Pioneers

Stories on women motorcycling pioneers including the Van Buren sisters, Vivian Bales, Della Crewe, Hazel Kolb, and more!

PIONEERS: Honeymooning by Motorcycle in 1934!

After their marriage in 1934, Stanislaw and Halina Bujakowski decided that for their honeymoon, they would fulfill a lifelong dream and travel by motorcycle from their home in Druskininkai, Poland to Shanghai, China. They already owned a BSA motorcycle which was equipped with a sidecar, so all they needed to do was to pack and go.

PIONEERS: Honeymooning by Motorcycle in 1934!

First Interview: Cris Sommer Simmons on her Cannonball Run

Cris Sommer Simmons was the only American woman riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run that wrapped up September 26, 2010 in Santa Monica, Calif. Cris finished 20th overall. She spoke with me by phone three days after her history making ride from her home in Hawaii where she is relaxing after riding her 1915 Harley-Davidson across the country.

First Interview: Cris Sommer Simmons on her Cannonball Run

Vivian Bales: The Enthusiast Girl

At age 20, Vivian Bales, a Harley-Davidson Enthusiast magazine cover girl, set out on a solo journey to explore the U.S.A. Read in her own words her experiences about being a woman rider in the 1920s, the special treatment she got along the way and the joy and excitement on being a girl on a motorcycle. Her fascinating story offers a glimpse into what it was like to be a woman rider in the early 1900s.

Vivian Bales: The Enthusiast Girl

Marjorie Smith: A Pioneering Motorcycle Businesswoman

One of the biggest and most respected engine manufacturers in the motorcycle industry, SS Cycle, may not have existed if it wasnt for Marjorie Smith. “If it wasnt for her willingness to continue the business in 1959 and take over the office responsibilities and financial burden, there probably wouldnt be an SS,” reflects Ken Smith, one of Marjories two sons who started working with the company in the 1970s.

Marjorie Smith: A Pioneering Motorcycle Businesswoman

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