Category Archives: Women Under The Helmets

Meet Charlie

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In this series, you get to meet the women under the helmets (or in this case the hood), it’s an insight into the amazing legends in our crew. Get to know us and join us on our next ride!
This week we meet Charlie!!!

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What is your name (or your nick name) Charlie
What are your preferred pronouns? She/her
When did you become a member? January 2021
What bike do you ride (or hope to ride)? I just bought a 2014 Hyosung GV650 which I am looking forward to taking on some adventures with DOBM. I typically ride sports bikes though.
How long have you been riding? And what got you interested? I have been riding for almost 10 years. One of my earliest memories is sitting on bikes at a bike shop and revving their engines at the age of 3. I have been hooked ever since. I got my learners as soon as I turned 18 and got my licence before my car licence.
What is your favourite song and why? High Hopes by David Gilmour / Pink Floyd. It gives me a sense of nostalgia and I get goosebumps and lost in it. The sliding guitar solo is so intensely beautiful – basically it’s a masterpiece.
Where’s your favourite place in the world? My parent’s place on the Mornington Peninsula. They live in a beautiful beach house down surrounded by bush and they have a path which leads to the ocean, it’s a really peaceful and wholesome place to spend time with family. I also love India and Japan.
What is so empowering to you about riding a motorcycle? And how has riding transformed other areas of your life? I feel alive when I am riding and the adrenaline, freedom and awareness I get of myself and my surroundings makes me appreciate life.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Put golden rings around people. The way someone treats you is a reflection of how they feel about themselves.
What gets you out of bed on a Sunday morning? A run and brunch with the Melbourne Frontrunners Group, or an exciting road trip.
What’s your life motto? Magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone.
Which pride parade would you love to ride in? New York or San Francisco.
What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? It’s an amazing and very welcoming community.

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Meet Shannon

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In this series, you get to meet the women under the helmets, it’s an insight into the amazing legends in our crew. Get to know us and join us on our next ride!
This week we meet Shannon!

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What is your name (or your nick name) Shannon
What are your preferred pronouns? She / her
When did you become a member? November 2020
What bike do you ride (or hope to ride)? KLR 650, z1000
How long have you been riding? And what got you interested? On the road around 28 years& dirt bikes when I was younger
What is the most important thing you have learnt so far being a part of Dykes on Bikes Melbourne? Everyone I’ve met has been so friendly & welcoming
What is your favourite song and why? Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana, it got me into grunge
Where’s your favourite place in the world? Halls gap is very spiritual for me
What is so empowering to you about riding a motorcycle? And how has riding transformed other areas of your life? Sense of freedom, great stress relief
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Stay true to yourself
What gets you out of bed on a Sunday morning? Hot coffee
What’s your life motto? Ride it like ya stole it
Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Sydney Mardi Gras Midsumma, ChillOut
What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why? Harley v rod
What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? How welcoming everyone is

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Meet Chloe

WHO ARE THE WOMEN UNDER THE HELMETS?

In this series, you get to meet the women under the helmets (or in this case the hood), it’s an insight into the amazing legends in our crew. Get to know us and join us on our next ride!
This week we meet COOTA aka Chloe!! One of the DoBM LICs (Lesbian In Car)!!!

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What is your name (or your nick name) Chloe (Coota)
What are your preferred pronouns? she/her
When did you become a member? last year (2020)
What bike do you ride (or hope to ride)? Not a bike rider but a proud LIC, maybe one day I’ll learn to ride haha
How long have you been riding? And what got you interested? Not a rider but my partner is so we both joined
What is the most important thing you have learnt so far being a part of Dykes on Bikes Melbourne? New friends and party pals come from all ages!
What is your favourite song and why? Lizzo- Tempo. Cause I love shaking my ass
Where’s your favourite place in the world? Disneyland! A few weeks ago I cried because my girlfriend had never been.
What is so empowering to you about riding a motorcycle? And how has riding transformed other areas of your life? As I am a LIC I don’t own a bike but I have a mint green 2 door Fiat and I adore her! I love being bold and standing out and my little car does just that!
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t believe everything you hear
What gets you out of bed on a Sunday morning? Coffee or knowing I can get up only to lay on the couch all day
What’s your life motto? Travel first, think later!
Which pride parade would you love to ride in? World Pride somewhere cool in Europe
What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why? A pink Jeep hard top Wrangler
What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? You WILL meet the coolest people and make awesome friends

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Meet Sonia

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 Sonia!

