We are pretty excited to kick the dust off our boots after camping for 3 nights 4 days and cannonball into a sparkling pool at Babes Ride Out 5's official afterparty at the Saguaro Palm Springs! EVERYONE is invited including the dudes to take advantage of our super discounted room rate of $139. All you have to do is click HERE and the discount code, date, etc is ready to roll! We have limited rooms blocked out so make sure to get in on this rate ASAP. Code is 1710BABESR if you want to forward to a friend.
Riding through the Catskills, moto games, camping by the river and getting lost down dirt roads..... Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 was such an amazing weekend! Hop aboard the adventure via my Sena Bluetooth 10C!
My 10C has come with me on many adventures. It is so fun to be able to chat with friends on your ride or listen to music. The camera is super easy to operate, you can easily turn it on and off to film certain sections of your ride. The installation into any helmet is really straight forward and easy. This device is so perfect for your road trip out to Babes Ride Out 5 whether you're traveling alone or in a group.
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Hi all! I’m Meghan Moorlach, a freelance photographer and graphic designer based out of Des Moines, Iowa - and also run a female only motorcycle club, The Burnout Babes (link: http://www.theburnoutbabes.com). I ride a 2014 Triumph Thruxton, which is a dream to ride, and I couldn’t love it more!
Two years ago my two best friends and I made the adventure out to California for BRO 3! We chose to fly out and rent bikes, since it was our first year. We landed in LA, where I picked up my 2013 Triumph Bonneville and then headed down to Joshua Tree!
We came down a day early so we could stay at the Hicksville Trailer Palace (link: http://www.hicksville.com/joshuatree/motel). If you’re in the area and you’ve never been there - do it IMMEDIATELY! They have a bunch of refurbished vintage camper trailers, an in-ground pool and beer in the vending machine. Also, don't forget the rooftop hot tub!
We woke up the next day for some breakfast at the Joshua Tree Saloon (link: http://www.thejoshuatreesaloon.com/), some cacti shopping, and lunch at Pie for the People (link: http://www.pieforthepeople.com/home) before we came to check in at Babes Ride Out. For those of you who’ve been, you know the feeling you get when you arrive. For those you haven’t been yet - it feels like coming home. All these women in one spot - that have the exact some love of riding you do - it’s so magical!
Once we arrived, there was so much to do! We checked in and got our goodie bags full of patches, stickers and other fun things. And of course, headed straight for the free beer from the ladies over at 805 Beer (link: http://www.805beer.com/). We also ran over and got signed up for flash tattoos!
That night was a blur! There was pizza, beer, moonshine, and music! LA Witch and Dorothy were AMAZING. And the moon was literally so bright you didn’t even need a flashlight to walk around camp. The camaraderie of all these women hanging out and having a good time, is a feeling I can’t even put into words. Like I said before, it was magic.
The next morning We. Rode. Everywhere! Pie for the People, Pappy and Harriet’s, Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown, all of it! Let’s just say Des Moines, Iowa and Joshua Tree are a little bit different from each other, so we soaked up as much as we could get!
Sadly we couldn’t make it out last year for BRO 4, but this fall, we plan to ride the 1,600 some odd miles from Iowa! You can see the map for the route we’re planning to take, so if you’re close-by we’d love to ride with you! We met so many smart, beautiful, amazing women last time we were in Joshua Tree - and we want to meet more!
If you want to get ahold of me - you can find me on Instagram @madeinthemidwest and our motorcycle club @theburnoutbabes.
With over 150 years of rich history behind them, Stetson is an iconic American brand that is ever evolving and forever timeless. From true western cowboys, to Hollywood elite to U.S. presidents, these hats have brimmed the heads of many throughout history. We are proud to be supported by Stetson and show you a glimpse of the women in our community that have a true personal connection to this brand. - Babes Ride Out
Our moto community is filled with talented and interesting people that constantly keep us inspired. Meet Nathalie Kossek! Nathalie has been coming to Babes Ride Out events for years now. We have always loved the beautiful way she captures people and places through her photography.
There are many things that make your personal style yours. Nathalie's style is almost always topped off with the iconic Stetson Tom Mix hat and we had to catch up with her to find out when she fell in love with riding motorcycles and wearing Stetsons.
