Husqvarna Demo at Babes in the Dirt

We are so excited to announce that Husqvarna motorcycles will be joining us at Babes in the Dirt and running a bike demo!!!!!

There are only 20 spots available for the Husqvarna Demo to please e-mail us at babesrideout@gmail.com with your full name and riding level to sign up. First 20 to e-mail get dibs on the demo. Make sure and title your e-mail HUSQVARNA DEMO.

Husqvarna_Logo_horizontal_pos_4cHusqvarna Motorcycles has been pioneering since 1903 and is the second oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world with continuous production – creating their first motorcycle the same year as Harley Davidson.  Driven by a commitment to our core values, tradition, culture, and design are a huge part of what makes Husqvarna so unique to the marketplace. In tribute to some of the greatest legends in motorcycling, the Husqvarna Legends Tour event is designed for new and experienced motorcyclists to try a variety of motorcycles from our current model range in a fun, intimate environment.

http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/en_us/heritage.html

Here are some of the bikes available to demo:

http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/en_us/motocross.html

TC 85

TC85

TE 125

TC125

FE 250TC250

FC 250

FC250

FC 350

FC350

Demo Rules:

Husqvarna Legends Tour Demo Program

In order to participate in the Husqvarna Motorcycles Legends Tour Motocross Demo Program you must be 18 years or older and bring the following:

  1. Government Issued Photo Identification
  1. Signed Waiver Release Form 
  1. Proper Riding Gear including but not limited to:

DOT Approved Helmet

Goggles

Motorcycle Gloves

Motorcycle Jersey or Approved Long Sleeves

Motorcycle Riding Pants

Boots (Full Length not Work Boots)

 

 

 

 

Meet Victoria Hett:

Accomplished motorcycle racer Victoria Hett will be there to connect with all you ladies and offer some tips on riding dirt. She has received numerous titles in events such as the ISDE International six days endure, WEC world endure canada, AMA national endure and WEC world endure Canada. She is one badass Babe on a the dirt and we can’t wait to hang with her!

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Age: 30

Riding experience: Started riding at 5 years old, racing at 12 years old

Favorite riding discipline: Off-road

Hometown: Cherryville, BC – Canada

Other hobbies: Horse-back riding, Snowboarding

My hero: My Dad

Rider/Racer I looked up to the most (other than my Dad): Malcolm Smith

Bucket list item: To ride a motorcycle on every continent (except for maybe Antarctica)

 

Racing highlights:

 

ISDE (International Six Days Enduro):

 

  • Bronze Medal – Canadian Womens Trophy team – 2010 ISDE, Mexico
  • Bronze Medal – Canadian Womens Trophy team –  2012 ISDE, Germany
  • Silver Medal – Canadian Womens Trophy team – 2014 ISDE, Argentina

 

WEC (World Enduro Canada):

 

  • 1stOver-all in Men’s Intermediate division ( And top Canadian Woman) – 2013
  • Over-all Canadian Champion 2013
  • Canadian Eastern Champion 2013
  • Canadian Western Champion 2013

 

BCORCS (British Columbia Off-Road Series):

 

  • 2ndover-all in men’s Intermediate division (East)
  • 4thover-all men’s Intermediate division (East & West)
  • 1stover-all women’s 2003, 2008, 2009

 

AMA (National Enduro):

 

  • 1STPlace AMA National Enduro, Cascade Montana 2009

 

Roll Call: Ash// @bikersplatt

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Hi ladies!

I’m Ash, 24 from Perth Western Australia. And I need your help! J But first, a little bit about me.

I’m a motorcycling / photographing / beer-drinking / thrill-seeking and adventure enthusiast.
And I’m on the road to self-discovery! Geez, that sounds like a confession at an AA Meeting!

I have been riding since I was 17, so… 7 years now! I own a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor 1000 (SUPER rare, carbon fibre V-twin beast, 999 ever made, 5 of which are in my State – see pic below).

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I’ve always been a petrol head of some sort as my Dad is a massive motor enthusiast. He built countless amounts of bikes and cars while I was growing up, so of course it rubbed off on me. My Mum never thought I’d be able to drive a manual car, let alone a motorcycle! Now she sits back and watches with fear as Dad and I go on motorbike trips for the weekend! I’ll never forget the smile on my Dad’s face when he first saw me riding a motorbike. That was a proud moment for both of us!

