Inspired by this wonderful photo (below) of women motorcyclists posted by @History_Pics on Twitter yesterday, I thought I’d explore some images of female motorcyclists in the twentieth century.
According to @Scotfot on Twitter, the bikes are BSA Round Tank Model B 250cc, unfortunately he can’t identify the cigarettes! (See also Bob’s comment).
I‘m sure there are many more wonderful photographs of early female motorcyclists and I would love to see them if anyone would like to share them.
Of course, during both World Wars women excelled at what was perceived as ‘men’s’ work’, as these women below demonstrate.
ATS motorcycle despatch rider in Northern Ireland, 26 September 1941. Imperial War Museum
Motorbike Messenger at the Admiralty during World War II
Pat Wise was a pioneering female motorcyclist and was the first woman to finish the Isle of Man TT Races and competed at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and the Thruxton 500 miles endurance race.
The freedom of two wheels was enjoyed by many women from the Victorian period onwards, even without an engine, a bicycle was the means of independence for women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Ladies cycling in Hyde Park from Vanity Fair June 1896.