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Meet Sara Mulvey | Featured Maker at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

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Babes Ride Out will be hosting our first ever Makers Market at BRO East Cost 3 this year. The BRO Makers Market is a curated group of female makers that will be on site showcasing their talents and  providing a unique experience for attendees. Meet Sara Mulvey; tin type photographer.

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What do you do / for how long have you done it? I am a photographer focusing in the wet plate collodion process and I have been creating tintypes and ambrotypes for about two years. 

What do you love most about what you do? I truly love the entire process of wet plate collodion photography. It is so satisfying to start with a blank sheet of metal or glass and see it transform through each step into something unique an tangible. The process itself and chemistry involved have become almost meditative for me. It has also taught me a lot about letting go and being inspired by an outcome you didn’t expect…there’s a lot of beauty in that. 

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Where do you come from and how did photography come into your life? Photography came into my life through an old cigar box given to me by my sweet, sweet mother. It had a bunch of tintypes of various family members in it and there was something so different about these photographs than any others I had ever seen. Even though I had never met these people and they had been gone for quite some time, something in their eyes felt so familiar. This is the same feeling I get when I look at any tintype whether they are family or I’ve never met them, its pretty magical. After that I was so interested in learning this art. I took a workshop with John Coffer in upstate New York and Ive been hooked ever since. John is wonderful beyond words and we keep in touch and troubleshoot through letters. Im so grateful to have learned from him, he sparked my love for photography and the historical process of wet plate. I also think it’s pretty neat that his farm is only about three hours from where we will all gather for BRO. Im excited to be in such a beautiful place with y’all!

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Tell us about motorcycles in your life: You know, Ive never had a bike of my own even though I have my endorsement. That hasn’t stopped me from living vicariously through y’all while I’m on the back of my sweetie’s bikes. He’s got a 75 Shovelhead & is working on a 54 Panhead that I keep saying he’s building for me, haha! I wish. I hope that seeing everyone having so much fun will get my ass into gear to finally get a bike of my own. 

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? I’m lucky to have a bunch of amazing women in my life living all across the country and some of them have made the trek to BRO both East and West coast.  I heard they had a wild ride and had always been interested in checking it out! I didn’t ever imagine I’d be coming as an artist and am looking forward to sharing the weekend with y’all in this way.

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What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out? I am so stoked to be a part of an event that focuses on women supporting each other. Too often as women and just in general as humans we are being divided and pitted against each other. Im truly honored and excited to be a part of such a tight knit community.  Im also really looking forward to meeting women who do rad stuff and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty!

 

Biltwell Builds a Moto Like No Other to Race the NORRA Mexican 1000 | How Their Worst Idea Turned Into Their Best Idea

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On the spectrum of bad ideas, attempting to race a 500lb street bike over 1000 miles of rugged terrain in a foreign country is right up there with moving in with someone you just met or buying that sweet piece of lakeside property in the Salton Sea. But BIltwell is going to do it anyways. Their buddy Rob Rouser splits his year between working in the shop in Temecula and surfing in Central America. He’s built his share of motos over the years and rode his last XR400 from Texas to Panama. It didn’t take much to convince him that this was a fantastic concept. 

 Biltwell Team | Test Riding the Frijole 

Biltwell Team | Test Riding the Frijole 

‘We love motorcycles but we love bad idea’s even more. Racing a 500 pound street bike in Baja seemed like the worst idea we could fathom thus the #frijole883"

We had Tim at GigaCycle make us a set of tree’s so we could run MX suspension, Temecula based MotoSeat covered some foam Duane Ballard shaped, Baja Designs was a no brainer for the lighting, Hugo Moto helped us start our foot controls, HotDog killed the paint, Elka built the rear shocks and beefed up the swing arm and Brian Pinnard has helped a ton with figuring out wheel’s and tires. PCI Race Radio’s got us sorted on navigation and the Rekluse clutch has made this 500 pound plus pig a bit more affable in the sand. Rouser and team captain Bill Bryant have countless hours in this bike and we think we’re sufficiently prepared for the challenge that is the NORRA 1000" - Otto - Team Rider | Sandwich Enthusiast 

 From L to R : Mike Otto Deutsch, Chris Moeller, mechanic Rouser, Bill Bryant, and Erik Westergaard

From L to R : Mike Otto Deutsch, Chris Moeller, mechanic Rouser, Bill Bryant, and Erik Westergaard

Team Bios (our version)

Mike ‘Otto’ Deutsch - Marketing man of Biltwell, great road dog, makes the best cup of coffee in the world, also world renowned for making delicious sandwiches and charcuterie boards in some of the most remote locations. 

