Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride

Happy International Women’s Day!

This summer, women will travel across the USA on motorcycles to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. The Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride starts in Portland, Oregon, on July 31 and ends August 20 in Arlington, Virginia.

The largest women’s motorcycle event in 2021 will be led by one of the most prolific supporters of female riders. Alisa Clickenger, author, speaker, and host of the Women’s Motorcycle Conference, is organizing the ride through Women’s Motorcycle Tours, which she founded in 2011. One of the Women’s Motorcycle Conference dates happens to coincide with finishing the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride in Arlington, making August an action-packed month for female riders looking to connect with others.

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The Centennial Ride “is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business, and in life.” Tours can be self- or fully-guided, meaning you can go at your own pace or enjoy having (almost) everything done for you. Riders can join from anywhere across the country.

Highlights along the tour include a stop at a Sturgis motorcycle rally for the Biker Belles Celebration, a full day in Yosemite National Park, and a citywide celebration in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you haven’t had enough hang time with your fellow riders, a week-long historical adventure will take place after the conference, starting in New York City.

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For more information, head over to Women’s Motorcycle Tours.


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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.