Member Bio: Meet Emilie

IG: @heyemilieschwenk // photo by @gracerosellistudio

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How did you become interested in riding?

Started on the back of my boyfriend’s bike. After just a few months, I decided he wasn’t going fast enough for me!  

How long have you been riding?

3 years

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

Two Harleys- a ’91 sportster & a ’79 Ironhead sportster

Advice for new riders or women who want to get into riding?

You’re going to have to leave your comfort zone, there is no way around it. In fact, you’re going to have to get really freaking uncomfortable if you want to be a part of this world. The best thing about the Miss-Fires, is that you have a huge group of awesome women who have your back and will help you through that discomfort. You have to face those fears if you want to overcome them!

Favorite moto adventure / dream moto adventure?

Riding through the California desert with the MFs crew to Babes Ride Out. The rides were so much better than the event itself! We spent so many hours on the road together and got so close. I had never been to California (or experienced California highways) before, by the end of the trip, we were doing 85mph in perfect formation and reading each others cues and signals like we had been doing it for years!

Favorite piece(s) of gear and why?

My white striped Biltwell Gringo helmet. It saved my jaw and teeth when I went down and hit my face on the pavement in November.

What is the best part of being woman who rides?

Nothing has ever made me feel more powerful, or strong, or confident than riding motorcycles.

And what is the worst part of being woman who rides?

There is still a lot of misogyny and sexism in the motorcycle community. I think we are making progress every day, but there is still this idea of “women as property”.  There are men who will still say inappropriate things or make gestures to a women on a bike. I think it’s made my skin a lot thicker to have to deal with things like that. Every time I have to give someone the finger, I feel just a little stronger. 🙂

Besides riding motorcycles, what other hobbies or passions do you have?

I have a vintage shop on Etsy! Check it out on instagram.com/ironheadhoney!

Bonus question! Add anything else you’d like our community to know about you or women riders in general.

If you are a woman and you have an interest in motorcycles, we are soul sisters, and I already love you. Don’t ever be afraid to reach out to any one of the Miss-Fires to ask questions, we will have your back!

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Member Bio: Meet Monika Rose.

IG: @minusculedetails // photos by @lohdyimage1

How did you become interested in riding?

I actually became interested in the idea of fixing and learning the mechanics of a bike before even riding. I bought a little two stroke Suzuki hustler and really started rebuilding and rewiring that little guy before even becoming comfortable on a bike.

How long have you been riding?

Wrenching 4 years, riding over 3

What kind of bike(s) do you have?

I keep buying Honda cb’s. I understand them so easily and understand their needs and wants. Troubleshooting them successfully can be so immediately satisfying.

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Advice for new riders or women who want to get into riding?

I don’t recommend just anyone getting into riding, I actually think it requires a certain awarity and ability to implement yourself in potentially uncomfortable situations. Whether social uncomfortabilities, sore butt uncomfortabilities, or finding yourself with multiple pipe burns on your calves.

Favorite moto adventure / dream moto adventure?

Gold Wing down a long dry desert road – dream.

Favorite piece(s) of gear and why?

I actually love my Bell Bullitt helmet. The wide viewport is so handy and it’s actually relatively quiet at high speeds.

What is the best part of being woman who rides?

Comfortability keeping your head up, knowing your strengths lie deeper then being a ‘babe on a bike’.

And what is the worst part of being woman who rides?

Ya know, majority of people will really not take you seriously until proven otherwise.

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Besides riding motorcycles, what other hobbies or passions do you have?

I’m a swimwear designer and a minimalist painter. Somehow I found myself doing what I love weekdays and weekends

Bonus question! Add anything else you’d like our community to know about you or women riders in general.

I just moved from Los Angeles and brought my restored-to-stock CB out here. I’m excited to really dive into the women’s riding world and meet wonderful ladies with wonderful stories.

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Saucy Miss-Fire on But I Also . . .

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Every rider has their own love story of sorts; the where, the when, and the how vary slightly. We all have our first loved bikes, unrequited rides, and beautiful days we lust for… and we go back again and again on our favorite rides to end up in our favorite places and feel those loves once more. But what do we do when we put down our kick stands and hang up our helmets?

No matter what we do in our nine to five lives and in our homes, we are always first and foremost motorcycle riders. Riding is the quintessence of my identity and individuality, but like diamonds we all have many facets. Vocationally, I also love being a textile designer, and avocationally I am a chef.

Listen to my story on the podcast “But I Also…”  by comedian Aaron Kominos-Smith to learn about what I love when I’m not on two wheels.

You can also see the new blog I mention on the podcast, and you can follow me on Instagram @3tacocrush  to view pics of all the things I love.

Always follow the dreams you love most!

  • Rose Sol, part of an elite team of tacos on two wheels

Ride With The Living Dead!

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Every year, The Miss-Fires take a queue from the 1973 biker movie horror classic Psychomania to dress up as The Living Dead and terrorize the streets of NYC on motorcycles…and you’re invited! 10636331_10152559059569608_3487462758814538471_n.jpgSo, saddle up the steel steed, and road ready your costume, so you too can Ride With The Living Dead this Halloween Eve!

Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/320609981644477/ 

Check out the first year here: https://themissfires.com/2014/11/01/ride-with-the-living-dead/

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The second annual Miss-Fires speakeasy benefit

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The 2nd annual Miss-Fires Speakeasy Benefit was a smashing success. Friends and supporters came decked to the nines, stylish as can be from the bootleg era. We kicked up our heels & enjoyed a rambunctious evening of 1920’s themed fun for a great cause.

First and foremost we’d like to highlight our incredibly talented friends who were selfless in participating, lending their time, talents, and resources. They are more valuable to us than anything. We are forever grateful and appreciate the moonshine out of them. Thank you all so much.

