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((TRT: 04:11))
((Topic Banner: Freedom on Wheels))
((Reporter/Camera: Genia Dulot))
((Map: Los Angeles, California))
((Main character: 1 female))
((Sub characters: 3 female; 1 male))
In the last decade, the percentage of female motorcyclists
doubled, with women now accounting for one in five riders in
the US: Motorcycle Industry Council))
((Lidia Reyes, Founder, Biker Chicks))
My husband’s the one that got into it because of his brother.
They wanted to go, and I was like, "I want to go too." So, my
husband's like, "All right, let's go." So, we took the class. It
was like a four-weekend course. I passed, they didn't, so
that's the biggest joke ever.
((Edgar Reyes, Lidia’s Husband))
That's because she was a girl and the instructor was a male.
I’m kidding. I don't know what happened but yeah, that’s
((Lidia Reyes, Founder, Biker Chicks))
At that time, when I first started riding, there wasn't females
taking the class. It was predominantly men and the fact that
my husband was like, "Okay, let's go", I, honestly, I thought it
was a joke because I never saw myself riding, especially
because I am super short and I can never reach the floor on
a regular bike. So, when I got there, they had little bikes.
They had like, you know, like smaller bikes and I was able to
reach on my tippy toes.
After I got on that bike and I figured that I can actually do it,
there was no stopping from there. When you start learning
how to ride and you conquer that fear and learning to face
your fears, that was for me what really got me into riding.
((Lidia Reyes, Founder, Biker Chicks))
From time to time, you get looked at like, you know, like it’s
almost like a joke. But to me, it's like “no, I can ride this bike,
I can ride it hard, and I am not afraid.”
((Edgar Reyes, Lidia’s Husband))
Clubs, riders, you know, they feel like it’s a man’s world.
The women need to be on the back end, and they do and
say as the man does. I look at it different. You know, if they
are capable of doing it, why not? More power to you. Let's do
((Vanessa Flores, Member, Biker Chicks))
You have a machine that you are in total control of. And this
machine can do powerful things and you have control of it.
You just sit on it and take it for a ride, and you have the
power to slow it down. You have the power to throttle all the
way through. It's an amazing freedom. It's an amazing
feeling of power. And for Latina women, our struggle is real.
So, when we get behind these bikes, that struggle is gone. It
((Susy Romo, Member, Biker Chicks))
For me riding is, I know it's going sound cliché, but it's
freedom. I don't worry about anything. I don't worry about the
house. I don't worry about the kids. I don't worry about
having to cook. Do I need to do laundry, dishes? None of
that. I don't have to worry about any of that when I am on my
bike. When I am on my bike, I am me. I am not the wife. I am
not the mom. I am me. So, I get a little of me back every time
I get on.
((NATS: Susy Romo))
I need help getting up because it's heavy and I am short.
((Mayra Martinez, Member, Biker Chicks))
I just feel very proud of myself. To be a Chicana and be able
to say that I am an independent woman and I have my own
business and I am able to afford these things for myself.
Coming from poverty, because nobody has ever given me
anything. Everything I have, my lowriders or my Harley
Davidson, like it's all because of me or my hard work.
((Lidia Reyes, Founder, Biker Chicks))
Biker Chicks Inc. is a non-profit organization. I created it to
bring the community of women together that ride, and to help
out different causes. So, that's the main reason behind it, is
to unite with other women that ride, that we have that in
common, and we can help either children, animals, other
people in need, through the biker community.