I’m yet to ride around another country with my Dad, but it’s definitely on the bucket list. I have however travelled around Malaysia and the North of Vietnam on motorcycle, with many more countries to go. I love being in the thick of it all, places that you can only get to by motorcycle, where nobody speaks English, where we are away from the modern world and in amongst the wildlife. Wild life and nature are a huge passion for me. In one of my pics you will see me on the floor cuddling wild puppies. The view behind me was breath-taking, but at that moment all I could focus on was those cuties!

5I could go on forever about my dreams and aspirations, but I hope to share that with you all in October if you will have me!… This brings me to why I need your help. I’m finished with routine life here in Perth for now, so I have plans to move to Canada in November 2015 to get a job in a ski resort (it’s not about the money – it’s the experience! And I have never seen snow before!!). My “grand plan” would be to work there for 6 months, before being able to ride down to South America and continue some travel, maybe stay long enough learn the language, make use of my British Passport before eventually returning home…. Where I will begin my other dream of custom building a CB750 ;) To do be able to afford all of this travel though, I’m working my butt off and will also sell my bike. My baby. My love! Love that much that I made a recording of it the other to show prospective buyers and I literally bawled my eyes out! The sound of it will make the hairs on the back of your neck, DANCE! The thought of not having that head-turning bike really makes me sad! Haha but, it needs to be done.

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So anyway, I was hoping to be able to try my luck at being able to tag along with someone to Joshua Tree! As I will be moving over seas, I wont have (or cant afford) to take my own bike, will have no space for riding gear either. I am volunteering to do any work or help that may be needed for the entire event just to be apart of this! I have been hanging out to join something like that and when I first heard about it last year I thought… what a dream!!

If you would be willing to put a tent over my head and put my ass on wheels… I would pretty much owe you everything! Haha Please get in contact if you can!

IG: @Bikersplatt
Email: ash.platt91@gmail.com

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Picture above from my Malaysian trip – some of the best riding I’ve ever done!

Pic below – having fun in the dirt races at a thing we call Aftershock

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Roll Call: Shelby Rossi @rippinkittin

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I don’t want to say my parents forced me into riding motorcycles, but as a young kid I had no choice but to spend most of my weekends at a track. Both of my parents used to race motorcycles when I was growing up. My dad and mom road raced in a local circuit in Colorado called the MRA, and also enjoyed other styles of riding such as ice racing, enduros, flat track and the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado Springs.

I was surrounded by gasoline, adrenaline and the sound of Rotax motors since I can remember. At age 5, my dad built me a 50cc Italjet from a box of parts he picked up at a local race one weekend. It was bright red with a red and white zebra seat. I was so proud of it that I remember my mom and dad bringing it to my first show-and-tell in second grade. I never looked back after that.

I have been riding dirt bikes since and currently ride a 1985 CanAm 200. It has been in my family forever, so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get rid of it. There’s too much history. Street riding is relatively a new thing for me. I’ve only been riding on pavement since I was 18, so there’s still a lot for me to learn.

That’s the beauty of riding. I’m constantly learning, failing and succeeding while developing my own journey on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are something my family and I bond over, my first job was at a bike shop, my boyfriend and I share a full garage together, and now it’s something I cherish with like-minded women.

Starting The Scarlet Headers back in August was one of the coolest ventures I’ve ever made. The reason why I admire Babes Ride Out is that it started in a similar, casual way. It was about fun-loving women wanting to share adventures together. Plain and simple.

Now, aspiring women from across the country are connecting over bikes. I’m excited to announce my first BRO event is coming up, Babes in the Dirt here I come! A weekend full of dirt bikes, camping and badass women is my kind of trip. I look forward to meeting all of you and can’t wait to meet the people I creepily stalk on Instagram. Hey, you do it too.

My boyfriend and I would rather live off Ramen noodles than sell a bike. Each machine has it’s own personality, troubles and potential to be something great. Here’s what’s on my side of the garage: 1985 CanAm 200, 1995 Ducati Monster 900, 1975 Honda CL360, 1970-ish Yamaha RT360 (RT1), 1974 Honda CL350, and a 1974 Yamaha RD350 that my boyfriend and I “share.” Of course, not all of the bikes I have are running…that’s a whole different story.

See you ladies in the dirt

Xoxo

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Get on a bike and Ride

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We have had a lot of ladies reach out to us recently asking for advice on how to get into riding motorcycles. I think everyone will answer this question a little differently but I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.

Everyones journey to two wheels starts differently. Everyone will tell you something different and really you just need to see what is going to work best for you!

