Category Archives: Women Under The Helmets

Meet TJ – DoBM Secretary

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In addition to our Dykes Off Bikes series of live interviews, every so often we’ll be posting profiles of our members so we can all get to know each other better.
This week we meet TJ – hardcore O.G member we all look up to and treasure.

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Name: TJ White Secretary DoBM

Member since: 2013

Ride: ‘97 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500cc, ‘97 Yamaha Virago 250cc

Riding since: 1974

Loves: Wimmin, motorbikes, cars, dogs, gardening , sharing good tucker with friends n family, creativity , music , sculpture, building and making stuff, currently learning MIG welding.

Hates: Any form of violence towards wimmin, children or animals and broad beans or offal.. yuck !

What are your pronouns? I prefer just TJ or mate.

(Or a salutation eg Sir, Mista, Daddi which are reserved for some special friendships only).

Who inspires you? Passionate Strong Lesbian Feminist Wimmin

Tell us something about you that no one would know: I’ve studied classical and jazz piano at the Conservatorium of Music in Melb, Sydney & Adelaide and love my baby grand piano, nearly as much as my bikes – but not as much as my dogs, Angus & Tish.

Where’s your favourite place in the world? France for its food and culture. Second only to my home with my pups and motorbikes.

Tell me how you first got involved in with DOBM?

After meeting some members at 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras, I was encouraged to get my Motorbike licence as I’d ridden for four decades unlicensed. The recalcitrant in me deciding that the cost and hard work to obtain my heavy vehicle licences to drive trucks, heavy plant and machinery, was simply revenue making by motor rego asking for more $ for another licence. However it was Dykes on Bikes who encouraged me to get my Bike licence which I did at Calder Raceway 2013 Vic. so then I could be Legal to ride with DoBM in parades and events. It was an honour to be welcomed and make the commitment to earn my DoBM back patch with the best Gangaroos ever.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? Being in Dyke space riding our ‘steel ponies’ with my crew, is empowering and exhilarating. Riding motorbikes has given me confidence to make decisions or choices in my life without hesitation, but most valued to me is the feeling of Respect & Pride for myself, Our Sisterhood and our LGBTIQ community.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? San Francisco Pride where our Mother Club DoB originated in 1975.

What are you passionate about? Safe spaces for wimmin, kids and animals. Motorbikes, DOBM , My Puppies, Richmond footy Club, go tigers 🖤🖤

 

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? To create Safe spaces for all wimmin, children and animals always

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why? The 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan D2 does it for me. It’s a classic bagger and being a 4 Speeder has a lot of torque on take off and very comfortable to ride long distance.

What do you wish other people knew about DOBM? We are Protectors and Philanthropists for our Rainbow Community. Fiercely protective and proud of our Patch, and Herstory, encouraging Dykes to Ride with us for fun freedom and friendship.
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We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.

Meet Patt

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In addition to our Dykes Off Bikes series of live interviews, every so often we’ll be posting profiles of our members so we can all get to know each other better.
This week we meet Patt, one of our OG members and BBQ master!

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Name: Patricia Cristina (Patt)

Member since: 2014

Ride: Yamaha XVS1300 Cruiser

Riding since: 1984

Loves: My children, grandsons and my Yammy.

Hates: Confrontation and aggressive people.

What are your pronouns? She, Her

Who inspires you? Beautiful strong women!

Tell us something about you that no one would know: I’m fairly open about myself, ask me a question and I will answer it truthfully. I hate housework, never ending dust!

Where are your favourite places in the world? Montmartre, Paris, France; Vietnam.

Tell us how you first got involved in with DoBM? I missed being a member of DoBV, so after a year or so, I decided to get involved again. I joined the original DoBV in 1994 and was their No.1 member when it ended.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? I first started riding 35 years ago and I loved the anonymity it afforded me when I was on my motorcycle. Not many women riding back then. I was neither male nor female, just someone on a bike. Riding a motorcycle has become part of me and I can’t see myself not riding going into my future.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? I would love to ride in the San Francisco parade and a lot of the others around the world.
What are you passionate about? My motorcycle, people, women and food.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? For everyone in the world to be more loving and accepting of their children regardless of how they identify.

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why: My dream bike was a top of the line BMW. I put this in past tense because I have owned two of them in the past. Now I happily ride my Yammy, it has never let me down.

What do you wish other people knew about DOBM? What a fantastic and funtastic group it is. I enjoy our rides to country towns to introduce ourselves to other likeminded people and to encourage others to join our group, because we are a wonderful group of women. I also enjoy all the Pride marches we attend and participate in, I think I have ridden in Mardi Gras, Sydney perhaps 10 to 12 times, the first ones was in 1996.
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We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.

Meet Bec – Our VP

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In addition to our Dykes Off Bikes series of live interviews, every so often we’ll be posting profiles of our members so we can all get to know each other better.
This week we meet Bec, our Vice President
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Name: Bec

Member since: May 2018

What are your pronouns? She/her

Ride: Honda Rebel CMX 500 and a Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Riding since: Grew up riding dirt bikes on the farm back in NZ but never got around to getting my licence until December 2018.

Loves: My whanau/tribe, fur babies, travel, riding and being part of our LGBTIQ+ community

Hates: Greed and selfishness. People who cut you off on the road.

Who inspires you? My mum. I miss her every second.

Tell us something about you that no one would know: Never had a bleeding nose.

Where are your favourite places in the world? Paris, Rome and New Zealand. I also love riding my bike in the country areas and at night.

Tell us how you first got involved in with DOBM? Being such an icon in our community we have all seen the opening of parades, the revving of the engines and the joy it brings to those riding and watching. I never thought I would be part of such an amazing group and its legacy. I met the club President and we started chatting about our love of riding, she encouraged me and friends to join and as they say, the rest is history

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? Being so completely focussed but relaxed at the same time; the awareness of everything around you is heightened unlike any other experience. There is a feeling of strength and independence riding gives you; you feel like you could do anything. Riding is a form of meditation for me and it has transformed my life by enabling that sense of self, refocusing and perspective. Feel more, live more, love more. Makes life’s troubles seem less important.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? I’ve had a bucket list for a while to attend as many pride marches around the world. Now it will be to ride them!

What are you passionate about? Living life to the fullest, how you want to live it (not what others think you should do).

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Greed. It drives everything that is wrong in the world, the desire for power, consuming and destroying everything.

What is your dream bike? I’m undecided and will know when I see her. Something big and beefy
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We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.