My name is Becky Goebel and I'm part of a big motorcycle family. I was put in the back of a cop car when I was a little kid because I was too small to reach the pegs on the back of my dads Harley. My mom rides an old Honda Rebel as well and to this day my Grandpa does week long bike trips with his crew around Canada. I've been riding motorcycles off and on since I was a little kid and have always been strongly influenced by the culture. When I got more heavily into the moto scene in the west coast, I felt like I fit right in and met some of the best people I've ever spent time with. It's all really new for me and I'm excited to see what's and who's to come!
When I little my dad would point out motorcycles & make me promise to never get on the back of a boy's bike. I joke with him now that technically I kept that promise, I've still never ridden on the back. My fascination with motorcycles started when I was 19 & dated a guy with a vintage triumph. The relationship didn't last long but my infatuation with his motorcycle did, after that I was pretty determined to get my own damn bike. I got my license right away & saved for 3 years until I could afford a 1974 CB 360 that didn't run. A friend taught me how to restore it & together we got it kickin', but I pretty quickly realized that if I wanted to go long far & wide-and getting as far out of town as possible is all I am ever interested in-I'd need a more serious bike, so a few years later I bought my sportster & a few months after that I took it from SoCal to Washington & back. I've ridden through 6 states & my goal is to do all 50 including a ride to Alaska in my lifetime. Whenever people tell me they feel inspired by me I tell them anyone can do this. There's nothing special about my life except for the fact that I unapologetically pursue the things that make me happy, I try to treat people kindly, & I don't follow anybody else's rules beyond my own. My bike is not an accessory, it is a tool for adventure. I strive to make my life less about stuff and more about experiences. I'm not perfect at it but it's something I'm always working on.
My relationship with motorcycles started glamorously in a propane-heated alley garage on the south side of Chicago while my new boyfriend customized his first bike. I spent one summer on the back and by the following winter my SR was on the table before I knew how to ride it. Years later, I connect most with the simplicity of my bike and the unintentional mindfulness it has brought me.
Life’s journey brought me to riding. I started riding for several reasons. One of them was to avoid LA traffic, and the other was to become great at riding so that one day i can go on a medical mission on my bike. Riding changed my life. I have done most of the riding solo because I didn’t know any other riders. Thanks to social medial I have met other riders that have become amazing friends, and mentors. Riding helps me to escape my insecurities. I feel perfectly happy every time I go for a ride and twist that throttle. I have no regrets am glad I followed my heart. Peace and Love"
Tamara Raye is a musician, motorcyclist and total bombshell and genius. Tamara works at Disneyland as an engineer for rollercoasters. This shoot was one of the first shoots of the exhibition. I told Tamara I wanted to do a military themed shoot and she showed up dressed to kill and ready to ride. These photos were taken in back of the motorcycle swap meet in Long Beach California last April.
This is Lanakila, photographer and founder of The Women's Moto Exhibit next to Evel Knievel's first xr 750 jump bike/world record bike and used in George Hamilton 1970 film Evel Knievel. This bike was the first time the Harley "1" sign was ever drawn. Huge piece of American history made possible because of Lathan Mckay and his pursuits to collect all of Evel Knieval's lost possessions. Shot at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas.
Evel Knievel Enterprises Lathan Mckay
When I met Ashmore she had a huge smile on her face and was cracking jokes immediately. Ashmore has been riding for nearly 10 years and an extremely confident rider. Not only is she a total fox but will give you the shirt off her back. I was eager to do a desert shoot and she was all in. We meet in Borrego Springs and then drove another 30 miles to the Salton Sea, the end of the world. The Salton Sea was a location I had always wanted to visit for its deserted hotels, homes and ghost towns. Ashmore and I spotted this cool abandoned hotel with a pool in the back. It was 107 degrees when we got out there so we were eager to shoot and get the hell out of dodge. A couple smoke bombs later and these are the shots we came up with.
Marie is 20 years old and risks her life everyday on the Los Angeles freeways. I had seen pictures of Marie on Instagram and had to meet her when I visited LA. I asked her to pick a location and Griffith Observatory was in the neighborhood. I was inspired by the smoggy LA air mixed with the bright blue skies to get some solo helmet shots. The huge white observatory acted as a reflector and allowed for the helmet to get a nice gradation of light and color. The helmet Marie wears in this shoot is Biltwell, I love this helmet its shape, color and fit are great to photograph. Marie was a joy to photograph.
