The third annual Women’s Motorcycle Show put on by Moto Lady and the Lucky Wheels DIY Garage in L.A., happened this past weekend and it was so much larger than expected it got raided and shut down by the police. It seems they thought there was some street racing going on, or possibly that it was a big outlaw biker club rally. Nevertheless, everyone had a good time and some talented ladies got to show off the bikes they had built or at least commissioned.
No matter whether you like new bikes or old, sportbikes or cruisers, there was something for everyone at the show, plus music, welding and blacksmithing demonstrations, snacks, and a raffle with many valuable prizes. Among the boots, helmets, vouchers for a custom paint job, and other bike related items were several Clymer manuals covering some of the more popular bikes with this crowd: The Harley-Davidson Sportster, vintage British iron, and old Japanese bikes.
This was the third year that Alicia Elfving, aka Moto Lady, has put on the Women’s Motorcycle Show. The aim is to promote riding and working on motorcycles as a fun hobby for women of all ages. And all ages of women were there, from Baby Boomers who may have been one of those nice people you’d meet on a Honda in the 1960s, to little girls who are probably already beating the boys on their minibikes. There was a DJ spinning rock and roll, and a one-man band called the Low Volts playing fuzzed out blues guitar. In the back of the shop was a woman blacksmith (Joy Fire) who had brought a portable gas-fired furnace and was showing off some real heavy metal skills. There was also an introduction to welding going on, with a welder (possibly Jessi Combs) letting novices take their first step into melting metal.
Lucky Wheels Garage is a shop full of tools, bike lifts, and equipment which is open to do-it-yourself mechanics of all skill levels, for just $100 a month. And if you have no skills at all, they also have a coffee shop. Don’t need access to a shop more than a day or so? You can pay just $35 for a day pass and just go to town on your project then. The folks at Lucky Wheels swear by Clymer Manuals for newbie bike mechanics.
The Royal Indianfield and the Humblebee
One of the most interesting bike at the show was also one of the oldest, having been owned and raced by several women over the years. The unique bike has a history that goes back almost to WWII when it was owned by Cecilia Adams. This very bike was on the cover of Floyd Clymer’s Cycle Magazine in the 1950s and won the all woman “English Type Trials” event with Cecilia riding it in 1948. In 1949 she appeared with several other women riders in a Life magazine photo spread on what may be a different iteration of the same bike.
This flathead Indian V-twin, stuffed into a British Royal Enfield frame, was refurbished and made to run again by Wes White of Four Aces Cycles, and you can see it being ridden again for the first time here. Oddly enough, when Clymer was trying to revive Indian, Royal Enfield was one of the British makes he rebadged.
Now this one of a kind bike belongs to Kristine Peach, a racer in her own right who is trying to set records out on the Bonneville Salt Flats on a 650cc Triumph. Her race bike, dubbed the “Humble Bee”, was also on hand, in as-raced condition. Of course, this bike was initially built and shown at the Born Free show back in 2013, so it is finished to a slightly better degree than most pure race bikes. The spun aluminum cylindrical fuel/oil tanks, covered in SCTA-BNI tech inspection stickers lets you know this is a real deal racer though, not just some show bike. Ms. Peach is still chasing the record in her class, which is a little over 124 mph, which is going pretty good for an old Trumpet on the dirt.