HER STORY | Mary Pang

HER STORY | Mary Pang

Her Story. A series of blog posts telling the stories of 'women who ride' from all corners of the globe. We hope that by sharing these stories we can help encourage other women to build their confidence, learn from others and inspire others.

This month we have a story by Mary Pang from Connecticut, USA.
After only one year of owning a bike and learning how to ride, she has ridden almost 5000 kms and has discovered a new perspective on life.
We hope you enjoy her story.


A Lifelong Rider Who’s Only Just Begun

What Started Out As a Goal Grew Into a Passion.

I’m Mary Pang, 26 years old, from Connecticut, USA, and the first time I rode a bike on my own, was when I took my motorcycle class at 23 years old. The second time I rode a bike was when I bought my 2019 Honda Rebel 300 almost two years later.
Her Story Mary Pang
My goal to learn how to ride, was born on the back of a motorcycle, riding with a friend in upstate New York.
We talked about how awesome it would be to do a long-distance road trip to Glacier National Park, in Montana, USA. I was all for the idea, but I decided that if I was gonna do a trip like that, it wasn’t going to be as a passenger.
Before this, I’d always been fascinated by motorcycles, and would never pass down the chance to hop on the back of one when asked, but never seriously entertained the thought of having my own bike or learning to ride alone. Creating that goal made it a tangible possibility. 
 her story mary pang - moto est
Acting on my goal didn’t happen overnight. In fact, I talked about it for two years before I even booked a riding class, and it took me almost two more years before I bought my Rebel.
But now, one New England road trip in and almost 3000miles later, I don’t think I’ll ever stop riding.
women who ride - mary pang

Riding is in the Blood.

If you’ve never ridden before, but have always wanted to try, you just have to go for it. That curiosity is an instinct, and it’s coming from somewhere.
I’m convinced that riding is in the blood, whether you grew up around motorcycles or not. I was born to ride, it just took me a while to realize it.
I didn’t grow up around bikes and none of my family rides, but that’s what I love about the moto community: it’s made up of people from all walks of life, each with unique personal stories and reasons for riding.
The only thing we’ve got in common is a deep love for the exhilarating feeling of complete inhibition which riding personifies--with an innate drive to live life fully, push past personal and societal boundaries, and make continual progress on all fronts.
 We call it being “Gritty-minded.”
mary pang on her honda rebel

Lessons Learned On the Road Run Past the Pavement.

What I’ve learned on my bike translates to every other area of my life.
I’ve learned that positive self-talk is imperative for progress, that I don’t need to measure my results based on other people’s expectations, and that it’s okay to be nervous as long as I don’t let it hold me back.
women who ride. Mary Pang on her honda Rebel
My bike has taught me that the things I’m afraid of are never worse than what I imagine in my head – why worry about the 3000th mile when I can only focus on the couple hundred feet of road in front of me?  

If I Can Do It, Anyone Can.

Off my motorcycle, I wear heels to work, and people describe me as “petite and dainty,” which gives me no end of grief, but it’s a special kind of satisfaction when someone learns I have a bike and then says, “I would have never taken you for a rider.”
her story, Mary Pang from USA
If you’re starting from the beginning like I did, be prepared for a steep learning curve… but also know that you can absolutely do it. 
There’s nothing you can’t learn if you’re willing to put yourself out there, and the feeling of gaining confidence as you push past your fears and gain experience is intoxicating.
THE GRITTY | by Mary Pang
If you’re not sure how to get started, the best first step is to book a riding safety class. It’s the best way to learn and make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment, it’ll hold you accountable, and it’s a much more cost-effective way to test your curiosity than dropping a couple thousand on a bike.
And don’t worry, if you spend the first eight hours struggling to get the hang of the clutch and throttle, just know that I was there, too. BUT! I showed up the next day despite my own, and other people’s doubts, and by the end of day two, I was riding extra laps around the parking lot because I couldn’t get enough.
Moto Femmes - Mary Pang motorcycle journal
I have yet to go on my Glacier National Park trip (and my friend has the patience of a saint!), but it feels good knowing I’m well on my way. I’m excited for that trip, but I’m also enjoying the process of simply making progress towards my ever-growing list of moto goals.
For a life-long rider who’s only just begun, I’ve got all the time in the world. 
Mary Pangs Motorcycle Story - Moto Femmes
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Thank you to Mary for sharing her story.
Mary is passionate about sharing her moto journey so other new riders know they’re not alone when just starting out, and aims to inspire others (especially other women!) who are interested in getting started. She’s passionate about pushing past fears with courage and resolve, showing up differently than expected, and about the moto community at large, and she’d love to meet you! Say hello on her Instagram @wearethegritty.

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  • Dave Porta

    Awesome story Mary! :-)
    It’s great that you shared it with us. Really liked the parallels you drew between riding bikes and “riding life”. Very true.
    I recently saw a cool photo of Pang Road and wanted to comment it.
    Would love to see a photo of you riding your bike in Pang Road one day. Talk about a “double rainbow” moment! LOL!
    Thank you again Mary and happy trails!

  • Charles Jusuf Aka @charall_deway

    Whaooo… You are a strong girl Mary, hopefully riding will give you more motivation and make you confident as well! Thanks for your short story and as I said I used to own a Rebel as well! Ciao

  • Monique Arellano

    Wow, thank you for sharing your story Mary! I too have been wanting to learn how to ride for the past 6 months. Thanks to your advise on what to do for beginner riders, I’m definitely going to book a riders course class near me ASAP.

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