Babes Ride Out

Artist Series | Lauren "LoWreck" Recchia

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Meet Lauren "LoWreck" Recchia, the mastermind behind the Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 event flyer. She has been creating art since before she could walk and has a love for motorcycles that we can totally relate to. Make sure to give Lauren a high five when you see her at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3! She will be riding out with the Boston Moto Babes. 

Babes Ride Out East Coast

Where are you from originally?

I’m a Masshole through and through. Born in Concord MA, I lived half my young life in Billerica (Ricca Kehd) then half in Westford. I went to college in Tucson AZ, and couldn’t fly home fast enough after 5 years to my East Coast family. I’m too fiery and fast-paced to exist out west or anywhere in-between. I do love love love the beauty, harshness, and stillness of the desert though, and make sure I visit frequently.

Where do you live now?

Salem, MA… Witch City… aka the best place to live in MA. Heh heh. Really though, it’s a wonderful community full of artists, musicians, creepies, crazies, and witches! There is also soooo much to do socially, and it’s affordable to live here (esp compared to the insane real estate prices of Boston these days). Plus you have like 100 beaches within a 20 min drive/ride! My husband and I bought a house here with a giant music space in the basement and adopted a derpy loving greyhound named Crypsie (#crypsiewreckler) in 2012 and haven’t looked back. 

What first got you into art?

Being born, I think? I’ve been making art since as long as I can remember. My Mom is an artist and my Dad was a musician, so the creative blood flows through me. I remember going with my Mom to all her plein air painting trips with my little kiddo paint set in tow trying my hardest to make my piece look as amazing as hers. 

How would you describe your style?

I have messed around with soooo many styles and media over the years it’s crazy. In school I did a lot of super hyper-realistic charcoal and graphite drawings as well as really meticulous pen and ink (stippling and cross-hatching for hours on end). I played around with paints too, but I never really connected with the looseness of any paint medium. I also did a lot of screen printing and 3D art with fabrics and clay and metal sculpture.

 Then I was a professional graphic artist for about 10 years so digital design took over my life. Once I made the move into brand and marketing by day, I needed to keep the creative juices flowing so I ended up settling heavy into fairly detailed (I’m slightly less OCD than I used to be haha) pen and ink illustration with lots of digital texturing and coloring. I found a niche (that pays) in doing pet portraits, then I keep my personal work on the creepy macabre side of life. I also still do graphic design work on the side quite a bit. 

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

Like my personal style, my artistic inspiration is all over the map too. My mom is #1, of course, and my good friend Jac Lahav is an amazing painter and mixed media artist out of Brooklyn, NY and Lyme, CT whose work is mind-blowing!

But mostly I tend to admire artists that do something so insanely detailed that I know I could never pull off, although I try. I also love slightly looser, really visceral and bold art. A few of my faves are (in no particular order): Alfonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, David Christiana, Derek Hess, John Dyer Baizley, Paula Scher, Ralph Steadman, Robert Crumb, Stephen Gammell, Dave McKean, Georgia O’Keefe, oh I could go on……

What do you do when you’re not making art?

Too many things. My head is always on the verge of exploding, but I don’t think I can live any other way. I will let Hunter S Thompson put it into context for you: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

That said, the key things I spend my time on now are: creating art, jewelry, and essential oil products with The Chaos Factor, drumming and kicking ass with Petty Morals (and whatever various musical side project I’m on at any given time), lifting heavy weights with my sexy husband, doing yoga with my awesome pal Chrissy of Rebel Yell Yoga, riding moto and non-moto bikes, hiking, camping, BBQing, partying, punching, climbing, yelling and other generally loud crazy monkey-type things.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I believe the first I heard of it was the Joshua Tree event in 2015? I’ve had my license since 2013 but didn’t have the time or money to buy a bike until Feb 2016. I wanted to get a solid season of riding under my belt before riding with a huge group to an event, so I missed the debut East Coast event in 2016. I didn’t really have the time or interest to go all the way across the country that October, so BRO East Coast II last year was my first event and OMG I AM IN LOVE. :) 

It was really the best time ever, and such camaraderie with so many amazingly nice and interesting women in the most BEAUTIFUL setting. I tend to hang more with dudes, and don’t do well in huge crowds, but that event just transcended both inhibitions. Can’t WAIT for this June! 

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?

