Girls riding a motorcycle stick together. Find a group for you!

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USA2Ride has been showing how much  girls (or female) motorcycle ownership has grown over the past couple of years. As a result of that, women-only clubs, associations and networking groups have been popping all over the country.

Girls riders are being seen riding all kinds of bikes, from scooters to sport bikes on tracks and road races, to long distance rides. Even participating on events such as the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, Iron Butt Association or riding rallies on dual-purpose bikes, off-road, and much more.

The time that motorcycle riding was called a boys’ play is long gone. USA2Ride did a little research and here are just a few groups that focus on female motorcycle riders. If we missed anyone, please contact us at info@usa2ride.com and let us know about your group or another girls-only organization you know about!

  1. Motor Maids, North America – Since it’s founding in 1940, Motor Maids has grown to 1,300 members in Canada and the US. In the late 30’s, a young woman motorcycle enthusiast named Linda Dugeau created the group, which was originally founded in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1940 Motor Maids, two ladies along with 51 others established a women’s motorcycling organization in North America. In the 1930s, women riders were so rare that it took Linda and Dot Robinson, three years to locate the charter members of The Motor Maids. Dot Robinson of Detroit, Michigan, was appointed the first President.  She held this position for the next 25 years until she resigned during convention in 1965. The organization was chartered with the AMA in 1941, making it the oldest motorcycle organization for women in North America.The Motor Maids are a diverse group of women motorcyclists united through a passion for riding while fostering a positive image and promoting safe riding skills. In the 1950s, Dugeau moved to the Los Angles area, primarily so she could ride year round. She became a motorcycle courier and often hosted tours of Southern California that featured off-road riding in the mountains and the then-undeveloped San Fernando Valley. Dugeau had a reputation as one of the best female off-road riders in the 1950s. Today it is one of the first and oldest continuously operated women’s motorcycling organization in North America.  In 2015 we celebrated our 75th year as an organization.  Joining the Motor Maids gives every women a great opportunity to ride, travel and get to know a diverse group of people all across North America. Today, there are chapters in nearly all 50 states.
  2. Women on Wheels, Worldwide – You don’t necessarily have to be a rider yourself to get involved with Women on Wheels; all enthusiasts, no matter their riding skill level, are welcome. This community nonprofit group has members of all ages, from their late teens to their 80s. Women on Wheels is so beloved that it was bestowed the Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award by the American Motorcyclist Association in 1993.
  3. Women in the Wind, Worldwide – It was founded in 1979 when founder Becky Brown placed an ad in her local newspaper in northern Ohio seeking other women to ride with. Her first women-only ride featured a group of 11. Today, her organization counts more than 1300 members in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, all of whom are united under WITW’s purpose to unite women motorcyclists, promote a positive image, and educate members on bike safety and maintenance.
  4. Leather & Lace MC Nation – An international group created in 1983 by Jennifer Chaffin, the Leather & Lace MC Nation isn’t just about riding. Members also help children across the country through charitable work. The group has two primary goals: To get more people interested in motorcycle groups, and to do what they can to increase the wellbeing of children in various communities. There’s probably a chapter near you.
  5. The Litas, Worldwide – Spanning 45 cities in eight countries with more than 600 members, The Litas a global collective of women riders. “We all have different backgrounds, interests, jobs, lives, but find common ground when we cruise the canyons, scraping pavement and letting go of all inhibitions,” they write.
  6. Ribbon Riders, Florida – Ribbon Riders supports breast cancer survivors of both genders. This nonprofit club, established in 2008, features members all touched by breast cancer, whether they had it themselves or just knew someone who did. Since the club’s founding, its members have raised $250,000 that has directly benefited over 260 patients battling breast cancer in Central Florida.
  7. Twisted Sisters MC, Connecticut .   A little girls dream in 1974, became reality in 2009, when USA2Ride.com’s very own MommaB, aka RoadQueen founded an all women’s motorcycle club in the great state of Connecticut.  The Twisted Sisters MC, rides by the motto “Women Who Share the Passion of the Open Road, Doing Good Things Along The Way”. Twisted Sisters are an independent motorcycle club and have been a driving force in the state of CT to raise awareness to many different organization that help people in need.  Twisted Sisters MC received recognition from United States Senator Blumenthal for the work the Sisters do to raise awareness against domestic violence.   Each Sister is trained in Motorcycle Accident Scene Management, so riding with the Twisted Sisters is one of the safest places to be, and yes, some of us even road with Dee Snyder.
  8. Two Wheel Foxies, Florida – St. Petersburg’s Two Wheel Foxies may have a lot of awesome women riders, but they’re into more than just motorcycles. They also link up with businesses and charities in Florida to make a difference. The group hosts events at least monthly, sometimes more than that, where they plan rides on some pretty interesting routes.
  9. Venice Vixens, California – “We’re all a little different, a little crazy and a lot of fun!” The Venice Vixens You can find these California girls at events around the area and on any track in the city. The women in this club are even sometimes known to hop aboard a dirt bike.
  10. East Side Moto Babes, California – Another West Coast women’s club, the East Side Moto Babes are based in the Los Angeles area. Although they’ll often participate in races, the group stresses that “it’s not about competition, it’s about challenging courage and constancy in our clear vision of going for it and encouraging others to come along. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.”
  11. Sisters Eternal WMC, Texas – Established in 2013, Sisters Eternal WMC in Houston has two chapters in the city. Members of both groups often blend together and hang out at the various events the group attends throughout the year. Participating in the National Coalition of Motorcyclists events and joining the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, these girls are serious about motorcycles getting a good rap. The members prefer cruiser style motorcycles and are open to new members joining, but that has to be your bike of choice.
  12. Bella Gypsies, California – Making their home in the San Fernando and the Santa Clarita Valleys, Bella Gypsies came roaring into existence in 2010 after founders Minnie (the club’s president) and Lynne (its vice president) put their heads together and created the group. Seeking to unite a “sisterhood of motorcycle riders and bikers,” these women hang out when possible, go for rides and enjoy each other’s company. They also give back through charity. They emphasize an understanding that, in most women’s lives, family becomes a primary responsibility.
  13. Rainier Ravens, Washington – A brand new group founded in 2015, Rainier Ravens‘ creators had long been involved in various motorcycle communities around the world. Sponsored by motorcycle accessory companies Touratech and Triumph of Seattle, plus the Rainier Beer brewery, the group has become a presence in the Seattle area. They have meetings each month to plan events and other appearances.
  14. The Scarlet Headers, Colorado – A Denver club that directly inspired the Rainier Ravens above, The Scarlet Headers strive for their members to “feel comfortable, accepted and encouraged to approach the motorcycling community. A place to learn, give back and grow. Each woman unique with a different style, machine and background all share one passion — the power of two wheels.” The women have recently rebuilt their own vintage motorcycle and plan to donate it to a charitable organization.
  15. Lady Bikers of California -Seeking to “make California a little smaller,” Lady Bikers of California welcome members from all over the state. They’re very receptive to new riders joining and aren’t picky about what type of bike you ride. Each year, the group hosts its own International Female Ride Day; the next one takes place May 6–8, 2016, in Fresno.
  16. Boston Area Bike Enthusiast Sisters (B.A.B.E.S.) While many of these motorcycle club members call themselves babes, only the Boston Area Bike Enthusiast Sisters actually can put it in their group’s name. Founded in 2001, the group is more of a sisterhood than a club. Members are of varying ages and “promote safety in numbers.” There are 85 members at the time of writing, and more are always encouraged to join. The group is very involved in Boston charities and believe in giving a bell to all members to battle against evil road spirits.
  17. Sirens Women’s MC of NYC – Established in 1986, the Sirens Women’s MC of NYC rightfully calls itself the longest-running motorcycle club for women in New York City. There are more than 40 members, which also makes this group among the biggest in the state. The women are very into LGBT awareness and pride and even appeared in the New York City Pride Parade the same year the club was founded. It’s become a yearly tradition ever since.
  18. Diamond Girlz MC, Massachusetts – Founded in 2007 by Courtney Bouchard, aka Mz. Pink, the group is built on being pillars of community, sisterhood and respect. Members partake in community service and give their time and donations to various Boston charities. All members must have their own motorcycles, have a Massachusetts driver’s license and be at least 18.
  19. Distinguished Divas Motorcycle Club, Wisconsin -Milwaukee’s Distinguished Divas Motorcycle Club was created in 2009 and is a very valuable group in its home city. The women in this club spend a lot of time riding and almost just as much time volunteering and helping out such organizations as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Self-Esteem Workshop for Foster Care Youth Girls, Milwaukee Women’s Center Helpline, the Next Door Foundation Annual Walk and the House of Love annual unity rides.
  20. Throttle Sisters MC, Idaho -One of the only women’s motorcycle clubs in Idaho, is a small and tight-knit group. “The purpose of Throttle Sisters Motorcycle Club is to participate in club planned/sponsored or chosen events that support our local riding community and to promote a sense of community and empowerment among women riders,” the members explain on their website.
  21. The Miss-Fires, New York – A New York City staple, The Miss-Fires happily accept new members, as long as you’re at least 18, have a valid license and own a motorcycle. Of course, even if you don’t fit the criteria, you’re invited to any of the group’s social events and other meetings. If you also enjoy racers, classic cars, mopeds and dirt bikes, you’re in good company, because the women here are into vehicles with any number of wheels.
  22. The Dahlias, Michigan – Hailing from Detroit, The Dahlias were founded by Valerie Jones and Hayley Suder. They couldn’t find any all-women motorcycle groups in their area, so they decided to start their own. They’re still recruiting new members, so now could be your chance to get involved in something spectacular.
  23. Valley Vixens MC, California – Valley Vixens MC represent the San Jose area. Since 2009, the club has amassed members who “have a trust, loyalty, understanding, love and respect for yourself and all of your sisters.” This group doubles as a nonprofit that helps people in poverty and those who are sick.
  24. Wind Sisters RC, South Carolina – The Midlands chapter of Wind Sisters RC operates out of Elgin, South Carolina, and has a handful of members. Prospects are welcome to attend any of the events that the club hosts, such as its annual chapter party on May 2nd at restaurant Gadget of Lugoff. This is the fourth event for the Wind Sisters, and it includes prizes, games, vendors, drinks and food.
  25. Chrome Angels, Texas – Representing Tarrant County, Dallas and other parts of North Texas, the Chrome Angels are scattered across the entire state. These women will teach you to get better at riding if you need a few pointers and even offer safety classes. The group has a handful of Texas sponsors, like Succeed On Purpose for women-owned businesses, Cycle Center of Denton, Grapevine Kawasaki Polaris, Moto Liberty, Cyclone Motorcycle Rescue & Transport, Thunder Roads Texas Magazine and Willhoite’s Restaurant.
  26. Stilettos on Steel, Nationwide – Riding a motorcycle, regardless of gender, is all about safety, and Stilettos on Steel wants to educate as many riders as possible about how to avoid accidents. Much like Motor Maids above, this group has various chapters across the country. Members get a membership card, a patch and can join a locked Facebook group, so you always know which events are going on near you.
  27. Organized Chaos, Illinois – in Chicago is an eclectic group of women with all sorts of backgrounds, jobs, lives and hobbies who have one thing in common: their love riding. The group has a unique symbol, too, which is explained on the club’s website: “The gold represents and starts with our individual selves, our individual strength, morals and integrity; it begins with us and extends beyond ourselves. The silver represents what we bring to each other, our sisters, in the form of support, encouragement, and connection. The bronze represents what we offer to our community, our neighbors, and all those outside ourselves and our sisters.”
  28. Bomber Girls, LRC, Georgia – Everyone does what they can to support the troops, but Bomber Girls, LRC out of Savannah, Georgia, go above and beyond, often mailing care packages to soldiers serving the country. They have a few chapters in Georgia and a handful of other states. All fundraisers and events the women participate in directly benefit troops.
  29. Faribault Harley-Davidson Lady Riders, Minnesota -You might have your own Harley-Davidson dealership near you, but does yours have its own women’s motorcycle club like the Faribault Harley-Davidson Lady Riders of FHD? This group has garage parties throughout the year, typically in March and April, and even hosts its own H-D Riding Academy courses for new riders who want to understand their bikes better and feel more comfortable riding.
  30. Distinctive Lady Ryders, Arkansas – They are a fun bunch. This charitable group always hosts an annual Bike Blessing event each May; this will be the third year. On May 7, 2016, coinciding with Motorcycle Safety Month, the women will be on hand for a meet and greet. Later in the day, accompanied by police escorts, they’ll lead a 60-minute ride.
  31. Baby Janes MC, California -How many of your dreams do you actually remember? For the founders of Baby Janes MC, it only took one to create this Orange County group in 2011. Baby Janes aims to make you feel nostalgic for the 70s, “a time when rock-n-roll was hard, smooth and cool. There was leather and lace, choppers had queen seats with 30″ sissy bars, and cold beer and warm dust made the day.
  32. Belles On Bikes: We host a monthly ladies only ride on 3rd Sundays, all bikes, all levels of experience. We had our first ride in October 2014 and had only 1 new rider show up, by January we had a group of 27! On average we have a dozen or so riders, some new faces, some returning riders, a rotating cast, but the main purpose of this group is to introduce riders who maybe don’t know  anyone to ride with and we hope they meet someone that they can ride with outside of our regular rides, or for riders with maybe not a whole lot of experience riding in general or riding with a group. We try to post our routes ahead of time so the ladies will know what to expect whether it’s freeway riding, city riding or some twisties. We were originally based out of Orange County, California, but this year we are trying something new and meeting in a different SoCal county each month and collaborating with different women or riding groups in those areas. Our first ride of the year was led by a group called Flatblack Collective that is based out of San Diego (http://flatblack.co/) We have also hosted official meetups for  Babes Ride Out for the past 2 years. Last year we collaborated with Flatblack and had our 2 groups meet on the way out to Joshua tree and had over 70 riders. Contact at @bellesonbikes or http://bellesonbikesmotosocial.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BellesOnBikesmotosocial
  33. Sisters of Scota Women’s Motorcycle Club, Sacramento, California – Founded in 1979, they share a common interest in motorcycles and, they like to ride! the Club is associated with SOSWMC 501c3 and as such we get involved. So, by the beginning of 1979 with the Heart and Wings as their club logo, they were known as Leather and Lace Women’s Motorcycle Club (WMC); time and evolution within their world eventually led to a name change to Sisters of Scota, in 2001, and a morph in colors to Fuschia and Silver. One of their original founding members and sole survivor of that era, eventually laid claim to the mystical energetic colors and patch sustaining their need for a mentor and principle leading-light of values such as their commitment, ethics,  indomitable spirit and woman power; they maintain an affinity for Mother Earth and Goddess Spirit and, in their way, hope to influence a lasting transformation for theirselves as they live to strive at self-actualization. They are blessed to have with them, still today and may they introduce, Dana ‘Grumbles’ Davidson-Sands, their living legend. To make contact: facebook
  34. The Bikerni, India – It was founded on January 15, 2011 and is India’s first and largest all-women motorcycle association with city chapters all across the nation. Currently, they have more than 700 Bikernis in their association. More information about the group at TheBikerni.  The Bikerni aims to spearhead women empowerment through the medium of motorcycles and encourage women to go on adventures they would have never thought to go on before. Limca Book of Records 2013: Largest All-Women Motorcycle Expedition to Khardung-La-the highest motorable road in the from Delhi to Nubra Valley. Their registration form: bit.ly/thebikerniform and their quote “I like mud for make-up and petrol for perfume”.

 


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  1. TWISTED SISTERS MC, CT. A little girls dream in 1974, became reality in 2009, When USA2Ride.com’s very own MommaB, aka RoadQueen founded an all women’s motorcycle club in the great state of Connecticut. The Twisted Sisters MC, rides by the motto “Women Who Share the Passion of the Open Road, Doing Good Things Along The Way”. Twisted Sisters are an independent motorcycle club and have been a driving force in the state of CT to raise awareness to many different organization that help people in need. Twisted Sisters MC received recognition from United States Senator Blumenthal for the work the Sisters do to raise awareness against domestic violence. Each Sister is trained in Motorcycle Accident Scene Management, so riding with the Twisted Sisters is one of the safest places to be, and yes, some of us even road with Dee Snyder.

  2. This list completely skipped Sisters of Scota Women’s Motorcycle Club originally outta Sacramento, California in 1979, still running strong after 35 yrs! And we are also a 501(3)c non profit organization. We are only 2nd oldest to the Motor Maids….

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