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"Even though this book focuses on motorcycling and empowerment, it is much more than that. It's about how individuals found a passion, and in that development of skills and experience, found truly meaningful life lessons that carried them forward past bad relationships, broken careers, and hard times."  D.Brent Miller, Sojourn Chronicles

"These women have found a real road to empowerment, inner strength, independence, and balance.
This book is an original and necessary vision, transcending the unique relationship between human being and machine and focuses on fifty stories of self-discovery through motorcycling." 
Iván Montes Gálvez, Editor, La Moto

"People take many paths to empowerment. For many the motorcycle is the catalyst for that change which then spills over into other areas of their lives. The women in this book illustrate that point beautifully in story after story. This book is a gift Liz Jansen has given the world."
Bud Miller, Commuting Motorcyclist

A wonderful collection of interviews that add a collective vision and colorful background to Liz's own story, not only about motorcycling - but also about livingTogether, the women's voices emphasize how we are each unique and must follow our own dreams - no matter how crazy they seem to others.  

Diana Bletter, The Best Chapter

If you do not ride, read the book. It is inspiring and very well written.You may just be inspired enough to learn how to ride yourself. If you are a male rider, read the book.You can place any story into it and the outcome would be the same.Race,gender,color don't define who we are.We as people define who and what we will be. Wilhemina Von Smythe

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 "We're always at the beginning of some area in our lives. As a new rider, I've learned how powerful and magical an experience riding a motorcycle is. Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment captures how empowering it is to be humbled by, accept and embrace our limits and masterfully move past them. It's a perfect read for anyone who's ready to shake things up a bit." 
Colette Baron-Reid, Intuitive Counselor and Life Strategist, Best Selling Author of The Map, Messages From Spirit and Remembering the Future.

"Motorcycles take you out on the road. But sometimes they are the road-to new places within, and without. Here is a chorus of four dozen powerful voices (all individuals, all women, all transformed by embracing risk and joy through riding) singing the same song of truth." 
Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of The Perfect Vehicle and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing 

"Good motorcycling is a fine balance between precision and passion. Liz Jansen knows this, and has found that balance in this excellent book ("Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment"). Not only does she offer an explanation of a motorcycle's value by taking us on her own enlightening two-wheeled journey, but she provides understanding through sharing the experiences of dozens of women, from backgrounds as varied as the roads and trails they ride. Theirs are lives well lived, and their stories are metaphors for life itself."
Mark Richardson, Editor, Wheels, The Toronto Star, author of Zen and Now.
"You don't have to be a motorcyclist to appreciate the beautiful nuggets of wisdom shared by author Liz Jansen and the 49 female riders she interviewed for this book. Motorcycling may be the vehicle by which these women discovered their own life's path, but the theme of being our authentic self can resonate with each of us." 
Genevieve Schmitt, Founder/Editor, Women Riders Now

"It doesn't matter whether you're lying in a mud puddle or perched on a podium; there is an intangible bond between women and motorcycle riding that Jansen beautifully captures as she traces the journeys of a stellar cast. Her writing is like the women she brings to us: fierce, yet vulnerable."
Lorraine Sommerfeld, Writer, The Toronto Star
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Trillium Wordworks (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987758306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987758309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Liz Jansen was born and raised in St.Catharines, Ontario. The eldest of six, she was introduced to motorcycling at age sixteen when her younger brothers paid 85 dollars for a used Honda 50 step-through to get around the family farm. Little did she know her relationship with riding and personal power had begun and would be inextricably intertwined throughout her life.

After leaving a career in Corporate Human Resources in 2003, she focused on writing, coaching, speaking and facilitating--sharing inspirational advice and practical tips,often based on 2 wheels.

Since then, her business has evolved to include workshops, webinars, consulting and speaking engagements. Her writing has been published nationally in magazines, newspapers and ezines.

Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment is her first book.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2013
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I am generally not a big fan of books that center around multiple stories - even if those stories have a tight knit message. But as I was reading Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment by Liz Jansen, it became crystal clear that there was something magical in this collection of stories.

Ms. Jansen tells her own story as well as the stories of 49 other women. In each case, the story is one of transformation and the central fixture in the stories is motorcycles. So I started looking for the commonalities among all the stories.