In my opinion, if you are thinking of learning to ride, I would recommend starting on a dirtbike (preferably one that is small enough to where you can dead lift it off of you if you need to). This will get you comfortable with the feeling of being on a bike and with the mechanics of shifting and breaking and Braaaaaaping. Make sure you wear proper gear because you will fall several times. We all do, that’s part of the fun! You can probably rent one or borrow one from someone and you will want to spend a solid amount of time riding it. One weekend probably isn’t enough. Get to a point where you feel confident hopping on it and maneuvering it through a variety of terrain. You don’t need to be able to shred massive hill climbs and jump doubles, but finding the confidence in turns and being comfortable with shifting and breaking etc is key. Ask yourself how you feel after learning to ride a dirtbike. Does it still scare the shit out of you? Is it fun, but more scary than fun? Or is it the most fun ever? It is important to check in with yourself and decide whether this is for you, or not, before taking the next step.

Once you feel good on a dirtbike, take a motorcycle safety/training course. This is a super rad learning experience and they have great instructors and usually a variety of bikes so you can choose something that you see yourself actually riding (at least the one I went to did) A lot of people that take these courses have never even sat on a motorcycle so don’t be intimidated!

If you passed the motorcycle training course you are ready for the road according to the law (in California). Check in with yourself again. Do you consider yourself to be a confident driver when you’re in a car? That is usually a good indicator of what type of motorcyclist you will be. The number one most important question to ask yourself is this: does the thrill outweigh the fear? If you are scared shitless everytime you hop on your bike then you should not ride motorcycles. If you get more and more confident every time you ride and you love it more and more, then you are on the right track. Push yourself, but not too hard. You will end up out of your comfort zone probably several times as we all do. You just to broaden your comfort zone a bit more each time! Riding a motorcycle is dangerous no matter what way you look at it. Having respect for that is crucial. I have been riding for several years and I still get butterflys when I hop on my bike but I am not scared. I have found myself in scary situations but I am 90%-95% confident on any roads. It is important for everyone to get to that point at their own pace.

Make sure that you get on a motorcycle for the right reasons. Some people will tell you to just fuckin’ go for it and figure it out as you ride. To each their own! This might totally work for you as well, but I say; take is slow and enjoy the ride!

-Anya Violet Universe

 

 

Roll Call: Meet Motogypsy

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Motogypsy a nomadic motorcycle gypsy. This motogypsy’s mission in life? To honor the wild places on earth and within us all. She believes that “we are all truly wild” and seeks to reveal the connection that exists between all living things.

There is something indescribable that you only find when you leave everything you know behind and you roam freely in a boundless world, driven by passion and personal mission. Fears more easily melt away in the vastness of our planet, and coincidences become more frequent as the lights of your path shine more brightly.

Perhaps embracing our wildness is about rediscovering our own roots; these nourishing tentacles are not found in what we own, the people we’re with, or even in who or what we think we are.

Janelle is an American female living her life on a motorcycle, flying solo, in pursuit of wild ideals and sharing her inspirations from the highs and lows she experiences while on the road.

For starters, and for as long as she can remember, she’s felt inextricably connected to animals and the environment. Much of her early life was spent disconnected from others and angry; angry at what humans were capable of in regards to our role as stewards over our planet and its inhabitants. No longer choosing nature as a way to isolate, she’s realized that in order to protect and honor the wild, her work lies with connecting others to it.

She’s fueled by a passion to create positive change, and she’s taking on the injustices that happen to animals as a result of the illegal wildlife trade.

Wildlife trafficking generates 20 billion dollars/year in illegal profits and is on the rise. These profits are used to fund organized criminal networks, many of which are terrorists organizations, and strengthens the market for drugs, arms, and even humans, often using the same transport lines.

The effects are devastating. The animals are suffering violent atrocities (such as hacking parts out of their bodies while they are still alive) and species are being driven to extinction. The children are losing their birthright of the natural resources that exist in their already vulnerable nation and will face increased hardships and insecurity as these levels of crime trap them further into poverty.

This must be stopped.

How?

Though she fantasizes of taking measures into her own hands (kicking ass and taking names), she’s realistic enough to know that combating this illicit trade on the front lines would only leave her as a liability. When you feel deeply connected to the animal world, it may not be beneficial for your motivation to have your heart ripped out by the realities of this dark market on the daily.

If patience is passion tamed, empowering children through education is a solution that exists within a hopeful, optimistic sphere; a path leading towards positive change.

