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.