Current divisions


Introductions of the groups

AUSTRALIAflag of Australia

Website: www.wima.org.au

Kathy O'Donnell — National President WIMA Australia National President Germany

WIMA Australia was there at the beginning - Hazel Mayes of Sydney was invited by founder Louise Sherbyn to become the first international member of WIMA. Hazel owned a BSA but was well known in central Sydney as the pilot of the Harley "buntruck" provided by her employer. Very little is known about WIMA from the mid-fifties until it seems to have faded away in the late sixties or early seventies. In 1985 WIMA Australia was reborn in Adelaide under the leadership of Linda Bootherstone. Now in 2003, WIMA Australia has 320 members. The National President and Committee are elected at the Annual Rally. Responsibility for the national organisation and newsletter moves to a new state every second year. All states have an active local network which can include meetings, rides, track and training days, advertised in state newsletters. Membership subscriptions are paid to the national body, but 25% is sent back to the state groups to help organise local activities. The WIMA Worldwide 2000 rally, celebrating the 50th birthday of WIMA was held at Kiama south of Sydney in April at which Hazel Mayes was an honoured guest.

International Rallies in Australia: 2000 Kiama (50th Anniversary Rally - Southern hemisphere). The 2015 WIMA International Rally was held at Phillip Island. Many WIMA members had the opportunity to work as volunteers at the Moto GP prior to the rally.

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AUSTRIAflag of Austria

Website: www.wima-austria.at

Jane Spiegel — National President WIMA Austria

National President Austria

The first rally held in Austria was in 1969. WIMA Austria was re-founded in 1996, though a very successful International Rally was held here in 1993. In 2012 the International Rallye was held in Reingers in Austria and organised by 8 of the members. There are now 15 members who meet monthly and organise trips and trials training.

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BANGLADESHflag of Bangladesh

Israt Khan Mojlish — National President WIMA Bangladesh

National President Bangladesh

BWRC (Bangladesh Women Riders Club) was founded by Israt Khan Mojlish and started its journey in 2013 with only two members. It’s the first & only women riders club of Bangladesh.It became WIMA/Bangladesh in July 2016.
It is dedicated to all women who ride and to those who are inspired to learn. We truly admire and pay homage to the pioneer woman riders of yester year who came before us and had to overcome so many obstacles in order to ride. We are a getting bigger day by day.
BWRC is also working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground. We have worked with ActionAid for “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”, we donate for unprivileged children.
BWRC introduced SADP (Sexual Assault Defensive Program) in Bangladesh and organized the first workshop on SADP where many women took part and learnt the techniques.

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BELGIUMflag of Belgium

Website: wimabam.be

Trui Hanoulle — National President WIMA/BAM Belgium National President Belgium

Founded in 1992 by four women bikers as the "Belgian Amazon Motorclub" (BAM), as a result of the first women-only run ever held in Belgium. Since then, the club has had between 25-100 members and currently has 31 dispersed all over Belgium. BAM connected to the international motorbike scene via the Dutch WIMA's and became WIMA/BAM in February 1997. WIMA/BAM also organised and hosted the first international WIMA exhibition stand at FEMA in August '97 in Belgium. They organised an annual Amazone Run each year in June, later embedded in an International Amazone Weekend. Now they focus more on rides in all parts of the country as to meet the wishes of their members, on weekends and on motorbike courses of all types, either with official instructors or self-organised by their best riders, as to improve the so-needed safety in the increasingly hectic traffic situations in Belgium, to improve rider's and mechanical skills of all, and last but not least: to increase the fun-factor! All members actively encourage, help and inform women they meet to take to the handle bars themselves, resulting in new enthusiastic members each year. Quite a few of their members travel extensively by bike either inside or outside Europe.

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BULGARIAflag of Bu;garia

Violeta Ivanova — National President WIMA BulgariaNational President Bulgaria

Mail: violeta.ivanova1111 {AT} gmail.com

WIMA Bulgaria is the newest member of the big WIMA family just opened in May 2015. We start as a few women motorcycle enthusiasts, but we hope to grow fast. As strong long-distance riders we encourage all women to ride safe, enjoy and never stop exploring the world!

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Canadaflag of Canada

Website: www.facebook.com/groups/182246478838124

Angela Dianne Griffin — National President WIMA Canada

National President Canada

WIMA Canada is here! Co-founded by Angela Dianne Griffin of Nova Scotia and Dianne Best of Manitoba, these ladies are well experienced riders and eager to support all women in the motorcycling community. From new riders to seasoned ones, from sport bikes to cruisers and from sea to shining sea, we will represent our proud Canadian heritage as well as our individual diversity. Whether riding in the East Coast of Newfoundland, the West Coast of British Columbia, or anywhere in between, WIMA Canada will strive to bring all women riders together as one great Sisterhood.

