for women, but they sure have a great range for us now.   Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Hollie, …

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Jackets

Some of us love our fashion so why just stick to one riding jacket when we have so many choices? Sitting at my desk looking across at my motorcycle jacket rack, I can count seven of various colours and textures; I reckon there’s a couple more somewhere too. Each is my favourite at any given time. We’ll be testing as …

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Cold and Wet Motorcycle Gear Failure

Failed! Cold and Wet   We don’t always put a lot of thought into the motorcycle gear or accessories we buy… often we just see something spunky and cool looking and think, I gotta have me one of those! But… when you shop for a particular product for a specific purpose, that’s when you’re going to become despondent if that …

DRAFT_AD_EXAMPLE

  Tech Savvy articles are accessed by clicking the photos or the text below… enjoy ♥         RUST and Your Motorcycle Cancerous rust causes damage by eating metal, consequently weakening and possibly defecting, key components like the chain, wheels, frame and tank. How to identify and be proactive about rust.           Read Your …

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Waterproof Ratings

Are you considering buying a jacket and/or pants for rain protection? Before you do make sure you check the waterproof rating on the garment.   Firstly, decision time:   Separate rain gear Layered riding gear (removable liner setup)   Choice one is relatively simple.   Because you are only wearing the gear when it rains, buy the most unbreathable, PVC …

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Rev’It! H20 Adventure

  REV’IT! Sand 4 H20 Ladies Outfit Road Test   I was rolling out of Adelaide, travelling to the beautiful Daintree region in Far North Queensland, over September through to mid-October 2022, with a gallop back down the east coast to chilly, wet Philip Island for the Moto GP. I would be travelling through New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, then …

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Dririder Adventure

Dririder Vortex Adventure 2 Jacket   May, 2022… an impromptu ride to Townsville, North Queensland for a party, from Bendigo, Victoria… roughly 2,500 km. Three days up, stay a few days, then a quick, three-day return. The thought of flying hadn’t crossed my mind. Checking the weather, I was heading for unfavourable, forecasted light rains, water over highways and expectant …

All Women Bike Build

                All Women Bike Build Part I Women from across Melbourne have come together at Kustom Kommune, a communal bike workshop in Richmond, to rebuild an old Yamaha Virago to ride to Shelia’s Shakedown, the notorious women’s motorcycle festival, Victoria.     All Women Bike Build Part II Part II of bringing life …

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Moto Podcasts

These are the moto podcasts we love… so are sharing our favourites with you.     Beyond the Pillion These are terrific podcasts, hosted by Kahiwa Sebire and Mark Drechsler, touching on various topics to help get women into and staying riding motorcycles. Weekly episodes with tips, tricks, advice and interviews.         Stefano Cosentino, aka Big Stef, …

Lane Filtering vs Lane Splitting

Let us clear up any confusion over Lane Filtering and Lane Splitting…   Lane Filtering:   In Australia, this is where a motorcycle rider moves past slow-moving or stagnant vehicles, no faster than 30km/h. Each State may differ, but it is generally permissible when a rider is travelling between adjacent lanes of traffic, heading in the same direction.   It …

Tailgating

After a recent scare with some tailgating truck drivers, both on my bike and in my car, I wanted to get this article completed. In both instances, I was doing the posted speed limit, but that is not always good enough. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more tailgating and when viewed from a distance when a bigger vehicle is unnecessarily …

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The Day He Fell

The Day He Fell   Darkness, all around me as I crumpled to the floor. Letting the tears scream from within… for fear, for anger, for love. The world is still turning but I’m lying on the floor. Suffocating from uncertainty.   Induced into a coma. Stop his brain from bleeding. Jaw wired shut. Femur broken. Punctured lung. Smashed up …

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Just a Pillion

  The grace of a gazelle and other pillion skills…   I’ve lost count of how many riders have said to me, “I could never be a pillion,” with a look of fear-crazy in their eyes. My first pillion ride with Alan around Mount Coot-Tha, Queensland, is a thrill seared into my memory… a few minutes of nervousness followed by …

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Finke 927

The richest off-road race in the Southern Hemisphere, Finke, held annually since 1976, in June on the Monarch’s birthday weekend, in one of the most remote areas of the world, is also known internationally, for how challenging it is and nationally, as the ultimate, off-road race in Australia. The infrequent flowing Finke River is considered the oldest riverbed in the …

Salve for Daily Demands

A Salve for the Daily Demands   The rushing motion. That constant forward progression; onwards through everything and nothing at all. This is what keeps me sane. Keeps me grounded in an overly productive society in which I feel the pressure to do more, achieve more and stuff more into my already overflowing schedule.   The steady hum of a …

