Cool Girls Riding Their Motorbikes: Vintage Pre-War Photos Of Women And Their Rides

Two ladies astride an 1895 Crank Drive Motorcycle (r) and a 500 New Imperial Twin (l), which has reached 114 mph at Brooklands

Two ladies astride an 1895 Crank Drive Motorcycle (r) and a 500 New Imperial Twin (l), which has reached 114 mph at Brooklands

 

Presenting a gallery of vintage photos of motorcycle riding women.

All captions are the original words. Not ours. We’re innocent, promise…

 

(GERMANY OUT) Spare time pictures of the 1920/30ies Two young women heading off by motorbike for a weekend trip - photographer: Gregor Kutschuk - 1929 - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

(GERMANY OUT) Motorcycles Young woman with on a motorcycle with a golf bag on her back - 1928 - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

circa 1925:  A woman on a beach in California with her Harley Davidson and boyfriend, who is sitting in the side car.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

circa 1925: A woman on a beach in California with her Harley Davidson and boyfriend, who is sitting in the side car.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01:  Two Women Fleeing On A Motorcycle, Circa 1920, United States, Santa Monica  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

1920, United States, Santa Monica

The Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) During The First World War, A motorcyclist with the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) on a Clyno motorcycle combination, circa 1916. (Photo by IWM via Getty Images)

The Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) During The First World War, A motorcyclist with the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) on a Clyno motorcycle combination, circa 1916.

Percy Platt's Motor Cycle Shop in Union Street. Oldham, Manchester,  c1915. (Photo by Past Pix/SSPL/Getty Images)

Percy Platt’s Motor Cycle Shop in Union Street. Oldham, Manchester, c1915.

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1910:  Portrait of two motorcyclists, a man and a woman, standing together with their vehicles, ca1910, United States (Photo by Nathan Lazarnick/George Eastman House/Getty Images)

1910, United States

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1905:  Walk and accident in moped, about 1905. History without word. number 3 : "...let's go !....".  (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)

1905

(GERMANY OUT) Pictures of daily life Berlin's first woman in motorcycle gear - 1905 - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

1905

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Motorcycle Women Race In England.  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Young People Riding A Motorcycle  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

circa 1940:  Ministry of Information dispatch riders on their motorbikes.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

circa 1940: Ministry of Information dispatch riders on their motorbikes.

circa 1935:  A rather large woman riding a mini-autobike.Tiny Griffin preparing to take part in a South California Bicycle Parade at Ocean Park.  (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

circa 1935: A rather large woman riding a mini-autobike.Tiny Griffin preparing to take part in a South California Bicycle Parade at Ocean Park. (

Marjorie Dare (Doris Smith) riding with around 'The Wall of Death' sideshow at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend, Essex, 1938. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Marjorie Dare (Doris Smith) riding with around ‘The Wall of Death’ sideshow at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend, Essex, 1938.

9th January 1927:  A woman entrant in the Ladies only Motor Cycle Reliability Trial at Alexandra Palace, London.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

9th January 1927: A woman entrant in the Ladies only Motor Cycle Reliability Trial at Alexandra Palace, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

1926:  A competitor at the Ladies' Bike Trials at Alexandra Palace, north London.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

1926: A competitor at the Ladies’ Bike Trials at Alexandra Palace, north London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

23rd September 1925:  The Debenham sisters wearing fur and waterproof clothing for the winter motorcyclist. The women are riding BSA cycles.  (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

23rd September 1925: The Debenham sisters wearing fur and waterproof clothing for the winter motorcyclist. The women are riding BSA cycles. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

1925:  Two women set off on a BSA motorbike to play tennis after work.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

1925: Two women set off on a BSA motorbike to play tennis after work. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

circa 1925:  Women of Achille Serre Ltd's Private Fire Brigade setting off on their motorcycle and sidecar to compete in the London Private Fire Brigades' Tournament. They are defending champions in the women's events.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1925: Women of Achille Serre Ltd’s Private Fire Brigade setting off on their motorcycle and sidecar to compete in the London Private Fire Brigades’ Tournament. They are defending champions in the women’s events. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

22nd August 1925:  Miss E Foley and Miss L Ball on their motorcycles at the International Six Days Reliability Trials at Brooklands race track.  (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

22nd August 1925: Miss E Foley and Miss L Ball on their motorcycles at the International Six Days Reliability Trials at Brooklands race track. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

September 1923:  Three women waiting to start their midget motorcycle race.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

September 1923: Three women waiting to start their midget motorcycle race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

March 1923:  A woman on a Velocette motorcycle at the ACU Trials in Birmingham.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

March 1923: A woman on a Velocette motorcycle at the ACU Trials in Birmingham. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

August 1917:  Woman despatch rider for the A I D during World War I.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

August 1917: Woman despatch rider for the A I D during World War I. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

circa 1920:  Four women motorcycle racers in Germany, including Marjorie Cottle.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1920: Four women motorcycle racers in Germany, including Marjorie Cottle. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

June 1921:  A woman riding a horse alongside a woman on a motorcycle in Hyde Park, London.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

June 1921: A woman riding a horse alongside a woman on a motorcycle in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

3rd November 1920:  British comic actor Leslie Henson (1891 - 1957) and his wife Madge Saunders at Slough.  (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

3rd November 1920: British comic actor Leslie Henson (1891 – 1957) and his wife Madge Saunders at Slough. (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)