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Ladies to the Front: Women of the 2021 One Moto Show

Teaming up to highlight women riders and customizers at this year’s One Moto Show

By Kirsten Midura, WRN Leadership Board
6/3/2021

Portland, Oregon is home to one of the first big motorcycle events to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Women Riders Now (WRN) was on the scene at the 2021 One Moto Show held at Portland’s Zidell Barge building. While the event format was adjusted from past One Moto Shows to account for added safety precautions, it felt great to get back out there and see our long-lost motorcycle compatriots.

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Photographer Jessie Gentry took photos of women taking part in International Female Ride Day. Naturally, we had to swing by for some portraits and a group shot. Photo by Jessie Gentry.

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The 2021 One Moto Show took place in Portland’s Zidell Barge building, which brought back the historical and industrial vibe of past One Moto Shows. Photo by Sarah Krajewski.

This year’s event was especially exciting for us at WRN as we joined forces with the One Moto team to create a handful of women-focused activations throughout the event. Leading up to the show we hosted a “Meet the Builder” IGTV Live series, where we interviewed the One Show women builders. We were honored to learn a little more about these trailblazing women, their back stories, and their builds. If you missed these interviews, you can still watch the recordings on the @womenridersnow Instagram IGTV section.

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Screenshot of the WRN IGTV interview with builder Rae Shaeffer in the days leading up to the One Show.

WRN was proud to host a Women Builders’ Happy Hour on the first evening of the show to allow an opportunity for the women builders to connect and for others to get to know some of the show’s top builders.

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The WRN Women Builders Happy Hour brought together not only the builders, but also others in the industry. Pictured from left to right: Me (Kirsten Midura), builder Emma Booton, ReCycle Garage creator Liza Miller, WRN's Sarah Schilke, BAAK Motorcycles USA Director Laura Favier, builder Holly Benson, builder Liz Rubin. Photo by Sarah Krajewski.

Saturday morning, WRN joined forces with a number of local women’s riding groups for International Female Ride Day! With more than 30 women in attendance, we co-led three different routes in collaboration with the Torque Wenches, the Litas PDX, the Hammerheads, Any Oregon Sunday, and Engines for Change. Two of these routes included a stopover at Hinterland Empire, a woman-owned moto-centric coffee shop in Northeast Portland, for some professional photos taken by the renowned moto photographer Jessie Gentry.

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More than 30 women took part in the Portland International Female Ride Day. The rides were organized by the Torque Wenches, the Litas PDX, the Hammerheads, Any Oregon Sunday, Engines for Change, and of course WRN.

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There were three different route options for International Female Ride Day, including one through the city streets.

Finally, on Sunday we presented the winner of the 2021 One Show Woman Builder Award. Throughout the weekend, One Show attendees were able to vote for their favorite custom motorcycle by a female builder. At Sunday’s award ceremony, we were proud to present the award to Rae Sheaffer for her 1979 Yamaha XS650. Rae grew up around “Kustom Kulture,” the custom car and motorcycle culture of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Rae’s dad always worked on car and motorcycle projects, and as she grew older, she took up the mantle and learned from her father, with a particular focus on paint jobs. This XS is her first build, and it has proven to be a great start to her building career.

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The 2021 Women’s Builder Award went to Rae Sheaffer for her beautiful 1979 Yamaha XS650.

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The XS650 is Rae's first build and a true showstopper.

Despite the continued uncertainty of the pandemic, this year’s One Show went off without a hitch. We were honored to help highlight the many women involved in these shows, and we are already reminiscing about the great time had by all.

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The 2021 One Moto Show was a great opportunity for women to meet, learn about each other, and ride together. We look forward to keeping this up next year.

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Builder Emma Booton with her Hello Kitty themed 1976 Honda Goldwing Turbo. Emma opened her own bike shop this year, and she also helps run the ReCycle garage collective.

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Local builders Holly Benson and Liz Rubin hang out before the International Female Ride Day ride.

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Holly, a vintage Honda lover and photography enthusiast, built her 1973 BMW R75/5.

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Liz works at Cascade Moto, a local dealer, and she showcased her 2000 Triumph Legend 900.

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Originally from Germany, builder Leyla Hujer now lives in San Francisco. While she has ten fully assembled and running motorcycles, this year she showed her 1979 BMW R100. Photo by Sarah Krajewski.

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The one-of-a-kind three-wheeled bike in the mix was Monica Sandoval’s 1987 185 ATC. Monica works for Yoshimura R&D of America, and she treasures her tools that were handed down to her from the former Yoshimura Race Coordinator.

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Also present at the One Show was BAAK, a French company whose U.S. operations are run by Laura Favier. Laura, herself, has recently started wrenching alongside her team, and we hope to see a custom build from her one of these days. Photo by Sarah Krajewski.

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A veteran One Show builder, this year was Lea Holmes’s second year in the show. Her Wonder Woman-themed motorcycle never fails to impress. Photo by Sarah Krajewski.

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