Roll Call // Meet Samantha Klukiewicz @brutalbelle

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I have always been a bit of a tom boy with a need for speed, adventure, a rush or whatever. If someone wasn’t getting hurt or dirty we weren’t having fun! Bikes weren’t a part of my childhood unfortunately. I had to discover them on my own. After I graduated college and started earning real money in my home city of Syracuse, NY,  my desire for more adventure continued. It is here In my early 20s I discovered motorcycles.

I owe a lot of thanks to my friend Pat, he turned me on to the idea of riding. He took me out to the lake and taught me the basics on his cafe 1977 Yamaha XS400. I dropped it instantly, we laughed, and I picked it up quickly, literally. Not long after I had him come to a local motorcycle dealer with me for tips, and I bought a 2012 Honda rebel right off the sales floor. I wasn’t crazy about all the details of the bike, but that would come at a later time after I learned how to ride it correctly.

I feel fortunate to have grown up is upstate NY where I could practice on abandoned country roads of green rolling hills. Pat took me on many rides on these windy roads where I fell in love with riding. Bikes weren’t very common in our area, but before we knew it, we started a small community of riders. These became my best friends. Mostly guys, but some ladies too!

Two summers came and went and I grew out of my home town. The job opportunities for my chosen career path, Interior Design, were dull or non-existent and the riding was well, extremely limited. If there wasn’t snow on the ground for 6 months it was raining every other day. I began furiously job hunting and landed myself in Long Beach, California. I had visited the area a year prior and fell completely in love.

There was one thing for damn sure I couldn’t go to SoCal with, and that was my stock Rebel 250. I had three weeks before I had to start my new job, but that didn’t deter me. My community of bike friends and I started quickly transforming my bike into what I call my “baby bobber” and we shipped her off. It was very emotional leaving this group of people not to mention my family. These people became family too. I only had a few acquaintances in SoCal, and no family. I worried how I would find “my people” but I knew I would, somehow.

A month after I landed, Born Free 6 was happening. I was like “Yes! This is my first chance to find where all the moto babes are!” Sure enough one of the first tents I noticed was miss Lanakila’s. I had been following her account for some time so I figured she would know where the babes were. I introduced myself and explained how I just recently relocated here and she told me about the “Babes Ride Out” I was beyond stoked. I went straight home and signed up. I was planning on going solo but I discovered via Instagram an acquaintance that recently moved to San Diego, and I knew that she had a bike.

We had only hung out once before on the east coast but she jumped at the opportunity to join me. Despite her bike not being ready for the event, and tragedy striking her family not long before the camp out, she still came. It was a great escape for her. All of the girls were so welcoming. I instantly felt like I had a family. Because of this event and the help of social media, I instantly DID have a family of moto babes, and a few dudes too. I can’t imagine my life here in my new home without motorcycles or this community of people that I have met, because of a machine.

I take weekend trips often with my new found friends, and they have also introduced me to riding in the dirt. I am completely hooked. These bikes have allowed me to live the life that I enjoyed as a child. Getting a little dirty, a little hurt, feeding my need for speed (yes 80 mph on the 250 is enough) adventure, and that feeling of a rush when I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the new places I explore in California, one recently being the Salton Sea.

 

I can’t wait to continue to make new friends while having fun out there in the world, as we all should.

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EAGLE RIDER MOTORCYCLES X BABES RIDE OUT 3

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We are so stoked to partner with our friends at EagleRider Motorcycles. For Ladies attending Babes Ride Out 3 October 23rd-25th in Joshua Tree, CA, Eagle Rider will be providing a 33% off discount on bike rentals! Use promo code BABES15  June 1st – Oct 22nd at http://www.eaglerider.com. Participating locations are Las Vegas and Las Vegas Honda and Triumph,  Palm Springs, Los Angeles,  Newport Beach and San Diego! For the San Diego location the rate is $99/per day and you have to call in to book, at (619) 546-5066. We are so thankful and honored to be partnering with this amazing company that helps to put more people on bikes allover the world! Thank you for helping to support female motorcyclists!

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BRO: How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

E.R: Anya from Babes reached out to us with a great opportunity to partner for the ride out to Joshua Tree. We have several female riders of our own, and it’s very interesting and exciting to see how the new generation of riders emerges.