There is a very wide range of women - their backgrounds cover the entire spectrum. They come from many different professions, different educational levels, different sizes, shapes and ages. Yet all seemed to attain some exceptional personal growth - and the commonality among them was the motorcycle. I begin to ask: what was it about motorcycling that enabled these women to experience such transformation?

The majority of these women had some problems in their lives - many were involved in unhealthy relationships, many suffered from low self-esteem, some had serious health issues, while others were lost - searching for meaning or purpose. And each one seemed to find the exactly what they needed to transform their lives.

The answer was not to be found in any one individual's story but in looking at all the stories collectively. Here is what I discovered. Learning to ride a bike almost always involved a lot of fear. Becoming a competent rider meant pushing through that fear. This is very huge in self-development. It was not a one-time occurrence - it was a process over time. In addition, they normally had to stand up for what they wanted and stop caving into what others suggested they do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on December 19, 2011
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I love reading books that share stories of people finding their way in life. They are always so interesting and up lifting. Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment captures fifty stories of women who overcome challenges, connect to their personal power, and grow in personal awareness, while venturing with their motorcycle. It is an easy and inspiring read.

The book emphasizes that there are no limits of one's potential. Everyone is capable of mastering motorcycling. It's fascinating to read the stories of those with cancer, spina bifida, amputation, divorce, and financial ruin who get on a bike and discover the road to a more empowering life.

Liz Jensen, the author, weaves her own story throughout the book in such a brilliant way. It's an amazing tale of overcoming gender and cultural barriers, personal fears, divorce, and financial despair. Motorcycling kept her on the road to self-fulfillment. Everyone will relate to her story of overcoming fear based thinking and limiting beliefs.

Women motorcyclists will relate to the stories and the grand sense of community among women riders. But it may be best for those women who harbor a secret desire to master motorcycling but it's still just wishful thinking. If that's you then read the book and discover the stories of women overcoming their fears and taking control of the bike, the ride and their life. However, anyone woman can benefit from reading this book. It will stir hope for the future.

Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment will inspire and motivate the reader to ride and discover the seeds of personal power and leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trent Sunde on November 28, 2011
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A very good read that's easy to consume. I found the stories and feelings shared to be applicable to a woman's or a man's experience. I also found that the book applied to any passion one may have and is not limited to motorcycling alone. I liked the short essay / interview style that lends itself to being able to read over a number of short periods.
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Hi Liz. Just wanted to say Thank you for writing the Motorcycle Road to Empowerment. I found West Coast Roar's store by accident which was a gift in itself but your book practically leaped into my arms. I was heading to Victoria with my guy for an Old timers Hockey Tourney when we drove by the store and I yelled "STOP"! ;) I actually snuck back to Mill Bay to buy 3 more copies for deserving friends. Could have bought more as I am not lending mine out!;) Anyway, thank you. I'm 51. I live in Squamish BC on the Sea to Sky Hwy to Whistler but was born in Orillia and lived both North & South of there before moving West 11 years ago. Got my MC licence & a bike last year. Loving the new challenge, community & unlimited freedom & adventure. So inspiring to hear the stories of so many women like me & Canadian as well! Bravo. Just wanted to let you know your book does strike a chord with many women. You've captured the symbolic parallels of biking & life so well. Happy trails. Nancy PS. I used to fly airplanes and there are many parallels to flying a small aircraft, riding a motorcycle and the challenges we face in our lives.
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By Meg on September 10, 2012
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Liz Jansen has captured both the details and the voices of women who ride motorcycles. I found myself in some of the stories and the qualities that I aspire to in others. Liz managed to bring together the stories of women and machines and show us how personal growth is possible no matter the setting or expectations. The women who shared their adventurous past and their inspiring future also made me feel as though I have met them before. Somehow, the 50 or so interviews were edited in such a way as to make you feel you had the chance to speak one on one with the interviewees. By taking an approach which was both factual and perceptual, a broader range of discourse was possible. Thank you, Liz for sharing the personal stories of others and in doing so challenge each of us to live up to what we can be individually or as part of a group. Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment allows you to see the boldness in you. An easy read with a meaningful message. Well done!
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