From her philanthropy work confounding and establishing a social enterprise in Laos, she has witnessed how access to basic knowledge can positively shape the lives of children and their communities.

The people who live in and around these high priority conservation areas are often not aware of the presence nor global significance of the animals that live in the nearby jungles. Though education is necessary for the basis of our evolution as a society, its effects are too slow for the urgent state of wildlife. Therefore, raising awareness on a global scale is key, and she aims to share this message from the vantage point of her motorcycle.

She’ll be in the states riding cross country and will be raising awareness with anti wildlife trafficking campaigns (the US is the second highest global consumer, after China) at motorcycle events this summer/fall.

She sees motoculture as a growing world of strong individuals who don’t take shit from others. These are the types of courageous wild ones she hopes to recruit on the side of wildlife.

In the meantime, she’ll be facilitating Wildlife Conservation Education programs for children who live in vulnerable villages within the NakaiNam Theun National BioDiversity Conservation Area, one of the most pristine wildernesses remaining in SE Asia and of extremely high conservation priority in the world. This area in Laos is only accessible by boat and is not open to the public.

Follow her purpose-driven motogypsy adventures of service as she honors the wild via

Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

https://instagram.com/motogypsy

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https:// twitter†.com/ guardthewild

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https://guardthewild.exposure.co/motorcyclediaries

https://maptia.com/janellekaz/stories/guardthewild

Brenna Martinez 12/22/89-3/28/15

This is a letter that we received about the loss of one of our moto sisters. Nothing hurts more than losing a loved one to the sport that we all love so much! Thank you for sharing Brenna’s story with us Jen! Our hearts go out to you and all those that loved Brenna.

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Ashmore and Anya,

My heart weighs heavy this week from the loss of a friend in a motorcycle accident. I’d like to share Brenna’s story with you.

I met Brenna through Instagram last October. I was living in Redlands, CA and interviewing for a RN job in the ICU in Grand Junction, Colorado. During my weekend interview in Grand Junction, I drove up to the Colorado Monument and watched the sunset over the valley. I posted a photo of this sunset on Instagram. I got the job. A month later, I packed up and drove to Colorado. The day I arrived, Brenna commented on my photo of the sunset.

I checked out her Instagram page and saw she rode motorcycles. I knew immediately we had to meet :).   A few days later, we met for coffee on our motos and instantly became friends. The topic of conversation was obviously moto riding and all the places we would go when the weather warmed up. She knew I went to Babes Ride Out last year, and we chatted like schoolgirls about riding to Babes Ride Out 2015 together.

As you both know, the love of motorcycles and social media are indeed powerful forces.

Last Wednesday about 6 pm, Brenna was riding her motorcycle home from work. She rode every day, weather permitting.   A jeep took a left turn as she was riding through an intersection and she was hit. Two vehicles were involved in the accident and no witnesses have stepped forward.

Brenna was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department and was intubated. Her spinal cord had severed in the crash, and they did not think she would live much past her arrival to the hospital. She was admitted to the ICU. This is the unit I work on.

I received a call from her phone and it was her father who had left a message. He told me she was involved in an accident.   I rushed to the ICU and walked into her room, full of family, to see Brenna on life support.

I see tragic situations on a daily basis working in the intensive care unit, but it was chilling and devastating to see my friend in a bed near death. She lived two more days, surrounded by family and friends, ultimately dying with her husband by her side saying goodbye.   She was only 25.

Brenna was passionate about motorcycles and riding. She worked in the garage with her father on bikes, and just finished rebuilding a Yamaha with her dad last winter.   On weekends, the family would venture to the mountains, dad driving the Ural, mom in the sidecar, and Brenna riding alongside. Her designs for the upcoming Vintage Moto Show in Palisade, CO were chosen about a month ago.

I have not been able to get on my motorcycle without feeling a complete sense of loss and emptiness. I have been thinking about what I can do to help raise awareness of motorcyclists and our safety on the open roads.

Babes Ride Out is a place for women to connect and ride motorcycles. Diamond’s accident last year was just another reminder that we take a risk every time we get on our bikes. But for the love of motorcycles, we ride. The freedom it brings, the people we meet…it is a community that bands together for good times and in times of need. It is a reminder to live deeply in each moment that is given to us.

I wanted to ask if you would consider the annual motorcycle ride during Babes Ride Out as a dedication to the memory of Brenna Martinez and all those that we have lost. She wanted so badly to attend this year and this way her spirit would be with us.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I truly appreciate it and everything you are doing to foster the women’s motorcycle movement.

