Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride
July 4-24, 2016
A Look Back Towards the Future of Female Motorcyclists
One hundred years, one hundred women.
2016 is the 100th anniversary of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren’s courageous and unprecedented ride across the United States on Indian motorcycles. In 1916 they were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on their own motorcycle. They became the first women to reach the 14,109 feet summit of Pikes Peak by any motor vehicle. In 2002 the sisters were inducted into the AMA‘s Motorcycle Hall of Fame and into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride July 4-24, 2016, will honor and celebrate our female motorcycling heroines of the past, as we promote the growth of women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.
The ride will loosely follow the Van Buren sisters’ 1916 route, primarily following the Lincoln Highway across the United States from New York to San Francisco. Combining scenic routes and major metropolitan areas, the route will allow for great riding as well as promotion and visibility of female motorcycling role models.
Via a well-organized cross country tour, we will pay tribute to the Van Buren sisters as well as other past and present female motorcyclists who inspire us. The ride will focus on:
- Promoting the growth of women riders as integral members of the motorcycling community.
- Demonstrating women riders’ motorcycling enthusiasm, courage, leadership and readiness to contribute to the greater good of society.
- Attracting women who are not yet riders to join us at our nationwide events so we can encourage them to explore motorcycling as a hobby.
- The camaraderie between our riders, our staff and the public at large.
Two charities will be funded as a result of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride’s national raffle:
- Final Salute: A national women’s veterans’ organization which provides temporary and permanent housing for the over 500,000 homeless female veterans in the United States.
- Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists: Providing funding for motorcycle train-the-trainer scholarships that will help enlarge the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt and track.
It is in the best interest for all motorcyclists and all members of the motorcycle industry to create a sustainable future for motorcycling. The Motorcycle Industry Council states that women make 80-85% of the purchasing and recreational decisions for their families. The impact women impact have on the overall growth of younger riders as well as multi-generational families of riders thereby is essential to a sustainable future for motorcycling and motorcyclists.
Dramatic growth can be realized by tapping into large pools of potential motorcyclists like women and members of minority populations. To accomplish this, it is necessary to reach out to beyond those presently involved with motorcycling. The more potential riders who see women and girls riding, the more acceptable and accessible motorcycling will become to everyone.