My first bike, and my current steed, is a 1999 Honda Shadow and her name is Red Rocket. I’m getting an amazing custom tank paint job from Adam O’Day this winter and I CANNOT WAIT to show her off this spring! Currently, my two dream bikes are the Indian Scout Bobber and the Triumph Speedmaster. We will see where my finances are at when my old lady dies (if she ever does… she’s a trooper!).

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

Locally (as in, on the North Shore of MA), we have a great coed group of awesome responsible and fun as shit people to ride with, so there is never a day in the good weather months where you can’t find at least a small crew to rip up the coast or soar through the farmlands with. We are very lucky. Having a husband who rides is also key as I would probably never see him for half the year if we weren’t spending time on our bikes together… plus wrenching on our Hondas in the shed is a good way to pass the rainy at-home hours.

As far as the local ladies who ride, let me just say “wow”... I am so glad I found the great friends that I have in the Boston Moto Babes. The crew keeps growing, and everyone is so sweet (but don’t think they won’t cut you!). We also set up winter-time hangouts too to keep the momentum going all year! Love these ladies! 

 

Babes Ride Out East Coast
Babes Ride Out East Coast
Lauren Recchia

BABES RIDE OUT EAST COAST 3 REGISTRATION IS LIVE!

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Let's DO THIS east coast! Now in its 3rd year we are excited to up the ante and make Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 one for the records. This 3 day 2 nights riding event and campout takes you on some of the most beautiful routes in the lower Catskills. If you are ready to ride some green roller coasters and camp along the Delaware River in the beautiful town of Narrowsburg, read on! 

Please read all FAQ's below before purchasing any tickets as all tickets are NON REFUNDABLE but you can transfer your ticket to another guest ONLY when tickets are still on sale. After ticket sales end, you will not be able to transfer. Scroll down and please read FAQ on how to transfer tickets. 

FREE GIFT BAGS TO THE FIRST  250 REGISTERED MOTORCYCLISTS! Must show up to get bag and be on own bike, no exceptions. You'll know when you arrive if you were part of the first 250, please do not email in asking <3

Ticket price includes:

  • 3 days and 2 nights of tent camping along the beautiful Delaware River

  • Real bathrooms and hot showers

  • Unlimited water to fill up your canteen 

  • 1 raffle ticket to the always amazing Moto F.A.M raffle (option to buy more for $1 each)

  • 2018 event patch

  • Karaoke contest (start paracticing now) 

  • Slow Low welcoming party Friday night

  • 80's Cover band Sat night (seriously)

  • Motorcycle games with prizes galore 

  • Access to the Real Deal Workshop hosted by Jessi Combs

  • Bonfires each night 

  • Fireworks show Sat night hosted the NYC Fire Department

  • Light night campfire sing alongs hosted by surprise guest 

  • FREE 805 beer until it runs out each night (and it probably will, east coast ladies can drink)

  • Maps of riding route options through the lower Catskills

  • Amazing structure for inclement weather (event goes on rain or shine but you'll stay dry)

  • 24 hour security & staff 

  • Roadside assistance via our friends at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys 

  • Best time of your moto lovin' life connecting with new and old friends!

Brought to you by BiltwellTriumph MotorcyclesATWYLD , SENAI am the Real Deal, and 805 Beer

FAQs

Make sure to check out our FAQ for all Babes Ride Out events by clicking HERE

What ticket do I need to purchase?!

Every single lady must have either a MOTORCYCLIST or NON MOTORCYCLIST ticket to the event.  If you are trailering or driving a car, the driver ALSO needs to pick up CAR PASS.  We are unable to accommodate RVS & Toyhaulers at this time. Tickets to the event must be purchased in advance. If you end up having to drive, there will be car passes only available at the gate for purchase. If you are a passenger on a bike or in a car, you need a NON Motorcyclist ticket only.  We repeat: no tickets to the event will be sold at the gate, only parking passes.

I am only coming for 1 night, do I get a discount? 

Sorry! All tickets are weekend tickets.

Do I get a specific camping spot assigned to me?

No spots are pre-assigned but you are guaranteed a space. The camp area is first come, first serve. There is plenty of amazing spots for everyone. Car campers will be in a separate area. We have rented the entire site for you to enjoy! There are tons of trees and lean-to's on the property and we are right on the Delaware River.

What is up with food and water?

We will have food trucks on site and there is a camp store that is fully stocked! Feel free to bring your own coolers with food, water, booze etc. The WIFI doesn't work so bring cash (ATMS are in town but not on site). There are grocery stores / restaurants etc. in town less than half a mile away if you have special dietary needs. Gas stations are within 1 mile and a liquor store within walking distance. Google the area and see what is available.

