Some of the foreign papers devoted to outdoor sports sometimes depict women riders of the motorcycle, but on this side of the water the sport has made rather slow progress. A western maker of motorcycles, has, however, completed one of these machines for his 15-year old daughter, and, as she promptly made 65 miles with it over country roads on her first trip, she may be regarded as being to the manner born. The dropping of the frame has naturally brought about some construction problems, which seem to have been well solved. The machine is belt-driven, and in order to avoid the risk of catching the rider’s skirts both wheels have casings.
The maker has also been confronted with a number of other problems in the adaptation of the motorcycle to a woman’s use which are more difficult to overcome, at least for the maker himself, for they lie somewhat outside of his province. They are, in fact, more closely connected with the marketing of the machine, and thus form part of the dealer’s duty, and they consist mainly in over coming the prejudice of the external feminine to anything that savors of the mechanical or that requires systematic supervision. It is notorious that a woman never oils a sewing machine nor winds up a watch regularly, so that how to make her realize the pressing necessity of these little attentions in the case of the motorcycle forms a very considerable part of the problem. – “The Automobile”. June 13, 1907.