Babes Ride Out came and went insanely fast this year. And once again, we’re all about it. It’s a rally cry of we’re fucking badass, promoting girl gang love in the most real way. Positivity radiates from the gathering. It’s the ultimate, you can sit with us party, possibly because these women are legit happier than the rest of us. Harley Davidson did a study surveying women of all ages, both riders and non riders, and discovered that women who ride have a higher quality of life. They are noticeably happier, less stressed out, better in bed, and more successful in relationships. Most of the women in the survey attributed this directly to the time in their life when they started riding.
Out there in the dust and the dirt these women are carrying on a legacy that is a long time growing. They very well may be the babes who rode today, but they’re riding on the path of all the babes who rode before them. Below are some choice moments from this year’s event, along with a few of our favorite pioneering babes who truly lit the way for all of the gatherings today.
Sisters, Adeline and Augusta (avoce), were the first women to ride motorcycles across America. They grew up in New York and set out from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklynn, in July of 1916 on two Indian Power Plus motorcycles. Summiting peaks that had never been summited, charging across open plains, finding hairy weather, and no doubt a wealth of strength they never new they had, they arrived in San Francisco on September 8th.
“When I first saw a motorcycle, I got a message from it,” she said in a 1977 interview with Road Rider Magazine. “It was a feeling – the kind of thing that makes a person burst into tears hearing a piece of music or standing awestruck in front of a fine work of art. Motorcycling is a tool with which you can accomplish something meaningful in your life. It is an art.” -Theresa Wallach
Theresa Wallach (above) was raised near the Triumph factory in London .She grew up riding, making friends with the mechanics and the test drivers. But, when she tried to join the local motorcycle club she was rejected because she was a woman. Like a lot of women, this lit a fire under her ass and she started competing in local events to make a name for herself. And then she started winning. She became the first woman motorcycle dispatch rider in the British army. And after moving to America in the 1950’s she opened her own dealership specializing in British bikes, becoming the first woman to own and operate her own motorcycle business.