GearChic Workshops @ WSR East

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Women’s Sportbike Rally EAST | Saturday, Sept 9, 2017
Fontana Village Resort, NC

*All workshops run from 3-6pm on Saturday at Rally HQ. Presentation lengths vary from 25-55 minutes.


Updated: August 28, 2017

Resort Map Including Workshop Locations (click for larger version):

TO LOWER OR NOT TO LOWER? That Is The Question!

presented by Joanne Donn aka GearChic

At 5’2″, Joanne has over 13 years of riding experience on sportbikes, was an MSF RiderCoach for 10 years and currently works at

She is going to share her tips for riding tall bikes,  including whether you should consider lowering your sportbike. She’ll also show you some alterations you can make to ride the tall bike of your dreams.


HEAD CHECK – Does YOUR Helmet Fit YOU?

presented by Joanne Donn aka GearChic

Our in-house gear expert will cover important helmet features such as fitment, how to figure out your shape and help you determine if your helmet fits you! Most people buy their helmets too big, did you?

DEMO: One-on-one professional helmet fitting.
*Be sure to bring your helmet with you to this workshop.


presented by Jen Eskew

First, Jen will share a recap of a very recent solo long-distance moto-camping trip. Then, she’ll give us tips and tricks for riding long distance on a sportbike and teach us how to plan, pack and attack a motogypsy journey.

DEMO: Packing and strapping for the long haul.

STREET SCHOOL – Beyond the Basics

presented by Brittany Morrow

Hear from our in-house professional motorcycle safety instructor. She will discuss the importance of learning beyond-basic skills, developing muscle memory and practicing a calm mental state. She’ll explain intermediate safe riding techniques for public roads, how to be more visible to drivers, and answer questions about riding within your limits.

DEMO: Advanced body position for maximum traction in road turns.

TRACK 101 – INTRO to Track Days

presented by Katie McKay and MotoHub USA


Everything you need (and need to know) for the FIRST fastest day of your life!

This “intro to a track day” seminar includes preparing your bike and gear for inspection. They’ll share insider info on track day hacks for any riders who have never been or feel as if they need a refresher.

DEMO: Street bike prepped for the track.

Covering Your Best Assets – NEW GEAR FOR A NEW AGE

Presented by Laura Smith of Worse for Wear

Laura Smith is Co-Founder of Worse for Wear, a company created to address the issues of fit, form and function of women’s motorcycle apparel. She brings over 20 years of experience as a street rider, and a wealth of knowledge in User Experience Design and apparel design into her passion for creating moto gear that looks like everyday clothing.

Learn all about the newest apparel technology, armor, and construction techniques that make our choices for wearing “real gear” that looks and fits like “real clothing” better than ever before.

Walk away with a better understanding of price, fit, material and the manufacturing processes that apply directly to the safety apparel you trust your life to.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: How to Properly Transport your Sportbike

Presented by MotoHub USA 

Think you know how to tie-down a motorcycle for transport? You’re doing it all wrong (don’t worry, so were we). Dave and Dan have got you covered and will show you step-by-step how to properly load, secure and transport your bike safely from point A to point B.

DEMO: Loading and tie-down procedure.


AHEAD OF THE CURVE – Arming Yourself Before the Fight

presented by Liz Sorrell

Tips and Knowledge that can change your life forever… what to do before you go down. Liz will cover simple changes to your insurance that make the biggest difference. Liz has been trying cases since 1998. In addition to practicing law full time; Liz served as an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University for over sixteen years. Liz is now a partner at the Motorcycle Law group where she represents motorcyclists who are injured by other motorists. As an avid rider herself, she feels passionate about motorcyclists having a voice in the legislature; she along with her partners actively lobby for motorcyclists’ rights.


Sportbike Maintenance 101

presented by Melissa Grayson

Melissa has been riding motorcycles and doing her own maintenance for 15 years. She currently works at a motorcycle shop in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a true sport bike enthusiast and loves any opportunity to connect with other women riders.

We are lucky to have her as a workshop presenter this year. So sign up and learn more about your sport bike.


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