Famous Women Motorcyclists

(1910s) Adeline and Augusta Van Buren: As two of the earliest motorcycle women riders in the U.S., these sisters broke many gender misconceptions and stereotypes by riding from New York to California on Indian motorcycles in 1916. The Van Buren sisters were the first women motorcycle riders to make the coast-to-coast journey solo on two bikes.

(1930s) Bessie Stringfield: As a female, African-American motorcyclist, Stringfield further broke both racial and gender barriers by completing eight solo cross-country tours and serving as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider, traveling through the Southern states when racial prejudice was a tangible threat.

(1930s) Dorothy “Dot” Robinson: Nicknamed the “First Lady of Motorcycling,” Robinson was another pioneer for women motorcyclists. Along with fellow motorcyclist Linda Dugeau, Robinson established Motor Maids, an organization created in 1940 to unite women that owned motorcycles. This organization was instrumental in convincing many more women to try motorcycling. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) issued the club an official charter in 1941, thus becoming the first organized U.S. women’s motorcycle club. Robinson also opened the doors for women motorcycle riders in the competitive arena by participating and winning several endurance runs. Robinson became the first woman to win an AMA national competition when she placed first in the sidecar class of the two-day Jack Pine National Endurance Championship.

Courtesy: Nationwide Insurance

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