Chris Moeller - Founder of S&M bicycles. can out party anyone, dad to twin girls, and badass on two wheels (BMX and moto). 

Rouser- Panamanian resident that can fix / build anything. Loves candy, will yell at you if your PSI is too low, and screams EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! a lot.

Bill Bryant - Co Founder of Biltwell, veteran, badass dad and husband. Collector of all things that rust that have 2-4 wheels. 

Erik Westergaard - Designer at Biltwell. Dad to some of the most well mannered kids we've ever met, always there to help anyone out, and can totally send it on two wheels in any terrain. 

 Rob Rouser | Legend of a Human | Happy 97% of the Time

Rob Rouser | Legend of a Human | Happy 97% of the Time

For more info on the race itself, you can get a history lesson on the Nora 1000 by clicking here here: https://www.norra.com/norra.php 

Good luck guys and see you at the finish line! 

 

Sena | Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

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When you find a product that truly enhances your riding experience it makes you that much more driven to ride. Sena offers a collection of some of our favorites and we can't wait to see what lucky rider takes home a Sena 30K, 10C or 10R for the Babes Ride Out East Coast Raffle! Get to know a little about these devices by reading below. 

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The all new 30K Sena. When riding with 5 or more riders, the Mesh Intercom will intelligently keep the group connected at a range of up to 5 miles in ideal riding environments. Gone are the days of losing your connection when a rider goes out of range.  Click HERE to read more. 

 Photo by Jay Cagney

Photo by Jay Cagney

The 10R is low profile and keeps it simple. Link it with Bluetooth to you phone and listen to music or get directions or chat with your fellow riders. Click HERE to read more

 Photo by Maddy Talias

Photo by Maddy Talias

The 10C is one of our favorites. All the great bluetooth features you need to connect to your phone or your fellow riders AND an HD video camera to record your favorite routes! Click HERE to read more.

From First Ride to the Greatest Adventures of Her Life | Meet Edith Levin & Her Triumph Bonneville

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Edith's story starts with taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) class. This class would ultimately be the cornerstone of experiencing some of the greatest adventures of her life. Edith shares her story from first ride which led to finding her dreambike (a beautiful Triumph Bonneville), experiencing Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree, making a trip back to her home coast for Babes Ride Out East Coast, and taking adventurous trips down to Mexico all while making best friends in the process. 

Name Edith (Edy) Levin @edithlevin

Location , San Diego, CA, formerly New York NY

 Photo Cred: @maddytalias for @triumphamerica

Photo Cred: @maddytalias for @triumphamerica

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

My motorcycle journey started in the Fall of 2012 when my boyfriend and I took the MSF Basic Riders Course (psst - do it!) while we were still living in NYC. We bought a troubled Honda Rebel 250 and that stint lasted a few months for me before rapidly grounding to a halt. When you’re a beginner rider you quickly realize that the center of New York City is not where you want to make all of your rookie mistakes.

My journey picked back up after we moved to San Diego, and I’ve been riding out here for almost two years. One of the things that has gotten me back on the bike (besides the perfect weather) has been following the journeys of friends like @virninja & @starlasaz, and then meeting @cylinderella. It felt like if these ladies can do this - I can get myself back up, and face my fears.

 Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

Why do you ride motorcycles?

A myriad of reasons. At the top of that list would probably be nature. You hardly ever feel as exposed and connected to it as you do while speeding though the mountains, deserts, etc.

I love how no two rides are ever the same. There are so many factors that all come together every time you get on the bike, you really never know what to expect and I love that. Your frame of mind, your route, your company, your music, the road/weather conditions, your gear … it’s all just puzzle pieces to a choose-your-own adventure.

