Biker Boss | Fabienne Phillips of Girl

Biker Boss | Fabienne Phillips of Girl - MERLA MOTO

As a female-led business in a male-dominated industry, there’s nothing we love to hear more than a wholesome tale of #womensupportingwomen.

Fabienne Phillips is a Sydney-based motorcycle instructor and founder of Girl She’s been helping women ride safe and build their confidence on the roads for three years.

Fabienne loves the empowerment, freedom, individualism and adrenalin that she finds through riding. Above all else, she loves that unique sensation of being completely enthralled in the moment when riding a motorcycle.

Fabienne rides a Triumph Street Triple 675 and recently got her hands on her dream bike; a BMW S1000RR which she’s modified with an Akrapovic exhaust. The BMW S1000RR is a sport bike that was initially made to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, so you can imagine the power in that thing!

Early Riding Days

After spending her childhood between the country and city, where she was able to roam paddocks and driveways in the Mobylette, Fabienne took her driving test.

Rather than feeling liberated by the achievement of getting her license, Fabienne found the experience isolating and sought help from her partner, who was immensely helpful as a guide and instructor. She began to wonder how many other women were experiencing the same thing but didn’t have the support of an experienced rider in their lives. 

Fabienne’s early riding experiences inspired Girl Fabienne became determined to design a business to transform the way female motorbike riders feel and act on the road. She became a motorcycle instructor and began to provide access to individually tailored rider training in the Greater Sydney region.


Riding Through Italy, Sardinia and Corsica

Fabienne’s career highlight to date has been a motorcycle adventure through Italy, Sardinia and Corsica. She finds that travelling the roads and enjoying incredible scenery from two wheels is incredibly inspiring and the best way to see a destination. 

Upon her trip through Italy, Sardinia and Corsica, Fabienne enjoyed the roads she describes as “twistie heaven” and “food and scenery extravaganza”. She particularly enjoyed the fact that she was able to finesse her cornering skills by the end of the trip. 

Pizza, pasta, vino, motorbikes. Doesn’t sound too bad to us.



About Girl

Fabienne has been a motorcycle Instructor since 2017. The ultimate vision for Girl is to fuel women’s wanderlust.

“I want to… help [women] discover the perfect bike, equip them with the right gear and help find their unique on-road look.”

If you lack confidence on the roads, want to refine your technical skills, connect with other female riders or are merely interested in riding bikes but don’t know where to start, Girl is the best place to start.

As well as offering tailored lessons broken down by the rider’s level, Girl services include:

  • Expertise on choosing the right motorcycle, fit for the individual rider.
  • Assistance in choosing safe, suitable motorcycle apparel, luggage and accessories.
  • Advice on choosing the right helmet that could save your life.
  • Connects new riders located nearby with other riders to form rider groups.



What do you find most inspiring in the moto community? 

“Women of all backgrounds and ages come together and enjoy a common thread, be it track, short or long-haul rides.”

The power of moral support and connecting with like-minded women who ride should not be underestimated.

Merla Moto recently supported Girl at the Women’s Track Day weekend. It’s an event organised by Sydney West Riders which aims to rally women to embrace adventure and live life to the fill.



Want to become a ‘Girltorquer’?

If you’re based in the Greater Sydney region and haven’t yet met your true badass potential on the roads, or simply want to find different ways to hone your current skills, let this be your inspiration to get in touch with Fabienne.

“Training my students and assisting them in managing their risks and ultimately avoiding an accident gives me great satisfaction.”

Follow the links below to get in touch with Fabienne.


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