The color pink. Women either love it or hate it. Men, I think, are pretty much indifferent.
Because there are more women than ever before riding motorcycles, we’re seeing many of them express themselves by painting their motorcycles pink.
No matter how you feel about pink, it does attract your attention. Take a look at some of the photos of pink bikes we've photographed or collected over the years and tell us what you think in the comments below. And if you have a pink motorcycle you'd like to add send it to us with your name, where you're from, and some information about the bike and we'll add it to this photo essay. Thanks!
Jessica Desiano from Columbus, North Carolina, thinks Yamaha made the 2009 FZ6R
with pink graphics just for her!
Kylie from Perth, Western Australia, loves riding the country roads on her 2010 Suzuki Hayabusa. She has clocked more than 80,000 km on the pink and white supersport!
Dawn Brinson from Cincinnati, Ohio, added pink gauges to her silver leaf/pink pinstriped 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special to light up the night in pink.
Jeri Coats from Hoyt, Kansas, is 64 and has been riding for 15 years. She’s the President of the Topeka chapter of Women in the Wind and rides this 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback that’s modified with a full fairing and lovely pink paint.
Angela Johnson from Los Angeles, California, looks lovely in leather while seated on her 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic, which has been customized to look like a hot pink Street Glide. Named “Sweetheart,” the bike is adorned with hearts, from the 23-inch front wheel to the sweeping rear fender. Besides hearts painted subtly into the pink paint, the taillight, turn signals, and gauges are all heart-themed. Best of all, heart shaped lighting is projected onto the ground at night. Give this sweetheart a big thumbs up when you see her zoom past!
April Turner from Duluth, Minnesota, considers herself pretty lucky. Her husband customized her 1996 Suzuki Intruder 1400 for April’s 50th birthday!
Bethany Stevenson from Carlisle, New York, enjoys riding her 2000 Yamaha V Star 650 Classic that sports an interesting pink/purple camo graphic theme.
Kristi from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, rides this custom-painted hot pink Harley-Davidson Night Train.
Texan Sherry Alberts, aka Barbie, is 45 and has been riding since 1999. This is her hot little custom-painted pink 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883.
Elaina Coleman from Las Vegas, Nevada, turned her 2009 Yamaha R6 into a pink and white tribute to her home country of Australia. She’s been riding sportbikes for four years and now owns a BMW S 1000 RR that she’ll be customizing very soon. If she paints it pink, we’ll be sure to add it to this story!
This pink zebra-striped 2008 Suzuki Boulevard is ridden proudly by its owner, Gina Merritt from Grand Prairie, Texas.
Paula Sword from McDonough, Georgia, lost her mother to breast cancer in 1984 and is a 10-year survivor herself. Her beautiful 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic pays tribute to her mother by incorporating a tasteful pink lace “stencil” from the pattern on her mother’s wedding dress, and an original design of her parents dancing on the tank. Note the pink reflectors, which are actually pink crystals purchased from Michael’s craft store!
This custom 2004 Harley-Davidson Deuce belongs to Julia Brandt from Hollister, California. Besides the custom hot pink paint job, the bike sports custom wheels, seat, and lots of chrome.
Diva, from Melbourne, Florida, has not one, but two pink bikes. Her 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa, named Christine, is customized in pink, white and silver. Her 2007 Yamaha Roadstar 1700, named Sasha (shown here), is customized for a retro feel in pink and white with whitewall tires. Diva and Sasha will be featured in a segment on women riders for Velocity Channel’s Southern Classics at Biketoberfest
that will air in March 2017.
Kharma from Atlanta, Georgia, regularly rides her pink-flamed 2014 Suzuki M90 Boulevard with the Street Angels women’s motorcycle club.
Becky Smith from McRae, Georgia, rides this customized Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. In 2005 Becky had a bilateral mastectomy and is cancer-free today. The pink “whitewall” tires were created as a joint effort between the Susan G. Komen foundation and Harley-Davidson to support the fight against breast cancer.
Lynn Powers from Topeka, Kansas, rides this pink and lace 2005 Yamaha V Star 1100, named Pink Demon. It honors her mother who suffered from breast cancer. Lynn’s husband customized the bike with all the chrome a girl could want, including Cobra exhaust, engine guards, and more. But the Day of the Dead art on the fuel tank is Lynn’s jewel. The artwork reminds her to “live, love and ride” while watching her back on every ride.
Susan Barnett of Dallas, Texas, got her blush-colored beauty as a Valentine’s gift. Nearly everything is custom! To see incredible detail shots of her bike visit Your Motorcycles
Nearly every component on Susan’s pink pride is custom including this heart-shaped air cleaner cover. Close ups of all the custom components can be seen in the where this bike is featured.