Women now make up 12% of the riding community in Canada's nearly 3 billion dollar motorcycle industry! And Canadian women are claiming July 17th, 2016 as National Women's Ride Day! Come join us!

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CURAÇAOflag of Curaçao

National President Curacao

Carin Mercera — National President WIMA Curaçao

WIMA Curaçao was founded December 2011 and consists of a small group of very enthusiastic female motorcyclists. We are 'the lucky ones', being able to ride from beach to beach throughout the year, living in a tropical climate on the small island of Curaçao. In the rainy period we prefer to leave our motorcycles at home, because the roads can get rather slippery. Most of the time however, the sun is shining and we need to put on sun-lotion or ride in the early morning of late afternoon not to get a sunburn! Luckily there's usually plenty of wind, so that we do not melt when standing still. In fact, we prefer to ride in jeans and a shirt, so no Gore-Tex for us! We do wear helmets on Curaçao ☺.

Quite a few women are members of the local group Easy Riders, through which most of us have met. We are also in touch with women from other Caribbean islands, but because Curaçao has been independent since 10 October 2010 we have decided to be: 'WIMA-Curaçao'.

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ESTONIAflag of Estonia

Website: www.wima.ee

Anneli Pille — National President WIMA Estonia

WIMA Estonia 2017 Photo
Photo credit Hannes Arus

WIMA Estonia has at the moment 17 active members and several candidates. Division was officially registered on year 2000 in Tallinn, Estonia. They have a regular WIMA meetings once a month all year round and attending major bikers event all around the year. For 3 years WIMA Estonia has organized in the beginning of season a special open event for female bikers only. In every event we cover some important topics as riding in the group, sharing technical check-up details etc. Tradition is to have in the beginning of every riding season one-day course for WIMA members on the racing track or MotoSurvival training. WIMA Estonia is actively involved in the organisation of bigger motorcycling events in Estonia like Jogevatreff (an annual international motorcycle rally more than 1500 participants from about 18 countries). WIMA Estonia members were also in the organiser team of the FIM Moto Camp 2001 and FIM Rally 2005. One very close subject for us are children and we actively support Children Center Tähetorni that is taking care of children from unstable family situations. Once in a month we cook and do different activities with children, and support with donations on regular basis. From last year we have up our new homepage www.wima.ee

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FINLANDflag of Finland

Website: www.wima.fi National President Finland

Pirjo Kivimäki — National President LBC Ladies Bike Club / WIMA Finland ry

The "Ladies Bike Club" in Finland started in May 93 and they joined WIMA in 1997. Today the club is known as Ladies Bike Club - WIMA Finland and it has about 400 members. Every year they have the opening Rally of the motorcycling season in May, the get-together Rally in June and the end-of-the-season Rally in September. In addition to these big events many smaller happenings are organised all around Finland. Though the summer time is short in Finland, the summer days are long and light to ride. WIMA Finland hosted the 50th Anniversary International Rally in August 2000. In 2008 WIMA Finland hosted the 50th Anniversary European Rally in Ristiina.

International Rallies in Finland: 2008 Ristiina/Historic Saimaa (50th European Rally), 2000 Iisalmi (50th Anniversary Rally - Northern hemisphere), 1973 Pihtipudas.

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FRANCEflag of France

Website: https://wimafrance.jimdo.com/ National President France

Anne Girardin — National President WIMA France

WIMA France was initiated by Agnes Acker in the nineteen fifties. It first hosted an International Rally in 1970 at Col des Croix, Lorraine. As of 1974, WIMA France hosted several national rallies as well as the "Drei Länder Treffen", meetings of the three countries including France, Germany and Switzerland. Chantal Hertrich was appointed WIMA France captain in 1985 during a WIMA international rally. Chantal, her friends and family organized the last International Rally in France in 1990, in Saint-Pierre, near Barr in Alsace. Sophie Vignon took over the WIMA France presidency in 2008 and greatly continued the national annual rallies and/or Drei Länder Treffen. Geneviève Herbillon took over the French WIMA presidency in 2016 but soon handed it over to the Vosges ladies’ gang; Marie, Aline and Anne. Chantal is temporarily back at the WIMA France board for helping the 3 ladies in the transition.

