Grrl Power: Moms, Daughters, and Dirtbikes

There are plenty of reasons to get your kids riding on dirtbikes. There’s Gas 2’s oft-repeated truism, which says that the best way to appreciate nature is to get out in it. There’s the old-guy, “Why don’t kids play outside, anymore?” angle, too. The most compelling reason I’ve heard recently, though, is this: empowerment, and it’s a concept very familiar to Malin McKinley.

Malin McKinley is a therapist and social worker who deals with parenting issues as well as social, self esteem, and body dysmorphia. She recently took to the trails with her seven year old daughter, Tindra, who “asks lots of questions about what girls can and cannot do. I love any opportunity I get to tell her that girls can ride just as fast and be as competitive as the boys.”

Absolutely right, Malin. That’s a fantastic message that every young girl needs to hear, and they need to hear it early, often, and always, if anyone’s asking me.

Malin and Tindra ride matching yellow Suzuki motorcycles. In Malin’s case, it’s a Suzuki DR-Z125L, while Tindra rides a 2019 DR-Z50 with a semiautomatic clutch and electric start. The ladies have matching gear, too, and generally look like they are having an absolute blast out there in California!

Check out the original article– written by Malin, herself– and lots more photos over at Ultimate Motorcycling. Then, let us know what you think of the whole “dirtbikes as bonding” concept in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

Source | More Photos: Ultimate Motorcycling, via Ride Apart.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.