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1st Dirt Bike Choices

Tips on choosing your dirt bike   My pal, Lexi and I teamed up to provide a few tips on choosing your first dirt bike. With Lexi’s 17 years of technical skills and dirt bike knowledge, she is more than equipped to provide bike purchase and setup tips. I relate to the regular gal who is getting into the sport …

Relationship Survival Two-up

Adventuring with your partner to fresh and sensational places sounds superbly romantic, but in reality it can be a tad different. On longer journeys, Alan and I are joined at the hip, figuratively speaking, for hours and hours every day, day after day, week after week.   Sometimes two-up doesn’t feel so romantic.   From all my years of pillion …

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From Kootenay to Vietnam

The romance of Fall was beginning to wane and she feared the effect winter’s depths would have on her soul. So, she did what any self-preserving woman would do… she picked up her overflowing bucket list and called me up with an inquiry on my availability for adventure? By Christmas, our flights to Vietnam were booked and by January two …

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Cosmopolitan Trippin’

Our Cosmopolitan Trippin’ section is based on women motorcycling abroad. We embrace international contributors also, to share their throttle frolics here and we’ve begun with our She’s Every Which Way  columnist, Jenny from Canada, as her and gal pal Ashley, venture through Vietnam…   Kootenay Moto Girls take on Vietnam   From their home in the Kootenay’s to the roads …

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Packing Pillion

40L for 12 months in Europe… challenge accepted!   As a digital media nomad for Throw Your Leg Over with my partner, Alan, our life for the past few years has been a loose routine of packing, hitting the road, unpacking and repeat. We’re stepping it up a gear and embarking on our biggest adventure yet… riding through Europe for …

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Plucky Pillions

  This section is dedicated to you, our brave, adventurous pillions, experiencing your extraordinary… so join in with our regular contributor, Bridget Hallam and share your stories too. From those nostalgia days when sissy bars were put on just to hold the swag, not to keep you comfortable, through to current times as a pillion… harrowing, funny, sad, thoughtful, exciting, …

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Bike Build Part ii

Recap: Beginning in late October 2022 and meeting every Tuesday evening thereafter… the challenge was to rebuild a 1992 Yamaha Virago 250 cc to ride to the February 2023 Shelia’s Shakedown, a women’s bike festival held annually in Ballan, Victoria.     Those many-a-late-night session spent at Kustom Kommune, leading up to the festival is a bit of a blur …

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She’s Every Which Way

She’s Every Which Way   Meet, Jenny from Kimberley BC, Canada. She will share some regular column pieces and photographs of what her and her gal pals get up to around the majestic mountains and trails of her homeland. Click on the text and pics below to explore life and laughs on two knobbies…       The Day He …

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Dirt n’ Giggles

As the morning rises, the day sneaks in past my blinds and my eyes are kissed by the warmth of the sun. It’s Sunday morning and my vigour to get out of bed is far more than that of a working day.   Today my gal pals and I planned to load our 4 strokes, head to Ta Ta Creek, …

Tin tops

When your wheels hit the road And you go about your day… Tin top drivers’ everywhere Getting in your way…   Remember how important It is to stay in sight… Of all those tin top drivers You’ve really gotta fight…   I know that you all know this But I thought it’s worth a mention… That all those tin top …

My Wind Therapy

I suffer from anxiety dark thoughts, I sometimes think… I bought myself a motorbike YES!! I know… my life’s at risk…   I sometimes get this feeling To run away and hide… But since I got this motorbike I feel happy deep inside…   Today I got wind therapy I travelled far and wide… Just me and my motorbike No …

Women Riders Unite

Two riding buddies… Who both had a vision… To unite women riders… They started a mission…   A small group of friends… Now one thousand strong… So many good women… Who feel they belong…   We come from all over… The state, far and wide… Women2wheels… Too ride side by side…   Women2wheels… Exceeds expectation… So please raise your glass… …

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Review HJC RPHA 90S

HJC RPHA 90S CARBON LUVE Modular Helmet   I had a fantastic motorcycle trip planned from South Australia to Far North Queensland, Phillip Island and finally back home, which meant there were some 8,000 km of road riding. For this, I wanted a new riding kit… first on the list was a helmet. I decided a modular helmet was best, …

Seeds

Seeds   Stretches of road roll out through an open expanse of country. Paving over parched grass, washing out ancient riverbeds A stark monotony has overtaken wherein all the environment seems to have accepted; conformed to that which has tried to tame it.   Infinite squares boxed up are fenced off.   Motoring through this terrain of clipped shrubbery. Only …