BRO:  What was your reaction when you heard that it was a ladies only motorcycle ride /campout?

E.R: We loved it! The motorcycle world has been a male dominated community for a very long time. We see more and more women riding now than ever before. It’s always great to see the groups depart and have at least a few female riders easily handling large and heavy bikes. We definitely feel very enthusiastic about taking part in a ladies only ride. Of course, a lot of guys would really like to ride with such a great group of women as well.

BRO: Why did you want to partner with Babes Ride Out?

E.R: We are always open to interesting and rewarding partnerships. With Babes Ride Out, we got a chance not only to take part and make this adventure possible for some of the participants, but also spread the word out about EagleRider. We have numerous locations in the USA and worldwide and it’s important for us to let the female riders know that we keep out doors open and are very excited to have the opportunity to be part of their amazing rides.

BRO: Why do you think it’s important to encourage more women to ride motorcycles?

E.R: Nobody should be in the way of a woman who wants to ride. We encourage all our female employees to ride! For us it’s important to have a very diverse group of people with various backgrounds and experiences. Whether you ride a Harley, Triumph, or a vintage Honda, the road is open. Riding motorcycles is an experience that cannot be put to words. It’s that state of complete focus, of unlimited joy, and of freedom of direction. It’s something every person should experience.

BRO: How do you see EagleRider playing a big part in helping to get more women out on the road?

E.R: EagleRider started over 25 years ago and today we are a global powerhouse in motorcycle travel. This is a huge accomplishment and every day we strive to achieve more. Because of all the hard work of thousands of people fulfilling their dreams with EagleRider, we have an opportunity to make a big impact on this new generation of riders. What we do is driven by passion, that same passion that lead someone to buy or rent a motorcycle. Everything that we do is open to any rider on any kind of bike. We get to see many women riding and we want to see more and more of that. Female riders are always welcome at any of EagleRider locations around the world!

The history of Eagle Rider:

In 1992, EagleRider pioneered the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle rental concept and the guided motorcycle tour business. Today, we are the world’s largest Motorcycle Travel and Tourism Company. From four bikes in a garage in San Pedro, CA we’ve grown to thousands of motorcycles for rent, hundreds of guided, self-drive, and custom tours, sales and service of motorcycles, exclusive apparel lines, and hundreds of thousands of happy motorcyclists who travel with us all year round. Our huge selection of bikes includes Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW, Triumph, and Indian motorcycles. Every person who has thrown a leg over a motorcycle can tell you that it opened up their life to a world of amazing journeys, hidden roads, friends, and passion for life on two wheels.

In 2014 we opened our first full OEM dealership and plan to expand to multiple cities around the US. We are proud to present to you our newest Indian Motorcycle dealerships in Orlando and Los Angeles and invite you to the showrooms to personally explore the latest inventory, apparel, parts, and take a demo ride on the Indian of your choice. It is our sincere hope that you will allow EagleRider the privilege of being a part of your next great motorcycle journey.

Motorcycles available for rent:

Harley-Davidson

Indian Motorcycle

Honda

BMW

Triumph

Victory

Others

Additional Services Include:

Airport and Hotel Pick-Up

One Way rentals

24 Hour rental period

24 Hour Roadside Assistance

Secure Storage for Luggage

Rental Jackets, GPS, trailers

Large Apparel Selection

Free & Secured Parking

Unlimited Mileage

With the rapid growth of the Café Racer culture, we’ve been attentive to the needs to this unique group of riders. Our fleet of motorcycles can also take care of all your Bonneville and Sportster rental requests. We work with motorcycle friendly hotels and can help you make the adventure as raw and unforgettable as you want it to be.  From Bell Bullitt helmets, to a variety of bubble shields, to RSD jackets and apparel, we will make sure that you get on the road in style. 

The majority of our locations offer rentals, tours, sales, service, and apparel. Our qualified expert technician ensures that every bike gets serviced and passes our strict inspection procedures prior to the rental. Used motorcycles available for sale go though a complete 106-point inspection and come with the complimentary 60-day limited powertrain coverage and 12-month roadside assistance.

