MYPerformance Blog: Nice Harley Legacy story...Bessie Stringfield was born in 1911. As a high school student, she wanted to own her own motorcycle. She bought a 1928 Indian Scout but did not know how to even operate it! She taught herself and proved to be a natural rider. Eventually she traded in her Indian and bought her first Harley Davidson. Bessie loved riding and was known to toss a coin onto a map to determine where she would ride next. Between the 1930's and 1940's, she took 8 long distance solo rides across the USA, becoming the 1st African American woman to ride a motorcycle through all 48 states. Several of her rides took her through the Deep South when racial prejudice was a threat to her own safety. Being an African American woman made it sometimes impossible for her to find a place to stay at night. During an interview she once said "If you had black skin you couldn’t get a place to stay. I knew the Lord would take care of me and He did. If I found black folks, I’d stay with them. If not, I’d sleep at filling stations on my motorcycle." During World War II, Bessie worked as a motorcycle dispatcher in the US and was the only woman in her entire unit! Later in her life, she moved to Florida and became a registered nurse. Bessie never gave up riding though. She founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club, competed in motorcycle competitions and earned the nickname "Motorcycle Queen of Miami." Bessie passed away in 1993 at the age of 82. She would be honored as a posthumous inductee at the American Motorcycle Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.