“My gaze is set, heart is burning, fists are clenched, wheels are turning” –Brenna Ann

xoxo

Jen

seekthejourney@gmail.com

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Roll Call : Meet Heather Muir @heathr.muir

We originally started Roll Call 2 years ago when we wanted to get to know ladies who were attending Babes in Borrego. The stories we received were adventurous and motivating, funny and sometimes sad but at the end of the day all relatable and encouraged us all to get out there and ride. We missed those posts so… Welcome back Roll Call!

My name is Heather and I am a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. I started riding a couple of years ago after I finally got the courage up to enroll in a motorcycle riding course. My interest in riding comes from my Mother. My Mom was a free spirited biker, known by her friends as “Gypsy”. For most of my youth it was just me and her. I grew up going to every motorcycle event in New Jersey, often riding on the back of my Mom’s Suzuki Savage. Sometimes we would go on long rides and camp out for a few days in the woods with her biker friends. They would always have a pig roasting and a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band playing. It was so awesome. I guess I loved it so much as a kid because everyone treated me like an adult, I was free to do whatever I wanted. In some ways, I think being raised this way prevented me from fucking up in life, I never wanted to rebel.

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*me as a kid

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About 5 years ago my Mother unexpectedly passed away. This literally ripped my heart out. It took me a long time to come to terms with everything and accept that she was gone. My Mom left behind her Suzuki and a 92 Sportster 1200. My brother sold the Suzuki and we held on to the Sportster because I was determined to ride it one day. I knew that my Mom saved up for a long time to buy that Harley so there was no way I was going to sell it. When I was kid, my Mom told me that if she ever died she wanted to be cremated and then have her ashes thrown off the back of a bike going superfast through the desert. I brought some of my Mother’s ashes across country with me, and I plan on doing just that this Summer/Fall.

 

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After my mom passed away I thought I would never be around motorcycle culture again. I figured I’d never meet people with the same interests or do cool shit like camping and riding. Then a couple of years ago my good friends (who I should probably thank for this!) were visiting and invited me to a BBQ at a motorcycle shop in Philadelphia. I ended up meeting some of the best friends I have ever had, and sure enough, they all ride. This gave me the courage to bite the bullet and finally save up for that motorcycle class I had been too nervous to take. I took the class with a bunch of dudes I didn’t know and got the highest score out of the entire group. Been riding Gypsy’s Sportster ever since :P !!!

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I learned about the first Babes Ride out through Instagram. At the time, I had no idea I would be moving to California in less than a year, and that I would get to participate in the second Babes Ride Out. It was inspirational seeing all of those babes riding through the desert. Every picture I saw made me think “Shit! That must be the most epic time ever!” A few months later I scored a job in LA and moved myself, my Harley, and my boyfriend with his five motorcycles across the country. The first thing I did was buy my Babes in Joshua Tree ticket! I had no idea who I was going to ride with out there, but I was going to make it happen!

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*Ripping my boyfriend’s 1973 Yamaha LT2 100cc through the old Calico silver mines

My girlfriend Meredith, who is also a Philly transplant in LA, introduced me to the raddest chick ever, Nina (aka @niinhellhound) who organized an amazing group of chicks to adventure out to BRO with. I think there were a total of 15-17 of us, everyone was from LA, San Fran and Portland. We took the long way riding through the Angeles Crest and then down through the desert to Joshua Tree. The ride itself was a blast! In 7 hours we had bonded and made a lifetime of memories. As we were rolling up to the event, we pulled into a crowd of babes cheering us on and then it hit me, I was in the desert with the most amazing women and I was on my Mom’s bike. That moment gave me major goosebumps and I almost started crying from happiness. I know for a fact my Mom was there with me living the dream. The next two days were life changing. I met women from all different walks of life, and every single one of them inspired me, making me feel proud to be a part of something so big (even got the Babes Ride tattoo to prove it). I have no doubt that I made life-long friends that weekend. I’m thankful to have rode with the baddest chicks around and to be a part of an amazing culture that I never thought I’d be involved in after losing my Mom. Anya and Ashmore, keep up the good work!! You ladies deserve an award for creating such an inspirational community for us lady riders to be a part of!!

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*Having too much fun at BRO. Also, I’m back to being a blondie these days if you’re confused ;)

For my 16th birthday my Mom bought me a journal and wrote this on the inside cover:

“May the road always rise to meet you, and the wind always be at your back. ~Your Mother aka Gypsy”

 

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