Women in Motorcycling
Academic Research 
October 2012 through March 2013
Welcome women motorcyclists
 to the research website!


Seven years ago, I decided to pursue a doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies through Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My topic? Motorcycling. My focus? Women motorcyclists. My goal? To explore the experiences of both women riders and passengers.

Women motorcyclists

As a woman motorcyclist, you have many things to offer. I invite you to share what you know, think, and have learned.

The questionnaire is oriented towards street-riding experiences. Even if that is not your primary choice of riding, if you have street experience, please read on.

What are your choices?

  • Complete an online questionnaire 
  • Join a conversation in an online discussion forum  
  • Host a focus group
  • Participate in an interview
  • Refer me to an event
  • Suggest a contact with a riders clubs
  • Send me an email and let me know some of your ideas


The online questionnaires and discussion forum were designed with you in mind. I hope you find them interesting and informative as well as beneficial to the sport of motorcycling. Motorcycle safety programs, motorcycling associations, retailers, and manufacturers may find the 
results of this study useful for developing programs and strategies for better serving women motorcyclists. 

(Note: This study is self-funded and is not underwritten by any commercial concern.) 

Why am I interested in the experiences of women motorcyclists?

Like many women, my first motorcycle rides were on the back. After my husband dumped me off the back during a low speed turn on slick gravel, I decided that  I could do a better job and avoid this falling-off-of-the-bike business. Some thirty years later, I still fall off motorcycles but with much more grace than before. I have been very fortunate. From dirt bikes to street bikes, I've ridden trail bikes, large and small cruisers, dual sport and adventure bikes, scooters, sport bikes, and motard-like motorcycles. Professionally, I have spent almost my entire adult working life in public service for the City of York & City of Lancaster and the state of Pennsylvania. I've enjoyed the experience of working for a small local non-profit (YWCA) and a large national non-profit: Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). On top of all that, I had the honor and joy of coaching motorcyclists as an MSF certified RiderCoach. As you can see, I've been around! Here I am at 54 years of age working on a doctorate. And what do I choose to study? Women motorcyclists. Does it get any better than that?

This project has been approved by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.
(Phone: 724/357-7730)

For information relating to your participation see the Informed Consent link on the Contact Form page.

       You can contact me directly at hsxm@iup.edu for further information.

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