WOMEN'S HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Women racing motorcycles in Los Angeles, 1949.
In 1915, Indian motorcycles offered front and rear shocks. Since these cushioned the ride, people began to consider long-distance travel as a real option. That year, a mother-daughter team, Avis and Effie Hotchkiss, rode from New York to San Francisco. They didn't take the direct route. Instead, they meandered about, covering 5,000 miles.
The next year, two society women in their 20s, sisters Adeline and Augusta Van Buren bought a pair of Indian Power Plus Bikes. They were the first people ever to climb up and down Pike's Peak.
They, too, completed a transcontinental ride. Their 3,300-mile trip took almost two months, and they had to contend not only with many unpaved roads, but also with social mores. Once they were arrested for publicly wearing trousers. Both women are pioneers for women and women's rights. We can all get inspiration from these early women riders. We at GGMC are very proud to to be a part this history.
Recently I had an email from Dan, the grandson of Adeline Van Buren about their ride and has offered to allow us pictures of the two women and their ride. We look forward to showing these here on our website.