Visit our nearest EagleRider location to get the complete EagleRider experience and make sure to check our new website www.eaglerider.com

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General questions call EagleRider at (310) 536-6777

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BABES RIDE OUT 3 Tickets on Sale NOW

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EVENT INFO: Oct 23-25th 2015 women from all over the world will meet in Joshua Tree California for a weekend of motorcycle adventures, camping, music, and good times. This year we have partnered with Biltwell, Stance Socks, 805 Beer, and Ole Smoky Moonshine to create our best ladies only motorcycle event yet. To celebrate our launch, Biltwell has created 500 limited edition canvas totes for the first 500 licensed motorcyclist who buy a ticket to the event*. In that tote, is tons of items including a custom Babes Ride Out Stance Sock. Hurry, these will go fast! Stay tuned on instagram @babesrideout as we will be disclosing all details and will be doing incredible giveaways from our sponsors leading up to the event.

TICKET INFO: You’ll see an option to buy a motorcycle ticket or a non motorcycle ticket. They are the same thing! Pick the option you “think” you will be attending on/in, no worry if that changes, it’s to give us a rough estimate.  Now….. are you down for the ride of your life?  Click below and secure your ticket before they sell out!

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*Totes are ONLY for first 500 registered motorcyclist. You must be present at event to pick up your tote and show your M1 license to receive your gift bag. No exceptions :)

Artist Series// Sarah Sadler @ssdlr

Our newest artist series features the work of Sarah Sadler, a self taught artist who has seen more of the world than you can imagine. Sarah is putting her comission for this shirt back into the event to pay for a first aid station at this year’s Babes Ride Out. We can’t think of a more genuine act of kindness. Give her a follow @ssdlr and wear this tank with pride. The Sadler Campout Tank is limited edition so once we are out, we are out. Pick one up knowing the money goes right back into making Babes Ride Out even better and also a percentage of the sales from each tee gets donated to @moto_fam! We are so proud to be able to help support the cause!
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Meet Sarah Sadler! She is the talented artist behind our latest Artist Series Tee.530

I only know a few folks that grew up like me. Im from Alaska. I spent half my time going with my mom to her gigs and the other half at my uncles complex for the local branch of the H.A.  I have some wild memories.  My cousin and I were certainly a handful for those dudes. But ya know, I love them all to death!

For me, it was never about the bikes, it was more about where we were going. Lakes, concerts, fish camps, gold mines, mountain runs, to the store. If it was summer, you were outside. Come winter it was all garage time.  Garage time meant paints! So many colors! Somehow those big ol’dudes never got mad that I stole all the expensive paints to fiddle with. They were always encouraging, and more paints always showed up. When I was old enough I got the cast off dirt bikes and 4 wheelers. We moved to a farm in the hills. Endless trails. My friends and I would just follow them for days. Grab some supplies, swipe some liquor and a 22, head out, 24 hours of daylight, follow the river and have a blast. Alaska is endless adventure.  I still have land there and  I’ll always go back. I try to make it back every other year.

Theres a lot of stuff in between.  Im 34 and have done a pretty good job seeing 48 of the states and a good deal of canada, south America and Europe . i want to see asia.  A lot of it has been on the back of a motorcycle. Highlights- solo cruising the beach in florida just as the sun comes up, flying down the tracks in new Hampshire on an airhead sidehack learning how to monkey around corners with a partner, ridding scrambles in the red clay of Georgia, pushing a busted bike miles and miles back home in AK or anytime  sitting back and hugging my man, letting him cruise me around and enjoying every second. I love it all. I just enjoy getting out and going, anywhere.

I draw everything I can. I paint. Im self tought and getting better. what I strive for will take some time and a lot of work.  One day!  I play music. Music and art are my obsessions.  I studied Cello and classical guitar from grade school on. Drummed in few bands, sing in a few bands. I have other noise makers I toy with. My collection grows and  shrinks depending on my mood for selling stuff.  Currently I live in the mid west.  I have no internet on my hill and barely any phone reception. Its nice sometimes  but frustrating a lot of the time.  Im stoked on all the folks riding. Babes ride out has been a huge part of a lot of my friends lives. I’ve followed its adventures for these past few years and Im pumped to be a small part of it. Thanks ya’all!

