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Ride Or Die: The Women Of The Brooklyn Motorcycle Festival

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    This past weekend, the annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, known as the most badass invitational of the year, returned to New York City with a crowd of female riders who were ready to prove that riding a hog is an activity that ladies can master. People from across the country flocked to ROOT in North Williamsburg to talk all things motorcycles — and show off their rides. What we learned? Riding is so much more than just a form of transportation; it's a lifestyle.

    The event, which first started in 2008 by Keino Sasaki, owner of Keino Cycles; John Copeland, a fine-arts painter; and Jeffrey Schad, a professional photographer, features a myriad of incredible bike builders (the Van Goghs of their industry, really) alongside a crowd that challenges society's preconceived notions of motorcycle culture. The most fascinating subculture consisted of the women present — ladies who are breaking all kinds of stereotypes and giving a completely new definition to the phrase "ride or die." They're a seriously awesome, unexpected group making waves in a male-dominated pastime, and they're ready to deal with anyone who stands in their way.

    Ahead, we got up-close-and-personal with some of the coolest women at Brooklyn's hottest bike fair.

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