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Name: Sonia Empson

Member since: 2020 (brand new)

Ride: Triumph Sprint 1050 Red

Riding since: I was 10

Loves: Hanging out with my family and friends, riding, cooking, having a good belly laugh

Hates: Cruelty and exploitation.
The odd occasion when my bike won’t start 🤔

What are your pronouns? She Her

Who inspires you? My Sister, anyone that has a go no matter what has come at them

Tell us something about you that no one would know: In 2002 I was one of a few females that completed the Finke Desert Race since it began in the 70’s on my Suzuki Dr350.

Where’s your favourite place in the world? Central Australia, where my kids are, Japan

Tell me how you first got involved in with DoBM? Have been a big fan for years. I happened to start chatting with a fella in the booze line at ChillOut this year, and we got talking about DoB, he encouraged me to get in touch.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? Everything. The freedom, the skill, being part of the environment especially riding through the bush or next to the sea. Riding is something I can do to relax and to get away. Builds confidence. It’s awesome riding in a group, bringing people together.

Which pride parade would you love to ride or pillion in? Mardi Gras, ChillOut

What are you passionate about? My family, riding adventures, having a sense of humour.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?That’s a big one. We could do with a lot more kindness and compassion. I’m still at a loss as to why in 2020 and all of the resources available, people still have to live in poverty.

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why: Honda XR250. The one I learnt to ride on when I was a kid. I miss that bike. I learnt everything on it from jumping to stacking and was the backdrop to my adolescence.

What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? How much awesome stuff DoB do and achieve.

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Meet Teresa

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 T Rex aka Teresa!

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What is your name (or your nick name) Teresa, I also get T or Rex/Rexxy
What are your preferred pronouns? She / Her / Hers
When did you become a member? May 2020
What bike do you ride (or hope to ride)? I got my 2020 Yamaha R3 in October 2020.
How long have you been riding? And what got you interested? I learned to ride when I was a kid, growing up on our family sheep station in the far-west of NSW. Riding was a part of everyday life for us, and we’d often spend much of the day riding, doing sheep work and other jobs. When I moved to Melbourne 24 years ago, riding stopped other than brief trips home. I’ve been wanting to get my licence for around 20 years, but never had the spare cash to do it, then I became a parent, then a sole parent and there was even less cash.
At the beginning of 2020 I started saving to take my son on holiday to NZ in 2021, but then COVID hit and everything was uncertain. I decided to go for it & get my licence and a bike, not because I was being fatalistic & thinking we could all die tomorrow, but because I want to live my life and have adventures and not have regrets. Life should be simple, COVID forced me to slow down and properly appreciate the small moments, and riding gives me such joy.
What is the most important thing you have learnt so far being a part of Dykes on Bikes Melbourne? The most important thing I’ve learned is that it’s OK to be exactly who you are.
What is your favourite song and why? I have an eclectic taste (even some country music features in my playlist), but a longtime favourite is “This is me” from The Greatest Showman, as performed by the cast. I love it because the score (can’t go past a slow build!) and because it’s a song about owning who you are, being proud of who you are and when people try to minimise and shame you, letting your strength keep you safe.
Where’s your favourite place in the world? In keeping with my simpler slower life, each afternoon when I finish work and I’m out in my garden checking my vegetables, with my dog at my feet and my son talking to me, the lazy buzz of bees in the air … That right there is my favourite place in the world with my favourite beings.
What is so empowering to you about riding a motorcycle? And how has riding transformed other areas of your life? I’d started buying my gear before I even booked my Ls, yet right up until I sat on the bike on the first day of training, I was honestly wondering if I was having a mid-life crisis and would be too nervous to ride. But as soon as I sat on the bike I knew I’d made the right decision and I wouldn’t look back.
Riding a motorcycle has boosted my confidence, you have to have a bit of self-assurance to take a container of flammable liquid, put it on top of a hot engine then put the whole lot between your legs and ride with cars that apparently can’t see you. I love riding on my own, I love riding in groups, I love the “nod” when you see another rider. I’m very independent and I enjoy my own company, so knowing I’m alone but part of a wider family is pretty amazing.
I’m sure that riding has made me a better driver too. I’m much more aware of who and what is around me.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The way someone treats you is a reflection of how they feel about themselves.
What gets you out of bed on a Sunday morning? My bladder. Or my dog’s bladder. Or thoughts of coffee. Or a ride.
On a ride day day, I’m wide awake staring in to the darkness HOURS before I need to be up. The adrenaline is pumping on those days.
What’s your life motto? Kind heart.
Fierce mind.
Brave spirit.
Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Mardi Gras for sure. ChillOut is another I’d love to do. In Hay NSW they have an annual Pride march & I’d love to go there too if they’d have me!
What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why? Triumph… Thunderbird 1600, Bonneville Bobber, Rocket 3, all of them! I can dream.
What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? My favourite part so far of DoBM has been how I’ve been made to feel welcome and comfortable by all the members I’ve met. DoBM members are from all walks of life, with people from all age groups, cultural identities, careers and families. In any other situation, some of us mightn’t ever cross paths or be friends, but loving bikes and being DoBM members ties us in a way that nothing else can.
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Meet Dee

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 the fabulous Dee!