Name: Nathalie Kossek
Location: Los Angeles
Occupation: photographer + graphic designer
What kind of bike do you ride?
2014 Triumph Bonneville t100 SE
Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:
My dad always had a motorcycle and I loved riding on the back of it. I remember he would take me on short little trips around our town back in Ohio. When I got older I worked on a farm and messed around on atvs and little dirt bikes but nothing on the roads. When I moved to LA, I saw this motorcycle community growing larger and larger and I really wanted to be a part of it. I’ve never really been one to wait on others to live my life, so I went ahead and got my license and bought a really sh*tty bike that always broke down. I miss that first bike, but I sold it for a down payment on a bike that actually worked! It’s been such an investment and I’ve been rather in love ever since.
How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:
I came to the second one and i was so excited to have the previously mentioned bike all fixed and ready to go. Literally, as I pulled out of my driveway, the bike died. Nothing, not even a pathetic engine start. I was so sad that my journey was going to be cut short. I was contemplating on just staying home, but I chucked my stuff off my bike and into my car and I drove out that year. I knew seriously NO ONE — not a soul. I thought it would be very standoffish and filled with girl squads already assembled. Luckily a lot of girls were in the same boat and were so kind, nice and hung out with me all weekend. I made some really great relationships that weekend, and have been to every one since. I get so excited for that weekend to come up because I get to see everyone in one place, riding together. It’s absolute fun and I feel like I get to ride Joshua Tree in a different way every time.
Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?
Besides Jamie Charles somehow wrangling 60+ girls on the BRO stage to sing and dirty dance to “Pony” by Ginuwine? Well, my photo spirit animal, Genevieve Davis, and I took a little midnight trip through the park to take some long exposure star photos. It was a really magical ride going through the park at night with all the stars above you and a bit of Lord Huron playing in my ear. Also, Idyllwyld is a beautiful ride I did last year that made me feel like I went through four different seasons/ecosystems in one go.
What is your dream motorcycle trip?
Is everywhere a good answer? I took my first solo trip last year to Moab, Utah (for Motos in Moab) and that was exhausting, exhilarating and daunting all rolled into one. It really opened my eyes to possibilities. But seriously, I’ve dreamt of going down to Patagonia from LA. I’ve dreamt of going cross country from coast to coast. I think going across my home country of Canada would be amazing as well. Perhaps this year will be the year for one of those.
Describe your personal style:
You know what, I always try to define this one, and it never really works. It paralyzes me more than liberates me. I really don’t know. I can tell you that I have an obsession with vintage t-shirts and a good pair of black jeans. You can’t have enough black or enough ripped, paper-thin tees in your arsenal. I’m really inspired by people like Stevie Knicks, Hendrix, Bowie, Chloë Sevigny, Erin Wasson, Bardot, Janice Joplin, Patti Smith, Diane Keaton and more. I like those “Roman Candles” who didn’t/don’t really feel like they need to be defined by the clothes that they wore — they just “were”. Their clothes just became an extension of what was inside… and most were consistently evolving.
I guess not really having an “aesthetic” in a world that is so dependent on it (have you been on this thing called Instagram?) confuses some people. I like to wear what I like — sometimes it’s a tattered tee with moto boots and sometimes it’s a floor-length dress with 4 inch platforms. Really depends on my mood and the person I feel like that day.
But for all intents and purposes… right now, it’s feminine rock. :)
Oh, and always have big hair. Always.
How did you first hear about Stetson?:
I heard about Stetson when I was around 7. I was obsessed with horses and from that age until about 17 I rode western and english - competing in things like barrel racing to jumping. I volunteered from 15-17 leading trail rides and herding the horses into the stalls in the morning. All the ranch hands had Stetsons and I so badly wanted one. Having one made you an “official” respected ranch hand.
What drew you to the Tom Mix?
I picked out the “Tom Mix” because it’s one of the largest hats I’ve ever seen. I actually had them flatten out the brim at the shop to make it wider and added the feather to make it more my own. I plan on getting a great band for it soon, just waiting for the right one. I remember walking past a window in Seattle and literally walking backwards, backtracking to the display where my hat was sitting. I knew right then, I found my forever hat. I’m going to be buried in this thing.
