If you ever attended Femmoto, or ever wanted to, you'll be happy to hear that it's coming back!!
I met the new organizers today and they're working as hard and as fast as they can to get dates set.
They know how important Femmoto was in previous years and are committed to making it even better than it was.
And, track days aren't *just* for sportbikes. If you ride a cruiser, you'll want to participate in Femmoto too. :)
I did Femmoto once, in 2006. I tried to go back in 2007 but I just couldn't go. I'm so glad I went back then, it was an amazing experience and gave me a glimpse of what was in store for the future. At the time I was riding my ninja 250, and I never thought that I could ride like that anywhere.
If you don't know what Femmoto was, it was basically a track day just for women. Several manufacturers came out and brought the demo trucks so we could use their brand new motorcycles on the track! Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Kymco (yes, scooters too!), Suzuki, Kawasaki, Buell, and probably a few more that I can't remember. I rode a Ducati Monster 695, Kawasaki Z1000, and a Kawasaki 600RR.
At the time I'd only been riding for 3 years (1st year on the scooter, 2nd and 3rd on the 250). I'd never ridden a fast sportbike before. The minute I sat on the 600RR, I knew it was going to be different. I could barely touch the ground (tip toes!) and I was scared that I would drop the bike as soon as I got back to the paddock. I had no idea it was going to change my life!
That bike made me realize that I could go faster in and out of the corners. I remember pushing it just a little further than the Kawi Z1000 or Ninja 650R I had ridden earlier that morning. I thought to myself "wow, this is SO much more fun to ride in the corners!". It was literally throwing itself into the corners without me doing anything, except leaning just a little bit, and pressing just a little bit, and speeding up just a little bit.
I pushed myself to go a little bit faster, to see what would happen and then I felt it. It was like the moment I saw my husband for the first time (awww). I knew when I saw him that he was the one I was going to marry. I felt completely sure of myself, sure of my capabilities, and fully trusted the bike. It felt solid, it felt grounded, almost like it was riding an invisible train track. I just knew that if I trusted the bike and my instincts, I could go even FASTER! The adrenaline rush was incredible. I was only going ~50-60? I'm not sure (never bothered to look at the speedometer, that's what's so great about the track), so not terribly fast. But for me, it felt like the fastest I'd ever gone in and out of a corner before.
I haven't done a track day since, because I just know that I'd want to do it more, every chance I'd get. I just can't afford any more expensive hobbies! Not right now, anyway.
I can't wait to see what happens. The website is still being redesigned, so you'll have to follow them on Facebook to stay tuned with updates. Or check back on my blog, or follow me on twitter and I'll be sure to post as soon as I hear anything!