The Cycle Queens of America: Because Of You, We Can.

Beautiful Bikers / Features / February 15, 2016

In 1958 Delores Davis was a motorcycle enthusiast who approached The Motor Maids of America for admission to their club.  As the late 50’s and early 60’s was a trying time for racial progress, Delores was denied admission because she was black.  Determined to share her passion for riding with others, she partnered with her friend Margaret Bonham to start The Cycle Queens of America.  While the Cycle Queens were founded by black women, they were never exclusively African American.  They welcomed all who shared a love for motorcycles to join.  They grew to 25 members across 8 states, ranging from age 23 – 65.  The Cycle Queens became a recognized club in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).   They held meets and events to raise money for charity, and were all about the ride.  The Cycle Queens wore uniforms of Red and White, and were often awarded for their sharp dress.  Known for their competitive spirit, they preferred stunt events over drag racing.

To be a Cycle Queen, you had to ride 100 miles on a trip. By today’s standards, 100 miles doesn’t sound like much.  But let’s take a trip back in time and imagine what it was like to ride on a bike in the 1950’s… with a modest suspension, smaller engine, and none of the creature comforts we’ve come to love.  These women were ground pounders.  They would actually ride in Husband and Wife teams, with the men riding in the back, and kids in sidecars!  Founded in Philadelphia, the Cycle Queens expanded nationwide, and often took road trips to Mexico and Canada.

We salute the Cycle Queens of America for paving the way for those of us who pound today.  Because of you, we can.

Reference: Ebony Magazine, December 1966

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on November 11, 2015

Thank you for that history, love it thank you for pounding the way, where we today, God Bless you all always an forever, much love

on October 17, 2016

I read your February 2016 article on the first African American Female Motorcycle Club. The Club was actually founded in the Nations Capitol, Washington DC. Delores Hamilton lived in Philadelphia, PA and Margaret Bonham lived in Washington DC and was the president of the club. Even though the majority of its members lived in the Washington DC area, they were all over the country.

The ladies would have loved to know that you paid homage to them. A few are still around!

These ladies could ride and were very competitive.

This is from someone who traveled as a passenger on his mother’s (Margaret Bonham) bike when we took family trips as a kid. She had her motorcycle license many years before she could drive a car.

These ladies were great!

Thanks for the recognition
Margaret’s son

    on October 17, 2016

    Hi Ben,
    Our editor will be in touch with you. Thanks for your comments!

on August 21, 2019

Wow! This is so cool. My mom is Alva (she is the single rider photo you have sitting on her motorcycle). Thank you so much for this! I just randomly googled Cycle Queens to see if there was any information out there about them and ran across this article.

Those ladies were my aunties! Wonderful memories for me!

on September 19, 2019

Because of yall we can ride tyj.

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