MotoLady is a brainchild of Alicia Mariah Elfving and created to encourage aspiring women riders and makes it one of the few websites about women in the world of motorcycling. MotoLady covers various motorcycles oriented articles in industry news, art, motorcycle fashion, design, and marketing, etc by way of some really catchy original photography and videos.
Motorcyclist and traveler Vasilisa Komarova took a dream road trip that turned into a nightmare.
I don’t post crowdfunding links. But this one is different. Please read.
For solo travelers, especially women, being vulnerable is part of the deal. To travel and reap all of the rewards of the experience, you must sometimes take risks. Generally speaking, solo travel is an amazing and rewarding experience. For motorcyclist Vasilisa Komarova, a dream trip riding her motorcycle up the coast through South America to Alaska turned into a nightmare.
Three men attacked, raped, and tried to kill her. They came at her with machetes, and after the attack, cut the cables of her Honda motorcycle. Located at a campground in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, they must have taken her for dead, left stranded there by herself. But the 37 year old Russian-Brit didn’t let that be the end of her story.
Vasilisa reported her attack to the authorities, but the Bolivian Police did little besides take note. After calling the Russian Embassy, months of struggle, the wheels of justice were finally turning. Ten months later, the attackers were sent to jail with sentences of 25, seven, and ten years.
“In Bolivia the victim has no protection. I have traveled a lot and I have never encountered so much bureaucracy and so much corruption.” She said. Through this nearly year-long battle, Vasilia worked odd jobs to make ends meet. After being promised a pro-bono lawyer by the Mayor, she was later asked for $2,000 for legal assistance.
“We have to stand up to the abuse and never lose hope.”
Like I said. I don’t post crowdfunding links. But this time, I am. The $10,000 goal doesn’t have far to go. If you can, please help this amazing woman out. She is a bad ass. She is strength.
The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas, takes place during the Moto GP weekend each year.
Combining the influx of motorcyclists from across the globe with a hundred beautiful custom motorcycles by some of the best builders in the industry… it’s not to be missed!
Whether you pop in for a stroll through the rolling art, or spend much of your weekend there, you’ll find something to look at. It just depends on the sort of time you really want to invest (especially if you’re balancing it with MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas).
In the past few years it’s felt like I haven’t gotten to really enjoy going to motorcycle shows. I tend to take on too many gigs–one article here, another there, some photos going to another company. Freelance work is just that… a lot of work. Honestly, it’s sort of been sucking the fun right out of these shows. When I’m trying to shoot for three separate companies, I take three times the photos. That means hundreds, sometimes thousands, of images to sort through and process. Multiple articles to write just after the event when I would rather be in recovery mode. You get the idea.
So, after last year’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, when I flew down to unveil the GT-MotoLady charity MV Agusta build with Soft Tsingos of GT-Moto, I promised myself I’d stop taking on too many gigs. Easier said than done as a freelancer, we’ve all got bills… and sporadic money isn’t fun for budgeting. Having completely blown out my voice and almost exhausted myself to illness after the three day weekend of Handbuilt in 2017, this year was going to be a good test.
See, Handbuilt and the One Motorcycle Show in Portland are two custom bike shows that my friends from all over the world seem to gravitate towards. It’s when I get to hang out (and party) with a bunch of my buddies all in one place! This is amazing, but also proves exhausting.
J Shia of Madhouse Motors & Alicia of MotoLady by Travis Holland
I still didn’t make it to MotoGP as much as I wanted to, but I did take a lot more time for me. Taking my time looking at (almost) all of the motorcycles and their unique details–my favorite part of custom bikes. I also got to spend time with some of my good friends, and meet some people I’ve admired for a long time… like J Shia of Madhouse Motors!
So, behold, some of my favorite bikes and custom details are below… followed by a gallery of over 80 images from throughout the show.
After much adieu, the third annual Women’s Motorcycle Show video and review are here!
From hundreds of bikes lining the streets, live music and beautiful custom motorcycles, to the police shut-down just before the night was over… talented rider and writer Brittany Morrow paints a picture of the party from start to finish in this guest author Women’s Motorcycle Show article.
For several years Alicia Elfving and a small dedicated staff have been throwing an anniversary bash to celebrate the launch and success of TheMotoLady.com. The most recent event, sponsored by Bell Powersports and held on January 13, 2018, answered the call, “If it’s a party you want, a party you’ll get.” What is now solidly established as an annual must-attend affair, the Women’s Motorcycle Show has evolved into a full-blown one-night extravaganza for embracing all things custom, quirky, badass and genuine.
Saturday night’s festivities consisted of “a little something for everybody.” Whether you were interested in socializing with your fellow enthusiasts over coffee, BBQ and/or PBR, oogling builder projects to the sounds of a scratchy-voiced crooner, one-on-one DIY demos, or just a chance at winning one of the substantially awesome raffle prizes – if you rolled up to Lucky Wheels Garage, you had come to the right place.