Marti Randall’s husband, Cliff, built her this customized Kawasaki Ninja 650 when Marti said one day, “I want a pink sportbike with a matching pink outfit.” Marti, from Ballantrae, Ontario, Canada, had been riding a tricked out 1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, but got the sudden urge to ride a pink pony. Most of the customizing on the 650 was done with Marti’s input. For example, Marti, at 5 feet 8 inches, wanted the seat height lowered. So a lowering kit was installed in the front and back, and the seat foam was slimmed down for a 2-inch overall drop in seat height.
Sonya Gordon of Texas loves Barbie so much she painted her Kawasaki Ninja 650R in bubble gum pink with pictures of the lovable doll all over it! To see more of her Barbie bike visit our story here
We caught this woman off guard as she was parking her Suzuki Hayabusa, tastefully done in hot pink accents.
Pink next to pink! Spotted at the 2014 Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit
, two custom-painted Harley-Davidsons.
We love the matching jacket and helmet, each in pink and white.
Hard to believe this hot pink bagger started out as a Softail. Some serious customization’s been done to make
this pink prize stand out!
That’s some serious pink. This is Betty Fauls, daughter of Motor Maids co-founder and pioneering rider, Dot Robinson.
Dot rode this sidecar motorcycle in her later years, up until age 82. This photo was taken of Betty at the Harley-Davidson MDA Women’s Ride
in Daytona Beach a few years ago.
Brittany Morrow, the rider behind RockTheGear.org
promotes "all the gear all the time" after an accident left her with serious road rash. We think she rocks on her hot pink and black Yamaha R6 draggin' a knee as she rounds a corner.
Stephanie Burnett graduated top of her class from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in September. She proudly rides this pink and black Yamaha R6. “That pink and black sportbike gave me a sense of freedom and confidence. It also led me to the sportbike community.” Congratulations on your MMI graduation Stephanie!
Harley-Davidson started thinking pink when it introduced this pink metal flake paint scheme shown on its
2012 Sportster Seventy-Two model a couple of years ago at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Remember Ridley Motorcycles
? These automatic motorcycles built up a decent following of women riders in the mid-2000s because they were so low and easy to ride. This woman went all out with the pale pink and white color scheme, complimenting her Ridley with a matching helmet and jacket.
This rider from L.A. couldn’t be cuter on her black Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob with hot pink accents.
This was taken in 2006 and was one of the first women I photographed with a pink motorcycle.
A company called Britt Motorsports added hot pink flames and rims to this Kawasaki Vulcan it customized.
Pink even got in on the chopper craze act in the mid 2000s. I'd love to know if a man or a woman owned this bike.
And for those who can’t get enough of pink, Icon
made sure it had gear for all those pink passionistas. While these outfits are no longer available, there’s still plenty of pink motorcycle apparel from companies like Harley-Davidson (pink is its best selling color!
) and other manufacturers. If you think the motorcycle industry is done with pink, think again. It's just getting started!
Carolee Langer from Colorado Springs gets tons of compliments and often catches people taking pictures of her smokin' hot, purply-pink 2005 Victory Kingpin 1500 named "Chuckie." The beautifully-done realistic flames were painted by Brad Ames from Bradass Designs using House of Kolor's Hot Pink Candy and Candy Apple Red. Chuckie even pulled in a trophy from the 2013 Women on Wheels International Ride-In Bike Show as the People's Choice award winner.
Coleen Murphy loves pink motorcycles so much, this Honda Shadow Aero 750 is the Motor Maid member's second pink bike! Originally burgundy, the Honda began its life in Nova Scotia, Canada, and is content as a much lighter shade of red (pink) amongst the palm trees in Florida. Coleen's husband painted the bike himself, and Coleen added Swarovski crystals to the tank bib, odometer rim, and saddlebags to give it more bling in the Florida sun. Coleen tells us the bike, which she named "My Therapist," is very loved and much ridden. We believe you, Coleen!
Here's Coleen's first bike, a Honda Shadow VLX 600, which her hubby also painted for her. She tells us he refused to ride either pink bike, even to test them for mechanical issues. That's one way to keep your husband off your bike!
This is Chloe Trivelpiece's 2009 Honda VTX1300R. The U.S. Army Gulf War veteran always wears a pink bandana and a black jacket with pink stripe to match the realistic pink flame paint on her Honda. Chloe's VTX was painted by a man suitably named "Joe Painter," from Pueblo, Colo.
