Portland based photographer and motorcyclist Lanakila MacNaughton who started Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition will be leading the 14,484 km journey called Highway Runaways. Organized by Harley-Davidson, the road trip will start from New York to San Francisco in search of rad female riders.
Lanakila’s “Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition” started to showcase the new motion of contemporary female motorcyclists. “I want to reveal the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride. The show is a vehicle which promotes a new perception of female empowerment and inspires an independence and liberation through motorcycling”, she says.
Talking about the ride event, Lanakila MacNaughton said, “”I am a Portland OR based photographer and motorcyclist. I was involved in many outdoor sports from a young age, and began documenting my experiences through photography. After developing a passion for motorcycles in my early 20’s, I started documenting many facets of motorcycle culture through my lens. I shoot in medium format on a 65 year old Hasselblad CM. I ride my 1973 Harley-Davison FLH Shovelhead and my 2003 Harley-Davidson EVO Chopper.”
She has now partnered with Harley-Davidson for Highway Runaways which was organized by mother and daughter Avis and Effie Hotchkiss 100 years ago. The pair rode 9,000 miles (14,484 km) from New York to San Francisco.
In the tribute to these legendary women, rider-photographer Lanakila “Lana” MacNaughton and her closest female friends will commence on a similar route, doing it their own way, and using Lana’s camera to seize the journey. The four-week Highway Runaways ride will start from July 3 leaving Brooklyn and ending in San Francisco.
Imogen Lehtonen: “I’m London born, New Zealand raised and California living. I am a second generation silversmith for The Great Frog – my family, who’ve been making rings for rock’n’rollers since the early 70s. I live for adventure, seeing new places, and riding my motorcycle – where I feel closest to my dad. I ride my 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200.”
Jenny Czinder: “I’m from Portland, OR and I’ve been riding motorcycles for 3 years. You can find me on Instagram riding and hiking across the Pacific Northwest, rockin sparkle panties and keeping it nonsense. I ride my 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200.”
Meg Marie: “I am a former Disneyland dancer turned motorcycle enthusiast and haven’t stopped riding ever since. The passing of my older brother gave me a new-found confidence in living life and adventure. Since then, I bought my first bike, started my own floral design business, and backpacked through India. Ride fast, love hard, and just enjoy life. I ride my 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200.”
Nina Kaplan: “My name is Nina and I’ve grown up around motorcycles, so I’ve always had a love for them. My Dad started teaching me to ride when I was 13 on the levy roads in Northern California. I love the power and freedom of being on two wheels, the feeling of being in sync with my motor. We ride because we are inspired to go far and explore. We’ll fight the world until we’ve won and love comes flowing through!”