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Posted May 05th, 2014, 12:05 PM by Nina Hämmerling Smith

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Face it. There’s something intrinsically tough and sexy about a woman on a motorcycle. How we’ve thought about–and pictured–her over the decades may have changed a lot but one thing’s remained constant: When there’s a motorcycle involved, you can count on some rule-bending hotness.

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The ’60s: Tres Chic

In the ’60s, biker babes morphed into a self-possessed, fashionable rebel. Perhaps no one better exemplifies this than Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) in The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), as she escapes boredom–in the form of her new husband–by zipping on a skintight black leather bodysuit and taking off through Alsace on her trusty motorbike to visit an old lover. And in The Swinger (1966), Kelly (Ann-Margret) claims her own ambition–and sexual freedom–by acting out her fantasies… and riding her Triumph Tiger in a belted green leather jacket and little else.

The ’70s: Exploitation and Expression

With greater independence and representation in the ’70s came a typically reactionary backlash against the supposed dangers of “women’s lib.” Al Adamson’s cult favorite Angels’ Wild Women (1972) finds a band of violent and orgiastic “girls with men’s desires” (as the trailer describes them) taking their revenge in outrageously overblown fashion (whips, gang bangs, et. al.). At the same time, fearless funk pioneer Betty Davis was straddling her motorcycle in an iconic mid-’70s image that makes it clear who’s really doing the exploiting, and Kelly (Jaclyn Smith) from Charlie’s Angels (1976) was outsmarting bad guys from the back of her bike.

The ’80s: Camp and Capitalism

By the ’80s, biker chicks had been appropriated into shock-schlock culture, as in legendary camp master Troma Entertainment’s horror-comedy Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989)–featuring a pre-Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton(!). With their big hair, crop tops, chaps over acid-wash jeans and zipper-heavy motorcycle jackets, these were bad and beautiful “creatures of darkness” who spewed canned dialogue while taking a chainsaw to the crotch of an unlucky victim. Similarly larger-than-life was Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who joined publisher Malcolm Forbes’ for a Harley-Davidson charity event in 1987 atop a chopper called Purple Passion while wearing a bright-red fringed leather jacket featuring the name of Forbes’ biker club: the Capitalist Tools (!).

The ’90s: Independent Womyn

With feminism having found a solid foothold in the cultural zeitgeist, biker chicks of the ’90s reflected stories by and for women–or “womyn”–as in the empowerment trip of Me & Will (1999), where female bonding takes the form of hitting the road in search of Peter Fonda’s chopper from Easy Rider while working through torments of the past. And the delightful documentary She Lives to Ride (1995) shares the tales of pioneering motorcycle mavens, including 80-something-year-old entrepreneur Dot Robinson, whose pink Harley has a built-in lipstick case.

The ’00s: Futuristic Femmes

In decade-defining movies like The Matrix Reloaded (2003), our obsession with dystopian futurism is embodied by biker chick Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), whose shiny-leather-clad form virtually melds into her Ducati as she once again saves humanity’s future. And on Dark Angel, genetically engineered soldier Max (Jessica Alba) searches for her fellow escapees in post-apocalyptic Seattle–astride her sleek Kawasaki.

The ’10s: Biker Vigilantes

At last, the motorcycle has become a tool of the modern, transgressive vigilante female. Badass child superhero Hit-Girl, a.k.a. Mindy, of Kick-Ass 2 (2013) races her sleek Ducati (just like her movie foremother Trinity, but purple to match her hair) home just in time to avoid being busted by her guardian, who thinks she’s given up her crime-fighting ways. And Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), the deeply damaged yet utterly brilliant hacker of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), gets around on a refitted vintage Honda that perfectly matches her gritty, too-easily-underestimated persona. And then of course, there’s Sons of Anarchy‘s Gemma (Katey Sagal)!

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Jessica Alba

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Bridgette Bardo gave me wood..

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I'm all about Gemma but don't believe I've ever seen her pilot a bike solo on SOA.

biker chicks also applies to fender bunnies...right? chicks that love bikes and the guys that ride them.

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I'm all about Gemma but don't believe I've ever seen her pilot a bike solo on SOA.

 

I cain't believe you even went there...........

 

Her character is the epitome of the most evil, self serving bitch I have ever seen portrayed...............

 

And I cain't get over her ever having sex with George......................

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figured we needed some that actually ride....from front or rear and are not just models for a photoshoot...

 

 

 

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Fender Bunny. Can't wait to tell Donna you called her a Fender Bunny. lol

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I suspect , just like Harleys, Bardot is probably leaking and leaves a puddle under where she's been about now

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I cain't believe you even went there...........

 

Her character is the epitome of the most evil, self serving bitch I have ever seen portrayed...............

 

And I cain't get over her ever having sex with George......................

HaHa. I didn't say I liked her character Robin, I agree "Gemma" is a self serving bitch. I just think SHE is hot. Guess I still think of her as Peg Bundy!!

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I suspect , just like Harleys, Bardot is probably leaking and leaves a puddle under where she's been about now

Yeah... But I'd still hit it.. Just because...

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Yeah... But I'd still hit it.. Just because...

just like Raquel Welch...even at near 70+ you would have to hit it just to say you did....dont have to admit how old she was. I would still tap that ass...here she is this year in 2014.

 

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just like Raquel Welch...even at near 70+ you would have to hit it just to say you did....dont have to admit how old she was. I would still tap that ass...here she is this year in 2014.

 

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It would be a pleasure to get into those Depends

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