We are so proud to introduce Red Wing Heritage as one of the sponsors of this years Babes Ride Out events! Meet Jennifer McClain of Red Wing Heritage; B.R.O. alumni, motorcyclist, soon-to-be new momma (literally any day now), and real stand-up gal!
Name: Jennifer McClain
Where do you live and where are you from? I’m originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Southern California by way of New York City. It seems that like to move about every 5 to 7 years to keep life exciting. My fiancé Jason and I are about to be parents to a baby girl and have lived together in Venice for almost a year.
What do you do and how long have you done it? I have been fortunate to be part of the Red Wing Heritage family for a year now, working with Joey Benaron. It is so wonderful to work with a company that was so welcoming to a newly pregnant woman! Their response when I told them I was expecting: “We are a family company and we are so excited for you that you are adding to yours!” It immediately made me feel at home with all those who put their heart and soul into this business.
Why do you ride in Red Wings? Red Wing Heritage is a familiar name to most people who ride motorcycles. It’s a brand that not only has an unwavering reputation for their craftsmanship and durability but the fact that you can resole all of the boots makes it incredibly easy for motorcyclists to lean on this brand as their go-to footwear for daily riding. The fact that so many of the styles have Vibram soles also supports riding and protecting again the slick oil that can sneak up on the asphalt.
How long have you been riding motorcycles/favorite bike/what are you riding now?
I have been riding since 2012. In the scheme of things is not a long time to have been riding. I admit to being jealous of those that have ridden their entire lives since it has been something I have only recently began to enjoy. I take every opportunity to ride any kind of bike I can from street to dirt to enduro to flat track from any company. If I had to pick a favorite bike it would be my Kawasaki W650. Not because it’s particularly the best bike out there but because I have ridden it on so many adventures from spontaneous local camping trips to long distance rides over the country. It constantly gets confused as a Triumph as it is a rarer bike. It was only released in the USA for 2 years from 2000-2001. I just changed the oil and went through the bike to make sure it ready for me to begin riding again as soon as I have had the proper time with my new daughter who will be arriving any day now!
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?
Since 2013 groups of women ride from all over the USA (some traveling in from other parts of the world) to convene together in one place to celebrate this one common motorcycle interest. Last years event had over 1200 women that met in Joshua Tree, California to camp for several days and enjoy all the area had to offer.
I have attended this event for the last two years and I genuinely respect and admire the camaraderie and environment that Anya and Ashmore, the creators of this event, have provided for women. It’s a place where it doesn’t matter what bike you ride, how far you came, your age or your riding skill level, you are welcomed with open arms. It’s the perfect landscape to make friends that will last years to come.
What are you contributing to the raffle?
Red Wing Heritage is providing gift cards for Red Wing boots!