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GERMANYflag of Germany

Website: www.wima-germany.de e-mail: info (at) wima-germany (dot) de

Verena Reindl — National President WIMA Germany National President Germany

A WIMA presence was established in Germany around 1958 by Ellen Pfeiffer. She organized the first International Rally in Germany at Nürburgring in 1959. Later she was supported by Floh Petit who continued her work until 2002. Since 2002 WIMA-Teams manage the WIMA Germany Division.
The current WIMA Team Germany consist of Verena Reindl (National President since 2002), Sonja Schneider (treasurer) and Susi Metzner (administration).

There are now approximately 250 active German WIMA members and about 100 ladies join the International Rally every year. Many of them are also members of WOW (Women on Wheels) or Hexenring with whom WIMA has friendly links. National Motorcycle-Meetings are organized from regional WIMA-, WOW- and Hexenring-Groups and have resulted in connections and friendships all over and throughout Germany.

International Rallies in Germany: 2007 Thuringen, 1992 Berlin, 1986 Vogelsberg, 1981 Buseck-Oppenrod, 1971 Kassel, 1968 Drees, 1965 Oberreifenberg, 1964 An der Wasserkuppe, 1961 Nürburgring, 1959 Nürburgring.
Besides, Germany organized the European Rallies in Lignano (Italy), in 2009, and in Tirol (Austria), in 1999.

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GREAT BRITAINflag of the United Kingdom

Website: www.wimagb.co.uk

Val Newman — National President WIMA Great Britain National President Great Britain

Started in 1950 and first Rally (8 attendees!) was in 1956. Currently around 190 members, and growing rapidly. Last International Rally in the UK was in 2011 at Lancaster, with the next one planned for 2019. GB has a lively monthly newsletter, an annual national rally, and many short breaks (usually weekends) which include off-road training, skills training, chill and relax days with friends, and visits to motorcycle shows around the country, where we sometimes have a stand. Most areas have local events and rides throughout the year.

International Rallies in Great Britain: 2011 Lancaster, 2003 Dorset, 1994 Usk/Wales, 1987 Ashbourne, 1982 Fort William/Scotland, 1978 Llanfelte Farm/Wales, 1990 Wiltshire (40th Anniversary rally).

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HUNGARYflag of Hungary

Website: www.wima-hungary.hu

Emese Melicher — National President WIMA Hungary National President Hungary

The Hungarian division of the WIMA was officially approved by National Presidents during WIMA England Rally in 2011.
During the past 6-7 years we have ridden our motorbikes together a lot. Whether on track at the Hungaroring, racing, long and short tours, we have developed a great camaraderie between us. At that time we were members of a small female motorcycle club. Our current president got to know about WIMA during her stay abroad in summer 2010. After her initiation, the AGM and voting of the International Committee on 26th July 2011 at the International Rally in Lancaster, England, we started to organize the Association. Our inaugural meeting, with ten founder members, took place on 12th December 2011 in Budapest.
The committee approved and issued the constitution on 31st July 2012 to operate as WIMA, Women’s International Motorcycle Association, Hungarian Division, with 10 Members.
The general assembly elected:
Emese Melicher as President,
Klaudia Lökös as Vice President and
Hajnalka Koncsek as Secretary.
The aims of the Club and its members are to promote the culture of safe motorcycle riding, to recruit members across the country with a shared interest in motorcycling, to promote women in Motorsport, to organize events, support both new and young riders, as well as those that have been biking for years and support the activities of WIMA Internationally.

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INDIAflag of India

Mail: wimaindiachapter {AT} gmail.com

Vidhi Malla — National President WIMA India

National President India

Namastey from the land of mystery and diversity! WIMA India is the youngest member of the WIMA Global family. As WIMA-India, it is our endeavor to provide a nondiscriminatory and impartial platform to women motorcyclists in the country, irrespective of their caste, creed or the bikes they ride. Our aim is to build a community of women riders who respect and support each other. We will always encourage women from different groups and associations to join WIMA-India and be a part of the global community. Our motto, which also stands true for our magnificent country is ‘Unity in Diversity.’

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JAPANflag of Japan

Website: www.wima.gr.jp

Keiko Osawa — National President WIMA Japan National President Japan

WIMA Japan has been launched in April 1996 during 27 members of WIMA from various European countries visited Japan to introduce WIMA to this country. It is one of several women's bike clubs but the only international one in Japan. Currently we have about 40 members and get together at the occasions of semi-annual national meetings in spring and autumn. Many members now regularly participate in WIMA International Rallies. In 2010, WIMA Japan successfully hosted an International Rally for the first time at the foot of Mt. Fuji. WIMA Japan would love to hear from anybody who is interested in us or traveling to Japan.

