The colour PINK in the world of female motorcyclists can be a very loaded topic of discussion and can evoke quite visceral reactions of loathing and downright disgust when it is used in women's motorcycle gear. I have had this discussion with other female motorcyclists and they either love it or hate it.
If I am wearing pink I prefer it to be a dark vibrant or hot pink, not the bubble gum baby pink that seems to make its way into women's motorcycle gear. Early on I did have a pale pink jacket at one point and liked it at that time, until I had a mishap with someone targeting me because of the pink coat, it clearly showed that I was a woman riding alone. I chose that coat primarily because there wasn't a lot of choices available to me in style and colour at the time I was purchasing my gear. It is very disappointing to go into a motorcycle shop that carries gear and see a huge men's selection of jackets, pants, gloves, helmets and boots and only 2 or 3 offerings of all that gear for women. It's not their fault either, it's the limited choices they are presented with right from the get go.
I have heard an opinion expressed "Serious riders don't wear pink." I don't happen to agree with that blanket statement and think that the colour of your gear or type of motorcycle you ride or style of riding you do does not take away from the seriousness of one's riding capabilities. We aren't all cross country riders or adventure riders, dirt or supermoto, but that doesn't diminish our skills or the road craft a motorcyclist practices. I know some very accomplished female motorcyclists and pink is their trade mark colour and quite honestly they could ride the pants off of anyone and these women are very involved in motorcycling as a career path, lifestyle and hobby. If you suggested that they weren't a serious motorcyclists you better have your key in hand & get moving on your bike or pray that you could run fast!
The problem of PINK is with the motorcycle industry, specifically gear manufacturers and their myopic view of what a female motorcyclist wants.
*KNOCK - KNOCK* pay attention gear manufacturers. Anytime a female motorcyclist is shopping for gear she finds the colour and style choices to be marginal at best. The industry seems to have standard colours in which they feel comfortable working with; black, white, hi viz, silver, blue, sometimes red, pink or purple. Pull out the colour wheel and be a little more dynamic, I get tired of the same old stuff. Fit and finish aren't always there either, because it is a cut down version of male gear or they aren't taking into account the shape of a woman's body and we do not all fit into one neat little package, some are more curvaceous and others petite and others tall. I particularly have a difficult time finding pants because I am vertically challenged and even with adjustable knee armor the kneepads are still too low and pants too long, very frustrating and discouraging. This also applies to motorcycle accessories SERIOUSLY ENOUGH WITH THE SKULLS already, it's overdone.
Personally in my everyday clothes, I wear various shades of pink and enjoy the colour, but my wardrobe has equally as many other colours of the rainbow. (For what is worth I feel a visceral revulsion to baby blue)
Too PINK or not too PINK? That is the question, so ladies how do you all feel about PINK?
Question for the gents do you have issues with gear?