All photography provided by me.
Hi! Welcome to my website. My name is Joanne and in 2007, I noticed that there were plenty of websites for you to go and purchase gear. but, no one had any information on how to find it, where to find it and how to shop for it. So I started GearChic.com, wholly dedicated to the issue of protective motorcycle gear for women. I'm here to provide reviews, tips and insights on all things related to what you (men and women) should be wearing while riding your motorcycle or scooter. If you’re just starting out and don’t know what to wear, how it should fit or where to get it, let me give you a personalized gear recommendation to help narrow things down.
Since then, it's evolved a bit to provide motivation, information and insight into riding motorcycles that you may not think you can ride.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
Consider me a virtual personal shopper, someone who has done a lot of the homework so you don't have to.
I love talking to my fellow women riders about gear and answering all of their questions when it comes to what kind of gear they should buy. I've given lots of seminars and even started Moterrific so I could talk even more about gear. But beyond that, I certainly love talking about motorcycles. What to ride, why, how, when, etc. Especially when it comes to riding taller, heavier, faster bikes. I've put together this handy list of "Motorcycles for Short Riders". But in fact, they are bikes for Taller Riders, in a traditional sense anyhow. Everyone will tell you you have to "flat foot" your bikes, and you have to match your inseam.
You'll hear me go on and on about riding bikes like this on my podcast show that I cohost with my friend, Cristi Farrell. Moterrific was launched in 2013, an all new motorcycle podcast show which was (and still is, I believe) the first all female hosted show of it's kind. Find the show on iTunes under Moterrific. I also started a new gear centric motorcycle podcast, also aptly named The GearChic Podcast on iTunes and on this page.
Since 2003, I had been living in San Francisco with my husband and chihweenie, Benny. In January of 2014, my husband and I moved to Philadelphia so I could work for Revzilla.com! I love what I do, helping riders find the right motorcycle gear and talking about riding motorcycles. Gear that fits, gear that protects, gear that works. I love it so much I moved all the way over here just so I could do this every day.
If you're ever in the greater Philadelphia area, I hope you'll visit me at our beautiful showroom, where you can find the best motorcycle gear (especially the best selection for women).
A sample of the selection of women's gear at Revzilla's Gear Boutique in Philadelphia's Navy Yard.
My shortlist of motorcycles that I've owned, in all the years I've been riding motorcycles. Take a look and let me know your thoughts!
March 2015 - present:: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R, custom ohlins ttx shock and stock seat, unlowered (always)
I've wanted this bike ever since I took one for a test ride back in 2010? It's amazing! Read my review of Goldie here.
2014: 2006 Suzuki Sv650, stock suspension, seat / unlowered
In order to get a more comfortable ride, I opted for the non S version which definitely helped greatly. However, I still dreamed of getting a Street Triple sooner rather than later :) The stock shock on this particular SV was stiff, stiffer than my previous SV. Maybe because it was a newer version? I don't know.
2009-2013: 2003 Suzuki SV650S, stock suspension, seat / unlowered
Everything I've accomplished I owe to this bike. I learned SO much on my first SV. I rode 6,000 miles in the first 6 months I had it because it was *that* incredible. It taught me how to manage entry speeds, body position, find my lines, accelerate out of my corners and more. All of my riding confidence came from riding this bike. It was bittersweet to let her go before we moved to Philly.
2006-2009: 2006 Kawasaki Z750S, stock suspension, seat / unlowered
This is the worst bike I ever owned. I should've sold it far sooner than I did. I only put 6,000 miles on it in 3 years! Pitiful. Not because it wasn't a reliable, efficient, affordable bike. It simply wasn't a good bike for someone 5’2” weighing under 150lbs. The stock suspension was stiff, too stiff to where you can't compress the rear shock unless you weigh enough. I wasn't ready to invest the money into it in order to make it work for me so I got rid of it. I think it also exceeded my experience level and I made a jump onto a bike that didn’t match me completely.
2004-2006: 2003 Kawasaki Ninja 250, stock suspension, seat / unlowered
I rode this bike to LA from San Francisco several times, and had a blast while I had her. But the lure of more power on the freeway was too much so I upgraded to the Z750S above. I put about 10,000 miles on it in that time that I owned it. But if I hadn't spent 3 years riding it, it would've been extremely difficult for me to upgrade to a heavier, larger bike. I was ready about 2 years in but didn't know what to get.
2003: Aprilia Scarabeo 50cc 2-stroke scooter
I really owe my riding career to this scooter. In the fall of 2003 we bought this and I spent the next year riding it in San Francisco, about 3,700 miles. Riding this first made it so easy to upgrade to a motorcycle. I highly recommend it!