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Name:  Deidre Gaye (Gaye by name , gaye by nature) Edmonds

Member since: December 2018

Ride: Honda CBR3003R MY2017

Riding since: 1999 – 2008 ,  then a Decade off, then from December 2018

Loves: Lizzy Bear , new experiences, being outdoors, Summer, wildlife / animals , the water, gardening

Hates: Aggressive personalities, intolerant behaviours, abusive people, violence against anyone , particularly the vulnerable…children, women, the disadvantages, defenceless animals .

What are your pronouns? She / Her

Who inspires you? Not so much individual people, but types of people. Driven/passionate/cheerful, depth of character, kind/inclusive/knowledgeable/ people who overcome life’s obstacles with honour and hard work

Tell us something about you that no one would know? I am currently exploring a Certificate III I Horticulture

Where’s your favourite place in the world?  The Gippsland Lake for jetskiing . Amazing waterways , the opportunity to be immersed in wildlife, dolphins, pelicans…. Beautiful scenery. I have travelled to 14 countries all of which had beautiful areas but I am always happy returning to Melbourne . We are very fortunate to live in Australia

Tell me how you first got involved in with DoBM? In around 2003 I rode in Pride with DOBM , tail end Charlie crew , what a buzz, less structured back in the day ….a nursing friend jumped on the back of my VSTAR 650 at the last minute to share the experience. I actually sent a cheque off to join DOB that year but it didn’t get cashed, I did not get contacted so let it go until 15 years later . I met Lizzy Bear , she was joining and getting her bike licence….so of I went and bougt myself a XMAS present …my little Monty Motorbike.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? I have always enjoyed “movement/speed” . I use to downhill and cross country ski, do long distance bicycle riding ….then as I aged and physical abilities changed…….I guess I was seeking the freedom of movement in other forms that I could achieve, ..my jetski..Sunny Seadoo and now Monty my Honda. I always enjoy “gearing up” and heading out on the bike . It’s like I am on holidays and about to embark on some great activity . Because I ride mostly for pleasure , not for commuting , riding is usually linked with a great day out, a catch up with friends , DOB crew,  or weekend away or trip to Lizzies for a “sleep over “  🙂

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Because I have loved my trips to San Fran…and love Castro and the vibes …I think to ride there would be an amazing time . I also enjoy the efforts of some of the German DOB crew with social media and think they are motivated bunch . To ride in Germany could be mighty interesting .

What are you passionate about? Travelling, living a good life . Learning new skills, making the most of what life brings my way. People and creatures in my “inner circle” . I will fight any fight to ensure people I am connected closely with are safe , feel supported and encouraged  and cared for.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? That COVID-19 never existed as so many people have been lost , livelihoods ruined, a global crisis for sure . I know you asked for one but this will pass in time .. The other thing I would change is the corruption of some government bodies and people in power that  do nothing to banish poverty or or improve the lives and longevity of their people.

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why ? I hadn’t really thought about it . I loved my chromed up V star , but after a quick google of top cruisers …..could have been an expensive activity….there is a 2020 Indian scout coming out to celebrate their 100th anniversary . red and gold…also a Fat Boy limited edition to celebrate the 30th anniversary . Very appealing indeed.

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What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? That by joining DOBM , you are not only joining to ride with other dykes/lesbians, but entering new friendships, an environment of support and shared knowledge , a group that thinks for those less fortunate  . get on board . We have had a big spike in memberships recently . ..and what a great time to join . We are heading into a time for celebration with next year , 2021 , being our 10th anniversary since forming. It has to be a great time to celebrate …who we are , what we do , what we hope for as a club , new adventures , new experiences, gained friendship and support . Someone is always watchin’ out for their mate .

We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.

Meet Lizzy

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 Lizzy, the loveable larrikin

Name: Lizzy McLean

Member since: 2018

Ride: Honda CB300R

Riding since: 2018

Loves: My job as a teacher working with special needs students

Hates: Rude peeps

What are your pronouns? Me, she, I…….
Adjectives: Fun, Silly, Great Dancer!

Who inspires you? People who help others

Tell us something about you that no one would know. I’m pretty transparent, so I can’t think of anything…

Where’s your favourite place in the world? My bed

Tell me how you first got involved in with DoBM? Through Rebecca Huntley!