How does wearing a hat make you feel?:
It makes me feel like my look is complete. I just really love a good accessory and especially one that not a lot of people feel like they can pull off. Which is silly… you should just do what you want and enjoy life; it’s just a hat. But then again, it’s not. You can be really pulled into a different world and character by what you wear. I feel like a lot of people stare when they see this hat, which I sort of really enjoy. Why not!? Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”
Babes, October is going to come quick! If you plan on flying in for Babes Ride Out 5, make sure and reserve a rental bike asap for one of the below locations to receive a discount code!
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3019 Enterprise St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Babes Ride Out won't be able to physically make it out to Camp VC Aug 4th-6th in beautiful Wales but we will be high fiving the ladies of VC London and will be supporting it! The ladies of the UK will be offering training classes to ladies who are wanting to see what the two wheel lifestyle is all about. All ladies signed up to learn will get a Babes Ride Out x Vans tote bag so read on and get to know more about this ladies only event coming up in a few short months.
We love that there is on site training. What will ladies learn?
We’ll be teaching everything to start you off from the very basics like basic bike checks, finding your way around a bikes controls to clutch / brake control, riding to turning & have you riding in no time. We’ll also be giving advice on the steps to take next to go on to progress onto getting onto the road with a CBT or even onto different moto sport training with advice available from professional women involved pro moto sport & adventure riding that we have onsite.
How many ladies have you trained through VC?
We’ve given little over 70 ladies their first go at riding & over 100 with our linkups with official training schools.
What are some of the highlights of training someone who has never ridden before?
For them- They get to start out doing one of the most fun things they'll ever do (ok maybe we’re a bit biased…ha) , learn a new skill & hopefully they'll want to pass it on to help others start out too.
For us - We’re always stoked when we get someone who is super nervous & within half an hour she's all of a sudden burning around in circles like a bad ass loving it! We’ve never charged anyone anything for the beginner lessons we’ve taught as we’re in it to pass on the good stuff that the three of us have found through motos. It always feels pretty good to give a bit of your time to someone else in a big city like London where everyone is usually inside their own bubble. The idea is that we’re just rolling what we love doing out to the countryside & bringing other inspiring women from other areas to do the same in one place! One part of the event that were really stoked about is that VCC will be presenting talks onsite at the event with some amazing inspiring women involved in everything from flat track, enduro & pioneering adventurers to professional skaters (news dropping soon on some very special guests we have lined up!)
UK is very different than the US on riding. What do ladies have to go through to get their license?
Its a pretty long drawn out process as you've got to go through some pretty extensive training which can sometimes be pretty expensive too.
Firstly you have to complete a CBT (compulsory bike training) day course with basic bike skills like gear control, turning, emergency stops etc, with a half days road riding. When you've finished the day you can ride any bike up to a 125cc engine with L Plates on the road. You then have up to 2 years to complete a written theory test & two practical tests of riding (usually with some training in-between) to be able to get your full licence & ride any bike. So its no easy task but totally worth it in the end! This ain't no throw away hobby :)
You ladies have been so busy this year. What are you working on?
Events wise we’ve got some great stuff lined up this year in the run up to CAMP VC including some women's dirt days at an inner city motox track & some women's flat track riding events & classes that were running with the DTRA & Greenfield dirt track.
We also just launched our women's label VCC last January which is going really great! One of the things that we’ve loved the most about being involved with VC London over the last couple of years is that its brought us together with so many inspiring like minded women doing so many awesome things, not just with motorcycles but in so many other arenas too. Pretty organically, meeting all these women has inspired everything we do with both VCC & VC London. I guess its just good timing but the fact that there are so many women out there killing it in so many new arenas all at the same time that inevitably you all end up meeting & sharing a common ground & attitude. This is something we’ve always been about & so Camp VC & our VCC label are just an extension of that.
We’ve also got a lot of road trips & travelling lined up in Europe & further afield with some exciting collabs & projects coming along. Its gonna be a busy year!
To read more about the event click HERE
For tickets, click HERE