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.
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.
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.
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 ridden before the rally and her story of pushing through that initial threshold of fear is one I regularly draw on for inspiration. Zaya is super cheeky, has a heart of gold and for her motorcycles are simply a means to an adventurist lifestyle.
Heleana is a force of nature. The founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.