International Rallies in Japan: 2010 Fujinomiya-city/Shizuoka, 1996 Izu.

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KOREAflag of South Korea

www.wimakoreawimaworld.com
http://cafe.daum.net/wimakorea

Judy Kim — National President WIMA Korea National President Korea

Staff & Committee:
President: Judy Kim
Treasurer: Hae Jung Hong
Merchandise: Ji Su Seo
Blog: Soo Jin Yoon
Tour organizer: Ji Young Lee
Korea is one of the leading countries in Asia located next to Japan. Korea is well known for its culture, art, sports, and etc. to the foreigners in the world as well as a touring place. Mountains, beaches, rivers, and fields are well mixed and four seasons are also very well divided in Korea.  Korea is a country that has beautiful nature.  It’s possible to enjoy the nature in different tastes due to the various seasons. There are clean and curved highways throughout the country which enable the riders to enjoy the riding. I’ve been waiting for the approval of the establishme nt of WIMA Korea from WIMA World.  I’ve heard of WIMA with detail description from Sheonagh and Pat who were visiting Korea on bike in 2010.  After hearing about WIMA, I made up my mind to establish WIMA in Korea. I collected a few members who were willing to participate in what I was trying to do and I sent the inquiry to WIMA World about establishing WIMA Korea. There are over 25,000 riders who ride for the leisure or hobby and approximately 300 of them are females. There have been a big increase in the number of bikers from a few years ago including female riders. However, I felt that it was very unfortunate for the female riders in Korea because there were no organizations for such riders in Korea as opposed to the number of the riders.  WIMA Korea can be that organization for female riders that can provide the needs and this will also enhance the reputation to get better towards the female riders and the riders as a whole. Now we have about 100 members (80: local activity, 20: international activity) in Korea division. And 5 of them are the staffs.

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MALAYSIAflag of Malaysia

Nor Zaida York — National President WIMA Malaysia National President Malaysia

Hello and greeting from WIMA Malaysia!

My name is Nor Zaidah, you ladies can call me Nor. Few WIMA Division President and WIMA member had meet me in person - Claudia our WIMA President, Keiko our ex VP, Verena Germany President, Val Newman GB President and Israt Khan Bangladesh President. For those who never meet me before I'm a freelance photojournalist for few Motorcycle magazine in Malaysia. Few introduction regard WIMA Malaysia. Sheonagh and Pat from England, who introduce WIMA to me , when I meet them during RTW n their tour ride in Malaysia Sept 2010 . Without them, I don’t think we have WIMA Malaysia. Many thanks to Sheonagh and Pat.

WIMA Malaysia a small group of ladies with mix class of bikes and model from 125cc – 1400cc and 35 paid member, with 12 state from East and West Malaysia, we live all over Malaysia.

In Malaysia we have few top ladies clubs and active in Malaysia:

1. WIMA Malaysia
2. Lady Bikers Malaysia
3. Ducati Ladies @ Desmodona
4. HOG Ladies @ Harley Owner Group
5. Kawasaki Ladies Group

Some of the ladies in this above club are also a WIMA Malaysia member. Due to they have their own club, only some time they have the chance to join WIMA Malaysia event or sometime our WIMA event clash with their own club event. March 2016 in conjunction of Women Day, WIMA Malaysia member join the event that been host by the founder of Bikerz United. Fa Polo, she created an event - Women Force Awakens 2016 and gather about 107 ladies rider and break Malaysia Book of Record 2016.

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NETHERLANDSflag of the Netherlands

Website: www.wimanederland.nl

Sandra Ilbrink — National President WIMA The NetherlandsNational President Netherlands

Mail: silbrink {AT} ziggo.nl

Dutch WIMA started in 1981 and has approximately 70 members. We have organised several International Rallies. Throughout the year all sorts of local activities are organised by the members at home. We call them TB, in Dutch "thuisbijeenkomsten". In English: Home meetings. In spring and autumn WIMA NL organizes WIMA-weekends. These weekends take place in Holland or in a neighbour country, like Germany or Belgium. In wintertime we organise a WIMA WINTER WEEKEND, we try to let it take place in a different region every year.This is a very big success.

We have an annual meeting once a year in March. There is a group of very active and enthusiastic members, who visit the several activities. The digital newsletter is published 6 times a year. The website is updated frequently. WIMA Netherlands also has a facebook page. And members do get their information through mail. Our members visit the international Rally’s if possible. Depending on the country, about 20 members go. And always have a good time.

