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Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 Suggested Day Rides

DIY Tips, EventsAshmore Ellis

Half the fun of being a motorcyclist is planning your own adventures. Since Babes Ride Out is a true riding event, camp is pretty vacant from 9 am until 4 pm as ladies rip around the Catskills in search of adventure! We have put together some of the best scenic routes filled with attractions, great food, and gas stations. Since there are no group rides, its 100% the riders to do the following

  • Download directions to each spot (we've provided clickable links) as cell service usually is void in the mountains
  • Grab a BIltwell route map from merch booth to keep on hand
  • Find your own riding buds based on your abilities (make friends ladies! That's why we're here!)
  • If riding in a group or riding with new people, have a riders meeting before you head out to go over safety, abilities, designate a sweep and a lead. 

If none of these adventures suite your taste, feel free to research the area and find your own personal adventure. The Catskills are FULL of amazing history and folklore that will keep you busy all day long. 

Big Indian Rivers: 143 Miles Roundtrip

Each part of this route mirrors some of the Catskill waterways including the Pepacton Reservoir, the Esopus Creek and the West Branch Neversink River. Hitting Cherry Ridge Wild Forest, and Big Indian Wilderness - you’ll want some good tunes for this ride.

  • Check out the overview and directions HERE
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Mountain Mamas: 194 Miles Roundtrip

Being the longest route, Mountain Mamas takes you into the Northern Catskills to see the local ski towns(and a whole lot more!) covered in lush, spring colors. Leave early for this one, and spend some time in the small towns of Roscoe, Windham, Hunter, Phoenicia, Bethel…..

  • Check out the overview and directions HERE
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Peace-Love-Motorcycles: 184 Miles Roundtrip

A historical tour of the Catskills, marking the site of Woodstock ’69, and heading north all the way up to the famed Kaaterskill Falls. This route cuts through ravines with twists and turns that we could ride for daze.

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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The New Jersey Devil: 91 Miles Roundtrip

This option is great for enduros or those who just want a little fun in the dirt, this route brings you down to Old Mine Road, a historical highway along the Delaware River which is amazingly still in use. With dirt offshoots and abandoned farms, this area is one of New Jersey’s hidden secrets. Stay safe, avoid the potholes and don’t get arrested trespassing!

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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The Threesome: 84 Miles Roundtrip

As our shortest route, this map hits the most states! Heading through “Hawks Nest” in New York, then to the highest point in New Jersey, and back west to Milford, Pennsylvania for some super cute small-town love.

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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Ladies Only Track Days Are Here Thanks to Socal Supermoto School!

People, DIY Tips, REVIEWSAshmore Ellis

"Slow down and focus on the technique" is the first advice you'll hear from Socal Supermoto's Brian Murray, teacher and owner of this track experience that provides everything including the bikes, gear, pizza, and all the encouragement you can handle. I have to admit, as a first timer I was a little bit intimidated. I am not a fast rider and racing around a track with 13 other ladies I didn't know quickly turned out to be the one of the best experiences I've had on a moto to date. 

 Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

So what is it exactly? Socal Supermoto is a school that is designed to make you a better rider. The skills you learn in the class translate to any motorcycle (dirt and street). The classes are small which means you get hands on guidance everytime you are on the closed track. Classroom instruction breaks up the day and allows you to hydrate in between your track time (trust us, in full leather riding gear you need it). The school's philosophy is that proper technique not only makes you a safer/better rider, it makes riding much more enjoyable.

Babes Ride Out Supermoto

What were my biggest takeaways? The biggest take away I learned was slow is OK! I also learned how to effectively use the front braking system safely & to my advantage in turns. I can now read my turns way better and understand where to enter those turns and exit them. I also entered my first race and even though I am 100% non competitive, it somehow came out of me and I had an absolute blast chasing new friends around the track. 

 This is me..... RIPPING!

This is me..... RIPPING!

How can I take the class? We are glad you asked! We are proud to announce we've teamed up with Socal Supermoto and are supporting 2 more ladies only classes for 2018.  

