Posts Tagged ‘women’

Woman biker envisions the future on electric motorcycles

June 1, 2010

Jennifer Bromme raced the first ever electric motorcycle race in America at TTXGP last month. She’s among my favorite photo muses. There’s so much to say about this that I’m paralyzed into inaction. But does every blog need to tell all? Wouldn’t you rather just see the pictures?  Good. Because I find writing really hard work. Hats off to those of you who do it so well and blog so diligently. Read these articles by Suzanna Schick instead.

I’ll just get to the photos because that’s what I do.

photo Jennifer Bromme at Infineon Raceway on Mavizen electric bike

Plug in the electric motorcycle

to the future and beyond...

Jane Jetson knows electric bikes are the in thing.

Motorcycle Riding For A Good Cause – Diamond Posse

March 11, 2010

Giving back to your community is a basic element to a life well lived. If I were to smash myself to bits in a motorcycle accident tomorrow and lay there dying a slow death and taking account of my life, I’d really like to have some good deeds to cough up.

The motorcycle community seems to be doing this all the time. Is it because life and death seem a bit more in perspective for bikers?

I want to put a plug out for the Diamond Posse. I’ve met a couple of them and they are some big hearted ladies. As they say, they have been “forged under pressure” thus creating diamonds.

As past members of the military or lives of personal challenges, these 5 women will set out to ride this May from San Antonio, Texas to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to celebrate Women’s Riders Month stopping at veterans’s centers along the way. They are fund raising for the Fallen Hero’s Fund to build a privately funded physical rehabilitation center.

Here’s what they need:

Sponsorship
Donations for books.. Heart of a Military Woman Book Donation: Books will be given out to veterans at VA Stops . Proceeds benefit the Fallen Heroes Fund .
Sponsor the Riders
Donate to the Fallen Heroes Fund

Contact Eldonna aka Pink Biker Chick for more info.

Here’s who the are:

Riders of the Diamond Posse

Riders of the Diamond Posse

The who’s who of who rocked Christina’s world at Women and Motorcycling Conference.

August 26, 2009

I’m going to start my list with Lois on the Loose – If you love a mad funny adventure story and you don’t know yet know her click immediately on this link and get Loise on Loose, or Red Tape and White Knuckles. Her latest journey from London to the tip of Africa will give humility to most all of us who like to tell tales of challenging roads.

Here we are Lois and her fan, moi.
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Andrea Sears appeared somehow everywhere to me. I’d photographed her years ago for Chicks On Bikes and she’s now the President of the Siren’s NYC chapter.

Now - 2009

Now - 2009


Then - 2007

Then - 2007

I’ve always had an admiration of the Motor Maids. They seem to be real ladies in the best sense of the word. They are the oldest women’s motorycling club and they’ve been around over 65 years in their classic royal blue piping uniforms. They’re dedicated, classy and welcoming to all.
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Jessica Prokup and Cam from the Motorcycle Industry Council have all the numbers to prove women are a thriving force in motorcycling so the industry best sit up and start catering to us!
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Late one night I was riding my KTM home through the maze of condos at Keystone when I came upon a man on foot who shouted me down. Turns out he’s Skip Harrinson author of the book All Who Wander Are Not Lost.

He was infact slightly lost and wandering. I rode him back to his motorcycle and he popped up at my table the next day.
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I was stuck at my table a lot selling books. But that was the fun part too. A parade of women bikers to watch and talk to. I love to people watch as any good photographer must. Here’s a couple of snaps of women at my booth I just liked their look.
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Wrapping up here with a true inspiration. Because motorcycles spell freedom to many of us.

Carlana Stone lost the use of both her legs in an car accident years ago. She now rides a trike and needs no help to get rolling down the road and embracing life.

She’s got spirit and grace that I hope to capture a snip of in photos. I’ll blog again with her full story and lots more pix.
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I talked A LOT and met the best women – Women and Motorcycling Conference day 2

August 21, 2009

I sat at my book table today and talked and talked till my throat was dry as a old rattler shed snake skin in this Colorado dehydrated air. And the parade of women was a non stop pleasure of meeting wonderful kindred spirits of bikers and adventurers.

Here’s some of my fav’s that I managed to get photos of.

Check out the most sparkle-icious women I found: Diva Amy Skaling who makes rhinestone studded accessories.

The most sparkle-icious bike I found

The most sparkle-icious bike I found

some details.

some details.

some more details.

some more details.

Leslie Prevish who I’d blogged earlier that I wanted to meet – the brilliant marketing director at Harley Davison. She was as smart, personable and dedicated as I’d imagined she would be. She’s here with Willie G. Davidson’s (Yep as in Harley Davidson) grandaughter Karen Davidson.

