Category Archives: Women Under The Helmets

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 Liz

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 Liz, 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.

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.