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!
THROTTLE ROLL: Sydney 2015
For the uninitiated, Throttle Roll, in its third year running, is a street style party that celebrates all things happening in custom motorcycle building from the backyard to the professional workshop. Since the first year, the crowd has grown, the bike selection has grown, the sponsorship variety has grown and the best thing? Free entry.
THE THROTTLE DOLLS RIDE: Sydney
The weather Gods were kind to The Throttle Dolls on an April Sunday morning in Sydney, just before we got some unusually violent weather, it was perfect riding through the northern suburbs of the City through some of our prettiest coastal roads. The Dolls coordinated another big ride for all male and female riders alike and was the first time they felt confident to be able to start taking on members.
Zaya and Geordie met in Siberia on the Ice Run where they braved the sub-zero temperatures in Urals together. Geordie is from the small town of Dungog in New South Wales where we shot most of Zaya's portrait series, his mother Nancy is a gasoline nut and uses their 100cc brappy Yamaha to run the dogs (even after both hips and knees were reconstructed!). It was a fun weekend away with these two, both suffering chest infections, but moods always high and up for a ride.
L'ÉQUIPÉE: Part 1
Watching these five Parisienne women travel the Himalayas on their Royal Enfield's was pretty exciting. They travelled narrow, unforgiving roads with shear drops, gravel and dirt, camps and altitude sickness all with an effortlessness of style as only the French can do. Since returning to Paris they've been working very hard to get a film produced of their journey and this if the first of the 3 part film...
Starting Out & Staying Friends
Those of us who got into riding after our husbands, boyfriends, partners, lovers quickly work out that having them teach you how to ride can be a mine-field of death stares and arguments. Unless you’ve got an authentic peaceful relationship where communication between you is flawless then you needn’t read on (but please email me because I have many questions!). For the rest of us, the best thing to do is to ride with someone who won’t tolerate your attitude, a girlfriend or riding group (of women) really helps!
IVV PETROLETTES: The Ride
On a sunny November morning in Sydney, IVV coordinated the first five Petrolettes to meet and ride together through Sydney. These ladies turned some heads! Heaps of fun hanging out with total babes talking gear, bikes and riding in the confidence of fellow femme riders. This was the first IVV ride... and definitely not the last.