Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Women in the Wind - Khrome Cowgirls of KC

Written by  December 31, 2003

Hey riding divas! If you’re looking for an all-female, WOMEN ONLY riding club, check out Women in the Wind (WITW), which has a new chapter right here in Kansas City! I met with Lisa Brenek, club President, to get the scoop on this new chapter.

As it turns out, Lisa met a gal in August at Union Station during the Thunder in the Heartland event, who had a Women in the Wind patch on her jacket. They became fast friends and met up again in Milwaukee, WI for the Harley-Davidson 100 Year Anniversary Party. After returning home, Lisa went online and researched the club, then called the national headquarters with the interest of starting a new chapter in KC.

The organization started in 1979 in Toledo, Ohio, when founder, Becky Brown placed an ad in her local newspaper looking for female riders who wanted to form a club and ride. Eleven women responded to the ad and they took their first club ride through the scenic byways of the Maumee River. Today, there are over 1,000 members in 60 chapters in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada and Australia. They welcome all makes of motorcycles and their purpose is to educate members on motorcycle safety and maintenance, unite women motorcyclists with friends of common interest and to promote a positive image to the public of women on motorcycles.

For Lisa to start a new chapter in Kansas City, she was required to have a minimum of three members who were willing to serve a probationary period of at least three months. They were also required to show proof of at least three meetings or rides. Before they knew it, Lisa and the other two members’ had recruited 21 women to join. Since November, they’ve already conducted two meetings and had a pot luck dinner ride. Needless to say this club is off to a roaring start!

Members are recruited by word of mouth, flyers, and now through their club information page in our online motorcycle magazine. National membership dues are $15 per year (pro-rated when you join) and you receive six issues of their newsletter, “Shootin’ the Breeze.” There are two National Conventions a year, a Winter National, held in February and a Summer National held in June. They offer a Safe Mileage Contest for all members that runs from March to November. “Local dues are $10 per year, and any extra funds we generate will be used to take care of our own members first,” says Lisa. For example, from a single mom needing help, to someone laid off from their job or needing help with medical bills.

Lisa stressed that she wants prospective members to know that all members have a voice in this group, and she wants everyone to feel comfortable and not left out. All issues are voted on by the members. If you don’t own your own bike and ride two-up with a chapter member, you can join as an Associate member. Each chapter is allowed to have three non-riding members, who aren’t required to own their own bike, but must have an endorsement on their driver’s license. WITW is planning poker runs, rides and maintenance classes on oil & filter changes.

They plan to kick off the New Year with their 1st Annual “Frigid Bitch Run” on January 31, 2004. All meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Drafters Sports Bar, located at 323 W. 8th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Some lucky member will win a drawing to receive a free dinner, compliments of Drafter’s. Due to the holidays, the January meeting will be held on January 8, 2004. All chapter rides will depart from Drafter’s.

Lisa is very excited to be a part of this group and her enthusiasm has spread to Central Texas where her mom has also started a new chapter. After learning to ride at the age of 60, her mom now owns three bikes! Lisa is no stranger to riding. She grew up in a motorcycle racing family and has been around motorcycles her entire life. She is also lucky enough to work at the Harley-Davidson Plant. Lisa rides a Heritage Softtail and there is no holding this girl back. She is an excellent rider and passionate about motorcycling.

Look for The Khrome Cowgirls of KC at The World of Wheels show February 13-15, where they will be sharing a booth with the guys at K.C. Creations, who build some awesome custom bikes. Women in the Wind are their own group and do not have an affiliation with any bike shops or dealerships. They want to recruit as many members as possible, so if you are interested in learning more about this chapter, e-mail Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they hope to have their web site up and running by February.

A word of caution ladies; because this is a Women Only club, there are no male riders allowed. Therefore, if you have male riding companions who you don’t feel comfortable excluding, this may not be the group for you. Lisa states, “If a chapter member wants to bring a male passenger or rider along, it must be voted on by the membership.” If agreed on, they will come as a guest, and all guests are asked to ride at the back of the pack and follow all chapter rules.

If Women in the Wind sparks your interest, you’re invited to attend one of their meetings to decide if you would like to join this club.

Women in the Wind Officers:
President: Lisa Brenek
Vice President: Lindsay Popper
Secretary: Barbie Oxley
Treasurer: Dolly Owen

Interview and Photos by Goldie Arnold