The first and most obvious aspect of a good show is the audience, both quality and quantity. The Women’s Motorcycle Show has been growing in attendance every year, and there’s no doubt this was the largest crowd to date with a conservative estimate of 1,000 people coming through. More important than the numbers though, and much more interesting, was the diversity of the group the event attracted. With just as many women as men, no specific cliques or groups outnumbered or overshadowed any other. There was absolutely no drama amongst attendees despite representation from all ends of every spectrum of human imaginable. In this aspect, the show succeeded with flying colors at bringing riders of all shapes, sizes, genders and backgrounds together in one place.
Loud, bustling, and a bit chaotic even before walking through the entrance, the atmosphere was everything but exclusive. The immediate options were wide open: grab a bite, a beer, a latte or a sweatshirt while conversing with friends both old and new. Standing in line felt more like an opportunity than a burden. Admittedly not the most intimate of settings, the only thing you couldn’t find was a quiet corner in which to hide. However, if you happened upon the all-women handlebar arm wrestling competition upstairs, you were probably too busy vying for a better view to notice the close quarters. From the moment of arrival, one mantra rang true: No matter who you are, you can have a good time here.
Clearly, the second main attraction of the night was the posse of custom and restored motorcycles – 27 of them to be exact. Like the Kathryn Heigel rom-com (can’t make this up if I tried), each bike was a character and played a part in the saga that unfolded throughout the evening. Most of the machines had to speak for themselves because the accompanying music drowned out any attempts to identify or converse with the builders while in the show area. The party atmosphere reigned over any semblance of a museum with precious artifacts, and never did the show feel stuffy or haughty.
Unfortunately, the event was cut short by the police due to capacity, noise and parking issues (I did say it was a party, right?), so best in show, people’s choice and other awards were not given in person at the event.
The third home run of the evening was the inclusion of live DIY demos, which we have seen before at events like Babes Ride Out. When it comes to the women of Real Deal, a feminine touch means so much more than expected. The DIY displays, which included tutorials from Jessi Combs, Theresa Contreras and Joy Fire, truly felt like living art with teachable moments thrown in for good measure. Not only did the skills being showcased rival the best in the business, but these women also added an air of patience and privacy not readily seen elsewhere. If a true hands-on experience makes your heart flutter, I dare you to watch Joy Fire blacksmith for 30 seconds without falling in love. I caught myself, and fifteen strangers, nearly drooling as we stood watching red hot metal melt and twist on demand. It felt almost voyeuristic, and gosh darn it, I liked it.
Last but not least, the Women’s Motorcycle Show raffled off a slew of rad items donated by equally as rad sponsors. Although not planned as a social media give-away, the party’s abrupt ending forced Alicia to announce winners live via Instagram on Sunday after the dust had settled. Surprisingly, this method was wildly successful and nearly 200 viewers watched in anticipation as ticket numbers were drawn and read. The highly coveted Bell Helmet certificates, ROAME shoes, REV’it certificate, Pirelli tires and ICON 1000 jacket were just a few of the many prizes people were collectively holding their breath over. A full list of raffle prizes and winning numbers can be found here. Lucky winners had until January 31 to claim their bounty.
Check out the video and photo gallery–it’s your last chance to participate in what might be the biggest party of 2018. I think it is certainly up for the challenge.
Women’s Motorcycle Show photo booth gallery is here!
This year Julio Bustamante (juliobustamante.com, @boostamantefotos) was on deck with the sponsor-loaded step-and-repeat banner and camera to capture some of the Women’s Moto Show attendees. Thanks again Julio for coming on board and taking some great pics!
Having an exact number for total attendance is tough since anyone who tried to count just motorcycles gave up after reaching 600. Bikes lined both sides of the street (and down the center double yellow lines) a block in either direction from Lucky Wheels Garage… all the way to the freeway! That’s not including people who drove or took Uber/Lyft. We’re conservatively guesstimating a count of 1,500 total people. Considering I expected maybe 600 after last year’s 350-400… I can see why the LAPD ended up showing up thinking we were up to no good!
As you can see in the gallery below, every kind of motorcyclist came through the show! We had what seemed like every style bike outside, plus all ages of motorcyclists (and future ones too).
Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets, and even moreso for understanding that our little party ended up getting a looooot bigger than anticipated, and the LAPD sent the cavalry to come shut us down. But more on that later!
After much anticipation.. here are the winning ticket numbers.
To claim your prize, email me at email@example.com (click there or copy and paste it) with a photo of you and your ticket (in the same photo)! I’ll let you know where you can pick up your prize (or in some cases, who to email).
Thanks again for coming to the show!
PLEASE NOTE that the last day to claim your prize will be the end of the month, January 31st, 2018.