In Celebration of International Women’s Day, the Female Bikers Who Inspire Us

International Women's DayMarch 8 is the centennial International Women’s Day, twenty-four hours dedicated entirely to commemorating the outstanding “economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” In the spirit of celebration, LadyMoto presents a handful of women who inspire us with what they’ve done… and what they’ll inevitably be doing to further women’s roles in motorcycling. Hats off to these ladies and the countless others making an impact in the industry!

thumb_Arlene_Battishill_copyArlene Battishill

Inspires us with: Entrepreneurial spunk & fashion focus

This energetic entrepreneur is redefining what it looks like to be a woman on a bike, one jacket at a time. The Go Go Gear founder and CEO pushes back against riding clothes that are “big, bulky, unattractive and ill-fitting” with her fresh, modern designs.

Even more impressive: she followed through on a wild idea to do all the product testing herself and was tied behind a motorcycle in one of her jackets and dragged across 80 feet of pavement. (Check back to LadyMoto for more on that stunt soon!) You can follow her daily two-wheeled adventures 140 characters at a time on Twitter, @LAScooterGirls.

Erica & Karlee Cobb, Laura KlockLaura Klock & Daughters

Inspire us with: Tough-as-nails riding & hearts of gold

Sometimes referred to as the “royal family” of biking, Laura Klock and her teenage daughters Erica and Karlee Cobb have earned the right to their fancy titles. They’re definitely the fastest female trio out there, each one holding an individual land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (and the only mother-daughter-daughter combo to lay that claim).

Laura’s got a separate list of accolades for the custom bikes she builds, and has just started a program to teach life skills and lessons to teenage girls by way of motorcycle building. Look for a LadyMoto feature this spring!

Jessica ProkupJessica Prokup:

Inspires us with: Market-savvy, social-butterflying & get-it-done attitude

Formerly the editor at Road Bike magazine, and then a voice for women in the Motorcycle Industry Council, Jessica Prokup’s latest project takes the form of a Long Beach consignment store for fashion-conscious motorcyclists on a budget. The specialty boutique, called Yellow Devil Gear Exchange, has quickly become a hangout for riders in Southern California. Prokup was also responsible for creating “PowerLily“, a LinkedIn group to bring together women in the motorcycle industry.

Follow her on Twitter for updates on an online store: @yellowdevilgear (and look for a feature on Prokup’s new store in the April print issue of All About Bikes).

Chesca Miles & Leah PetersonChesca Miles & Leah Petersen

Inspire us with: Fearless spirits & big ambitions

Chesca Miles and Leah Petersen are two of LadyMoto’s own female contributors (not involved in the making of this article!) breaking major gender stereotypes as professional stunters. Chesca is the first female Streetbike Freestyle stunt rider in the UK, but also pursues modeling, singing and songwriting.

Leah, a stunter originally from the Pacific Northwest, kicked off 2011 with a move to France where she and her boyfriend will continue to develop the popular site (You can follow the two as they wheelie across Europe, @LeahStunts and @ChescaMiles)

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie

Inspires us with: Pretty much everything

What can’t this woman do? Mother of six, hugely influential social activist, major style icon, successful actor… It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but we were still really impressed to hear that all the stunts on that pretty Triumph Street Triple R in the action-packed feature Salt were really the actress herself. This is just the lady to glam up the image of women on bikes.

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