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Women & Motorcycles in 1915

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Effie Hotchkiss was only 26 years old when she made her historical trip across the US on a Harley Davidson with her 52 year old mother. Avis rode in the sidecar dubbed “The Bathtub”. Leaving from Brooklyn, New York in May of 1915 she traveled across many dirt roads where service stations were sparse and arrived in San Francisco, California in August of that same year.

Effie felt that motorcycling was indeed a girl’s sport. Avis was happy to tag along, although not because she loved motorcycles like her daughter, but because she knew Effie liked to go too fast and was a rambunctious tomboy.

Ready more about the adventures of Effie & Avis here.

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