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Women Who Wrench and Ride

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I received this note from a reader recently, and wanted to expand on her comments. Firstly, thank you Becca for the kind words. Super awesome to hear you wrench and ride yourself. You are definitely not alone!

As for lady riders who also wrench, check out this list of other awesome motoladies you can follow online. 

Line Møller (on the Triumph) and Synne Sofie Reksten at the Music Festival at the Top of the World in Norway (Vice story). Photo by John Doran.

Line Møller (on the Triumph) and Synne Sofie Reksten at the Music Festival at the Top of the World in Norway (Vice story). Photo by John Doran.

Sunday Mass Hosted by ESMB

After the shoot with Shaik Ridzwan, I finally made it to a Sunday Mass event at Deus ex Machina in Venice Beach. This time hosted by East Side Moto Babes and taking place after the big Venice Vintage swap meet (website) and VVMC ride, the parking lot was completely packed. Sunday Mass was literally massive. 

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Bikes of every style, riders of every experience level. So much fun was had!

Pandora’s Out of the Box: First Real Monster Ride

Over two long years, with help from so many amazing people, I’ve finally got the Monster on the road. As I mentioned in my previous announcement, "Pandora’s Box" rides well but needs tweaking. In the past few days, with some helping hands, I’ve tweaked the carbs a bit and undone some damage from the previous owner(s). While my test riding the other day way nice, it was limited to a 20 mile radius of my place for obvious reasons. Can’t go braaping off into the sunset until you’ve got the gremlins hammered out. 

Today, rather than watching the Super Bowl, my friend Jess and I hit the road toward Campo on Hwy 94 from San Diego. A ride I’d already done twice, it was a good choice for stretching Pandora’s legs… or tires. 

I have to say… the Monster does well in the twisties. 

Jessica McClean (front) and Danielle Millican about to head home after the Mods vs Rockers ride and raffle last sunday in San Diego.

Jessica McClean (front) and Danielle Millican about to head home after the Mods vs Rockers ride and raffle last sunday in San Diego.

Anya Violet stars in “two stroke two up” on her lil Yamaha Braap-er. 

Anya Violet stars in “two stroke two up” on her lil Yamaha Braap-er. 

Gloria Tramontin Struck in front, her daughter Lori Struck DeSilva taking up the back. Gloria is 87 and still riding, what a lady!
Want to know more about Gloria? Check out my previous post. 
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Gloria Tramontin Struck in front, her daughter Lori Struck DeSilva taking up the back. Gloria is 87 and still riding, what a lady!

Want to know more about Gloria? Check out my previous post. 

[ more photos tagged on the road ]

A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

[ source: mickGPO flickr | more motorcycle history ]

A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

[ source: mickGPO flickr | more motorcycle history ]

Ladies wrench nights are always a lot of fun- here’s a shot of Corinna Mantlo (left), Kristen Johnson (middle), and Valerie Figarella who owns Motor Grrl Garage in NYC (right).
Engine rebuild has begun on their 1971 Yamaha AT1125.
[ links: Motor Grrl Garage website | more tagged MotorGrrl ]

Ladies wrench nights are always a lot of fun- here’s a shot of Corinna Mantlo (left), Kristen Johnson (middle), and Valerie Figarella who owns Motor Grrl Garage in NYC (right).

Engine rebuild has begun on their 1971 Yamaha AT1125.

[ links: Motor Grrl Garage website | more tagged MotorGrrl ]

Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).
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Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).

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Annette Carrion with her Ninja and Valerie Gopiao with her 848.
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Annette Carrion with her Ninja and Valerie Gopiao with her 848.

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Well done, boys. Well done. An amazing parody photo of the Babes in Borrego shot of Jenny and Nina. All in good fun!

I want to personally thank JP of the Selvedge Yard for posting this because it made my week.

Original photo by Lanakila MacNaughton for the Women’s Moto Exhibit (website), parody photo by Scott G. Toepfer (website).

More photos from the Hell on Wheels MC Halloween Hill-climb are rollin’ out (pun intended)… can’t help but love the enthusiasm of costumed participants. 
Tamara Raye (dressed as a caped crusader) stares down Caroline Patterson (the Kawasaki Bandito).  
Photo by Cari Bagdonas (facebook).
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More photos from the Hell on Wheels MC Halloween Hill-climb are rollin’ out (pun intended)… can’t help but love the enthusiasm of costumed participants. 

Tamara Raye (dressed as a caped crusader) stares down Caroline Patterson (the Kawasaki Bandito).  

Photo by Cari Bagdonas (facebook).

[ see more photos of Caroline | Tamara ]

The ladies of See See about to duke it out at the mini bike tournament this summer. 
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The ladies of See See about to duke it out at the mini bike tournament this summer. 

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The Woman Behind the Women’s Moto Exhibit

My friends, I have featured Lanakila MacNaughton’s photography from her project the Women’s Moto Exhibit many many times, but this time you get to see the woman behind the lens. This look behind the scenes literally gave me goosebumps- Austin Will perfectly captured the essence of art, artist, and subjects. I got chills and they’re multiplyin’!

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“I’m shooting medium format… film on Hassleblad. I’m manually focusing on a moving at 40 or 50 miles an hour.”

For those of you who haven’t fiddled with this style photography (or even much at all for that matter) you see everything in the frame BACKWARDS, and the focal plane is very fine and exact. This woman is a goddess with a camera. See more stills and watch the amazing video, full of strong, independent, and beautiful motorcycling women.