Leslie Prevish and Karen Davison

Leslie Prevish and Karen Davison

I caught Genevieve Schmitt riding up on her bike. Also on my list of must meets. A busy lady who know pretty much everything that’s going on in the world of women motorcyclists. She is the editor or Women Riders Now.

And here’s just a crazy machine I had to take a picture of. I think its a backward trike.

backward trike?

backward trike?

Rocky Mountain High – day one AMA International Women and Motorcycling Conference

August 19, 2009

I got those bubbles of joy in my stomach when I swung my leg high up over the seat of an Orange KTM 950 adventure this morning. I’ll admit I was signing John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High. So what? Colorado Rockies will do that to you.

The ride here was the sunny day riding feel good time when my little brain gave itself up to the curve of the road and the majesty of the mountains. I’m so tweaky tired now after a jam packed evening at the Conference full of inspiring women to meet and a booth to set up. I’ll just post a few photos now.

Me at the Continental Divide - police came moments later to tell me to get on the road.

Me at the Continental Divide - police came moments later to tell me to get on the road.

Here’s my table. with my BIG banner. Makes me feel official now.
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Kermitts Bar in Idaho Springs is entirely wall papered in dollar bills, and they serve a tasty home made green chilli. We did some opportunistic promotion of Chicks on Bikes, and the owner says he’ll sell the books there.
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Lots of clubs were there sporting their colors.
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International Women and Motorcycling Conference – book launch

August 14, 2009

In my effort to write captivating blog posts, I forgot to mention the imminent World Priemier of Chicks on Bikes at the International Women and Motorcycling Conference in Keystone Colorado August 19-22.
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Books shipped, banner printed, table rented, plane tix, hotel rooms – I’m ready to hit the book promo trail. I’m psyched to meet the leaders of the motorcycle media and industry – Particularly moto journalist personality Genevieve Schmitt, and Harley’s marketing guru Leslie Prevish. Really this is my favorite thing about the book – meeting all the great biker peeps.

If you’re going, shoot me an email and be sure to come by my table I’m sharing with Carla King author of Motorcycling Misadventures.

A couple other book will be there too – Lois on the Loose, and A Photographic History of Early Women Motorcyclists.

Chicks on Bikes videos

July 20, 2009

Well I guess I should have known, but it still shocks me how much offensive media there is on women bikers. I just did a youtube search on Chicks on Bikes and do you know what came up? Sure you do. Lots of “hot chicks on bikes” read: have never started a motorcycle image but willing to pose in sad permutations of lustful porn poses.

No need to add a link here because they’re all so incredibly dull and mundane. But obviously thrilling to a good number of guys.

one of a million stupid pictures of girls on bikes

one of a million stupid pictures of girls on bikes

I guess men like bikes, they like sex with women and they hope to combine these things in one stimulating image. I ponder what exactly they want when they look at those pictures. Does a fast or flashy bike embody their fantasy self and the women draped on the bike are somehow draped on them?

Oh now my husband just came in the room and explained this to me. Men see a bike they would like to have and they wish that sexy woman wanted to have sex with him on the bike. He says I’m making the whole thing more complicated than it really is. Men are simple creatures.

As a photographer (if I’m feeling generous toward the bozos who take these pics) I think may a part of is the simple mechanics of it, a good posing prop.

Anyway, my search turned up a few amusing things as well. First of all (and this is #5 on Youtube) is a song called “Chicks on Bikes” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqzIUNGIuEY

Check out Heloise’s Household Hints for Motorcycles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ik1vtG1axo Its like June Cleaver telling you how to get the stinky sweat out of your motorcycle helmet and other handy (ladylike?) tips. Heloise rides around and around on her campy sidecar bike and tells you she’s been riding since 1974.

Keepin’ in real are these ladies: “Bangs – Uncontrollable Women” I’d love to photograph them. You’ve got to see the scene when she catches her bike on fire. They give their biker names – Unconcious Nana, Big Panty (Pan-tay)…
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VABOXV7Cgc
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsxFbcNcCcg&NR=1

Cover of Urban Moto

July 1, 2009

Check out this terrific magazine Urban Moto – its their women’s issue and my book Chicks on Bikes is the cover.
http://urbanmotomag.com/currentissue.cfm

Chicks On Bikes

Chicks On Bikes

Goofing for the camera

June 29, 2009

Usually I don’t like the mugging for the camera shot. I just took it to get the mood rolling. But as I looked through all the lovely images for my upcoming Chicks on Bikes book about women and motorcycling, it turns out this one had the spark. I’m always looking for what feels real and what really connects viewer to subject. Sometime you don’t know until you’re in your final edit. These photos of Women on Wheels founders were taken 9 years ago. The two older women are now passed away.
Below you can see why I choose the fun one.