If 2015 was the year of the Petrolette motorcyclist, 2016 we’ll be searching for more drivers and pilots! As we get closer to the one year anniversary of In Venus Veritas and the emergence of the Petrolette here are some of the many incredible women we’ll be featuring to close out this year and roll into the next.
If you haven't learnt of Las Marias MC, the all women club gracing the streets of Mexico City, then let us enlighten you. Their catch cry is also a call for freedom where they feel stronger and safer on amongst the chaos of Mexico City roads when they're together but also, and perhaps more to the point of their pursuit for freedom is in the boldness in which they express themselves. Their club titles also come with alter ego's that heighten their passion for riding and the individuality it affords. There is no specific bike type, for the Marias their club is about riding and standing stronger together. Our photographer Kate Disher-Quill spent the day riding through the city and eating at floating restaurants with Carla, Romina, Andrea and Ananda while in Mexico recently and captured their personalities amongst some very Mexican past times.
The road to pursuing the stuff that makes us happy, for some, seems to come fraught with fear of failure which is why so many of us stay were we are… comfortable, secure, bored. Meeting Tara was utterly refreshing, even while recovering from injuries she incurred at Dirt Quake recently, she was still smiling, passionate and sharp. Tara just goes for it, makes no excuses and doesn’t let any hype threaten the joy she gains from dirt and trail riding.
Adventure. We all want it in our lives. We day dream about leaving it all behind for a simpler life. We want to see new things, be new people. For Lindsay she made a conscious choice to make sure life is one big adventure, everyday. That means saying “yes” to life, turning the everyday into adventures and her motorcycle is a conduit to that lifestyle choice.
Often we get asked about the specifics of the gear on women we feature on IVV. Personally, we (Erica and I) have the same questions! When picking out my gear for riding, I’d much rather ask a woman (whose style and shape matches mine) where she got her armoured jacket. Sooooo.... we we've gone looking in our first of many road style features of women who ride in varying capacities on different rides for you (and us) to steal their gear secrets.
Shelby saw that there was a need in her home town of Denver Colorado to create a safe and fun environment for other women to experience riding. There were no feminist reasons for it, just the simple acknowledgment that women are more comfortable sharing the experience with other women… and so was born The Scarlet Headers; an all female social riding group in Denver.
About eighteen months ago, Claire did what most of us take a lifetime to do. She abandoned the comfort and security of her well-paid, comfortable existence, to pursue her life’s passion… flying planes as a commercial pilot. In that time Claire has delved head first into full-time study and training, is probably poorer than ever and has never been happier.
Amy Shore is a professional photographer whose clients include Classic Driver, Goodwood and Iron & Air to name a few. Her Instagram account and blog are full of images of vintage cars, planes and motorcycles shot with compositions worthy of iconic status. Amy clearly loves what she does and her enthusiasm permeates her work, so I was lucky enough to grab her for a moment in her busy schedule to ask her a few questions.
Aleks and her husband started Moto Shop, a Do-It-Yourself motorcycle workshop in the Bay area of San Fransisco about three years ago and have seen a slow and steady success since. Both avid riders who tinkered for years to save money on servicing their sports bikes. She admits when they had the idea for Moto Shop she didn’t expect to be involved. However as things started gaining momentum her “helping out” soon turned to number crunching and eventually being instrumental to running the business.
The emergence of all-women social groups who aren't afraid of sharing their moto exploits, is not showing any signs of slowing down. Sydney locals The Throttle Dolls formalised their friendship-cum-riding posse less than eighteen months ago having been having a great time. IVV invited the Dolls to tell us, in their own words, the journey thus far and where it all started.
Burn to shine. Diamonds start as coal. The light is darkest just before the dawn..... They’re common inspirational quotes used over and over the world over to remind us, that pushing through our hardest moments will make us better, beautiful and visible to more people. For Aileen, The Moto Quest is the conduit that got her through the difficult parts and into the person she is now... open, positive, grateful and free.
This past weekend at Aftershock, the second year of the event, was the first year we had enough ladies to make up a heat. Featuring Zaya, Carina, Nikki of the Foxy Fuelers and yours truly. Four heats on the dirt track and four heats on the flat track, Carina took first place for the women's...
King Tanajewska is the first Australian to be featured on Global Women Who Ride, upon seeing her featured I contacted her immediately and was thrilled with the woman on the other end of the phone. Kinga's pre and post communist Poland upbringing was punctuated by solo adventures out of the country, an existence that motorcycling played a large part in and reflected in her decision to travel around Australia, alone.
For anyone who has lived in a city that celebrates Mardi Gras would know the Dykes on Bikes as the bare chested, bondage wearing, Harley Davidson riding lesbians who head the parade with pride. What few realise, (including myself) is that they are the longest running all-female motorcycle club known to the Western world...