  • MAY 19th 2018
  • DECEMBER 1st 2018

Click HERE to sign up for this incredible experience. Spots do fill up fast so rally you girls and make a day of it. You won't regret it. 

  A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

 A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

*All inclusive Supermoto School includes Supermoto rental, training, trackfees, photography, t-shirt or hat, and lunch. We also have gear that we rent out for free! Just show up with your gear and water, and we'll cover the rest. We guarantee you'll have the best time you've ever had on two wheels! Need more reasons to take the class? Here ya go! 

10 reasons to do a Socal Supermoto Trackday via Brian Murray:

  1. It's really, really fun
  2. Speed all you want, no tickets
  3. Pit next to pros! Guys like Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Darryl Atkins, etc can be found training at socal supermoto tracks
  4. Riding on the track is far safer than the street
  5. Become a better rider
  6. Valentino Rossi's street bike is a supermoto
  7. Back it in!
  8. Can't decide between street or dirt, ride both!
  9. That person in the cubicle next to you would never do it
  10. It's really, really fun

 

Jetboil Cooking System | A Necessity for Motorcyclists Who Ride, Camp, and Repeat

Sponsors, DIY TipsAshmore Ellis

Motorcycle camping for days at a time, riding from national park to national park is one of our absolute favorite things to do.  Traveling on a bike means you are limited to what can fit on your moto, and space is reserved for the essentials. One of our all time favorite and most used items is a Jetboil. These small camp stoves can boil water within a few seconds which makes dinner so much easier and a quick cup of coffee possible. A lot of us have dietary restrictions, some of us NEED that hot cup of coffee when we wake up, and since a lot of national parks do not allow fires, this unit is perfect if you need to heat up that gas station Chef Boyardee or that can of soup you picked up at the last gas stop.  In the spirit of wandering countless miles and always starting with a hot beverage and ending with a warm meal, we have partnered with Jetboil to gives away some of their MiniMo Cooking Systems at the Moto FAM raffle. 

We've got some amazing food trucks heading to Babes Ride Out 5 but we know some of you are traveling multiple days or some of you rather make your own food at camp. Here are just a few roadside recipes make with a Jetboil that we LOVE! There are a ton of ways you can use this unit to make meals and beverages while motorcycling so get creative, test them out, and let us know you if have a good one you'd like to share. 

 Packs down perfectly for easy transport. 

Packs down perfectly for easy transport. 

Pizza In A Pot

From: Trail Cooking Website (www.trailcooking.com)
"Italian inspired couscous tossed with meat and cheese."
Sounds yummy to us!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of couscous
  • 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried bell peppers
  • 1 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 Tsp dried garlic, powder or diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (1 packet)
  • 4 oz shelf stable pre-sliced pepperoni slices (see notes)
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese (see notes)

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup of water to your cooking system and bring to a boil
  • Turn off the stove and add in the dry ingredients, oil and pepperoni.  Stir well, put the lid on tightly and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Dice the cheese, fold in and let sit for a minute.

Notes:

  • Shelf stable pepperoni is often sold next to the deli meats in grocery stores but doesn't need to be kept cold until opened.
  • For the mozzarella cheese, use 2 pieces of string cheese. It is fine to carry for a couple days, it will get soft but is edible.

Jetboil Mac & Cheese

Everyone needs a little comfort food - even on the trail. Here's a quick, light and easy way to enjoy your macaroni & cheese. 

Ingredients: One box of Mac and Cheese

Directions:

  • For one serving, boil 2 cups of water and add 2 packages of noodles.
  • Keep an eye on the noodles and stir often so they don't stick, allowing them to simmer until soft.
  • Put your Jetboil lid on and drain some of the water (no all as you need some to make the sauce)
  • Add cheese packets and stir.  Mmmmmmm!

30 Second Hot Chocolate

When hot chocolate takes 30 seconds to make, you might start drinking a lot more of it. We won't hold it against you if you buy the packets of Swiss Miss or Carnation, but here's a good recipe if you're a diehard do-it-yourselfer.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: instant coffee

Directions:

  • To one cup hot water, add 1/3 cup dry mix (about four to six heaping tablespoons) and stir well. Add a little instant coffee for mocha. Life is good.

