The History of the Women’s Motorcycle Summit
Originally named the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit, the event began in 2014 as an event for women to meet, share their stories and be inspired through each other to become better riders, and women.
With the addition of America’s Moto Rally Challenge in 2016, inspired by the Adventure Rally, presented by Butler Maps and Cycle World Magazine, the event went through a face lift: geographically, artistically and spiritually.
Today the event continues to serve as an opportunity for women to meet and be inspired to grow their skills: spiritually, emotionally, physically, mechanically and charitably.
Frequently Asked Questions
Women’s Motorcycle Summit Description
The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is a 4 day EDUCATIONAL, INSPIRATIONAL, AND TRANSFORMATIONAL motorcycle adventure welcoming women who ride and the men who ride with them.
- The Summit is divided into two parts: The Moto Expo (2 days) and the Moto Rally (2 days)
- This event is a fundraiser for the Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities’ BECOMING S.T.R.O.N.G. project
The various scheduled events are intended to be fun, educational and transformational and are for people who want to have world-class riding experiences in an epic setting for a great cause.
- What it’s all about!
- Skill building!
- Nourish your soul!
- Pick your adventures!
- Create your perfect Summit!
- The Moto Expo
- Workshops, Clinics
- Skill Building Sessions
- Gala Banquet
Tell me about the Women’s Motorcycle Summit in a nutshell. What will we experience?
We come to have fun, ride, learn and support each other as individuals and as women. We ride for causes we believe in to lift up others. All bikes and all types of riders are welcome. Be prepared to have a great experience, establish friendships and make memories that will last for a lifetime. Men are welcome to attend with their partners too!
This is a different type of experience than most motorcycle events and it encompasses more than just riding.
The Women’s Motorcycle Summits are meant for fun, learning, empowerment, and charitable giving.
Our events provide the exceptional riding opportunities in beautiful settings, but also offer empowering speakers, hands-on & classroom training to improve riding skills and techniques, parties, fashion shows, auctions, and fun competitions.
The spirit of camaraderie is strong and we aim to break down the barriers between different types of riding and riders with the thought that we are all in this together and should support each other and just have fun!
Are women able to attend just for the weekend?
Yes, attendees may attend any part of the 4-day event that they wish.
The $87 4-Day Pass cover all Speakers, Workshops, Seminars and Rides.
An additional $77 ticket must be purchased to attend the banquet.
Safety – Alcohol
We love our riders! For that reason, we want to keep everyone as safe as possible while we are on the road. The riding events will be alcohol-free, but when we are done for the day there will be plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and have a good ol’ time…and a nice cold adult beverage! Drinking and riding will not be tolerated.
Anyone caught drinking during a WMS riding event will be prohibited from further participation in the event and, if competing, will be disqualified.
Safety – Exposure at High Altitude and Extreme Heat
The Phoenix Women’s Motorcycle Summit takes place in Phoenix, AZ where the elevation does not seem that high (1,086 ft), though some of the rides can increase to higher elevations (i.e., Payson 4,890 ft; Flagstaff 6,910 ft; etc.) and can see high temperatures in the 80s and 90s, even during fall months. Dehydration, sunburn and Altitude Sickness are serious risks but are preventable. Riders are asked to carry water at all times, be diligent about keeping up water intake throughout the day and use sunscreen or other protective clothing to protect from sunburn.
Symptoms of Dehydration include
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Tired or sleepy
- Decreased urine output or urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
- Dry skin
- Dry eyes.
- Few or no tears
Symptoms of Excessive Exposure to Heat include
- Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Heat Stroke: The most serious form of heat-related illness happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat. Signs include confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures.
Safety – Follow the rules of the road
Dangerous, unlawful, or otherwise inappropriate riding behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Anyone found to be riding in an unlawful manner or in a way that jeopardizes the safety of other motorists will be prohibited from participating in WMS riding events.
Safety – Gear
It is strongly recommended that all riders wear appropriate motorcycle gear when riding. This includes a helmet, motorcycle jacket, long pants, boots, gloves, and protective eyewear. Helmets are not required by law in Arizona but are strongly recommended.
Mechanical Safety – Pre-Trip Inspection & Preparation
Tires: Before the event, make sure that your tires are in good condition!! Check your tread depth. If you will be riding on new tires, it is important to break them in prior to the event so that you have optimal traction on curvy mountain roads. Bring a tire pressure gauge with you so that periodic pressure checks may be performed. Altitude can affect tire pressure and this should be checked daily.
Wheels: Check for loose or broken spokes. Check bearings.
Shocks: Check for leaks and spring adjustment
Fluids & Lube: Make sure that your bike has oil and the filter is good and that all other necessary fluids are at appropriate levels. Grease appropriate linkages. Look for and repair broken seals and leaks as needed.
Battery: Make sure your battery is working reliably.
Brakes: Check brake pads for wear. Check rotor for loose or missing fasteners. Check brake drums for proper adjustment
Chains/Belts: Check tension and look for damage. Adjust/replace/lubricate as required
Clutch/Brake: Check and adjust levers and cables as needed.
Lights/Signals: Make sure that all lights and signals are working.
Foot Pegs / Floorboards: Check for wear; replace anything uncomfortable or worn out
Crash bars: Check mounting hardware and examine welds for cracks
Saddlebags: Check locks and brackets to assure proper attachment and functionality.
Tool Kit & First-Aid: Pack a first-aid and basic tool kit on your bike.
Owner’s Manual: Bring your owner’s manual in case unexpected technical issues arise. This will help get you back on the road as fast as possible.