While studying a multi-media degree in Adelaide, Jodie would head to a nearby airport to unwind, finding inspiration away from her daily life by watching the small planes come and go. She eventually became a familiar face to the airport owners, naturally her curiosity led her to inquire about flying. However, it wasn’t until the owner encouraged her to get her license that she realised this is something she could actually do, rather than stand by and watch
For Zaya, riding is simply a means to a life of opportunity, possibility and ultimately adventure. When so many of us use our machines and gear to express ourselves, she does it through her attitude and character… which transcends the bikes she rides. She is no more cafe racer than she is dirt bike rider and yet when on all the motorcycles I’ve seen her ride, she is a natural. Comfortable in her own skin, all smiles and can see the possibility in everyone she meets and anything life throws at her and luckily as it was this attitude that got her through 5 back to back adventure trails across the globe.
Vicky and her machines are inseparable, they are one and the same. They are everything she is, energetic, fast, ready for anything and not to be messed with. She finds the ying in her perpetual motion yang when she can push her bikes to 120% to find that moment when time slows down and she is no where else.
Leticia is unassuming, a free spirit, passionate about riding and keenly supportive of women who ride. Knowing this, I was very keen to meet her to learn more about how motorcycles play a part in her life and can say, after a long chat, I came away overwhelmingly inspired by her journey, as her passion for gasoline culture is both intrinsic to who she is and rooted in a strong connection to her father.
Riding a motorbike was always something Carina wanted to do, however in Germany it is an expensive undertaking. Since calling Sydney home, Carina decided to put the word out there that she was going to learn to ride.When I asked her, “What made you finally decide to do it?” her answer was “I had no reason not to, so I just did it”. Much like many of the major decisions she’s made in life, she doesn’t really over-think it. If it sparks her interest, she goes for it.
Since meeting Maria a few years back I’ve witnessed her go from the new-babe-on-the-block to the driving force behind The Throttle Dolls MC in what she hopes will help inspire other women to ride and live their lives to the fullest. After growing up surrounded by people who rode motorcycles Maria had no chance making it through adulthood without riding herself...
To say this lady has got spirit is an understatement. Julia was always attracted to dirt bikes as a teen back in London but it wasn’t until moving to Sydney that her riding began. After seven years on the road she realised something was missing in her life once she met her Honda XR400 (pictured), it was love at first sight ...
Introducing the first five Petrolettes of IVV. Five very different women, riders, bikes and adventurists but all commonly want to see more women on the road, loving life and living in the moment. Every fortnight IVV will be taking a deeper look at the lives of each of these women further learning why they ride and what they love about it.
Bessie was the world’s first African American woman pilot, and the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license. Born in January of 1892, she entered our world with an innate yearning to “amount to something,” no matter the odds stacked against her. And those odds stood substantially against her, both as an African/Native American and a female of the South before the era of Civil Rights in America.
Things have progressed. I managed to fix my motorbike, kickstart her on the first try and then ride her up and down the drive like a total champ. I then stalled her a whole bunch and took the skin of my shin trying to get her started her again but I was living the dream in technicolour!
When life is a series of dualities, ying and yang, good and bad, loss and gain, how do you navigate the world under such grounding circumstances? Reflecting on a tough start to 2016 and a life flipped on its proverbial head... IVV has become a safe haven of inspiration, creativity and unwaivering support.
The Scarlet Headers founder Shelby Rossi, noticed within the group there was a clear want to expand the intent behind their regular get togethers from planning their rides to learning more about motorcycles. Therefore, Shelby and the Headers are know using a Honda CL project build to build their knowledge on motorcycles, together and will be sharing their lessons here for others to learn with them.
Adventurous in life as well as in fashion, Kinga shows us her street style, a departure from her off-road gear as seen in the Petrolette feature. Kinga’s look here oozes rockstar, with her leather look Sass & Bide jeans and perfectly worn in boots being nicely set off by the star features on her Icon riding jacket.
Danica lives in rural UK and is the newest member of the IVV family. After being diagnosed with chronic headaches, without a cause or cure, Danica's Honda CB125 has become a source of hope and freedom in a life defined by physical pain. Her quirky and honest accounts of her experiences will be featured here regularly as she strips apart her CB125 through the winter to get her ready to ride again, in all its cafe racer glory.
Leticia is no stranger to In Venus Veritas, when I featured her story earlier this year, she was just building momentum in her return to motorcycling after a long hiatus. Since, Cline has reinvented herself to include her passion for motorcycling and community making. And with that somehow found the time to compile them all into a list you can find on her website, compiled based on location so you can find ladies near you.