- by Kirsty Law
Motorcycle clubs have been around since the beginning of the motorcycle itself and have also played a humongous part in the creation of motorcycling culture. Motorcycle clubs are scattered all over the world, from Europe and the USA to the streets of Australia. Where there are motorcycles, there are motorcycle clubs. So why do people love them so much? Motorcycle clubs bring people a form of escapism, a chance to find something more engaging than their mundane lives and monotonous routines.
The whole world is seemingly obsessed with the deepest, darkest depths of motorcyclist culture and everything that belongs to or is connected to it. Over the years, the media has somewhat capitalized on the world’s fascination with motorcycle clubs, with notorious author Hunter S. Thompson infiltrating a club and TV shows like Sons of Anarchy doing the rounds, as well.
Thankfully, motorcycle clubs might not be as dangerous or scary as they were a few decades ago, but they are still alive and often attempt to scare those silly few that might cross them. In fact, police forces across the globe have attempted to close down a number of motorcycle clubs in an attempt to foil supposed criminal activity.
Throughout history, motorcycling has been more of a male pastime, with motorcycle clubs also demonstrating a similar theme. Recently, though, women have been playing a larger role and even have clubs of their own. Here are 20 female motorcycle clubs and their bikes.
The Devil Dolls
The Devil Dolls is a female only biking group who ride bikes to bring empowerment to women all over the world. The group was first Founded on Valentine’s Day in 1999 and now has members all over the United States, as well as Sweden and a number of other random places. The Devil Dolls consists of punks, rednecks, rockers, and soccer moms, and they all pride themselves on the diverse group of women who join the club. However, although they might accept just about anybody, they draw the line at those with a history of abuse against children, animals, or the elderly. Sounds fair!
The Female Bikers Of Marrakesh
Morocco might seem like an unlikely place for an all-female motorcycling club to exist. However, the female biking culture in Marrakesh is thriving just as much as anywhere else in the world. That’s right, a group of female bikers in Marrakesh were recently photographed by London-based Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, who photographed the group on their travels throughout the famed Moroccan city.
The group is not official, with many of the women busy being full-time mothers and housewives. Nevertheless, the women still find time to ride bikes in a place that doesn’t fully support their right to do so.
Las Marias MC is female-only motorcycle club based in Mexico City, Mexico. The club was formed after some of the girls found that riding in a group made it easier and safer on the sometimes chaotic and dangerous streets of Mexico City. The group is famed for riding a number of motorcycles from several different brands and rarely sticks to just one. Some of the motorcycles include a Harley Davidson Sportster, a Triumph Thruxton, a BMW GS 650, and a Beta 200. Yes, these girls really know their bikes. In addition to liberating the roads, President and founder Carla Henkel, otherwise known as “Blackbird,” also wanted to liberate women and the perception of female motorcyclists.
VC London is a motorcycle group hailing from you guessed it, London, in the UK. The club was first founded in 2015 in an East London workshop by three female D.I.Y queens who wanted a place to ride bikes and talk shop. The name VC London was born and went on to include a group of like-minded women who supported, empowered, and encouraged one another with regards to all things motorcycling, and a little bit of life advice. These days, VC London are extremely active and run events such as different camps, workshops, and lessons.
Helle’s Bells are a women-only motorcycle club based in the UK and also one of the most prestigious around today. In fact, if you want to join the club, you have to be invited by one of the members and then be assessed by the rest of the group. Furthermore, prospective club members must have a valid UK motorcycle license as well as their own street legal motorcycle. The club has Pagan ancestry, with the original members said to have been Pagan witches. To respect the club’s history, the club’s logo portrays a witch riding a motorcycle, which is something of an original emblem.
Motor Maids is probably one of the most famous female-only motorcycle clubs in the world and have been around since 1940. The club was first established in the USA and has now spread across the country, as well as into neighboring Canada.
These days, Motor Maids has over 1,200 members and is still as strong as ever.
Motor Maids first got together to promote safe riding habits as well as meeting new people. Since then, members from all over meet and ride together every July.
Women In The Wind
Women in the Wind was founded in 1979 by legendary motorcyclist Becky Brown, whose original motorbike stands in the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. The club is an all female motorcycle club and is known worldwide. Women in the Wind are famed for promoting productivity with regards to female motorcyclists and providing a positive image of those involved as well as onlookers. The club is extremely international, with chapters found in the USA, Canada, the UK, and even Portugal. In fact, Women in the Wind is the largest women’s motorcycle organization in the world.
Furies MC are a female-only motorcycle club located in Chicago, USA. The group was first founded on June 6, 2010, therefore they are still relatively new to the motorcycle game.
However, despite being together for such a short time, the club has generated a number of members all over the USA and is still going strong.
For instance, not only can members be found in Chicago, but they are also located in Southern Wisconsin, the Northwest Suburbs, and across the West. The group solely focuses on riding and showing off their motorbikes, with “open” rides also welcoming nonmembers.
Chrome Angelz RC
Chrome Angelz is a relaxed motorcycle club that aims to provide a supportive environment for members. In fact, the club is so dedicated to female motorcycling that they have incorporated their own “vision” for the future, writing, “To unite women motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide. To inspire women to embrace the interest of riding for recreation, philanthropy and sisterhood, and all while promoting a positive image of the motorcycling community.” Furthermore, the club is adamant that there should be “no drama” whatsoever, with motorbikes and positivity taking the forefront amid a supportive and caring atmosphere.
The Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club is the oldest female motorcycle club in New York City, USA, not to mention the biggest. That’s right, the club, which has over 40 female members, was first founded in 1986 and is still going strong to this day.
The club recently hit the headlines when it was revealed that they had been delivering breast milk via their motorbikes.
Yes, the breast milk was intended for special infants with no access to milk, therefore the Sirens stepped in and volunteered their vehicles. However, that’s not all they do, with the Sirens just happy to ride their bikes without any special attention.
The Caramel Curves are based in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the USA, and are not your average all-female motorcycling club. That’s right, the club is famed for their choice of attire, which includes stilettos and fluorescent pink hair. The group is currently made up of 13 women who found each other through their love for motorcycles and high-heels. In fact, the feminine theme runs throughout their brand, with the helmets ridged with pink Mohawks along with matching vests and sequins. And to make things that little bit cooler, the bikes are all humongous Suzukis, which seem present no bother for the Caramel Curves ladies.
The Litas first began in 2015 and include women from all over the world. The name was invented by one of the founding members, who thought the idea sounded cool. The most important aspect for the Litas is that all members feel included, no matter the bike that they ride, their age, or where they come from. The Litas recognize friendship as one of their core values and claim that meeting people from backgrounds that you otherwise would not become acquainted with is one of their strongest powers. In fact, Litas members can be found in 20 countries and include women of all race, orientation, and background.
Curvy Riders was first established in 2006 and has now become one of the most popular motorcycle clubs in the UK. The name alludes to the body shape of those involved, with body type, age, and origin of no matter to the group.
In fact, the club prides itself on diversity, which can be seen throughout its membership.
These days, the club has 300 fully-paid members and it is extremely busy throughout the year with parties, rides, and special events. Curvy Rider clubs can be found all over the UK. From Dumfries & Galloway to the East Midlands and London to Essex and the Isle of Man, yes, they really are on everybody’s doorstep.
Hop On Gurls
The Hop on Gurls is a Bengaluru female-based motorcycle club that was first formed in 2011. The club mainly ride Bullets, but are open to mixing with other groups as well as other motorbikes. However, it is the Bullet that remains as their non-official symbol, with member and co-founder, Bhavya Srinivasan stating, “While we encourage women to ride other bikes, there is something about the Bullet that draws us to it; maybe it’s the challenge.” One of the main aims of the club is to allow women the independence and freedom to escape the mundane, or in some cases, the impossible, aspects of their lives.
Femme Fatales WMC
The Femme Fatales female-only motorcycle club was founded by two women in 2011. The club proudly declares its independence from all things criminal and state how they strive to encourage women to be independent and unique.
The club was formed mainly to focus on a love of riding, as well as giving something back to the community while empowering women.
In order to do so, the club takes part in a number of non-profit organizations that support women and children. The Femme Fatales have members throughout the United States, as well as followers overseas and abroad.
The Bikerni Motorcycle Club
The Bikerni sisterhood is probably one of the most famous on the list and has been featured in a number of magazine articles as of late. The group was founded in India in 2011 and is made up of Indian women who want to change the way people view motorcycling and the women who ride bikes. The club holds regular group rides and also partakes in a number of charitable events and parties with the proceeds all going to a charity of their choice. The Bikerni sisterhood seems to be only getting stronger, with new members added each day. In fact, over the years, the group has raised thousands of dollars with regards to their membership and donations.
Sisters Eternal Women’s Motorcycle Club
The Sisters Eternal women’s motorcycle club is a professional organization run by those who just love riding bikes. The club is recognized by the American Motorcyclists Association and often participates in a number of motorcycling events and rides.
The Sisters Eternal mission is to promote a positive image of women on motorcycles while creating a close and safe community.
As a result, the club is acknowledged widely in the motorcycling world and is active members of the Motorcycle Rights Association. They often partake in events with the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). These guys (or gals) really know what they are doing.
The Foxy Fuelers
The Foxy Fuelers are an Australian female-only motorcycling group based in Sydney. The group consists of a number of creative and interesting members who all ride classic and vintage motorcycles.
The club first started in the moto scene through the Sydney Cafe Racers.
Then, within months, the city had its first female-only motorcycle club aiming to give female bikers space in what is usually a world dominated by men. The Foxy Fuelers mainly focus on the riding itself while encouraging women to learn and grow as riders rather than just standing around with bikes in their general vicinity.
The Dahlias are a female-only motorcycle club based in the US state of Michigan. The club’s aim is to form a collective of women who are not only interested in motorcycles but are also inspired by other women and their peers. In fact, the club was formed after a few of their original members were inspired by the new wave of female motorcycle riders that were riding in the USA. Founders Hayley Suder and Valerie Jones were frustrated at the lack of women involved in the Michigan motorcycle scene so they decided to form their own club. The club has been going strong ever since and is open to new members of any age, experience, or motorcycle.
Leather And Lace
Leather & Lace Motorcycle Club is a female-only motorcycle club that was first formed in Florida, in the USA. The group has been around since 1983 and was one of the first female motorcycle clubs to gather followers from Canada and the UK, as well as the United States. The group uses the colors Pink and Black to represent themselves, with the club’s emblem that of two angelic women with brown and gold wings. The group’s purpose is to bring women together who have a common bond of riding motorbikes but also hope to be active inspiring one another to ride in a usually male-dominated space.
Sources: Hot Cars Vice, Bustle, and Wikipedia.