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Women in the Wind International


September 2016 - Torch Motorcycles Handbuilt Festival

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM

WITW Chinook Outriders were featured at an open house presented by Torch Motor­cycles as part of their “Handbuilt Festival” which took place from Sept 15-25, 2016. The company’s target market is women who wish to build their own bikes, and make them suitable to their specific size and needs. • The Handbuilt Motorcycle Festival 2016, in its 3rd year, took place again at Torch HQ’s in Calgary’s historic Tigerstedt block,­ 914 Centre Street North. This year’s event fea­tured Calgary’s best summer builds, nightly street festivals, the Crash Helmet project — a collaboration between crash survivors and Calgary’s best tatooist, artists, pin­stripers -and the launch of the Torch Moto games, races, and film events. • This year’s builds included projects from Emily Aalbers, Pascale Lafebvre, Elle West, Natasha Ruben, Brock Downey, Jake Kessell, and Jon Paskett’s new 2016 Isle of Man TT Classic build! • Chinook Outriders Lee and Trish provided information regarding the Women in the Wind organization as well as our own Chap­ter. A round table discussion on Women in Motorcycling was emceed by Outrider Gail. We discussed issues we have encountered on our journey, why we joined a women’s club vs. a mixed club, safety issues, and new riders' expectations -­ from them and of them, among other pertinent topics. • Many thanks to Red Bull and Steam Whistle Brewing and our own Tina B for keeping us hydrated, and Torch for giving us the opportunity to showcase our wonderful organization! • Trish C

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