Chevy is an extremely talented hairstylist in Hollywood. We rented a truck and loaded her bike together and headed out to the desert. Chevy is a total knockout and has incredible style and attitude. She was excited to shoot and brought amazing wardrobe and picked the location. I told her lets just have fun and hangout once we get to the location. We brought some rolling tobacco, blankets and PBR, talked took photos and laughed a lot. I wanted to get classic desert shots but the pictures turned out much better than I expected. These photos are some of my favorite from the exhibition. Love you Chevy!!
Ginger owns New Church Moto, which is an amazing custom leather seat upholstery line in Portland Oregon. Zero fucks are given when Ginger rides. She loves to stunt and rides like hell. Ginger is a powerhouse and someone that embodies the free spirited, fearless women motorcyclist.
Jenny and Nina are long lost sisters separated at birth. They both embody that easy rider biker chick. They both give 0 shits about peoples perceptions of them and find freedom and empowerment through motorcycles and not taking life so serious, period. These shots were from the Babes In Borrego camp trip in early October. Nina and Jenny came up to me asking if I would shoot them riding spider while riding,.... of course I will!! Love you freebirds.
Summer is a hair stylist, snowboarder and motorcyclist. She told me she grew up snowboarding and loved catching air over trucks on her snowboard and riding at high speeds. I showed up to Summers house and she had a black stripper pole in her living room, a tarantula and an assortment of handguns. She is a total badass and sweetheart. We met up in West Hollywood and as soon as we drove onto Melrose Rd she was standing up on her seat, laughing, smiling and blowing me kisses. Summer deserves her own movie, she is an incredible person to know.
Casey is a hairstylist in Los Angeles. I love Casey's grunge punk style. She showed up on a Harley Sportster that she had just recently bought with a rad vintage skull-cap helmet. We headed out to the desert. The best shots I got of Casey were those in between moments when she didn't know I was snapping.
I met Allison in September at an event I was invited to in Delaware. I had seen Allison's amazing artwork of painter motorcyclists on varnished wood. She showed up on a custom Harley Sportster and vintage goggles. I knew the shots were going to be incredible because she looked like a women rider out of the 1930's except she was on a Harley Sportster. We had an amazing backdrop in Delaware with huge rows of cornfields and long open roads. I told Allison to get as close as she could to my lens so I could get her in complete focus with the corn fields blurred out. These are some of my favorite shots from the show.
Cassandra and Celisse have been riding with each other for years. They have traveled to Mexico together and are always on the rode gettin the hell out of dodge. I met both of them from my trip in San Francisco from this past August. They were the best tour guides you could ask for, they took me to many incredible locations and were extremely helpful and generous with their time when I was in town.
I remember riding across the Golden Gate Bridge watching Cass split lanes brushing her hands up against cars and buses, she looks like she was almost gliding. She is a fun person to watch ride, she is smooth and confident on the road.
Celisse was the main person who helped introduce me to all the women of Hot Rides SF. She is a classic beauty and has the personality to match, she has a calm fiery energy about her.
They surprised me when they showed up at Babes In Borrego, San Francisco ain't close. Borrego is full of amazing open roads and the lighting is crisp and clear. Celisse had the idea of riding on the back of Cass's bike. Cass was a little hesitant at first but after some persuading she gave in. We got some great shots of these best friends riding solo on the open roads of Borrego Springs, they are a fun crowd to get to know.
Stormie Ray is one of the first women that I rode with when I first started riding. Stormy embodies a courageous liberated, independent female rider. Stormie has been riding for 20 years and is extremely comfortable on the bike and is so fun to photograph. Stormy was the first woman I photographed to kickoff the exhibition. Her energy and enthusiasm for women motorcycling is what initially gave me hope and inspiration that the show would be a success. Thank you Stormie.
I am 47 years old and fresh out of a 22 year marriage to a dick who refused to let me ride. I've been riding since I was a kid and went most of that 22 years without even being on a bike. I immediately met a great guy with 3 bikes who dangled the keys to his Sportster at me and said "get your license and ride whenever you want". So dammit, I did! He works in Afghanistan and is gone for months at a time, so I'm free to ride it whenever I want. It has been totally liberating and healing for me!