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The Van Buren girls rode 5500 miles across the USA in 1916 on Indian motorcycle
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82ndpara
27 Oct 2021

The Van Buren girls rode 5500 miles across the USA in 1916 on Indian motorcycle

In 1929, Vivian Bales rode her 1929 HarleyDavidson for 78 days and 5,000 miles across the country. She told the papers her motorcycle was a “key to the whole United States.
Vivian Bales was the first motorcycle cover girl and was known for several long distance motorcycle rides around the US, (before most of the roads were paved) in the 1920s and 1930s.

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  • AJay 28 Oct 2021
    I met a lady here in the small country town I come from, just a few years ago. She was not a local but had retired here. She showed me the photos from just after WWII when she rode a BSA across the Nullarbor Plain and back. Amazing feat for anyone in those days let alone a wee slip of a girl on an old BSA carting 4xJerrycans, spare rubber and camping gear. I would have loved to hear Vivian Bales' stories!!
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