Mmm S'mores Cocktail | Love at First Sip!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 3 Tbsp dry milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 oz chocolate liqueur (Kahlua or Amaretto)
  • 2 Tbsp mini marshmallows

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup hot water to the cocoa mix, stir in the liquor and top with marshmallows.
  • Note: A packet of hot cocoa mix can be substituted for the cocoa and milk powders.

S&S Cycle On Site Mechanic Coming to Babes Ride Out 5

DIY Tips, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

"We're pretty excited to partner with Babes Ride Out and support the growth of the women rider movement. BRO has grown from a grass roots collection of passionate riders to become the largest ladies only event of its kind. S&S Cycle will be on site to provide tech support and basic mechanical guidance. Look for our own Savannah Rose and her hardtail Sporty as well as a stocked up Sprinter van" - David Zemla , VP of Marketing at S&S Cycle

Knowing your bike is running in tip top shape is important when you are traveling hundreds of miles to get to Babes Ride Out 5. Even though we always strongly encourage ladies to have their bikes checked out before they hit the road, the inevitable happens. A tire looks a little too worn, you've burned more oil than you thought, your headlight goes out, tire pressure reduces, things shake loose, and all sorts of other things may get the better of you. We are so excited to announce that S&S Cycle will have a garage setup that will be on site in a little section just off Sunfair, the main road leading into Babes Ride Out. They will be stocked with tools, oil, and a human who can help you continue to ride safely. Look for the giant S&S easy up and van, pull in, and get your bikes checked out for free thanks to the crew of S&S Cycle. 

 Look for Savannah on her chopper scoot. Savannah has been coming to Babes Ride Out since it's inception (2013). 

Look for Savannah on her chopper scoot. Savannah has been coming to Babes Ride Out since it's inception (2013). 

 

 

Suggested Packing List for Babes Ride Out 5 | Joshua Tree, CA

DIY TipsAshmore Ellis

Coming to Babes Ride Out 5 in beautiful Joshua Tree, CA? We can't wait to have you join us for a weekend of riding and good times. Our private campsite is located 10 miles from the heart of town where you can easily find gas, a liquor stores, ATMS, a Walmart, grocery stores, little bars & grills, incredible places for lunch or snacks, and some locally owned shops. There is also a camp store on site that has literally everything you may have forgotten to bring as well. We've got world class food trucks on site (menus coming soon for even the most sensitive eaters) and all the FREE water you can drink thanks to our hydration stations! Even though the town has a lot to offer it's best to ALWAYS come prepared so if it's been a minute since you have been camping we have put together a quick list of must haves and things to consider.

 Image is of Corinne Lan Franco. We packed up and headed to Yellowstone with everything we needed for a week. If we forgot it, we picked it up on the road! 

Image is of Corinne Lan Franco. We packed up and headed to Yellowstone with everything we needed for a week. If we forgot it, we picked it up on the road! 

