PETROLETTES: Summer Sydney 2014

PHOTOS | KATE DISHER-QUILL

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 the lifestyle. Hopefully you'll find someone amongst these women who will inspire you... I know collectively hanging out with these ladies and learning their amazing stories has left me feeling thrilled to be both woman and life-lover.

No-one story is more important than the next, but all are worth being shared. Having a go, loving life and expanding out of comfort zones is what being a Petrolette on IVV is all about. 

Before you get to meet all five, here is a brief introduction to each Petrolette (photos by Kate Disher-Quill)

MARIA

Maria Adzersen from The Throttle Dolls MC & her custom YAMAHA SRV250 "777".

Maria Adzersen from The Throttle Dolls MC & her custom YAMAHA SRV250 "777".

Maria is a confident rider and has spend most of her adult life surrounded by riders (her mother included). Not only is she now a fully fledged gasoline head, she aims to make riding and femininity as approachable as possible through the Throttle Dolls MC.

JULIA

Juls and her audacious Honda XR400

Juls and her audacious Honda XR400

Juls spirit is infectious!  This lady is both screaming banshee and peace & love. Life is for living and between her brappy Honda XR400 (pictured) and her Honda Rebel Bobber she's got all her bases covered. 

VICKY

Vicky Conquest

Vicky Conquest

Between her Triumph speed triple affectionately called "Beastie" and her Yamaha R1 "Speedie" for Vicky riding is about finding the balance between taming the power of her motorbikes and finding opportunities to unleash their (and her own) power. 

CARINA

Carina and her custom Honda VTR250

Carina and her custom Honda VTR250

Efficient, tidy and no bullshit... and that's just her custom Honda VTR250. Carina was amongst the first to put her hand up to be a part of IVV, keen to see more women on the road. This is one resilient lady who loves the solitude and freedom she finds when riding.

ZAYA

Zaya and her Honda 550cc whatever...

Zaya and her Honda 550cc whatever...

Stories of Bike and IVV are joining forces to bring Zaya's story to light, and there is a reason two portrait based publications are merging... hers is one EPIC story. Zaya is the first Mongolian to complete the Mongol Rally (London to Mongolia on land) on a motorbike. She had never rode before the rally and her story of pushing through that initial threshold of fear is one I draw on for inspiration regularly. Zaya is super cheeky, has a heart of gold and for her motorcycles are simply a means to an adventurist lifestyle. 

IVV petrolettes - summer 2014-2015 From left: Juls, zaya, vicky, maria & carina

IVV petrolettes - summer 2014-2015 From left: Juls, zaya, vicky, maria & carina

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