International Women's Day - Inspiring Women in Motorcycling

POSTED: 07/03/2023

The number of women riding motorcycles has been steadily on the increase, with the industry making it more accessible over the past few years. For those thinking about starting their motorcycle journey, and even for those who have been riding for years, we thought we would put together a list of some of our favourite inspirational female motorcycle riders that we think you should know about.

Vanessa Ruck

Vanessa has a really incredible story to tell. After being hit by a red light jumping car while on her bicycle in 2014, she has endured a long road to recovery, through which she discovered her love for motorbikes, and thus The Girl On A Bike was born. She now uses her platform to share her ongoing journey while teaching others the importance of taking control when you feel low, resilience, and to make the most of each day.
Vanessa now regularly travels around the UK and the world, testing all kinds of motorcycles, working with top brands and even taking part in Rallies!

I recently chatted to Vanessa, who told me about her connection with Oxford Harley-Davidson. As a belated wedding anniversary when her Husband returned from Afghanistan, she organised two Harleys from us for the afternoon to take on a little adventure. 

Suzi Perry

Suzi has been a prominent figure in broadcasting for many years, and most people will probably know her best for reporting on MotoGP for the likes of BBC and BT Sport. Suzi is a keen advocate for women in motorcycling, being a rider herself, and in 2018 made a documentary for BBC called ‘Queens of the Road’ where she followed the fortunes of three female road racers. 

Ana Carrasco

After falling in love with motorcycles from a very young age, Ana arrived on the scene in the Spanish Championship at 14. Since then, she has had many firsts in her career as a motorcycle racer, becoming the first Spanish woman to score points in the Moto3 World Championship at the age of 16. She also become the first woman ever to win a FIM World Championship race and in 2018 she became the first female rider in history to ever win a World Championship. 

Laia Sanz

Laia is an extremely successful female motorcycle racer, who has competed in many different disciplines. Some of her many achievements include, 14-time Women’s Trial World Champion, 10-time Women’s Trial European Champion, 11-time Women’s Trophy winner at Rally Dakar (motorbikes) and 6-time Women’s Enduro World Champion. Her accomplishments have made her famous all around the world and are sure to inspire any female rider that they can achieve anything.  


Beryl Swain

Beryl was a pioneer in the motorcycle racing community, being the first women ever to compete in, and finish, a solo TT race in 1962.
Beryl started racing 50cc bikes in the 1950s and when the FIM awarded the 50cc class world championship status to the Isle of Man TT in 1962, she entered. Having to wear a diver’s belt to reach the minimum weight at weigh in for her and her motorcycle, Beryl finished the race 22nd of 25 finishers. 


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