The Foxy Fuelers are an all-girl riding group based in Sydney, Australia. Having only fired up the group in late 2013, they are already rolling at nearly 70 members sporting Cafe Racers, Flat Trackers, Retros, Bobbers, Classic and Vintage motorcycles. Ryan of Ninety Nine Co recently met for a shoot, ride & coffee with the group.
The Foxy Fuelers
It’s important to note from the start that these girls are not the showboating sort. The group is geared around nurturing and growing the female riding scene, and whilst that obviously gives way to beginner riders and a few low powered machine in the mix, those are evenly matched with experienced petrol heads riding everything from mid sized Yamaha’s to Ducati Scramblers fresh out of the showroom.
We caught up with the group one sunny Sunday morning for a ride and a coffee where a turnout of 14 riders (including a dog) was described as a ‘decent’. Right from the get-go it was clear how tight knit the group are and how committed they are to making their group a vehicle for fun times and friendships.
Nicolette, the founder of the group shares all below about their beginnings and future.
Hey Nicollete, can you tell us how the Foxy Fuelers came about?
Sure, many of us were active members and riders within the Sydney Café Racers group. As more female riders joined and non-riding ladies of the group started becoming inspired to ride, a few of us girls talked about having a specific ‘ladies crew’ to support and encourage each other, to create a space to practice and learn without the pressure of keeping up with more experienced riders. Our new found confidence has enabled more of us to take on more challenging rides and roadtrips.
The group has grown to nearly 70 members in fairly short time, what are the fundamentals that have brought you all together?
The love, passion and thrill of riding, and our beloved customised or soon to be customised bikes. A fundamental element of riding is to feel ‘at one’ with your machine, so there is great pleasure to be had in changing and customizing our bikes as they are essentially a reflection and expression of ourselves.
You pride yourselves on getting newbie members on two wheels, do you have any great success stories to share?
Foxy member Kristi was keen to ride, but was also quite hesitant at first, not unusual for a new rider! With slow persistence and the support of the group to just keep going at the pace that felt safe, after months of practice Kristi was ready to take on a long road trip, jumped on her postie and rode with us down to Kangaroo Valley for our camping weekend ‘Steel & Stars’. It was so awesome to see her make that little postie fly! And just this weekend past Kristi passed her P’s test and is a whole other rider than when she started out. A beautiful and inspiring transformation to watch, and kudos to her for her courage and determination.
Tell us about your rides, that camping trip sounded like a fun one…
We try to get together at least once a week as a group for a ride, and yes we recently went on a road and camping trip to Kangaroo Valley. Steel & Stars was our first longer ride and weekend away together as a group, with some very fun and challenging twisty and narrow mountain passages to get there. On the Saturday we did a 200km roundtrip out to Nerriga Pub for lunch, again taking in some beautiful smooth twisty roads and an opportunity to open up the throttle! Nights were highlighted by cold beers and an open campfire to warm out bods, with the obligatory jokes and story telling, and loads of belly laughs. Sunday we took the slightly longer route home through Berry on some old roads, and the Nasho on the way back into Sydney. We had so much fun we’ve already planned another one… watch this space for Steel & Stars 1.5 in 6 months time.
More rides, more adventures.. we’re tentatively planning an overseas tour and ride through South-East Asia, others are keen on some road-tripping through America. And we’re definitely keeping the riding love close to home by continuing the Steel & Stars road trip to be a biannual event that we’d love to make bigger and better every year.