Words by Julie Nordskog Andrews
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.