Sandie Achor's 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Pink Beauty, sparkles with more than 4,000 Swarovski crystals and ten pink ribbons. We love all the extra pink accents, such as the pink custom lighting and spark plug wires. Sandie says she enjoys riding the bike to cancer awareness events.
Shellie Feldman's Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster Custom, Baby Girl, is her best friend. Shellie is the Sporty's second owner, and it was just her luck to find it set up just the way she would have wanted. It's been lowered and has a solo seat, bling on the license plate and gas tank, and the perfect-color graphics—pink! Shellie says the bike screams, "I am pink, hear me roar!"
Flo Fuhr is the founder of the Conga Ride, that started in 2008 when she bought a motorcycle from Florida and invited her Internet friends from all over the country to ride along with her as she passed through their towns on her way home to British Columbia from Florida. The seventh Conga Ride took place this year with participants raising money for breast cancer research. Pink seemed an appropriate color for Flo's motorcycle. Check out this video from the Conga Ride IV
, and read more about it here.
This 2009 BMW R 1200 GS belongs to Marylee Jackson from Greenville, South Carolina. She quit her job and Marylee spent the month of September with her boyfriend riding out west. The Beemer's pink and black zebra-striped tank and black/pink saddle received numerous compliments on the 8,000-mile trip.
Jacquee loves to look glamorous on her pink crystallized 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. More than 45,000 individually hand set Swarovski crystals adorn the glowing beauty.
This luscious pink and white 2005 Ridley Auto-Glide named Hope was sent in by Kim Gist of Lexington, South Carolina.
This very special Kawasaki Ninja 250, Li'l Pink, was painted to support breast cancer awareness. The bike was bequeathed to Lynn Cadiz by her friend Donna when she had to move to fight the good fight. Donna's spirit continues to ride every time Lynn takes the Ninja out. This picture, taken in 2011, sadly was Donna’s last ride. Lynn is pictured on the left with her Yamaha V Star, and friend Susan on the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 is on the right.
Toby Myles of Rockville, Maryland's 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster (named "Girlfriend" because of the blast they had together) was a one-year anniversary gift from her dear, sweet husband. Girlfriend had 2,000 miles on her when she was gifted to Toby, and was painted gray with wolf decals. Aside from that, she was pretty much stock until Toby customized her. Ultimately, she was traded in for a 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, but the pink and black Sporty holds a very special place in Toby's heart. In fact, she looks for the bike on the road all the time, and hopes another lucky lady is riding her now.
ViVi, a luscious pink 2007 Yamaha V Star Classic 1100, belongs to Froggie Jackson, VP of Ark Angels WRC from Arkansas' Boston Mountain area. This is the third paint job and her favorite by far. She gets a lot of attention, mostly from men, who love it. It was painted in 2013 by Froggie's girlfriend, Amanda Nettles. The paint is a custom mix of both pearl and metallic.
Kathy Durrance, a 29-year police officer from Waycross, Georgia, started riding when she was 48 years young. Now, at 55, she is one year away from retirement—or lots of ride time! Her pink and black beauty shown here is a 2005 Honda Shadow Aero 750. Her husband did the paint himself, and the bike gets compliments everywhere Kathy rides.
Becky Reeves from Newman, California, is 56 years old, a mother of four, and grandmother of seven. She has been riding her own bike for nine years and enjoying every minute of it. She rides this 2002 Yamaha V Star 1100 named “Pink Pony.” Becky is 5 feet 1 inch tall and enjoys encouraging other women to get on their own motorcycles, as it’s a “much different experience than being a passenger.” Her husband rides a Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and both are members of the Modesto HOG chapter and ride with them often, both on day trips and overnights.
Samantha Keigley (aka Pinkie in the Chrome Divas RC) from Columbus, Ohio, has two pink bikes that her husband painted and customized. One is the 2006 Buell Blast shown here on the left. On the right is Samantha's main ride, a sparkly Honda VTX 1300.
Lisa Townsend from Fairfield, Ohio, has a 2008 Victory Vegas 8-Ball that is painted pink camouflage and is embedded with breast cancer ribbons throughout.
Now tell us what you think of all this pink pursuit in the comments below. Do you like, or not so much?
DiAnna Heisler, from Brewster, Ohio, rides this bubble-gum pink 1988 Harley-Davidson Sportster that her husband painted for her. There’s a girly skull and crossbones graphic that says “Bad to the Bone” on the gas tank. DiAnna has been riding for two years and loving it, whether alone or riding alongside her husband.
And if you have a photo of you and/or your pink motorcycle, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll add it to this story.
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