We would especially like to thank our very own Julia Haltigan & The Sleep No More band for bringing down the house with their stellar performance.

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Photo by Ryan Handt

Much thanks to Thrasher magazine’s DJ Wez for keeping the party on it’s toes with the dance jams throughout the night. Many attendees played their hand at roulette that was so graciously lent to us by our great friends The Grumpy Bastards classic car club. And a lucky bunch of patrons received a portrait drawn by sketch artist Anthony Kieren. Our fantastic sponsors were responsible for the high dollar value raffles where all proceeds went to benefit breast cancer.

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Photo by Ryan Handt

The event was captured by the brilliant photographer Ryan Handt. You can view his gorgeous photos here.. The Miss-Fires Speakeasy 2015.

We were fortunate enough to have our very own Miss-Fire Ashliegh Ide also lend her professional eye to documenting the event as well. The Miss-Fires Speakeasy 2015 in black and white.

Party Details:

Venue: location and secret password announced day of event (in Greenpoint Brooklyn).

Entry: $10 at the door (cash only. ATM on premises. 100% of proceeds going to charity)

Dress Code: 1920’s themed evening attire encouraged

This years Miss-Fires Speakeasy benefit supported our fellow moto lady’s breast cancer foundation her family started for her beloved aunt who died at the age of 34. They gifted the fundraiser last year with a $500 check so yes, this is a bit personal for us. Here is a link to the foundation..
http://www.florinamcancerfoundation.com/

Last year, with your help, we raised over $5000 at the party to support KIDSPOT; one of the MissFires’ Moms business, keeping her kids autism clinic doors open while she was being treated for breast cancer and incapable of working. In addition to other fundraising efforts we were able to pay her business expenses for the months needed. In the meantime, they found someone to take over the lease, joining with her partner so the business that her mom started continues to treat kids on the autism spectrum today. http://mykidspot.net/

Check out photos of last year’s party… https://www.flickr.com/photos/themissfires/sets/72157649115910546

This year we are thrilled to announce we are able to contribute $4000 to the Rusi Foundation and their goals to build a new cancer center. Thank you everyone who supported our club helping us to join the fight against breast cancer.

And last but not least,

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

The Bowery Presents
Brixton
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Brewery
Cafe Racer XXX
Coney Island Brewing Company
Converse
Evan Williams
Graceland
Iron & Glory
Jim Beam
M. Carter
MotorGrrl
Nativen
New York City Motorcycles
Peter Luger Steak House
Rev’it
Stance
Stanmorenyc
Tanteo Tequila
Union Garage
Vans
Via Meccanica

For The Ride…For the friendships.

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READ THE ORIGINAL STORY AT FOR THE RIDE

The Miss-Fires formed in October 2013 after a simple dinner ride made up of a few women. Being happy, active co-ed riders already they didn’t know where it would lead when they took that first scoot, but before dessert, they knew they were on to something.

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Photographer, Todd Heisler

Q. Why did you start the group in the first place?

A. Even though we were happy riding with the fellas, something unique and beautiful happens when you get just the girls together. Our group rides and wrenching nights at the garage quickly became a way for women both new and established in their riding careers to bond and encourage one another. The tight friendships and camaraderie that formed, based on nothing more really than a love of motorcycles, was the proof that we all needed the Miss-Fires.

Q. How many of you are there in the Miss-Fires?

A. More than 140 in seven cities across the United States and Canada, and growing every day. There is strength in numbers and reach around the world, and now the Miss-Fires acts as a support group for girls locally to gather and spend real time together, and globally as an extended family for advice, support and, yeah, travel opportunities!

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Q. How did you decide on the name?

A. Everything we’re about is having fun, encouraging each other and never taking things too seriously. A misfire is a product of having an ignition system problem, bad timing, which results in your bike or car not starting well. The Miss-Fires is a twist on the idea that we’re all constantly learning, making mistakes and becoming better, stronger riders, wrenchers and people, while having fun doing it.

Q. Describe the kind of riding around Brooklyn.

A. Urban off-roading? NYC is treacherous on bikes, with rain, snow, alternate side parking, garages more expensive than suburban mortgage payments and potholes the size of SUVs. It’s challenging and wonderful because in part, you have to be a little nutty to ride here. Because of that, NYC riders are a wonderful breed of humans.

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Photographer, Marc McAndrews

Q.Which bikes are the most popular in the group?

A. I personally ride a 1968 BSA 650 Lightning custom, but have always had vintage Triumphs in my 14 years, and I hope to soon have both a vintage and modern Bonnie. Past the Brit bikes like Thruxtons, we have a healthy number of Harleys, many modern and vintage Japanese models, and a few Italian ladies, dirt bikes, race bikes, and a sidecar rig thrown in.

Q. Do you have to be a woman to be in the Miss-Fires or are there honorary guys?

A. Though you do have to be a woman to join, we’re in no way sexist. We love riding with and supporting our male counterparts. The motorcycle community is our family and we’ve found that creating the women’s group that we needed has worked to strengthen, not separate, the co-ed community. There are actually two unofficial honorary male members who have earned our deep respect and support from the beginning – Tim and John, we love you!

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Q. What’s been your best ride so far?

A. There are so many, and the answers would be different depending on which member you ask, but for me, our Halloween ride where we dressed as The Living Dead gang from the 1971 biker film classic Psychomania and rode around Brooklyn would be up there. Of course, I am the film nerd obsessed with all films vehicular, as can be seen in my long-running project Cine Meccanica (www.cinemeccanica.wordpress.com). Oh, and there are just a few Triumphs terrorizing the neighborhood in that classic British film by the way!

Q. Do you ride as a pack?

A. Any chance we get.