Name: Emily George
I currently live, work, and play in the Pacific NW, where I grew up. I moved around quite a bit when I was younger, so it’s nice to be back home with family, and working at See See Motorcycles.
How did you get into riding?
I never really thought about getting into riding motorcycles, it just kind of happened because I never wanted to be on the back of one. A friend wanted to take me on a ride about 15 years ago and I refused. Instead he spent the day teaching me how to shift and use the brakes (which I’m still not good at). Till about the age of 16. My track record has been to crash everything with a motor or two wheels into a fence to stop… fortunately I haven’t done that with a street bike yet!
Where is your favorite place to ride?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one, because I seem to love almost every ride for one reason or another. When I lived in Utah, it was the trips through Moab and southern Utah. In Arizona it was out to Tortilla Flats, and any night it was cool enough to ride. There is seriously nothing like riding through the desert after a 110 degree day. It smells like your riding through the most amazing botanical garden. Back home here in the NW, its really any riding adventure with my friends and family!
Two stroke or 4 stroke?
God I love the sound, smell, and feel of two strokes, but my turd of a dog hates them with a passion, so I’ll side with him and say 4… he can be a bully if you don’t do what he says.
Do you have a favorite bike?
I really love my mom on her yellow Honda Rebel. Other than that, I have to say my DR 650, cuz it’s mine and I saved up all my pennies to get it.
Best riding adventure?
Not sure, but I’ll let you know when it happens.
Do you prefer track riding or trail riding? Why?
Honestly I’d have to say track right now. There is something about going fast and being able to improve with every lap that feels really satisfying to me, plus it’s a bit more of an adrenalin rush when your on the track, no tree’s to hit, and very little brakes to use, which if you remember, I’m not too good at!
What is it like to work for See See Motorcycles? Tell us about the brand and what your day to day is like.
See See is a pretty amazing job, but we’re small, probably much smaller than people even think, so my job consist of many things. I run the online store, manage and work the shop, book art shows for the café, do the buying, merchandising, invoicing, help coordinate events, email, email, oh and email. When I’m not doing office shenanigans, I get roped into other shenanigans… on bikes, that end up in weird, crazy videos! I’ve had hot dogs thrown at me, tug o’ wars with my sis on bikes, and ridden three wheelers up the sides of shitters. (another faulty brake incident).
How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out and what did you think?
It was either my sister or my good friend Erica that told me about it. I’ve been super lucky to have my sister and other close girlfriends that I’ve always been able to ride with, but most gals have a hard time finding that. I think “Babes Ride Out” is on the frontline of changing the way women ride, and venture out on motorcycles. I’m super excited to see the event expand to different parts of the world!!! It gives ladies on a budget that can’t leave work and travel a chance to get in on the good time, and I think that’s fantastic!
What do you have planned for us at Babes Ride Out 2?
We have an extra fun event planned! A non-serious mini flat track race will be held on Saturday evening during Babes in the Dirt. We’re hoping to get girls of all abilities or who have never tried racing to come out and give it the ol “go fast (or slow), turn left” thing. Obviously this will be just a small taste of what racing is all about but ultimately we would love it if more ladies joined us in the racing circuits around the country. Cool thing about FT racing is its just going in an oval at your own pace and learning to work around and with other riders competitively. It’s also a great way to advance your techniques and comfort levels but at your own speed and has helped both Emily and I gain a ton of experience in other types of riding not directly linked to flat track. It helps develop great moto skills that cross over.