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Fox Fire: Riding Ahead of the Pack

Scheduling Brenda Fox for an interview doesn’t happen. Receiving a call from Brenda Fox to meet in 20 minutes for a horseback riding adventure at sunset—now that’s more like it.

Fox is THE motorcycle woman. She is a motorcycle journalist, stunt person and advocate for a variety of humanitarian causes. Fox’s relationship with motorcycles—and horses—began at an early age. Her childhood was rough and home was a scary place, but it taught Fox a lot about motorcycles. From owning her first Harley Shovelhead, at age 22, to handling $100,000 bikes during stunt work, Fox has proved herself to be a unique (and fierce) motorcycle expert.

Girl on a Motorcycle

Through her growth as a motorcyclist, Fox was able to begin speaking and, eventually, writing about the industry. Gaining respect as a motorcycle journalist came gradually, as Fox recalls, “The journalist thing came about with hosting radio shows–I have an awkward sense of humor. [Then] people would ask me to write something for the newspaper. Once I got the energy of what was ‘hot, cool, wicked’ the verbiage came. I was able to incorporate an odd sense of humor, converse in a knowledgeable way, and comprehend what was going on regarding motorcycles.”

When discussing the road on which Fox’s passions and career have taken her, it’s clear it wasn’t easy, though she is content and extremely humble. Ask how she feels about being regarded as a legend by her peers and she will mention that it is difficult to accept being viewed in such high esteem, due to her “…crazy childhood upbringing…” which negatively impacted her self-worth.

However, Fox is proud of her struggles. “For years I paid my dues and I hold that in high regard—it did not come easy. I was slammed in so many ways [and] other people would have given up on the first blow—I kept on going.” Though she is proud of her journey as a motorcycle journalist, she prefers not being referred to as the authority of motorcycle journalism. Her goal has never been to become the authority. Fox would rather receive respect and be regarded as “…a beacon of knowledge.”

“When you’re authentic and you know your stuff there is no gender…you just know your stuff,” says Fox who also admits that “…there are barriers” when coming up through the industry as a woman.

Navigating through any predominantly male field sometimes causes women to deprive themselves of their femininity. Looking at Brenda Fox today, it is difficult to imagine that she ever exuded any qualities other than a beautiful, feminine toughness. As she reflects on her career, Fox remembers a time when the negative opinions of other people drove her to hide her womanliness. “I would wear baggy clothes and things that were not the most flattering because I was caving in. I was not shining as brightly because I did not want my shining to affect others. You could be in a room and be happy with yourself, then one chick bags on you and you feel terribly,” Fox recalls. But as the old saying goes, “You can’t keep a good woman down,” and Brenda Fox is no exception.

Her femininity is now much more obvious and she has learned to not become affected by negative comments. “I realized it’s their problem and those things don’t affect me. I felt like I was accommodating others and not myself. I could physically maneuver motorcycles. My skill and athletic ability brought respect. With self growth, awareness and self acceptance, I changed.”

Today, Fox is on a mission to unify women by embracing differences and promoting courage, strength, power and grace. She connects with women who share common goals and passion. “When you embrace riding there are many levels and all are great. The divorced lady with two kids wants you to know that she rides. It’s empowering,” says Fox.

Ride for Life

Fox uses her success to promote the greater good by dedicating her time to health awareness and animal welfare causes. She participates in many charity events and has served as grand marshal during the 1st Annual New England Walkers for Knockers Ride for the Cure and Project Independence Annual Ride for Autism. She also joined the team of legends during Broc Glover’s Breathe Easy Ride against Cystic Fibrosis.

She has always believed in helping others, but it was during her battle with breast cancer that she found herself on the receiving end and recognized how helpful and giving people can be. “I never imagined I would be in a situation where I would not know what to do,” says Fox. “It was so important to receive help and know how people do care. I [believe in] unity and the ride gets better when you support others.” Fox has built her family through animal rescue and recognizes the importance of healing through interacting with animals. Though her two dogs were rescued, Fox emphasizes their contribution to her life and admits, “When I did not have family, my dogs saved my life.”

We drove to a beautiful ranch in Southern California, approximately one hour north of Los Angeles. The sun began to set and Fox asked me to drive her car while she rode her horse down to the ring. Horses are her other passion, a pastime, to which she intends to dedicate more time. After riding for 30 minutes, she hopped off and asked me to take the reins. This is Brenda Fox’s world. Building relationships, not resumes.

Written by Dorothy Crouch for Moxy Magazine, July 2011. Photo credit by Brenda Fox.

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About Dorothy Crouch

Dorothy Crouch is a California based writer who has addressed topics including dating, luxury lifestyle, financial technology, and travel. Born and raised in New York, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Hunter College and has her M.S., Publishing degree through Pace University. Dorothy became addicted to travel following a study abroad in Dublin, Ireland. This passion for travel has resulted in visits to different regions within Europe, Australia, North, Central and South America. Now focused on her career and living the California Dream, Dorothy hopes to one day visit all seven continents…and write about her adventures.

8 Responses to “Fox Fire: Riding Ahead of the Pack”

  1. Brenda Smith says:

    When I met Brenda Fox in 2010 in CA I was amazed by her total “down to earth” personality. After talking with her on the phone for 15 minutes, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime.

    Brenda was the grand marshall for our 1st Annual Ride for the Cure in NH in 2010 and will be our grand marshall for BREASTOBERFEST 2011 & 2nd Annual Ride for the Cure on 10/1/11. She made an amazing impression on the participants of our event. MANY of them women riders who were totally inspired by her courage, strength, beauty and grace.

    I am honored to say Brenda is a friend of mine now….SHE IS AN ANGEL AND A TOTAL INSPRIRATION TO ALL!

    Brenda Smith
    Founder of The New England Walkers for Knockers

  2. Dorothy says:

    Thank you for sharing this story with Moxy, Brenda! They say birds of a feather flock together. I think women who are true, pure, kind and incredibly strong gravitate toward one another.

  3. Brenda… your story is as amazing as you are. You are a true inspiration to the motorcycle community. Girl, you ROCK!!!!! Much love and respect.

    • What an inspiration Brenda Fox is.I loved reading the Moxie story above.Brenda has survived cancer like I have and carries on her amazing work with animals and m’cycle riders.She never judges people by the colour of their skin or their appearance.
      A truly inspirational young lady who I count as a dear friend.
      Forever, dear Brenda xxx

  4. halle says:

    Having known Brenda on a personal level, I must say she is a dynamite lady and a real go getter! She inspires women to ride their own ride and do it with style! Shine light on more women riders we love it!

  5. Lori Mills says:

    Dorothy, Great story on Brenda Fox! Loved it! what fun that must have been to get to hang out w/ her at the stables(jealous)I have followed her carer for about 12 years & I could read 100 more stories about her. What a role model! More please.
    A new fan of your magazine
    Lori Mills
    owner Lil’Joe’s Leather

  6. Dorothy says:

    Thank you for the support Ladies! Brenda is a wonderful woman and deserves the best in life. Truly an inspiration to everyone she meets! Spending time with Brenda is a gift, for which I am extremely grateful.

  7. MJ Britton says:

    This is a great beginning to what could prove to be a most interesting book! I am sure most women feel a connection to Brenda on some level. For her to write her story could be both cathartica and inspirational.

    You go B-Fox!!!