Torch Motorcycles was born during a road trip. On a couple's weekend ride, Patti and Bernie stopped in Revelstoke and found themselves in the company of a master machinist and vintage English motorcycle restorer. A casual remark - "that's a lady bike" inspired the questions: "Why don't women have their own motorcycles? Why are the bikes currently available for women simply a smaller frame size painted pink? And that goes double for jackets, pants and gear." By the time Patti and Bernie arrived in Golden, Torch Motorcycles was born. Not restored bikes, but modern bikes with a retro style built for a community of diverse women. No matter what size or shape.
We spend a lot of time talking about the why of Torch Motorcycles. We get a lot of different reactions, from all quarters. Ranging from "That's the stupidest idea I've ever heard" to "When can I buy one?" The people that get it, get it. The ones that don't, don't. If you're somewhere in the middle, let us help you figure out what we are about and why we are doing what we are doing. Then you can decide for yourself if you are interested.
BECAUSE WOMEN ARE NOT BROKEN.
We believe that bikes should fit the people that are riding them, and not the other way around. We believe that women are more than just shorter (generally) men with bumps and curves in different places. We think many people would agree that we have just stated the obvious. But this doesn't show up in the way bikes are built, how riders are trained, how equipment fits or how riders ride.
We have friends that ride pink Harley Softtails with lowering links, custom seat and after-market handle bars and levers. They are happy with their bikes and don't want to ride anything else. What works for one woman doesn’t work for everyone and that’s okay. Our goal is to provide a cafe-racer style bike that doesn't require modification as an alternative to the small cruisers that require further after-market alteration.
THE WAY WOMEN ARE TREATED BY THE INDUSTRY HAS A REAL AND MEASURABLE EFFECT.
Women ride differently than men. The death and injury rate of women motorcycle riders is 1% of what it is for women motorcycle passengers.
Novice riders often feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Women drop out of training, licensing, and long-term riding at a faster rate than men. Many of us have watched women struggle with bikes that are too big or don't fit properly, and it's a growing concern as bikes are built bigger every year. Women riders struggle with bikes that are too heavy, too tall, too fast and too difficult to manoeuvre.
The majority of protective gear and apparel is not designed specifically for women's varying body types. Here at Torch Motorcycles, our aim is to increase women's comfort and ride confidence.
Loyalty, friendship and freedom are important elements of motorcycle culture. Women riders are becoming more prominent and effective leaders in the global motorcycle community. Torch Motorcycles is here to ignite this growing market.
BECAUSE WOMEN DESERVE BETTER.Contact us today to become a Torch rider.