Meet the riders

Shannon - @Fuel_Figured

Shannon became bike curious in 2002 when she took her first solo ride on a vintage Vespa. By 2003, she had an old Vespa of her own and was hooked. With a desire to ride longer distances, she slowly gave up scooters for motorcycles, first owning several vintage bikes then graduating to more modern machines.

In 2007 she dropped everything in her life and went to school to become a motorcycle mechanic. After several years in the industry as a mechanic and later service manager, she decided it was time to enjoy her hobby again and leave her powersports career behind.

She now enjoys taking long camping trips on her Triumph Tiger, maintaining her fleet of broken vintage bikes, and has recently picked up dirt riding (even though she is terrible at it).

Main squeeze: 2013 Triumph Tiger 800

Melanie - @Quewiwi

Melanie is an American singer, musician, artist, feminist activist, pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement, and punk zine writer. In the early-to-mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

She's a speed demon who will never actually write her bio.

Main squeeze: 2001 Suzuki SV650s

Jamie - @thegrumbles

A recovering mommyblogger from the old golden days of yore, Jamie learned to ride a motorcycle in 2013. Despite being surrounded by riders for many years, she refused to look at a bike or even ride on the back until one day she woke up and completely changed her mind.

It started with a 1971 Honda cb100 that still doesn't run. Which... really means it started with a TW 200. The tdub went everywhere and, thanks to a broken petcock, ran out of gas constantly. One 1,000 mile trip to Wisconsin, two parts bikes, and a few elbows-deep engine rebuilds later, she was finally ready to admit that she was using the wrong tool for the job. It was a very educational introduction to bikes—both how to ride them and how to put them back together when they're falling apart. But, the time had come for something bigger (and preferably with a gas gauge). Enter: the Hornet and many, many happy miles.

Though the freshest rider in the group, Jamie dove into motorcycling face-first and averages over 10,000 miles a year. She's a devoted all-weather-except-ice commuter in addition to the more traditional "fun stuff" like riding hundreds of miles through the pouring rain just to eat a hamburger behind a shed in some guy's yard.

Main squeeze: 2006 Honda Hornet 599