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I’m sure there are women riders who can tear into a motor and repair pretty much anything, however, I am not one of them.  I’ve mastered pumping gas and the choke, but not much else.  Any repairs I need fall to my husband or if serious enough to a certified mechanic.  After reading the following article perhaps I am not that far removed from the first female riders when it comes to a having a thorough understanding of the motor.  Oh, BTW, I am pretty lame when it comes to my car engine too.

“A word might here be said upon motorcycles for ladies.  Although suitable for the more athletically inclined, a motorcycle can hardly be considered a lady’s vehicle; to be satisfactory, the machine must be high-powered to enable hills to be mounted without pedaling-0-and high-powered engines entail weight, and weight means difficulty in handling—at least, for ladies.  The vibration also will be found very tiring to most ladies, and under such circumstances the sport very soon loses its pleasantness.

However, in these days of spring forks, spring handlebars, spring saddle pillars, and free engines, much has been done to improve motorcycles and bring them within the province of a lady’s vehicle, and doubtless, many ladies will find that there is much enjoyment to be obtained from motorcycling, whilst, as a means of getting a little mechanical knowledge before attempting car driving a motorcycle will be found to be just the thing.

Many ladies have no hope of ever thoroughly understanding a car, considering a mechanical knowledge beyond their reach.  But why should it be?  Women have equaled men in mathematics, classics, and art—why not in practical mechanical knowledge?

Like everything else, mechanical knowledge is more easily grasped by some people than by others, but one often comes across ladies who, when explained to them, very much more easily grasp the principles of the petrol motor than many men do; in fact, there are some men who would never thoroughly understand such things, even if they lived to be a hundred.

Of course, there are a few ladies who occasionally “drive” their cars, but to whom the engine is a mass of mystery; they are entirely dependent upon their chauffeurs for the good running of the motors, and merely know that to start, accelerate, or stop the car this pedal has to be depressed or that lever moved—but one does not get the same amount of enjoyment from such “driving” as when one  thoroughly understands what is taking place under the bonnet, and can trace any cause of bad running.” – V. (Rumble) Brady ©

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