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? Riding in a group is unique and exhilarating.  Who can say the same about driving in a group of cars?!  Riding has increased my social network, saves me money in fuel and gets me to work and home a lot faster in peak hour traffic.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Mardi Gras

What are you passionate about? My work (as above)

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Idiot politicians

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why: Indian Scout, 2010 onwards. They look cool and have yesteryear style.

What do you wish other people knew about DoBM? All the other stuff as well as the rides.

We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.

Meet Linda

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 Linda!

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Name: Linda Smylie

Member since: 2018

Ride: Yamaha virago

Riding since: 2017

Loves: carbs/pugs/Chardonnay/James Bond/boobs.

Hates: reality tv/bad manners

What are your pronouns?
Her/she and hers

Who inspires you?
My girlfriend- she shows me unconditional love.
She shows me tolerance towards other people is so important.
Daniel Craig for being an awesome blond bond.

Tell us something about you that no one would know. 
I play a mean air guitar 🎸

Where’s your favourite place in the world?
My bed.

Tell me how you first got involved in with DoBM?
I had a RTA and broken bones. I was keen to ride again and needed to build up confidence. DOBM helped me so much. Non judgemental, lovely group.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life?
Riding is so important. It focuses my mind and body. Complete concentration is needed.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Manchester. My home city.

What are you passionate about?
Equality. And cooking.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
No animal cruelty.

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why
Yamaha Virago. A birthday gift from my girlfriend.

What do you wish other people knew about DoBM?
Such an awesome, inclusive group of women.

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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 Kim

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 Kim!

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Name: Kim

Member since: 2019

Ride: 2015 HD street 500 custom

Riding since: 2018

Loves: Inline Hockey, motorbikes and my dog

Hates: Not much of a hater!!!!

What are your pronouns? She/Her

Who inspires you? Seeing the smile and gratitude from people when I give back to the community with emergency services

Tell us something about you that no one would know: I’m ambidextrous

Where’s your favourite place in the world? Arnhem Land

Tell me how you first got involved in with DoBM? I was looking to meet some new people that enjoy riding just as much as I do and wanted to feel part of a family, and here we are. Surrounded by a great bunch of people.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life?  The feeling of freedom is amazing. Riding down the coast being able to smell the ocean and your surrounds is an invigorating experience. You can hop on the bike and let your mind relax from everyday life.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Sydney Mardi Gras is the ultimate for me

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about life in general. Being around good genuine people.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Surprisingly nothing at all. Sure there are small things we all want in life but I am happy where my world is right now. Probably living it in the Maldives with oodles of money would be the only thing!!

What is your dream bike? HD breakout custom. They are a beautiful bike. Nice and loud!!!

Kim - Dykes on Bikes MelbourneWhat do you wish other people knew about DoBM?  I’d love people to know how beautiful everyone is. How welcoming everyone was on my first meeting and ride just made it so easy to feel a part of the club. There was no awkwardness with anyone. Come along and meet all the ladies at a ride and join the club. It’s a real family feel. I felt like I knew everyone for years.

We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.

Meet Caz

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 Caz, our passionate member since 2015.

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Name: Caz

Member since: 2015

Ride: Suzuki GS500F

Riding since: Dirt Bikes when I was a kid, moved up to road bikes 2009 when I was living in the Yarra Ranges.

Loves: Family, Grandkids the ocean.

Hates: crazy car drivers and racists.

What is your pronouns? she

Who inspires you? Ellen DeGeneres

Tell us something about you that no one would know: I went to Cambodia and built houses for a charity group, it is one of the best things I have ever been involved in.

Where’s your favourite place in the world? Asides from home! the Plitvice lakes in Croatia or the deck of a yacht on the Aegean sea.

Tell me how you first got involved in with DOBM? I met some of the group at Midsumma Carnival, then saw them leading the Pride March, I was looking for a women’s group to ride with and you all seemed really friendly.

What is so empowering about riding a motorcycle? And How does riding transform other areas of your life? The freedom that you feel riding a motorbike out on the open road is a joy, makes you feel alive and happy. It is a  great stress reliever to face the rest of life, it resets you.

Which pride parade would you love to ride in? Sydney, I have always wanted to.

What are you passionate about? kindness

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Equality, everyone should have rights and be treated equally.

What is your dream bike? Make/Model/Year and why – I haven’t decided yet.

What do you wish other people knew about DOBM? I think DOBM had a bad rep early on, when I was going to join people told me that it was rough and that I would need to butch up to join, which was simply not true. There are women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs in the club, professional women, mothers, grandmothers and trades people and they are all lovely. It had been the most supportive club I have ever belonged to and getting out with a group of women to ride is one of the most liberating and joyous experiences.  We all have a common goal to get out and ride our bikes hang out with like minded women who love their bikes and to raise funds for the community when we can.

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We are always up for a chat, get in touch to find out about joining us on our next ride.