Babes Ride Out

Roll Call | Kelly McCaughey of The Cycle Exchange

Roll CallAnya Violet

 

Name: 

Kelly McCaughey

Instagram: 

@kellymccaughey

Where do you live? 

Long Valley, NJ

Where are you from? 

East Amwell, NJ

What do you do and how long have you done it?

I'm a marketing specialist. I work primarily for a video production agency doing a combination of writing, graphic design, content producing and some occasional voiceovers!

On the side I work with The Cycle Exchange, doing some graphic design and marketing, and I help out on the floor during the busy season.  

My fiancé has been close friends with the owner of The Cycle Exchange since childhood. They grew up racing motocross together, and over the past 20 years he's worked there on the side during the busy season. So, we're like an extended part of the Cycle Exchange family. 

What do you think about ladies coming to ride in your local area?

I'm stoked about it!  It's going to be an amazing time. I'm excited to meet other riders, and excited for girls who have never been to the Northeast.

Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding, etc.:

I've been riding for about 5 years. I ride a Yamaha XT250 enduro.  

It's perfect for the kind of riding I do; It's light and agile, ideal for winding roads and dirt trails, but it also tops out fast enough for highway sprints.  

The tuning and light weight make for quick starts and stops, and the suspension makes hopping off-road pretty damn fun.

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I also currently have a Moto Guzzi v7 which is a really fun bike, but I'll be parting ways with it and getting a new dirt bike instead, a Honda CRF250.

And last - but totally not least - I have a Honda XR100R.  This is the bike I first learned on, and when friends (and my mom!) want to learn to ride, it's the perfect bike for teaching. 

We have a small track in our back woods that it's perfect for. This bike rules, I'll never part with it.

What's your experience of dirt vs street riding?

I've been doing both for about the same amount of time, but my very first day riding was on a dirt bike. 

To be honest my first time riding was easy. I was shown where the clutch and gears were, and off I went! After riding around a field for an hour, the guys decided to take me through a trail in the woods.  Riding the trail took way more focus, strength, clutch-work and throttle control. As a newbie it was frustrating, but it was hands down the best part of the day.  

I remember thinking: THIS is what I want to get good at. 

I started to ride street, and also joined in on trips to nearby motocross tracks like Hurricane Hills and Evansville, plus some tracks that belong to local friends. My street riding probably progressed tenfold thanks to the experiences I had off-road. The terrain is way more unpredictable, forcing you to develop quicker reactions and learn better control.  

Now most weekends we'll go enduro riding. We ride through woods, single tracks, rocks, coal, mud and ice...some pretty gnarly terrain. 

I love it.  It's a total body workout, super challenging, and takes a lot of focus and stamina. You have to learn how to let the bike work for you by practicing proper form and putting in the seat time. I think that the experience gained, both physically and mentally, from off-road riding makes for a better street rider by far.  Plus, it's just straight up fun!

I plan on learning more street skills as well. I'll be joining AHRMA this year for their road-racing school and race weekend here in NJ this July.

What did you first think about Babes Ride Out?

I first discovered it on Instagram, just before Babes Ride Out 2 was about to happen, and thought it was awesome.

Riding and camping in Joshua Tree??! Super Rad. 

BRO4 falls just after I return from my Vegas wedding, so I'm really grateful there's an East Coast event this year!

Anything we left out?  

I talked a lot about dirt riding above. I know it can be tough to get into dirt riding, because it means investing in a bike and all the proper gear, not to mention finding people to ride with, places to go and having the vehicles and trailers to get there. That's why I put together the dirt-riders gear kit for the BRO raffle on behalf of The Cycle Exchange. It's just a little leg up for any girl looking to get into some dirt!

I can't wait to meet everyone in a couple weeks! xx