International Rallies in Netherlands: 2010 Markelo (European Meeting), 2004 Borculo, 1997 Heythuysen, 1989 Eiland van Maurik, 1983 Spaarnwoude, 1966 Aalst, 1963 Scheveningen, 1960 Scheveningen, 1958 Scheveningen.

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NEW ZEALANDflag of New Zealand

Website: www.wima.org.nz

National President New Zealand

Janice Millman — National President WIMA New Zealand

WIMA Australasian Division was run from Rotorua in the 50's. WIMA NZ in its current form started in 1984. Each member keeps her number for life, so there are about 500 members, about 50 or so of which are currently paid-up members.

New Zealand (Aoteoroa) consists of three Island the North the south and Stewart Island we also have small islands off all our coasts. We have members on both islands but more in the North Island currently the majority of members are in Auckland but Wellington (capital city) still has a very active branch.

WIMA organises one of the biggest national rides, "The Pink Ribbon Ride" which attracts approximately 1,000 motorcyclists annually and has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research.

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POLANDflag of Poland

Website: www.wimapoland.pl

Maura Raniecka – National President WIMA PolandNational President Poland
Phone +48 601 20 55 94
Mail: maura_r (at) yahoo (dot) com

WIMA Poland was officially approved by National Presidents during WIMA Japan Rally, on 29th of April 2010. Our main goal was and always be - just ride. We do believe that riding across our own country and whole world is the best thing that we can do in order to see new places, meet new girls and share our passion with them.
It makes us happy and we really enjoy it.
If you live in Poland and wish to join us, please contact the President at e-mail provided above.

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ROMANIAflag of Romania

Mihaela Hodivoianu – National President WIMA RomaniaNational President Romania

WIMA Romania was founded in July 2017 by a small team of women riders:
- Mihaela Hodivoianu, our enthusiastic president,
- Anca Popescu, a motorcycle instructor whose advice is valuable mostly for beginners but not only
- and by Ina Popa, blogger since 2012 on a women motorcyclist blog focused on safe riding.

As women are continuously growing interest in bike riding we feel that now is the perfect timing for us to set-up this association in Romania that can bring all women together and share both the good and the challenges of motorcycling. Our mission is to build ourselves a nice, strong community of women passionate about motorcycling and to smoothly grow together into a supportive and well-connected group of long riders, commuters, day by day riders or weekend ones. WIMA Romania is actually a place to learn to give back and grow. We strongly believe into the positive aspects of motorcycling lifestyle thus we promote them. We know for a fact the joy we get from riding all together, these being most enriching and inspiring experiences therefore we do our best to keep on organizing as many trips and events to enhance this spirit amongst female riders.

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SWEDENflag of Sweden

Website: www.wimasweden.se

Carola Palmqvist — National President WIMA SwedenNational President Sweden

WIMA Sweden started around 1960 and has around 50 members. They hold spring and autumn meetings.

International Rallies in Sweden: 2015 Sundet, 2005 Sjöröd, 1995 Morokulien, 1985 Gålö, 1975 Omberg.

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SWITZERLANDflag of Switzerland

Website: www.wima-schweiz.ch

Eva Streuli — National President WIMA SwitzerlandNational President Switzerland

Founded in 1978, WIMA Switzerland now has 72 members and has organised several International Rallies.

International Rallies in Switzerland: 2013 Val de Travers, 2006 Hoch Ybring, 1998 Les Tuileries-de-Grandson, 1991 Steinen, 1984 Morbio-Superiore, 1980 Bumbach, 1976 Yverdon.

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THAILANDflag of Thailand

Penlada Krutkosa — National President WIMA Thailand

WIMA Thailand was formed 2013 and consists of members from all over Thailand. We meet up at least once a year for an official activity where we ride and travel together. The members ride different types of bikes, such as sport, touring and cruiser.

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USAflag of the United States of America

Website: WIMA USA facebook-page

National President USA

Sylvia Salenius — National President WIMA USA

WIMA was originally founded in America by Louise Scherbyn in 1950, however the USA division faded from existence in the 1970s. WIMA USA was revived in 2003 and grew to over 100 members throughout the country. More recently the group has shrunk to a handful of members, primarily due to the proliferation of local, regional, national, and specialized women’s motorcycle clubs across America. WIMA USA, focusing on its heritage and attendance at international rallies, is now looking for volunteers to again craft a resurgence.
For more information about WIMA USA visit our facebook-page.

International Rallies in USA: 2009 Keystone, Colorado, 1970 New York (20th Anniversary celebration)

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