WUT! Tickets went up a few bucks! What gives?

The amount of $ it takes to bring in all the things to make this event worthy of your time, keep it safe, and legal within the great state of NY is expensive and does increase sometimes due to the economy. The site is also very expensive due to all of the ammenities and incredible location. You can rest assured that all ticket funds go back into the event's production and this year will be even better than last! 

I want to shoot, take video, do a social media takeover for this event for a brand, magazine, online editorial, etc Do I need permission? 

We’d love to hear more! Babes Ride Out is a private event and we do the best we can not to distract our guests so they can have the best time possible. If you want to shoot the event in any way for a media source, a brand, or other non-personal use, please email press@babesrideout.com for permission as no commercial photography or video of any kind is allowed unless approved by BRO. Images for your own use are 100% awesome and appreciated! No need to ask if it’s for yourself and/or personal social media, we only ask that you be respectful to the other attendees :) 

How do I connect with other ladies to ride out?

Click HERE and post away in our Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 Facebook event page. 

What the heck do I bring?

No stress! We are putting together a super rad gear guide. Stay tuned as this will be emailed to you and posted on our social, website, etc. 

Am I part of the 250 registered motorcyclists? When will I know? What if I don't show up?

We kindly ask anyone who is wondering to please have patience and refrain from emailing in asking as they will know when they arrive if they were part of the first 250 registered motorcyclists when sales opened. These bags are a gift from our sponsors to reward those who commit to coming  and arrive on their own motorcycle. If you do not show up, the bag goes to someone who does at the end of the event <3 

Can I bring my boyfriend or husband?

No, this is a ladies only event. Please check chopcult.com for all co/ed events <3

Can I bring my kids and pets?

Nope, the event is not kid / pet friendly :(

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Must be 21+ to attend and have valid ID to drink

What can't I bring to the event?

Weapons, signage, fireworks, pets, kids, a bad attitude, hand-outs for a brand or marketing materials of any kind. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No ma'am! Just show up, you'll be on the list

What is the refund policy?

NO REFUNDS. Sorry, please do not ask. We have to pay for you whether you show up or not. All funds go back into the event so if you don't make it, know you made the event even better with your donation.

How do I transfer my ticket to someone else?

You can transfer your ticket to another guest but you are solely responsible for doing so. Log in to your Eventbrite and click on your tickets. You will see options to edit your ticket information. You must type in the person's first name, last name, and email address and click to save and send new confirmation. If your buddy doesn't get the confirmation, they won't be on the list so please follow up and ensure they got the transfer. Click HERE for step by step. 

****No transfers can be made after ticket sales have ended****

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Your ticket must match your ID. If someone bought your ticket for you and did not put it in your name, you must show up together so the ticket holder can collect both tickets. 

Mastering the Speedmaster

Anya Violet
photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

As a true fan and long time owner of the Triumph Bonneville T100, it is hard for me to wrap my head around any other version of this bike. It’s perfect just the way it is. The body positioning is just forward enough to feel like you are connected to the bike but not so forward that it is uncomfortable on a long ride. The mid controls encourage a solid grip on the tank with your knees which helps maneuverability on technical roads . It all makes sense to me and has become a body position I am so familiar with that anything else just feels odd. When Triumph invited us to take a ride on their all new Triumph Bonneville Speedmasters I will honestly say that I had no idea what the model was all about.

As we arrived in sunny Carlsbad, California on a particularly beautiful January day I was greeted by a fleet of gassed up bikes ready to ride. Upon first glance I was pleased to see what it wasn’t such a far departure from the classic Bonneville styling. Sitting on the bike the first thing I noticed was the swept back beach style bars which positioned you more upright and felt quite comfortable. Once I put my feet on the forward controls I realized how different of a ride this was going to be from my old T100.

A wise person once said that a good motorcyclist can master any type of motorcycle. While I have never been much a cruiser type of rider, I found myself excited for the challenge of mastering a new riding position. Forward controls and beach bars are quite a stretch from the more café style riding position I am used to. There was a new Thruxton R and Street Scrambler in the fleet as well and I kept side-eyeing them throughout the day. But that would have been the easy way out. I wanted to get in the spirit of the cruiser!

photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

The Speedmaster lived up to its name on the beautiful open roads and big sweeping turns of San Diego county. I found the comforts of a cruiser set-up changed my hold demeanor as a rider. Rather than pushing myself in to my usual thrill-seeker style of riding, I allowed myself to sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery and really relax. That’s what cruising is all about isn’t it? That was until we found ourselves is some super tight more technical mountain roads leading up to Palomar Mountain. The competitive side of me wanted see how smooth yet fast I could take the tight turns on the cruiser and still feel comfortable. While the fundamentals are the same, doing tight turns on a cruiser bike can feel very different then on a more aggressively positioned bike. It took a while to master but by the end of the day it felt like second nature. A few drag marks on the foot pegs never hurt anyone.

photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

After an absolutely gorgeous 150 mile route from Carlsbad, up to Palomar Mountain and over in to Julian for some pie, we pulled back on to the beach. I felt energized after getting to spend some time on such a fun bike and stepping a little outside of my norm as a rider. A Triumph motorcycle has been responsible for some of the most thrilling moments of my life. The Speedmaster offered a new kind of thrill for me and proved to be a very versatile bike that can accompany you on any type of ride you want to have. I’m looking forward to the next cruise!

-Anya

To read more about the Triumph Speedmaster click HERE

To find a dealer near you click HERE

And now on to the important stuff...SNACKS

Nothing more crucial on a day ride then a proper snack stop. The Yellow Deli was amazing!

Nothing more crucial on a day ride then a proper snack stop. The Yellow Deli was amazing!

For the best damn vegetarian lunch, you must try Mother's Kitchen on Palomar Mountain

For the best damn vegetarian lunch, you must try Mother's Kitchen on Palomar Mountain

Best way to finish a nice ride is with some pie from Julian Pie Company

Best way to finish a nice ride is with some pie from Julian Pie Company

Babes in the Dirt 4 Registration is LIVE!

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Ready to ride some dirt? We have rented the Honey Valley Group Camp Site at Hungry Valley SVRA April 27th-29th for a ladies only weekend of off road fun! You must be registered to attend this year and even though the event is still free, we strongly encourage a small donation when you register online to help us keep it going. Any amount is amazing but we do have some gifts to give those who give back based on donation.

  • Donate $10 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch
  • Donate $20 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch & Stance x Babes Ride Out Socks
  • Donate $35 - FREE Babes in the Dirt Patch, Stance x Babes Ride Out Socks, and Vans x BRO canvas tote.

Donations are non refundable and the gifts associated are not transferable & must be picked up in person at Babes in the Dirt 3 event. No exceptions <3. 

Art by @Desirae201 

Art by @Desirae201 

Who it's for:

This is a ladies only dirt bike & ATV campout for those who want to explore dirt and learn riding fundamentals. We cater to ladies who: 

  • Have only ridden street bikes and want to see what dirt is about.

  • Have never sat on a motorcycle. We HIGHLY recommend that new riders start on a dirt bike (so bring those "bike curious" friends with you that always say "I wanna try").  This is a great learning event and we will have workshops, basics, etc. They do get full quick so stay tuned for sign ups! "How will I know when I can sign up?" - easy! Register for the event and you'll be the FIRST to know when that information is released. 

  • Have a lot of experience as a dirt rider. We have some pro ladies coming out that you can hit the hillclimbs and black diamonds with. 

The Basics

Rain or shine, gates to the group site will open at 12pm sharp on Friday.The group site is first come first serve but if the limited vehicle passes for the site run out before you get there, no problem, you will have to pay $10 per vehicle at the park's kiosk to cover your camping and may have to park in the adjacent site once we are full but you can still come hang out and enjoy the event. The park also offers $5 day passes per vehicle if you are not camping with us and just want to park and ride for the day.  There is max camping capacity in the group site is 250 people. This weekend is about off-roading, camping, and good times with friends. Babes Ride Out will be providing the group campground ONLY so BYOE (bring your own everything) and please make sure to scroll down to see what will be on site and what won't be.  

Don’t have a dirt bike but want to learn? No problem! You can rent a bike from Gorman Motorsport Rentals!  Ask for Glory 805-620-2620. They are ONLY open on weekends so please please be patient as they are family owned and you ladies always bring in a surge of calls <3 They have a wide variety of dirt bikes and gear to rent and they drop it all off right at our campsite. Glory can help you choose the right bike for your size and style of riding. Tell them you are attending Babes Ride Out and reserve your bike as soon as possible before they run out (and they ALWAYS run out). 

*We will have Husqvarna on site with a limited # of demo bikes (please stay tuned for more information on how to get on the list to give one a spin). These bikes will be on rotation so if you want to ride all day, please rent from Gorman Motorsports so you are guaranteed to have your own bike. 

