Motorcycle enthusiasts travelled far and wide for the Ladies of Harley gathering on Saturday in Batemans Bay.
Members of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) roared into Corrigans Reserve on February 25 for a day of riding, games and a ‘show and shine’ bike competition.
NSW and ACT HOG regional director, Marie Stavropoulos, said Harley aficionados travelled from Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra for the gathering.
Ms Stavropoulos said the event aimed to bring together female motorcycle riders of all ages and abilities.
“We try to actively promote women and girls getting on motorcycles because we feel everyone’s a rider,” Ms Stavropoulos said.
“There’s a stigma associated with Harleys and that’s not the case at all. The whole idea is that this is open and inclusive and just about riding and having fun.”
After joining HOG 25 years ago, Ms Stavropoulos has paved the way for female motorcyclists, becoming one of the first female directors and witnessing the growth of female motorcyclists overall.
“When I first joined HOG, there were not many women at all,” she said.
“We look after each other and encourage motorcyclists in general to come along.
“It’s really important for us to make sure the new generation comes in and everybody’s treated equally and fairly.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you’re welcome and this is the place.”
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