Some days you suddenly get the urge to go 30mph above speed limit around tight curves blasting doom metal… other times you feel like falling back in your group formation and just simply enjoy the view. Some days you aim to actively work on improving your technical skills, and some days you’re as close to being on autopilot as riding allows. I learn something new about myself every single time I’m out there.

 Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.

My list is quite simple - started on a 1986 Honda Rebel 250, and currently smitten with my 2014 Triumph Bonneville T100.

What first attracted you to Triumph?

Unlike many of the folks that surround me in the motorcycle community, I did not grow up with motorcycles. In NYC no one I knew rode and I was not exposed to them until probably 2011 when my boyfriend started taking an interest. From the very start, Triumphs caught my eye. Coming at it from a purely aesthetic angle (being a designer and all) I kept finding myself swooning over older, cafe racer style bikes. I never felt any gravitational pull towards Harleys, having grown up outside of the US, so when I began to consider buying my first real, big girl bike the new Triumph classics felt like a perfect match. I wanted a newer bike, that came with all the benefits that modern technology offers, but one that still had that old school look.

 Photo Cred: @virninja / @blackirisphoto for @progressivemc

Photo Cred: @virninja / @blackirisphoto for @progressivemc

Nowadays any time I am out, there will always be an older gentleman that will come up to me and take a guess that my bike is from the 60s (faux carbs and all). They will all then inevitably launch into some story about ripping around on their own Bonnie when they were younger. I love these interactions. They make me feel like I’m part of something bigger, and a continuation to a larger story that is unfolding.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

I quickly narrowed down to the Bonneville based on aesthetics alone, but having never ridden one, it was sorta a toss up. When I finally saved up and started seriously looking for a newer model to purchase, one came up on Craigslist with only 600 miles on it, in a beautiful white & gold limited edition color. It was love at first sight. I was too scared to ride it home, and having only been on a 250cc bike prior, it was a lot to adapt to. I also quickly learned that it was a bit too tall for me. Thankfully we were able to to lower it just enough for me to feel fully stable, while also not bottoming it out.

Once it was customized a bit more to my liking it really proved to be the perfect bike for me. Having now ridden other styles of bikes I can say with assurance that I would choose no other. I prefer the stance and being a bit higher up, I feel like I have the most amount of control and maneuverability. Riding is not a passive activity for me and the Bonneville keeps me comfortable while also alert. And it looks damn fine too.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

It’s empowerment. It’s joy, fear, freedom, elation, anxiety. It’s, as they say… “all the feels”.

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your Triumph Bonneville?
 

My favorite adventure would probably have to be Biltwell's El Diablo Run last year. There were just so many different factors that came into play on that trip that ended up making it very memorable for me. Some challenging roads, riding in the largest group I’ve ever ridden in, strapping a ton of shit to my bike (sans sissy bar or saddle bags), hitting scariest winds I’ve ever felt on the way back… there was a lot there!

Aside from that, I have to say that I am incredibly fortunate to now be in Southern California where we can ride year round. I end up going on various trips quite often. We have our crew here and everyone is always up for a ride.

I love riding with my fiance (@acegoulet), it feels very intimate when it’s just the two of us.
I also love riding with my ladies (@cyliderella, @unicornfancy, @ickystacey, @quiteacoyote). They have taught me and challenged me so much. I attribute my rapid growth into being a good rider largely to their mentorship. Those girls go hard and make me push myself harder than I ever would. They also ride smart, which has taught me discipline on the road as well. Riding in a woman pack is the most empowering feeling you can imagine.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

The next big one would have to be Babes Ride Out East Coast 3. Sadly my baby won’t be coming with me, but a good friend is letting me borrow his Sportster second year in a row, and I cannot wait to ride with all my favorite east coast babes!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out & Babes Ride Out East Coast:

It’s hard to put all the emotions that come to mind when I think about this community into cohesive words.

I’ve witnessed the movement emerge from the sidelines for the first few years, being on the East Coast and only beginning my moto journey… the first year I actually got to attend (BRO4) was so nerve-racking and intimidating. I knew only a handful of the ladies from other events. I decided to volunteer and ended up working the event and also slinging raffle tickets for Moto F.A.M. Through volunteering I was exposed to a lot more people that I would have otherwise had the ability to approach. That would be my piece of advice to any newcomers - volunteer!

 Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

Photo Cred: @genevieve_davis

The prospect of being surrounded by so many women felt kinda daunting, I have never had many female friends, and I was dreading any notion of competition. Only a few hours into the four day event it became evident that I had been grossly mistaken in my assumptions. BRO brings together women from ALL walks of life. It’s not just all models you see posing nude on their choppers (nothing wrong with that!)… it’s women of all ages, backgrounds, body types, riding styles. There are few chips on shoulders. It’s very much a supportive, loving community. You hear that, but it’s hard to really believe it until you’re actually there.

Flying back out east to attend Babes East Coast was very special to me, and felt like coming around full circle in my moto journey. I finally got to ride on my turf the way that I have always dreamt of, and experience all the beautiful sights that I’ve always only heard of from folks attending events like Gypsy Run, Strange Days, etc. I also finally got to meet in person and ride with a bunch of ladies that I’ve only known about by proxy for many years. It felt like a real milestone and accomplishment to be there. I borrowed a bike and rode up solo, it was quite powerful and emotional.

Both events are all about actually riding too, which I love. They provide maps & activity suggestions, and folks split off on their own adventure for the day. In the evening everyone comes back together, shares stories and gets loose. It’s a surreal feeling to be surrounded exclusively by women for all four days. You forget until you come out of it and encounter the first man and question the necessity of his existence =)

What does Triumph’s motto “For the Ride” mean to you?

The emphasis of that slogan to me is on “The Ride”. It’s the vision of that perfect ride on that perfect day, when it’s just warm enough, low winds, long open windy roads, endless skies. Triumph is the perfect match to that vision. Their bikes are versatile, comfortable, beautiful and created for that “Ride”.

 Photo Cred: @virninja / @blackirisphoto for @progressivemc

Photo Cred: @virninja / @blackirisphoto for @progressivemc

Want the specs on Edith's Triumph Bonneville? Click HERE
Ready to test ride one? Click HERE

Meet Kat Noir | Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 Featured Tattoo Artist

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What better way to commemorate Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 weekend than to get a permanent souvenir! Our team has searched the EC realm to find ladies who can create one of a kind flash for this year's event which will post closer to the event for your viewing pleasure! Until then, meet our first artist of five, Kat Noir hailing from New York. 

  • Name: Kat Noir 
  • Instagram: @katnoirink
  • Location: Queens & Brooklyn NY
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What do you do & how long have you done it? 

I'm a tattoo artist and I started tattooing last year.

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What do you love most about what you do? 

I have been making art for as long as i can remember, studied art and art history and I've always wanted to find a means to express and mutually share artistic approach with others in a collaborative environment. The modern workplace doesn't often offer this approach to creating, but the tattoo shop is definitely nurturing to this exchange of idea type of method. I also find career gives me access to a very freeing medium, with the body as canvas and an intimate exchange between client and artist. It's the most fulfilling medium I've ever had the opportunity to create with in that it challenges and exhilarates me, most naturally refines my style, and gives me the satisfaction of a complete experience from the sketches to finishing the tattoo. 

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Where do you come from and how did tattooing come into your life? 

I'm from Long Island, NY and I've been a NYC resident for nearly a decade. I'm definitely a New Yorker at heart in that life and survival in NYC took me on many different twists and turns before finally settling into my perfect career of choice. I tried many jobs before this, all creative in some way but not really enough to inspire me. I always felt stifled after a short time being unable to REALLY think outside the box but needed to pay the bills. I kept recalling one of my first jobs as a piercer in a tattoo shop on Long Island over 15 years prior and how that environment was the one I was always inspired in. Whether it be the clients my boss had taken in, the daily challenges of creating I saw my colleagues face, or the freedom to create I always felt it to be the work that resonated with me the most. I thought about a career change for a long time into this field as I continued to make art until I finally made a jump last year. I quit my steady job I had for three years and started working on the next step in the transition to happiness based work versus necessity in monetary gain. The first shop I went to hired me as a manager and 6 months later I took on an apprenticeship role.

