Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride


2016 is the 100th anniversary of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren’s courageous and unprecedented ride across the United States on motorcycles.

The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride – A cross-coutry Ride celebrating past and present heroines

The ride (July 3-23, 2016) will honor and celebrate our female motorcycling heroines of the past, as we promote the growth of women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.

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In 1916 the Van Buren Sisters were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on her own motorcycle. They became the first women to reach the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak each on her own motorcycle. In 2002 the Sisters were inducted into the American Motorcyclists Association Hall of Fame and in 2003 they were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

Join the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride and ride across the country, with a safe, organized, fun and encouraging group of women (and men).


Sisters USA2Ride

In 1916 two sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on her own motorcycle.

They became the first women to reach Pikes Peak summit, once again, each on her own motorcycle. And they did all of this riding Indian motorcycles!

The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride honors and celebrates female motorcycling heroines of the past and continued growth of women with Indian Motorcycle. This cross-country ride begins July 3rd and funds raised will be donated to Final Salute, a national women’s veterans organization and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists to provide training scholarships.

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” OPRAH WINFREY

Where exactly will the Sisters Motorcycle Ride be going?
Although we can’t post our exact daily routes, here are all the major cities we will be stopping in for various pre planned events in each city:

  • EVENT LOCATIONS:Brooklyn, New York Ride Launch Party, (July 3, 2016)
    Springfield, Massachusetts LAUNCH PARTY (July 4-5, 2016)
    Latrobe, Pennsylvania – LINCOLN HIGHWAY EXPERIENCE (July 7, 2016)
    Pickerington, Ohio – AMA HALL OF FAME AND AMA VINTAGE DAYS (July 8-9, 2016)
    Anamosa, Iowa – NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM (July 11, 2016)
    McCook, Nebraska – Community Event (July 13, 2016)
    Colorado Springs, Colorado – ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM (July 15, 2016)
    Pikes Peak, Colorado – PIKES PEAK EVENT (July 15, 2016)
    San Francisco, California – Grand Finale Party with emcee ERIN HUNTER SILLS (July 23, 2016)Singles, couples, women, men and friends are all encouraged to join.
    We promise an epic ride and a plethora of new riding friends. 
    Registered Riders will receive full route details as it gets closer to the departure date.


Why aren’t you following the Van Buren sisters’ route exactly?
Much of the Sisters’ journey is undocumented. They also took two months to cross the United States and we knew very few ladies could take that much time away from their busy lives, so we condensed it. You also need to remember the times they rode in: The United States did not have a well-developed highway system yet.That would come years later. We spent months working on the routing, and we’d like to think we’ve done our best to follow Addie and Gussie’s route while sticking to the best motorcycle roads possible and also being able to accommodate 100 riders. (That’s a LOT of hotel rooms, and not every town can sleep that many people.)

How far do we ride each day?
Our longest mileage day is ~300 miles; most riding days are 200-250 miles, especially in the East where there’s typically more traffic. We like to think we’ve achieved the perfect balance of creating interesting riding days without too many miles, yet also getting to the West Coast in a reasonable amount of time. Oh yeah, we’ve also arranged for some “play days” on or off the motorcycles along the way.

Are we really riding up Pike’s Peak?
Adeline and Augusta Van Buren were the first women to ride motorcycles to the summit of Pikes Peak, and we would like to do a group photo there on the mountain to honor them. There is a cog railroad that you can take up to the top if you choose not to ride (adults=$38). It’s a steep ride up to the summit, there are no guardrails, and carbureted bikes will struggle to get to the top, so this might be a good option for some ladies.

Why is official registration in Springfield, Massachusetts when the Sisters started in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn?Good question! And when you ride in New York City, especially on a holiday weekend, you’ll quickly figure out the primary reason: TRAFFIC. We’d have planned the launch directly from Brooklyn if the race track the sisters visited on July 4, 1916, was still in existence, but since it’s not and the Berkshires are so beautiful and the town is so welcoming, we’re going to suggest most folks just meet us there. Springfield is where the Indian Motorcycles were made, which were the motorcycles the sisters rode, and it was their first stop out of New York City.

For the traditionalists among us there is an option to start in Brooklyn, and we have hotel rooms set aside for participants. If you sign up for the fully guided tour you can choose where you start–Brooklyn or Springfield–and we’ll guide you to our base hotel in Springfield.


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