DMD Rocket Review
Buying a motorcycle helmet isn’t an easy task any day of the week. It's illegal to ride without one and, of course, your ego will creep in demanding you look half decent. In addition, when you start out, you’ll be lumped with specs which mean nothing to you yet and “helpful” advice from everyone who walks through the bike store. Result? One helluva confused and bewildered new rider.
Aileen Across the Balkans
Aileen Silvestris (the Moto Quest) seems to be in a state of perpetual travel. Her hair oscillates between fire engine red, auburn, and most recently easter egg pink. She is the kind of woman who can walk into a tattoo parlour looking for directions and come out with new ink.
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.