Honey Valley Group Camp Site in Hungry Valley SVRA is nestled within the park. Please do not hesitate to ask the front kiosk, rangers, etc on how to locate the site, they are pros. They will have maps of this area that also show all of the riding trails and their levels so get one when you arrive. Enter at the "North Entrance" because it's close to where Gorman Motorsports is, there is a gas station for water/snacks, a McDonald's is there, AND it's a straight shot from there to the group site. 

FAQs

Please note, these are just a few FAQs that are dirt specific. To know all FAQ for all BRO events click HERE

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? All our events are 21+ and ladies only.  IDs will be checked before you enter the site so make sure it matches the name you register with. Everyone MUST be pre registered to attend this year.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Due to space, camping in the group site is for cars and trucks. If you have a RV or towing a trailer, you'll be asked to park in the Sterling Campground across from where the main activities are. 

What sticker does my bike need? Does my bike need a spark arrestor? Red or green! and YES you will get ticketed if you do not have a spark arrestor. Please read all the rules and regs for your offroad vehicle by clicking this link 

Can I bring my pet into the event? No animals can be in the group site unless they are service dogs. This is not a pet friendly environment. 

How will I know when the Husqvarna registration,  classes, etc are open for registration? If you are registered to attend, you will get an email announcing it. If you aren't paying attention, you may miss it! We do not have a date for when the email will go out so please do not ask. 

I donated, can I get a refund? We are going to pretend you didn't ask that :) But for real, all donations go back into the overwhelming cost to make this event happen. We will have much better amenities thanks to ALL who donate. 

I donated but now I can't attend can I get my free stuff mailed to me? 

Sorry, we do not have the bandwidth to accommodate this request. Please remember, this is a true donation so please only donate if you want to support the event <3 

How do I contact the park for additional information about the trails, weather, terrain, longitude and latitude, wind speed, composition report of the dirt substance?!

  • Public Information Inquiries: (916) 324-4442
  • Email: ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov 
  • Website: OHV Parks CA GOV
  • Link to view our campsite: Click HERE

Are there medics on site? Every ranger is trained as a first responder. An ambulance is within 15-20 min away and there is an air vac close by. Please contact the park with any questions or concerns. All riders will ride at their own risk (916) 324-4442. 

What should I bring into the event?

  • Protective boots, helmet, goggles, and any motocross gear you own! You can also rent gear at Gorman Powersports. Trust us, this is important because you will "eat it" at some point during the day. Fox will be on site with some extra boots and helmets but there won't be enough for everyone so plan accordingly. 
  • WATER! Make sure to bring plenty of water as the site does not have it
  • Camping gear if you plan on staying the night (sleeping bag, headlamp, tent etc)
  • Warm clothes! Remember when it hailed? (LOL! but seriously WTF was that about?)
  • Snacks! (always)
  • Drinks (the fun kind to enjoy when the bikes are shut down for the night).
  • Cash for the coffee drinks and for food trucks (cards are not accepted)
  • Firewood! Please everyone bring 1 bundle to ensure we stay warm :) 
  • Battery pack to charge phone. There is NO power at this site at all. Reception is terrible too. 
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Extra gas for your moto

What can't I bring into the event?

  • Kids. This event is 21+
  • Dogs :( 
  • Easy Ups (sorry, far far too windy)
  • Marketing materials (flyers, stickers, banners etc unless you are sponsoring)
  • Your boyfriend / husband (he will have to find his own trails to braaap this weekend)

What amenities will be on site? 

  • A food truck with food for purchase (CASH ONLY)
  • A coffee truck with drinks for purchase (CASH ONLY)
  • Non flushing toilets (kinda like an outhouse but nicer and cleaned twice a day)
  • Huge pavilion 
  • Fire pits for bonfires. We do recommend you use the food truck as the weather is crazy windy at night and I for one have burned my food 2 years in a row. 
  • Please remember there is no power at the site..like 0 
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Games 

A detailed schedule will be released via EMAIL to those who have registered to attend the event closer to the event date. Info for group rides, learning demos, Husky demos, rules regs, on site fun stuff, food truck, coffee menu etc will roll out between now and April so please stay tuned to the blog and your email after you register <3

Ok, so now that you know 90% of what to expect, let's get you registered! 

Ladies Only Track Days Are Here Thanks to Socal Supermoto School!

