In October 2011 Kathleen Sloan—aka HBC (“Hot Biker Chick”)—participated in a Michigan bike run benefitting a local fund for firefighters. She soon found herself smack dab in the middle of a pack of 400 bikers flanked by a fire truck. On the sides of the road, crowds of people waved flags, cheered, and gave the riders the thumbs up. The sights and sounds brought her to tears.
After the ride, she spoke to a friend about recapturing some of that excitement by starting a women-only motorcycle riding club. And so Guilty Girlz Michigan RC was born. Kathleen chose the name Guilty Girlz based on what would become our club’s credo:
In less than two years, Guilty Girlz has established five chapters in Michigan (Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, Tecumseh, Grand Rapids and Detroit) and one in Ohio. The women in our club come from all walks of life—professionals, business women, tradeswomen, moms—but we are motorcycle enthusiasts all. We believe in a strong sisterhood where members support each other and have each other’s backs, but our group is also decidedly drama-free.
Riding in a pack of Guilty Girlz is exhilarating—the thunder of the machines, the feeling of pure bliss. Our bylaws prohibit alcohol or illegal drugs while riding, as we want everyone to ride safe. We put family first, and family members are included in our activities. We also understand women have many commitments they must attend to. Having a life is allowed.
We’d love to see our club grow nationally throughout the United States, and we are looking for women who’d like to belong to a riding club that fits the Guilty Girlz persona. If you feel this club is for you, please visit the Guilty Girlz website.
Bev “Wings” Brown is the state secretary of Guilty Girlz RC. Want to see your riding club profile on Women Riders Now (WRN)? Send us an email following our Reader Stories guidelines.
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