Posted in Profile, women in motorcycling

Black Girls Ride: Porsche Taylor Leads Diversity in Motorcycling for Black Women Riders (excerpt with permission)

Words by Julie Nordskog Andrews

Photo by Lily Snodagrass.

Porsche Taylor is a leading figure in powersports whose journey helped catalyze
the growth of women riders in the motorcycling community. Over the past decade, she drove broader acceptance and respect for women in the industry by manifesting greater representation for women of color, debunking stereotypes, and supporting women riders in general.

And she’s 100 percent genuine. I’ve been in the same place at women’s motorcycling events at the same time as she twice in recent years. Open and friendly, she’s almost soft-spoken. Want a selfie with Porsche? Just ask. Her grin is as infectious as her love of riding.

Porsche was born in Hawaii and grew up in Southern California. Like many women, Porsche was introduced to motorcycle riding by a male family member. Her cousin
bought a bike in 2003 and invited her to ride as a passenger. While she discovered she loved riding, Porsche explains, she didn’t necessarily like the way her cousin rode the motorcycle.

Then she had an epiphany. “It sounds silly,” says Porsche. “but it really was watching the movie Biker Boyz that inspired me to ride my own motorcycle. There were black women riding. That let me know that this is something I can do. It was that ‘representation matters’ moment.” She bought a red 1997 Kawasaki Ninja and found a woman rider to mentor her at a bike night in Hollywood.

Porsche came to know many black women riders of all styles, including racers, stunt riders, and tourers. Still, for years, she didn’t see women of color represented much, if at all, in the media or motorsports advertising. She decided to be the change she wished to see….


Read the entire article in the Summer 2021 issue of Ride Texas magazine.

Posted in Article, fundraising, women in motorcycling

Moto-Charity is Everywhere: Women Motorcyclists Lead Altruistic Efforts Locally and Nationwide (excerpt with permission)

Words by Julie Nordskog Andrews

Kirsten Midura addresses Engines For Change volunteers for the Ride Against Hunger.
Photo by Peter Domorak.

On Christmas Eve 2006, Louise Lewis was volunteering in a hospital children’s ward when a group of “biker dudes” arrived on a toy run to the young patients’ excitement. She, too, was excited and impressed by the contradiction between the bikers’ gruff image and soft hearts. A “cager” (car driver) herself, Louise set out to ask this question of motorcyclists from all backgrounds: What is the meaning of life? Thirteen years later, the result was The Meaning of Life According to Bikers: The Biker Book for Charity.

The “Biker Book” is literally a book for charity. It is not a directory or description of charitable acts, but a collection of motorcyclists’ takes on the meaning of life. Louise donates all sales proceeds as she works toward her goal to give to all 250 U.S. children’s hospitals. To do so, she buys books from the publisher to take on tour. She pays expenses from her own pocket. Still, the book’s full sales price goes to charity.

“I’m working for the kids,” says Louise. “That’s my mission.”If you missed her Texas tour last May, you can help Louise help the kids by going to the website (bikerbookforcharity.com) and clicking on “Order a Signed Copy.”

Not surprisingly, motorcycling women coordinate and lead many toy runs and other motorcycle related charitable project or fundraisers throughout the year….


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Read the full article in the Fall 2021 issue of Ride Texas magazine.