Mechanical Safety – Daily Inspection
Prior meeting your riding group each day, please remember to gas up and perform this inspection: TCLOCK
T – Tires
L – Lights and Switches
O – Oil & Fuel
C – Chassis
K – Kickstand / side-stand
A daily inspection of your bike is recommended.
Who should attend the Women’s Motorcycle Summit?
The Summit is for All Women Who Ride.
- The Woman Who Rides her own motorcycle
- The Woman Who Rides next to or behind a partner. (Men are WELCOME!)
- All rider skill levels
- All bike types
- All riding styles
- Women with an interest in motorcycling
- All Sponsors
Women learn more about riding, from sharing their stories, comparing notes, and from hands-on workshops and clinics than they do from other electronic means. The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is the perfect place for women to meet, grow and ride with women who share the love of riding.
The Women’s Motorcycle Summit attendee is many things in her day-to-day life, but above all, she is a motorcycle rider. She rides on two wheels or three. She rides on road or off. She is a novice or experienced rider, or anything in-between. Men are also encouraged and welcome to attend the Summit with their partner. Men purchase the same kind of ticket as their partner and may participate in all events.
Those attending the summit are helping others by participating in an effort much larger than themselves. In return, they experience a fun and powerfully inspiring weekend, make new friends, become a part of an extended family and have an amazing adventure.
IMPORTANT! INSURANCE REQUIREMENT
You must provide proof of medical insurance on the medical form in order to participate. This applies to all registered participants, including riders, passengers and volunteers. Personal health insurance is needed to cover the cost of any medical care received during the 4-Day Summit. If you do not currently have insurance, we suggest you obtain temporary insurance. Please e-mail email@example.com to discuss insurance needs and requirements.
MEN ARE WELCOME. How do men sign up? What about couples? What will men do at the Summit?
- Men are welcome and couples may ride together.
- Men may become an attending supporter and ride with their riding partner on either one bike or two bikes..
- Men may volunteer to help during the event.
- Are you in the media? Come ride with us, experience and take your place in letting the world know about this great event!
May I attend if I am not riding a motorcycle or don’t know how to ride? Do I need to be an experienced rider?
The Women’s Motorcycle Summit is for all women who share the love of the sport of motorcycling or think they want to just check it out. Women who want to find out more about the sport and culture of motorcycling could not find a better place to come!
A license to ride is required if you plan to ride at the summit, but inexperienced riders are welcome. If you are not licensed and want to attend but not ride, that is fine.
Each event is located in the heart of the best motorcycle riding country for our sport filled with limitless potential for riders of all skill levels and we offer seminars and training to help improve your skills!
Can persons with disabilities participate in the Summit?
Yes. The Summit is committed to addressing the needs of all of our participants, including those with disabilities, in order to provide a safe, fun and successful Summit experience. Coaches and tools are available to support every participant through registration, fundraising and training.
Is there a minimum age requirement to register for the Summit? Are children allowed to attend?
- Children under 16 will not be allowed. Young adults, ages 16 – 20 may ride as passengers in The Women’s Moto Summit. Summit registrants must be 21 or over.
- Please E-Mail info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com to receive a waiver for riders under the age of 21 to participate.
- Riders must be at least 21 years of age at the time the Summit takes place in order to participate in The Women’s Moto Summit. Registered passengers who are 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20 years of age must provide a minor consent form signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who is also a registered rider for the duration of The Women’s Moto Summit. Volunteers must be 18 years of age at the time of the Summit.
- The Women’s Moto Summit does not offer childcare.
Do you have any packing tips?May I attend if I am not riding a motorcycle or don’t know how to ride? Do I need to be an experienced rider?
Yes we do. We suggest bringing gear for all seasons.
We recommend protective motorcycle gear for riding (pants, jacket, boots, eyewear, and helmet). Here is a short list of additional items you might want to bring with you:
- Comfortable hiking shoes (pack them daily for the Moto Summit Challenge)
- Swimwear and Shower Shoes for around the hot tubs and pools.
- Full rain gear
- Heated jacket and gloves (gear) if you have it
- Any medical remedies you use often
- Baselayer shirt and pants for layering
**Pack in an alternative bag
We suggest you bring copies of your key travel documents (passport information page, airline tickets, credit card numbers and insurance information) and carry them separately in case you lose your originals.
You might also want to consider packing the following items:
- All needed medications, including prescriptions, in their original, labeled containers
- Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution
- Important papers and travel documents
- Camera gear, film or extra memory cards, extra batteries
NOTE: Most hotels and lodges have hair dryers available for guest use. Also, laundry service (no dry cleaning) is available for a fee.
How are locations chosen? When & where does the Phoenix Rising: 2018 Women’s Moto Summit take place?
- Is intentionally located in the middle of North America’s best motorcycle riding.
- Presents a perfect riding adventure filled with limitless potential for riders of all skill levels.
- Features accessible, luxury accommodations showcasing the dynamic beauty of Mother Nature.
October 24th – 28th, 2018 Phoenix Rising: Women’s Moto Summit
Embassy Suites, 4415 E Paradise Village Parkway S, Phoenix Arizona 85032
How do we volunteer?
We LOVE volunteers! Email info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com and let’s chat!
Is the Summit held in bad weather?
Whatever the weather, the Summit continues. So please be prepared for riding in inclement weather. If the weather gets too severe, we will have a back-up plan.
- Sunshine – We ride, then enjoy time together.
- Rain – We enjoy getting to know each other. Ride at your own discretion.