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Since 1999, the #1 Motorcycling Magazine for Women and the Men Who Ride with Them


Stories on women motorcycling pioneers including the Van Buren sisters, Vivian Bales, Della Crewe, Hazel Kolb, and more!

Book Preview: Grace and Grit

Motorcycle dispatches from early 20th century women adventurers

7/18/2016, By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
One of the books I've added to my collection because it features early female motorcycling pioneers is "Grace and Grit" by William M. Murphy.
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Van Buren Sisters' 1916 Cross-Country Motorcycle Ride for Women's Rights

Augusta and Adeline's historic journey, inspiring women riders for 100 years

By Panhead Jim
In the summer of 1916, the U.S. was on the brink of entering World War I (WWI) as two sisters left New York on a cross country motorcycle trip.
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Two Women Riders Retrace History on Cross Country Trip

The Inspired Tour commemorates 100th anniversary of Hotchkiss Ride

Two women riders will hit the road on June 5 traveling from more than 3600 miles from New York to San Francisco retracing the historical route ridden by pioneering motorcyclists Effie and Avis Hotchkiss 100 years ago. Lisa Brouwer and Kris Haase are embarking on The Inspired Tour.
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PIONEERS: The First Woman to Get a Motorcycle License

Why did it take so long?

By Panhead Jim
In the year 1900, Anne French became the first woman to be issued a license to drive an automobile in Washington D.C. Oddly enough, Washington D.C.'s progressive stance on women driving cars did not include motorcycles. It took another 37 years before the first woman was issued a motorcycle license.
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PIONEERS: Female Dispatch Riders of World War II

Discovering the wartime history of The Wrens

6/12/2014, By Panhead Jim
As Americans, when we think of the role of women in World War II (WWII), we often envision factories filled with women wearing headscarves, riveting together airplanes. That may have happened in the United States, but across the Atlantic in Great Britain, things were definitely more dangerous for the women that helped with the war effort.
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PIONEERS: Honeymooning by Motorcycle in 1934!

A journey that spanned two years and two continents

3/10/2014, By Panhead Jim
After their marriage in 1934, Stanislaw and Halina Bujakowski decided that for their honeymoon, they would fulfill a lifelong dream and travel by motorcycle from their home in Druskininkai, Poland to Shanghai, China. They already owned a BSA motorcycle which was equipped with a sidecar, so all they needed to do was to pack and go.
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First Interview: Cris Sommer Simmons on her Cannonball Run

Riding cross country on a 1915 Harley-Davidson

10/2/2010, By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Cris Sommer Simmons was the only American woman riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run that wrapped up September 26, 2010 in Santa Monica, Calif. Cris finished 20th overall. She spoke with me by phone three days after her history making ride from her home in Hawaii where she is relaxing after riding her 1915 Harley-Davidson across the country.
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Vivian Bales: The Enthusiast Girl - Part 2

Read her thoughts on being a girl rider and much more

By Kim Barlag, Photographs courtesy Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Vivian rode to Baltimore; Wilmington, Delaware, Philadelphia, Trenton, New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, then on to the Big Apple. Here I am folks in New York, the front door of America. I don't see how any one place could be so big. I rode and rode up 5th Avenue thinking I would never come to the end of this street. When the traffic signals would check the endless string o...
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Vivian Bales: The Enthusiast Girl

First H-D cover girl in 1929 rides 5,000 miles

Courtesy Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
At age 20, Vivian Bales, a Harley-Davidson Enthusiast magazine cover girl, set out on a solo journey to explore the U.S.A. Read in her own words her experiences about being a woman rider in the 1920s, the special treatment she got along the way and the joy and excitement on being a girl on a motorcycle. Her fascinating story offers a glimpse into what it was like to be a woman rider in the early 1900s.
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Marjorie Smith: A Pioneering Motorcycle Businesswoman

She guided a major motorcycle engine builder to where it is today

By Teri Conrad, Photos courtesy S&S Cycle
One of the biggest and most respected engine manufacturers in the motorcycle industry, S&S Cycle, may not have existed if it wasn't for Marjorie Smith. "If it wasn't for her willingness to continue the business in 1959 and take over the office responsibilities and financial burden, there probably wouldn't be an S&S," reflects Ken Smith, one of Marjorie's two sons who started working with the company in the 1970s.
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