Similar clubs opened up in various parts of Europe, but while these were mainly the preserve of the wealthy and leisured class, Americans had the greater opportunity through the cheap mass production of bicycles, the space, the inclination, the time and the desire to get about on two wheels. And women traveling on their own a century ago would have had to fend off unwanted advances and the unwarranted censure of every hick town they visited. When the Indian motorcycle company added front and back shock absorbers to their motorbikes inthe once far-fetched notion of long distance travel on two wheels quickly became a reality. It really all began with the bicycle in the s when wheelmen clubs across America started promoting the bicycle as a new sport—an enjoyable way to travel, exercise and spend free time. Very soon women were taking to the road and cycling their way across town and city and into history. Posted by Paul Gallagher. There were literally millions of bikes in the US by end of the 19th century.
Avis and Effie Hotchkiss,
Posted by Paul Gallagher. And women traveling on their own a century ago would have had to fend off unwanted advances and the unwarranted censure of every hick town they visited. Vivian was a little over five feet tall and and lacked the physical strength to kickstart her own bike but she still made a 5, mile trip across country on her flathead engine D-series Harley-Davidson in By the s a new generation of pioneering women bikers were taking to the road and traveling across continent. ByHarley-Davidson sold their first motorcycles. That same year mother and daughter Avis and Effie Hotchkiss completed a 9, mile roundtrip by motorcycle from New York to San Francisco. Most roads were dirt and dust.