BABES RIDE OUT: UK
The first Friday in August saw me stuck in a traffic jam and headed towards Wales with my best friend and über-petrolette Robin, wondering if a women’s only motorcycle festival that had organically evolved in the sun-baked Californian desert could be picked up and successfully placed in the verdant hills of South Wales. The simple answer is yes!
ROAD STYLE: Nina
A thrifty Doll, fashionista Nina is renowned for her ability to hunt out a stylish bargain, whether online or at a charity shop. Nina makes the vintage look her own by customizing the items she finds, as is seen here with her folded down boots. Her helmet is an open faced Bell and she is riding a Yamaha SR400.
YVETTE: Lead foot & warm heart
I believe women have the ability to be powerful whilst also nurturing in a way that offers a unique way to lead. Yvette embodies this in a way that is infectious. As the co-founder of Track Day Club, Yvette has created a club that is like her, warm and inviting whilst offering the need to drive very fast... like really fast!
CAREERS: Alana Baratto
Alana is a marketing executive for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi here in Australia. I got the chance to meet her at the Sydney launch of Moto Guzzi's El Dorado and was instantly impressed with her clear passion for the industry which, after chatting more, is rooted in a long love affair fostered by her upbringing.
Fear is temporary
There are moments in your life when you need to jump off a figurative cliff. These are the watershed moments where you go from being a person who thought about a particular thing to a person who does a particular thing. So it was on a sunny morning in south west England that I changed my life by letting out the clutch of my 1974 Honda and riding out onto the road.
Paging Dr. Motorcycle
Damsels in distress? No way! Move over Prince Charming, and hand us your wrench while you’re at it. Here a few simple tips when it comes to knowing the basics on how to service your bike, courtesy of Rising Sun Workshop's co-founder Adrian Sheather.
TRACK DAY CLUB: Wakefield Park, Sydney
Founded in 2012, Track Day Club offers the chance for any drivers to test their wheels, set personal bests and let out their need for speed in what is a family friendly, safe and super fun event. IVV got the chance to participate last winter at Wakefield park and was blown away literally (as it was seriously windy) and figuratively by the approachable, well organized family run event.
PETROLETTES IN HISTORY: Bessie Coleman
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.
If The Helmet Fits, Wear It!
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!
Be your own knight.
When life is a series of dualities, yin 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.
PETROLETTES Vol 2. 2015/2016
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 it Doesn’t Run, Doesn’t Matter How Pretty it is
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.
ROAD STYLE: Kinga
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.
The Humanising Effect of a Well-Placed Machine
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 Cline's List
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.
BLACK ARROW LABEL LAUNCH: Sydney
Local start-up label Black Arrow Label is founded by fashion designer and rider Hannah Smith launched its first product offering last month in Sydney. Like many of us frustrated with the lack of offerings available for women who ride, Hannah put her fashion design skills and entrepreneurial spirit to actually doing something about it.