The numbers are in and the amount of women riders are on the rise. According to the American Motorcyclist Association, the percentage of women riders belonging to the group is still low, under 10%, but the number is increasing steadily. This increase is attributed to better training, motorcycles, and equipment. Many women riders polled said that control is a priority and riding on the back of a bike just wasn’t enough. In the past, women were forced to modify men’s equipment. Now, there are many women’s lines specializing in tailoring their gear to better suit women’s riding needs. When it comes to formal safety training, women are in the lead. 58% of women riders attend training classes, compared to 44% of men. A big concern for women is the size of the bike. They don’t want to put themselves in a dangerous situation by trying to control a bike that it too large for their experience level or physical weight. Many motorcycle manufacturers have listened to this concern and answered it by building several models that are smaller and weigh less. AMA’s sixth International Women & Motorcycling Conference will be happening July 26-29 in Carson City, Nevada. For more details about the event and women rider resources, visit http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/womenandmotorcycling.