- They love the feel of being on the back of the bike doing something that that their parents would never approve of.
- They love to talk - and I have had some amazing discussions (all in confidence and which I would never repeat - and always on the understanding that I had no interest in taking anything beyond the end of the ride...).
- Being seen is paramount. The attention and looks people give them is important in their enjoyment of the Harley Ride.
- Strangely, they don't go for the best looking bike - they go for the one that looks like it will be the most comfortable for them.
- Whenever I take a couple of girls out in a sidecar on a Hens Night ride, they want to wave at everyone. Its the attention thing.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
What Women Want
Being a Harley Rides operator has helped me to understand human nature, and in particular it has given me an insight into the "female mind".
The reality struck me during a telephone conversation with a female customer, who wanted to organise a Harley Ride as a Valentine's Day gift for her boyfriend. She was interested in what she described as a "chopper style" Harley Davidson. She wanted something with a "look". It was at this point that I began to realise the difference between men and women.
Women want to be seen. They are fashion oriented. As one girl said to me a few years ago, "I really am not interested in being the rider, but I do enjoy sitting on the back of a Harley at a 'fashion accessory'."
From the conversation which I have had with the thousands of women (of all ages) over the last ten years I have learned the following:
One the other side of the coin, men differ. They are more interested in the size of the bike - its engine and the technical aspects, performance etc.
In the end, men and women are very different.