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"Slow down and focus on the technique" is the first advice you'll hear from Socal Supermoto's Brian Murray, teacher and owner of this track experience that provides everything including the bikes, gear, pizza, and all the encouragement you can handle. I have to admit, as a first timer I was a little bit intimidated. I am not a fast rider and racing around a track with 13 other ladies I didn't know quickly turned out to be the one of the best experiences I've had on a moto to date. 

Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

So what is it exactly? Socal Supermoto is a school that is designed to make you a better rider. The skills you learn in the class translate to any motorcycle (dirt and street). The classes are small which means you get hands on guidance everytime you are on the closed track. Classroom instruction breaks up the day and allows you to hydrate in between your track time (trust us, in full leather riding gear you need it). The school's philosophy is that proper technique not only makes you a safer/better rider, it makes riding much more enjoyable.

Babes Ride Out Supermoto

What were my biggest takeaways? The biggest take away I learned was slow is OK! I also learned how to effectively use the front braking system safely & to my advantage in turns. I can now read my turns way better and understand where to enter those turns and exit them. I also entered my first race and even though I am 100% non competitive, it somehow came out of me and I had an absolute blast chasing new friends around the track. 

This is me..... RIPPING!

This is me..... RIPPING!

How can I take the class? We are glad you asked! We are proud to announce we've teamed up with Socal Supermoto and are supporting 2 more ladies only classes for 2018.  

  • MAY 19th 2018
  • DECEMBER 1st 2018

Click HERE to sign up for this incredible experience. Spots do fill up fast so rally you girls and make a day of it. You won't regret it. 

 A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

 A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

*All inclusive Supermoto School includes Supermoto rental, training, trackfees, photography, t-shirt or hat, and lunch. We also have gear that we rent out for free! Just show up with your gear and water, and we'll cover the rest. We guarantee you'll have the best time you've ever had on two wheels! Need more reasons to take the class? Here ya go! 

10 reasons to do a Socal Supermoto Trackday via Brian Murray:

  1. It's really, really fun
  2. Speed all you want, no tickets
  3. Pit next to pros! Guys like Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Darryl Atkins, etc can be found training at socal supermoto tracks
  4. Riding on the track is far safer than the street
  5. Become a better rider
  6. Valentino Rossi's street bike is a supermoto
  7. Back it in!
  8. Can't decide between street or dirt, ride both!
  9. That person in the cubicle next to you would never do it
  10. It's really, really fun

 

Conversations about Protection and Quality Gear are More Important than Ever

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We get emailed a lot about the gear we use on the bike. What gear you use or wear is a personal choice and we always recommend each rider to do some research, read the reviews, try stuff on, and make a decision that best suites YOU and your riding style. My only advice is "you get what you pay for". Here are a few things I ride in that have withstood hundreds of miles, are comfortable, and protect my assets. 

The Atwyld Two Wheels Jacket is my all time favorite jacket for many reasons. I originally bought it for those warmer rides but after pairing it with a Patagonia liner, this jacket has turned into my year around riding jacket for the great state of CA. My favorite feature besides being constructed from Dyneema (strongest denim in the universe and 15 x stronger than steel) was the outer zip pocket for easy credit card / cash / iphone access when I stop for gas on my rides.

Leave it to Biltwell to create a helmet featuring the best colorway in the world, introducing the Sierra Green Gringo . I personally love the Gringo because it's comfortable no matter how many miles you are mowing down and has a rainbow of shield selections for day and night riding. It has a classic retro vibe but with new age technology. I'll take one of each color please. 

I've been kicking it in the Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing Heritage for 2 years and they are my go to favorite pair (on and off my bike). I've waterproofed mine for an extra bit of protection and to be honest, I haven't cleaned them once. I know I should but a boot covered with dirt and grime just seems to be a bit more respectable.

The Convoy Armored Shirt by Atwyld is designed as a supporting piece to any leather jacket. Convoy is a second skin full zip long sleeve base layer with D3O® armor at the shoulders, elbows and back panel. I love this piece because I have many jackets but 99% of them do not have enough armor so this shirt makes them all functional to wear on my bike and gives me that extra peace of mind. 

But what about dirt? Oh man, I went wild on the FOX Womens website and got kitted out with protection this past year. Here are the items I purchased that have saved me from doing some real damage to myself : Women's R3 Roost Deflector, V1 matte black helmet, Launch Knee shin guards, and the Comp5 boots

If you have a favorite piece of gear that is holding up to the test of time and miles, share it! As we grow as a community, these conversations about protection and quality become more important than ever. Cheers to staying safe and finding what works for each of us on the road and in the dirt  - Ashmore