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Recap: Biltwell’s El Diablo Run

Every other year Biltwell puts on the El Diablo Run. This riding starts in Temecula and winds down into San Felipe which is a Mexican fishing village on the Sea of Cortez then tracks across Baja into Ensenada on the Pacific coast. Road conditions and temperatures vary as much as the people who ride this event. It was my first time riding across the border and the first thought that crossed my mind was why the hell have I not done this until now? I’ve had some pretty beautiful rides, but nothing compares to this. No stop signs or lights, just wide open beautiful desert landscapes with twisting hills and dips. It was moto paradise and I really didn’t think it could get much better until we got to San Felipe and I saw beautiful blue waters lined with palapas and could smell the carne asada. Night one was spent meeting new people and hugging old friends. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming to all the ladies who had ridden down. Day 2 was a beach day. We spent most the day swimming in the Sea of Cortez and drinking tecates. The braver attendees got pulled on tubes by boats and watching them get slung across the water was great entertainment.  That afternoon the games began and I never seen anything like it. Bike races, slow races, and a whiffle bat contest were really fun to spectate. Partying ensued…Day 3 we woke up early to cross Baja and was told the road conditions were a little more aggressive. We took our time and found that a lot of repairs had recently been made and the roads were not so bad after all. Arriving into Ensenada was a bit hectic as the city is more crowded as the cars and badly placed stop signs seemed to come from nowhere. It was completely manageable if you took your time and stayed alert. We road in with a group of 20+ which was a bit safer as well and parked our bikes at the hotel which was already full of hundreds of motorcycles. Everyone relaxed by the pool and hit the town at night. Since the town is also a cruise port, multiple restaurants and night clubs stayed open late. The next day a few of us rode up the coast to a fishing town called Puerto Nuevo to get lobster and shrimp for lunch. The ride was beautiful and reminded me of a mini Big Sur. When we returned to the hotel and parked the bikes, we joined a group by the pool and had the most random and weird sing along while toasting tecates. I felt like I was with my best friends on Spring Break. The next day came way too early and we left around 8 am to take the long way home which led us through the Mexican wine country and into the border crossing at Tecate. The border check was quick and we headed for Sunrise HWY to take us home. It was a whirl wind adventure filled with so many great people. No man or woman got left behind and if a bike ended up on the chase trailer, there was someone super knowledgeable that was able to get it running again in the crowd (shout out to Led Sled Customs Pat!). Thank you to Biltwell for putting on this ride and letting us be a part of it. We can’t wait for the next one! – Ashmore

 

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Roll Call // Meet Jaime Dempsey @jme_demps

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I didn’t have any family members or close friends that rode, but nevertheless I was attracted to the thrill, the freedom and the independence that riding motorcycles seemed to offer. Then I met a boy, we went on some dates, and one late night, after our shift at the bar we worked at together, he gave me a lesson. I fell in love…. with both the boy and the bike! It’s now 10 years later, and I’m still riding with that same boy who I now call my husband. Since then motorcycles I’ve owned include Yamaha XS650, Iron 883, Ducati Monster 695, and now a Triumph Bonneville. I love all kinds of bikes!

 

For years my only riding companions were my husband and his friends. Every time we rode by a girl on a bike (which back then was not that often) part of me would want to shout out “Stop! I want to meet you! I want to know what it’s like to ride with another girl!”. It wasn’t until after I had been riding for about 5 or 6 years that I met a girl at work who had just been to Babes in Borrego. I was instantly crushed I had missed an opportunity to meet so many other girls that love to ride, but when I heard there would be another event I knew nothing would stop me from going. I thought that by going to Babes in Joshua Tree I could maybe meet a girl or 2 to ride with in LA, but what I didn’t expect was that it would introduce me to a whole new community of women from all over who share the love of riding.

Social Media has also played a huge role in my newfound family of moto sisters. After I heard about Babes in Borrego I looked up Babes Ride Out on Instagram and from there I found the Venice Vixens, the East Side Moto Babes and a whole slew of new all girl bike groups. The women’s motorcycle scene seems to have exploded in the last 5 years and I am a huge supporter of that movement!

