The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 To 1950.

I tell you right away. This photographic history of early women motorcyclists is a treasure. Cristine Sommer-Simmons spent years collecting a wealth of impressive period pictures of the true pioneers of motorcycling.

Women such as Bessie Stringfield and Dot robinson who were brave enough to ride all over the country, braving all weather conditions, defying social conventions and showing their strength and independent spirit. 

Men, you will fall under the charm of these women riding just about every early brand you’ve ever heard, Harleys, Indians, Popes, Hendersons, Flying Merkels, etc. Women, you will enjoy looking at the clothing they wore and the undeniable peace and freedom on their faces. And everybody will love detailing all these old motorcycles and some of you may find in them some customization inspiration. Pictures of magazine covers, of clothing ads and posters are of very high quality set in a very appealing graphical layout. Reading each woman story is captivating. I have a special affection for this book. You will too. Published last month and already a best-seller. Harcover 240 pages. Order online at American Motorcycle Girls 1900 To 1950.


11 Responses to “The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 To 1950.”

  1. 1 ian Jul 14th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    …just bought it – i must get out more….

  2. 2 Jenna Jul 14th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Just ordered. Impatient to read this one.

  3. 3 John E Adams Jul 14th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Nice piece, looks like a sure winner!

  4. 4 nicker Jul 14th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Foot Clutch
    Hand Shift
    No rider training courses
    No helmet laws
    No anty-lock brakes
    No country-wide dealer networks.
    No Chase Truck
    No Cell Phones
    No Towing Insurance
    No Freeways
    Mostly Gravel, Mud, & Dirt roads.

    AND ……. (wait for it)……. 🙂 NO Nanny-state Legislation.

    My GOD!! How did they survive………… ???

    Sort-a re-calibrates the image of the “American Bikers” as a self reliant, rugged individual.
    Which begs the question, how do you stack up…….???


  5. 5 Cheryl Rae Jul 14th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Incredible book, very very well done…..I just LOVE mine!!

  6. 6 Pepper Jul 15th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Cris has been an incredible force in motorcycling since her early days as co-creator of Harley Women, and this is just another step down her amazing path. American Motorcycle Girls is pure magic – beautiful, sophisticated, playful and smart. She documents the story of women riders, and their contributions to our sport and lifestyle skillfully and with panache! Bravo, Cris!

  7. 7 Rock Star Jul 15th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    coffe table goodness.

  8. 8 Rodent Jul 15th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    nicker ,you are 150% right on!!!!!!!

  9. 9 Margaret Jul 16th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I knew one of these ladies. She and her husband were carnies and they could tell some great stories. Can’t wait to read this.

  10. 10 Sasha Jul 20th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Amazing. A masterpiece presentation about motorcycle girls.

  11. 11 ken magri Aug 18th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    What strikes me is how much this book looks like a typical book on motorcycle history, except women are the riders and men stand in the background. It points out how much women riders have been left out of all the other books. A great addition to any collection, especially for the photos, and the text is both substantive and fun to read. I hope Cris publishes an inevitable companion to this for women who rode in the last half of the 20th century.

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