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
Presenting a gallery of vintage photos of motorcycle riding women.
All captions are the original words. Not ours. We’re innocent, promise…
circa 1925: A woman on a beach in California with her Harley Davidson and boyfriend, who is sitting in the side car.
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.
Percy Platt’s Motor Cycle Shop in Union Street. Oldham, Manchester, c1915.
1910, United States
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. (
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)