•    Have your bike serviced BEFORE you come to the event. Make sure that baby is tuned up and roadworthy! You are responsible for your own bike to, from, and during the event. Go through the S&S Cycle check list and fix all the issues. Click HERE
•    Check your motorcycle insurance (does it have roadside assistance? get familiar with your options before you come) If not, add the $35 100 mile moto towing to your AAA package. It's good for a year and YES, I have had to use mine before and it's saved me a ton of cash. If you bike breaks down, this is like having a guardian angel. We are not responsible for towing your bike or getting you to the event or home after the event. 
•    Tent (there are no trees for hammocks at the campgrounds). 
•    Sleeping Pad
•    Sleeping Bag
•    Headlamp
•    Water bottle and camp mug (psst pre order ours and pick up at the event!! This is such a great way to reduce waste and are only $20 for the set (we have plenty of clean water for you to keep refilling with and proceeds go to the Mojave Land Trust. Click HERE to pre order and have the set waiting for you when you arrive). 
•    Wet wipes / face wipes
•    EXTRA toilet paper. It's for your own good. 
•    Pillow (camp size)
•    Extra fuel (check out Lowbrow Customs fuel canister at $19.95)
•    Clothes for warm days and cool nights (HOT TIP! Waterproof compression sacks can fit everything you need and more at a fraction of the space). Don't pack too much, clean underwear is key. Pants, shirts, etc can be worn over and over. 
•    Zip ties
•    A couple of sandwich bags in case it rains and you need to create a waterproof way of carrying your iphone.
•    Multitool
•    Tool kit / roll
•    Swimsuit + micro fiber towel for showers (they dry super fast and pack down great!)
•    Flip flops (super shitty ones for the shower)
•    $$ always have cash on you no matter what. A lot of times banks will cut off your card as you nickel and dime your visa at the gas pump or a state park will require a small fee. 
•    $$ for merch (wait until you see the exclusives we have for you!)
•    $$ for food truck (menus launching soon for vegetarian, vegan, non gluten folks, and those of you who are "I can eat anything" style campers. 
•    $$ for coffee and presses juices (chase a cappuccino with a green juice for maximum cleansing of the system)
•    Camera or GoPro (tag your grams #ProgressiveDarkRoom to get your images printed on site for free)
•    Positive mental attitude. Be nice, say hello to your neighbor, and remember, ladies are here for ALL different reasons so respect each other :) 

Toiletries: I typically go nuts at the Target mini's aisle. Tiny shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lotion, razor, deodorant, advil, hand sanitizer, tooth paste, compact toothbrush, chapstick are all a must. The desert is incredibly dry. Forget something? The campstore on site will have it! There are an over abundance of portos that are cleaned daily, real flushing toilets (hell yeah!), and showers on site. We got you girl! 

Packing Your Motorcycle Safely: Packing your moto safety is one of the most important things you will do. Reading this can save your life or someone else's. Please take the time and click HERE

Hot Tips

  • Keep a printout of directions and emergency #s on you
  • Plan your gas stops (ALWAYS)
  • Give your travel plans to a family member
  • Bring a battery pack to charge phones. My moto has an adapter so I can charge while riding. See if that is an option for you, it changed my life! 
  • Call your bank and let them know you are traveling
  • HYDRATE! Drink water at every single stop you make and stay hydrated at the event. I drink about a gallon of water a day while at BRO. 
  • Create a icloud folder to share your trip amongst friends! These memories will last a lifetime

Weather: As always, check the weather before you roll to know if you will need rain gear during your journey to BRO5. Click HERE to see what the forecast is calling for at the campsite. If you need to get anything, we highly recommend going to backcountry.com or REI  they have it all and you still have time to order these supplies online before the event. Happy camping! - Ashmore
 

 I didn't even wear those extra pair of shoes! 

I didn't even wear those extra pair of shoes! 

 Enjoy the adventure!! 

Enjoy the adventure!! 

Breakdowns Are Avoidable | S&S Cycle Shows Us Exactly What to Look For with This Incredible Motorcycle Safety Checklist

DIY Tips, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

Does this look loose to you? Are my tires looking too worn out? Why is my headlight smoking!?! These are just a few of the millions of questions I've asked myself over the course of owning and maintaining a motorcycle. As we all know, breakdowns happen but 95% of these hellish roadside moments can be avoided with proper care and paying attention to your machine. Think about it, if you are riding something going 75 mph on two wheels totally exposed to every single element wouldn't you want to make sure it is 100% road worthy and safe? We urge every single rider to go over this check list created by S&S Cycle before they get on the road. Print a copy for your tool roll, this information is one of the most important pieces of knowledge we can pass on to you from S&S Cycle

When you get to Babes Ride Out 5, you will be able to stop by the S & S Cycles Garage for a full inspection, free oil (changes if you need it), have air put in your tires, and have help from a certified mechanic to make sure you and your bike are taken care of. Huge thank you to S&S Cycle for being a major part of this event and taking care of the ladies! 

 Being prepared is the best possible thing you can be. Photo by @sprocketz 

Being prepared is the best possible thing you can be. Photo by @sprocketz 

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