Rust and Your Motorcycle

RUST…   The reddish-brown or reddish-yellow coating formed on iron or steel by oxidation, as during exposure to air and moisture: it consists mainly of ferric oxide, Fe2O3, and ferric hydroxide, Fe(OH)3 Any coating or film formed on any other metal by oxidation or corrosion; any stain or formation resembling iron rust. Cancerous RUST causes damage by eating metal, consequently …

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Look and React

Conquering correct head and eye positioning is one of the first obstacles to overcome if you want to become a competent rider. Keep your head and eyes up and turn your head so your nose is pointing in the direction where you want to go; that will naturally put your eyes perfectly ready for you to look where you want …

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Relax to Ride

Relax to Ride   Hey… did you realise that a motorcycle, at road speed, stays upright, with or without the rider?   Balance for a motorcycle is not provided by a rider, but instead by those two rubber-clad round things underneath. It’s likely, at some stage you’ve felt your motorcycle swerve, wiggle, slip and slide… due to surface changes, like …

Yeah the Girls Moto X

Yeah The Girls

Yeah the Girls! Riding through the gates of the Moto X grounds a freak tornado-strength wind from across the plains, hit me side-on. I pulled over, parking my 420 kg loaded road bike, watching shade tents blowing down and loose gear lifted and dumped. Folks quickly trying to catch flying objects and tie down canopies. Stopping where I did, I …

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Swinging at Eastern Creek

Race engines humming, ready and staged in a grid formation. I sat crouched, on the passenger’s, (swinger) platform, hands gripping support bars with head tucked in tight, waiting for the green flag. My breath huffed out a rhythm I fought to keep controlled as John, the rider of the Period 4 Class, Honda DeWith 960 sidecar outfit I was swinging …

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Fear

Fear… Flicking back the throttle, Percy’s front wheel lifts slightly, as the red light vanishes for green. Pure exhilaration from speedy acceleration fills my body with tingling delight as I race along Plenty Road, through the ever-expanding industrial area of NE Melbourne. Free from thought and obligation as I roar past countless mechanics and panel beaters, the ropes of my …

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This is Riding

I rush through the house, my boots heavily echoing on timber floors, as I scramble about, throwing on my leather jacket, grabbing keys, helmet – fuck where is it? Gloves, do I have my gloves? Arms full, I propel myself through the back door and into the yard, eyes straight to Percy, gleaming, waiting, in the soft morning sun, ready …

Hittin’ the Road

When is the right time… how do you know when you’re ready?   You’ve got yourself a road bike and you’re learning to ride. Let’s assume that you are car licensed and are aware of the road rules. You have had some riding lessons, with an accredited instructor.    You’re wearing the correct protective gear and you’ve been having extra …

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Motorcycles Are My Life

While holed up in one of Victoria’s winter lockdowns of 2021, I spoke to various women that contacted me about their love of motorcycles… one of the stories that stood out was from Linda, a lady in the Hunter Valley, NSW who has multiple bikes and has done, for as long as she has been riding. Linda’s lived her life …

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Virago Bike Build Part I

A gloomy Tuesday had morphed into a clear summer afternoon as I wound my way through city traffic enjoying the crisp wind on my face and the warm sun through my leathers. By happenstance, I converged with three Leatherettes on the corner of Nicholson and Johnston Streets, all of us on en route to the women’s bike build. We roared …

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GRAB pack

  Girl Rider Around Ballarat, GRAB pack, was formed after a local Ballarat lady, Kerry, realised quite a few women weren’t involving themselves with any group rides, within the mixed group she also rode with, called Ballarat Riders. Kerry discovered it was due to a lack of riding confidence and they felt somewhat intimidated by so many fellas, riding within …

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Rotating Reaction

sweet jasmine pushes its hands through my helmet clinging with strands of honeysuckle to my visor suffusing with eucalypts as they intertwine themselves in the arms of the wind pulling me through suburbia   a soft tug on my sleeves, a gentle push open within the outside, privy to an expansive space only accessible on the rotating reaction caused by …

A Presence

  Igniting of a spark catalyst for continual contained explosions, thumping follows a constant companion a close friend through the rush of pothole strewn streets sudden stops, the singing of a single cylinder as it hums through lengthy gears, tight corners zig and zag across loaded lanes, a dance between partners who constantly change   Emily Dale      

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Poetry in Motion. Poems from women motorcyclists.

Poetry in Motion

A collection of poetry expressing the ineffable in regard to all things motorcycles and riding… click on the pics below to join in the fun and let us publish your moto words too…     Seeds           Women Riders Unite           My Wind Therapy               A …

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Hand Signals

If you see anyone doing some of the following, no they’re not having a John Travolta disco moment in their seat, they’re trying to communicate something to you. Hand signals are important for group riding and other uses, e.g., your electrics may be on the blink, or you’re warning oncoming vehicles or your riding buddy. Most are common sense and …