I love being in nature and adventure sports, especially rock climbing and stand up paddling. About a year ago, my husband got me a dirt bike and I immediately fell in love with it. Like paddling and climbing, dirt bikes are awesome because they take me to places in nature I wouldn't otherwise see. As I started getting more into dirt bikes, I found @babesrideout on Instagram. I attended Babes in the Dirt 2 and that was my first time riding with other women. It blew my mind to see all those women working together and helping each other.
I wanted to be able to ride in more places, so this summer I got my motorcycle license and my first dual sport bike, a Yamaha TW200. I love dual sport because it gives me the freedom to ride both on the dirt and street. My husband and I are teachers and have our summers off, so we took our kids on a month long rv trip with a dual sport bike on back. I got to see the prettiest places in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado because of my dual sport bike. There are so many awesome women riding dual sport and I noticed they didn't have a page of their own on Instagram, so I started @dualsportwomen. I get so much inspiration from seeing other women's photos and hope @dualsportwomen encourages other women to get out and ride.
When I saw Babes Ride Out 4 was happening in October, I knew right away I had to go to see all those women riding and camping together in Joshua Tree. I signed up to volunteer to support all the work these amazing women of @babesrideout have done to create these events. Even though I was super excited to attend BRO4, I wondered if I would be out of place with my dual sport bike. It can feel intimidating coming to these events not knowing anyone and feeling like your bike isn’t the “right” bike. I also wasn’t ready to ride through L.A.’s freeways to get there. Even though I felt kind of embarrassed not to ride my bike out to Joshua Tree, I put the TW in the back of my truck and headed out by myself.
When I got to the campground Thursday afternoon, right away I met some really nice girls who also rode dual sport bikes. The next day I got up early to volunteer registering riders into the campground. We were given orange vests that said “Staff Babe” and got a tour of the inner workings of BRO. I came away with a great respect for the amount of work and organization it takes to put on an event like this. We learned how to register riders into the campground and pass out wristbands. It was really interesting because we got to see every rider as she rolled in. I met all types of riders from all over the world. I met a girl who flew out to ride from Spain, an elderly woman who rode with oxygen to breathe, and women with rhinestones all over their bikes and helmets that sparkled in the hot desert sun. It was a lot of fun and I would totally do it again next year for sure.
I saw many more women riding dual sport bikes than I expected. While volunteering, I met a group of girls in a truck with a TW in the back and I was so stoked. I told them about my TW and where I was camped. They ended up camping next to me and a group of us rode together all the next day through Joshua Tree National Park. We even found a beautiful dirt road in the park thanks to another dual sport rider we met. While we were out riding, my battery died and one girl rode back to camp, somehow found my keys in my truck, moved all my mess of camping stuff, and came back to help me load my bike on the back of the truck. We even made it back in time to ride the mechanical bull.
If you are considering going to an event like Babes in the Dirt or Babes Ride Out, I would say to definitely do it. It can feel scary and intimidating, but you will meet other women there that are friendly and helpful. If you feel like your bike is different or you are different, still come. There are going to be people you connect to and you will meet the nicest girls ready to help you out.