Welcome to the Bessie Stringfield All Female Ride!
ABOUT THE RIDE
The Bessie Stringfield’s ALL FEMALE RIDE is in honor of Ms. Bessie B. Stringfield “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami.” We have traveled the highways to many places, as far north as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as far south as Key West, Florida, to the east Washington D.C. and to the west California on what we have titled “The Penny Tour.” The ride to Miami in 2016 ended at Bessie’s last known residence in Opa-Locka, Florida. There was a small ceremony in honor of Ms. Bessie on June 24th, where the mayor of what is now known as Miami Gardens, Florida proclaimed it Bessie Stringfield Day. In addition to the ride, we’ve educated and prepared female bikers for long distance riding through our pep rallies and garage parties in locations such as Atlanta, Georgia, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fresno, California, Memphis, Tennessee and Columbia, South Carolina. We invite all bikers to come and celebrate her legacy.
Bessie Stringfield’s ride became a notion of interest through a conversation between the Creator/Chairperson (Tameka “Kurvez” Richardson) and a fellow male biker. He encouraged her to do a ride in honor of Bessie Stringfield. She began to do research on Ms. Stringfield and found out that she had completed many rides during her lifetime, but most importantly, she had completed eight cross-country rides during the 1930s and 1940s. Also, she owned 27 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The ride is the highlight of the event that honors Ms. Stringfield and her efforts to “ride free” during a time when it was not acceptable for women to travel alone or ride motorcycles. The ride also unifies female bikers across the country to continue our “SISTERHOOD” journey. The event includes the signature “Chat and Chew” empowerment session, where guest speakers from the female biker community speak on chosen topics. Although many female bikers are members of different clubs, affiliated with clubs and independent bikers, this event UNIFIES us for that moment in time in honor of Ms. Stringfield.
We support charities throughout the nation, such as Hubbard House of Jacksonville (Domestic Violence) and Mo’s Heroes.org (Homeless Veterans).