 

Motorcycles have not only introduced me to some really interesting people, but they have also taken me to some pretty far out places. I’m currently writing this on a plane headed to the Philippines to film my 3rd season of a television travel documentary called Ride N Seek. In previous season’s I rode motorcycles through Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Brunei while experiencing different cultures, cuisines, and amazing sights. This time I’ll be embarking on a month long trip through Luzon,Philippines. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me this time! Unfortunately the show only airs in Southeast Asia, but there are some old episodes on You Tube, and I will be posting on Instagram and Facebook while I’m the road so stay tuned!

 

Can’t wait to see you all at the next Babes Ride Out and hear about your moto adventures!

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Motos con Amigas & Amigos : Babes Ride Out is Going on EDR

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Biltwell’s El Diablo Run is coming up quick and we are so excited to help sponsor this year’s ride. If it’s your first time riding down to San Felipe and Ensenada, don’t be nervous ladies. We will run you through what to expect, schedule of events with map, what to pack, expenses, and a few other useful tips.

What to Expect

It’s Mexico. Phones typically don’t have the best service or any service at all. Road conditions vary so keep an eye out for sand, massive pot holes, and turns without signage. Slow it down and always be aware especially in the twisties between the section from Temecula to the 98. Everyone is going to the same place so do not feel the need to keep up with a group you just met at the gas station but definitely have a buddy system with another rider. Have a plan if you break down. Usually people will stop if you wave them down for immediate assistance but don’t be too much of a damsel in distress, be smart, cover your own ass, and ALWAYS carry extra gas. It is highly recommend to get insurance such as BAJA BOUND as your American moto insurance is no good in Mexico. Print one copy to leave at home and another on your body. Mexico has an entirely different government and a different way of life that you may or may not agree with. Just stick with your group and keep your cool. I highly doubt you will have any issues but just be aware of your surroundings just as you would in any other city in America.

Map & Schedule of Events

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THURSDAY: Ride to San Felipe. We have a Babes Ride out hut and you are more than welcome to crash anywhere near it or in it if there is room. There will be tacos and beers at the camp’s watering hole “Ruben’s Campo” and people hanging out all night.

FRIDAY: BEACH DAYYY!!! Full day of activities are planned via Biltwell. They have a whole schedule and you are encouraged to join in on the fun!  Click HERE. Mix, mingle, and have a blast relaxing.

SAT: Breakfast burritos then pack up and ride to Ensenada. Ride at your own pace but everyone should be across and into Ensenada around noon. Once at the Villa Marina hotel, everyone hangs out at the pool for more tacos and beers. Babes Ride Out has a hotel room here so feel free to shower up and relax in our zone.

SUNDAY: Full day at the pool with awards at night

MONDAY: Breakfast burritos and head back to the mother land.

What to Pack

Check the weather before you depart. The weather varies from 70-90 degrees with lows of 50-60 at night. You are closer to the equator in Baja so make sure to pack a higher SPF that is sweat proof.

Packing list of commonly forgotten items:

  • Passport (make sure it’s up to date)
  • Bajabound.com insurance papers
  • Reserve gas bottle (a lot of people run out of gas, you could be someone’s hero)
  • Tools to fix bike on side of road (tighten bolts, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag / pad / pillow
  • Headlamp
  • Tent
  • Lighter
  • Bottle opener
  • Sweat proof SPF
  • SPF chap stick
  • Ear plugs
  • Advil
  • Multi tool

Not wanting to camp & rather book a hotel? Click HERE for all info on reservations.

Expenses

The below are some different price ranges for what you can expect to spend without additional costs for fuel, vehicle insurance and/or lodging.

    • $25 a day will get you a couple of beers and some meals consisting of rice and beans
    • $50 a day will get you about 10 beers and some better food
    • $100 a day and you are drinking and eating pretty much anything you want
    • $150+ and you are probably engaging in some sort of debauchery that you might regret.

And the final bit of advice…

Go over your bike for about an hour and check to make sure all your critical bolts are tight, belt/chain is not loose, brakes are working, lights are operable, and fluids are topped off. Practice strapping your gear to your bike before the night before the event. This seems simple, but can whoop your ass in the last hours before the ride. Know the route and keep a printed copy of a map on you at all times. Lastly, we encourage you to read our favorite article by Bill Bryant about riding in a group. This knowledge is pure gold and everyone needs to re-read if they have not done so lately by clicking  HERE

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(Katy Zales @shoppe815 ripping up the Baja coast on EDR13 photo by Ben Zales)