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Tell us about motorcycles in your life:

When I was 14 my stepdad got me a dirt bike and two weeks later it got stolen from my grandfather’s cabin in Northville upstate before I got to spend the summer riding. I feel like I should have been riding since then but maybe would not have been so safe in my wild years. My plans for the near future are to take a course at Ride MSS in Brooklyn and be riding out to Babes Ride Out next year on a bike. Having a motorcycle would represent freedom on the open road for me, and especially female freedom and independence. I particularly have my eye on Indians and Triumphs. 

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? 

I first heard about this event in reference the West Coast BRO. I'm heavily into the Desert and the desert states and believe I saw an ad for it on one of the photo blogs I follow. I was later reminded about the event through a friend of a friend who is a Lita in NYC. She mentioned the east coast version and that last year there had been tattoo artists there. It was the first time I had heard of the east coast event and immediately did some research.

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What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out? 

I love that this organization is all female run, driven, and supported. The event is a dream between the motorcycles, camping and all the independent female run businesses. It's very important to me to contribute to women who are uplifting other women, meeting and strengthening each other is something we should always take time out for. I can't wait to be a part of this year’s event.

The Real Deal is Coming to Babes Ride Out East Coast 3!

SponsorsAnya Violet

We are so excited to announce that the ladies of Real Deal will be setting up shop at Babes Ride Out EAST! They have been on such a huge demand at past BRO events, we look forward to sharing their skills on the east coast! Make sure and stop by their booth onsite, pick up some tools and add a new skill or two to your resume!

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There are ladies... and then there are REAL DEAL ladies. When it comes to being "hands on", REAL DEAL girls take those words to heart.  These ladies do not beat around the bush, they roll up their sleeves, and get to work on whatever task is in front of them. When they dream, they dream big... and when they go for it, they go all in with the throttle pinned. They are passion driven. They love creating with their hands. They thrive to run the wheel of most anything that performs in any environment. With dedication to mastering their craft, they follow their passion without losing sight of the world around them.  They don't just do things because it's cool, they do it because it's instinctual.  It's like breathing.  They live for style, being involved in the process, and getting out there to see what life really has to offer. 

 photo by Lindsay Lohden

photo by Lindsay Lohden

Real Deal is a dynamic collaborative of legit automotive and industrial women who aim to empower and educate others regarding the positive impact associated with design, speed, and grabbing life by the balls. These woman ride, wrench, wheel, race, and are heavily involved in the practice from start to finish line.

Jessi, with a degree in custom automotive fabrication, has impacted millions with her build skills on TV shows such as Overhaulin' and All Girls Garage, and holds titles from "Off-Road Champion" to the "Fastest Woman on 4 Wheels”.  Theresa, has combined her fine art education from Cal Poly and her hands on auto body shop experience to collaborate with some of the best in the industry, with her work gracing the SEMA show floors and cover stories of top magazines. Together they join forces with other real deal ladies who contribute their success stories and skills for the world to experience that everything is possible. 

The Real Deal ladies will be setting up shop onsite at BRO EAST to offer some basic training in MIG welding and pin-striping. This is the perfect opportunity to get some tools in your hands and try something new! These skills may help you build your next motorcycle, customize the one you have now, or expand your creative talents to new levels and open up possibilities. The goal is to get babes to the point where they want to customize their own bike and enter it into the RealDeal bike show during the events and eventually grow a woman’s class at all the biker events. 

 Photo by Lindsay Lohden

Photo by Lindsay Lohden

“We simply want to encourage and support women to get their hands dirty and truly feel that self empowerment that comes from the ability to handle anything on their own, in any situation, no matter where they are. In turn, this makes a difference in their community, large or small, purely through their never-give-up way of life rubbing off on those around them. It’s a very magical world we live in, RealDeal would like to share how fulfilling that awesomeness really is. After experiencing BRO for the last few years and understanding that the event is way more than just a bunch of moto babes camping in the middle of nowhere, we found it necessary to be a part something so real and on the forefront of empowering and morphing the way us women roll.” 

Check out their website at www.iamtherealdeal.com for Real Deal merchandise, instructional workshoppes, blog posts on Real Deal women, and to follow their journey of inspiring more women to work creatively in the shop and play hard out on the track. 

 photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun