Our partnership with VC London to produce the first ever international Babes Ride Out is more than just a weekend, it's a commitment to build each other up and continue support to all those willing to learn. One of our favorite parts of being involved with BRO is meeting ladies who put in the time and effort to help grow the motorcycle community in incredible ways. When we met the ladies of VC at BRO3, we immediately fell in love with what the were doing in the UK, teaching women to ride with proper instruction and continued learning. Take a minute and read how they are shaping their community one rider at a time.
Words by Gemma Harrison:
"We started by putting up a post on our insta asking anyone who wanted to start riding to get in touch. The response was incredible! We've now given over 50 women their first try at riding. This then led to wanting to be able to hook them up with a proper training facility to be able to get their CBT certification so they could get on the road. That's when we met London Motorcycle Training & cooked up the ladies CBT training weekends.
We basically get girls discounted CBT rates & they get to do their tests with a bunch of other likeminded ladies making it pretty fun. A lot of the girls that have done the CBT Training have gone on to get bikes & ride together growing the Moto community here in London , which is incredible!
The training starts from scratch (although any experience already riding is a plus). There is the option to do the test on either a geared bike or an automatic with a top up class to train with a geared bike later. The ladies learn slow speed control, gears, U- turning & general bike skills & control. The second part of the day is beginning road riding once everyone is confident enough.
You don't need much to get started. Come wearing jeans, good boots, a leather jacket or similar and some gloves. Bikes and helmets are provided for everyone!
You'll learn everything starting right from the basics. Slow speed control & manoeuvres, geared bike control, road riding skills and all the skills you need to pass the CBT and get you road ready!
These classes are definitely doing its bit to help grow the community here in London and it's something we're really proud to be a part of ! So many of the girls have all gone on to become great friends, riding together, going on trips, coming round to The Shop to talk about their bikes / how to wrench & coming to our monthly meet up nights at Bike Shed in East London. In fact a lot of them will be joining us as part of the Babes Ride Out UK event team this year! Weeeew!