There’s a common misconception that when you think about bikers you automatically picture burly men with tattoo’s and their old lady’s riding bitch. However, you couldn’t be further from the truth! Have you ever pictured biker chicks as far back as the ’30s? They were there.
Dot Robinson is regarded as the “First Lady of Motorcycling.” Her parents owned a Harley Davidson shop, and so did she when she got older. This 115 pound, 5’2″ woman was a game-changer that won many endurance races and was the first woman to win an American Motorcycling Association national competition (where only 7 of the 52 riders actually finished). She believed that you could ride and still be a lady, taking pride in always being camera ready.
She teamed up with Linda Dugeau to help form one of the oldest female organizations in 1940; the Motorcycle Maids. After finding 51 members, Charter #509 was issued to the club by the American Motorcycle Association in 1941. It was the first documented female motorcycle club.
Fast forward a few years to today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of female motorcycle clubs, many right here in the I.E.
Women in the Wind is an organization that helped ladies ride freely. It has more than 1,300 members that spans the globe from the U.S. to Canada to Great Britain and even Australia. Plus it has over 90 chapters, including Riverside, Ladies of Chrome and Leather. LOCAL was founded in Riverside by Dee Norman in 1998 and the group aims to keep a positive spirit that promotes a positive image of women motorcyclists.
Women on Wheels is another club that was founded in 1982 and has its I.E. roots in Upland.
The First Lady’z Motorcycle & Social Club was founded by President Stephanie “Ms. Philly” Flagg in 2010. Its mother chapter is in Pomona, and this all black female club shows the diversity of female motorcycle clubs.
Most clubs share a similar goal with similar rules to follow before you can call yourself a bad-ass biker chick.
You must have a motorcycle license or a permit, and in some cases some riding experience is needed. A small membership fee needs to be paid. You have to attend a club meeting and participate in a chapter ride. And most importantly, you must be a woman.
Whether its vixens, angels, divas or lady’z–be aware that women have and always will brave the dangerous curves of the two-wheeled road.