Edgy Curves.

The girls from The Curves do whatever they want.

Adrenaline junkies with bright red lips: Berlin designers Cäthe Pfläging and Irene Kotnik have created a girls-only motorcycling club called The Curves. It celebrates the unadjusted and nonchalant lifestyle of the modern biker woman.

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Punk, adrenaline junkie, wild – this is today’s motorcycle woman.
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Irene Kotnik

They want to inspire. But they also want to provoke and to stand out. They want to show that they are starting their own thing and above all seeing it through. What do they do differently than others? “Well, everything!”, Cäthe Pfläging says. “I did it my way, hello? We work on our motorcycles, ride, travel, and experience adventures. And we party together. But in our own way.” She looks into her bike’s rear mirror, shakes her wild curls out of her face and puts some red lipstick on; it is one of the trademarks of The Curves.

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Smile.

Irene reconstructed her "Renn-Azumi" especially for the furlong.

Smile.

Cäthe seems like an oasis of tranquillity, while Irene excitedly enthuses about motorcycle adventures and sprint races. Glemseck 101 or Wheels and Waves – wherever the 1/8 mile is raced down, the front women from The Curves are in on it. Irene customised her seventies bike called “Azumi” specially for sprint races. It’s colour scheme stands out in particular: a gaudy fairing with a bright yellow smiley on the front. Irene’s helmet is perfectly attuned to this: it shines in all colours the neon range has to offer. Cäthe’s naked bike “Batman” is kept completely in black, with its breast draped in anarchic gaffer tape strips in pink and green.

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Rodeo on the PonyWrench.

There is technical know-how en masse at the Mechanical Workshops at the "PonyWrench".

Rodeo on the PonyWrench.

Irene and Cäthe prepare their bikes for the sprint races themselves. In the middle of Berlin, The Curves have rented a garage. The club members meet here regularly for mechanical workshops. They call it PonyWrench. This is the place for women to check out how a motor works or to disassemble and reassemble motorcycles. There are tips for the right tools – and for the convincing smile in case of being stopped by the police. “For me, this is the perfect counterbalance to my job. I really love working on my bike and getting my hands dirty – but not necessarily the way the boys think it should be done”, Irene says. Cäthe nods in agreement. “We are definitely not spending the whole day in the workshop hammering something together. It’s about getting to know your own bike and learning how to do things yourself.”

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The Curves are like a rock band: so much energy, fun and creativity concentrated in one group.
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Cäthe Pfläging

Vrooom.

With the Curves, it is about community – and also about the individuality of each person.  

Vrooom.

Irene proudly observes her Azumi, her hand-crafted racer. “It’s my dream bike. The way it looks is the way I am. A bit crazy and exotic. But hey, we are all individualists and should be respected.” Despite all their individualism, The Curves still have several things in common with the normal bikers. “We are adrenaline junkies. We love roaring engines, screeching tyres, stench and smoke. That’s awesome", Irene says. The two are representatives for a lot of women, proving how much the motorcycling culture has changed. There is no place for stereotypes and gender roles, strict rules and macho slogans.

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An atmosphere of change.

Inspired by the California Babes Ride Out Event, the Curves initiated the Petrolettes Festival.

An atmosphere of change.

Motorcycling becomes a real women’s domain at the Petrolettes Festival in Berlin, which is organised and supported by The Curves. With the event, Europe has gained a type of Babes Ride Out (that one lures around 2,000 bikes and babes out into the North American desert). The Petrolettes Festival kicked off last year with about 250 female motorcyclists who made their way to Berlin from 15 countries. It was women of three generations, among them lawyers, doctors, journalists – or designers like Cäthe and Irene. “We got to know such great women. Real characters with great motorcycles”, Cäthe says. This is why the event will be continued. The club and its fans camp and party on the historic airport Neuhardenberg, outside of Berlin. It is about sprint races on the Taxi Driveway and about motorcycle trips into the Berlin hinterland. It is about the community – but still the girls are far from being herd animals. There is this atmosphere of change in the motorcycling scene. Not everyone has to like that. Only those who are a part of it.

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