More than 250 motorcycle riders are now making their way back to their homes across the U.S. and Canada after riding the final leg of a coast-to-coast motorcycle journey that ended in San Francisco Sunday, July 23.
The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride Presented by BMW commenced on July 3 in Brooklyn, New York, with 68 riders, mostly women, who paid $5,725 for the fully guided and supported cross-country ride organized to commemorate another cross-country ride, the one that Adeline and Augusta Van Buren made on their motorcycles 100 years ago. That ride put the sisters in the history books as the first women to cross the U.S. on their own motorcycles.
This year’s ride gave motorcyclists the opportunity be part of the Van Buren’s legacy by retracing some of the sisters’ route across 14 states alongside descendants of both Van Buren women, who rode motorcycles as well. Approximately 200 more motorcyclists joined the group at various spots along the way participating at different cost levels based on how much they wanted to be a part of the scheduled activities.
Mia Waller started the ride in Springfield, Massachusetts, the second launch spot on the east coast putting 4,304 miles on her 2012 Honda NC700X. “Participating in this ride was a long overdue opportunity to be part of something big—bigger than myself—and yet completely for me.”
Mia hails from San Francisco so she literally rode all the way back to her hometown. “The ride was a chance to see so much of the U.S. in an up-close, personal way that only happens on two wheels.”
The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride Presented by BMW was the vision of motorcycle journalist (past contributor to WRN) and entrepreneur Alisa Clickenger, who’s been fulfilling dreams for herself ever since she left corporate America to ride a motorcycle for a living. Her story is partly told here in an article she wrote for WRN.
With the Sisters’ Ride, Alisa created the opportunity for other women riders to fulfill their motorcycles dreams—one of them being to travel across the country on two wheels. And pulling off this monumental cross-country ride event—and convincing major motorcycle companies to come on board as sponsors—is a first for the women and motorcycling segment of the industry. Alisa tells WRN, “It occurred to me during the event that I had to stretch and grow in previously unimagined ways in order to be the person who could pull off this event. In many waysthe process of operating outside my comfort zone wasnt that much different than my journey on two wheels.”
Nearly $10,000 was raised from the proceeds going to two charities: Finale Salute, a national women’s veterans organization that provides housing for homeless female veterans; and Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists, a group providing funding for scholarships aimed at increasing the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt, and track.
Alisa assembled a team of volunteers who helped her with the many aspects of the ride, some of whom are pictured in our photo gallery below. Additionally, the Sisters Ride was made possible with the support of these companies: BMW as presenting sponsor, Women’s Motorcycle Tours, Indian Motorcycle, Allstate Insurance, sheEmoto, Olympia Moto Sports, Suzuki Cycles, Sena Technologies, Kuryakyn, Mustang Seats, Avon Motorcycle Tyres, National Cycle, iMobile App, Weego, Cycle Wipes, Black Girls Ride Magazine, Motorcycle and Powersports News, BMW ON Magazine, Riders of Kawasaki, LokSak, Motorcycle Shippers, Natures Bakery.
Enjoy the rest of the photos with captions that share more details and special moments from the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride. Click to view them larger in a slideshow.
We asked Alisa her thoughts looking back on the event.”Life is strung together by memorable moments, and for me one moment was riding up the West Side Highway in New York City. Thirty-five women started in Brooklyn, and the way they followed my lead and flowed through the city streets of New York in a column of perfection behind me was pure magic. The other moment was halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge—seeing more than 200 bikes in my rearview mirror, spanning the entire bridge, knowing that we did it’ was the end cap on a near-perfect experience for me. Both moments brought me to tears knowing that so many women trusted me to show them the camaraderie of the sport and the magic of the road. Im not sure I can ever top either of those feelings, but I assure you I will try.” SistersMotorcycleRide.com