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.
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.
LAS MARIAS MC: Mexico
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.
TARA: Leaving a Trail
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 where 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.
LINDSAY: Everyday Adventure
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.
THE PETROLETTES: Road Style Vol. 1
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'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.