In many spaces, Black women are unrepresented, misrepresented, or underrepresented.
This is true in the bikers’ space.
Former Adidas marketing manager Porsche Taylor quit her position to found Black Girls Ride, which blends her two passions: motorbikes and writing.
Before Taylor, the print media space did not have a field for women who ride.
Black Girls Ride Fills An Underrepresented Niche
In 2011, Taylor founded the magazine to cater to Black women.
At the time, only two motorbike publications catered to women, but neither focused on Black women–a more sizable motorbike demographic than many think.
She wanted to teach women about technology and bikes, show them how to ride safely, and inform them about gear to improve their riding comfort.
Naturally, the goal evolved with time.
However, the primary purpose of Black Girls Ride remains: to give Black women passionate about motorbikes a platform.
Black Women Have Contributed To The History of Motorbikes
Whether haters will accept it or not, Black women have had a significant role in the history of motorbikes.
Bessie Stringfield, for instance, made history by riding across the country–all 48 continental states–eight times in the 1930s, when riding through the wrong town could have gotten her lynched.
Springfield made her living performing stunts and racing, and when she settled in Miami, she became the city’s motorcycle queen.
Since then, the country has had countless Black women riders.
They Celebrate Sisterhood
The society isn’t just about showing off your bike.
The women show newbies the ropes and help each other out.
Whenever they plan a ride, they ensure everyone has a fun time, and everyone is included, no matter their skill level or what bike they own.
Black Girls Ride is currently open to different backgrounds.
However, the focal point will always remain Black women because too few publications focus on them.
If you’re a biker, this society is one you need to join.
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