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Getting Lost Isn't a Thing Anymore | A Day Riding Connected Through the Catskills with Sena

REVIEWS, Riding Routes, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

Riding in new territory, especially the Catskills, when roads often have multiple names since they were forged hundreds of years ago can be a nightmare. Thankfully we had our Senas with us to make the route a breeze. Read on to see where we wandered during Babes Ride Out East Coast 3. 

 Setting up and synching our Senas

Setting up and synching our Senas

After we selected our destination for the day, Dundas Castle, we synced up our Sena Bluetooth sets, tapped in the directions, and felt confident we'd make it to our destination, first stop, world famous Roscoe Diner for lunch. 

 Best diner in NY! Roscoe's Famous Diner

Best diner in NY! Roscoe's Famous Diner

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The roads were a little  bet up from the harsh winter the east coast had received. Our ride lead was able to communicate dangers well in advance. 

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Once we made it to Roscoe we enjoyed one of the best diner experiences. With a full stomach we were bound and determined to find the infamous Dundas Castle. The area the castle is located is thick with trees, so much in fact you can't see the stones of the house because it blends in so seamlessly with it's environment. Even with directions, we got lost. The best part about it is that even though we split up from the group to try and located this place, we were able to stay synced to our group via Sena Bluetooth.

 If you are going to get turned around... this is a great place to do it! 

If you are going to get turned around... this is a great place to do it! 

 Being able to communicate "where should we go next" is simply the best

Being able to communicate "where should we go next" is simply the best

Being able to stay connected, even when lost, was a true blast. Once we decided to turn around and head in a different direction, we quickly came up on the castle. Of course it was in the last diection we tried. 

 Dundas Castle is a historic house in Roscoe, New York modeled after Dundas Castle. It is also known as "Craig-E-Clare". It was built between 1915 and 1924 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Dundas Castle is a historic house in Roscoe, New York modeled after Dundas Castle. It is also known as "Craig-E-Clare". It was built between 1915 and 1924 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Finding our way winding through the Catskills was a blast and it was even more sharing instant laughs, "look outs", and jokes along the way. Cheers to staying connected!

Photos By: Maddy Talias

It's Cool | The Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

REVIEWS, SponsorsAnya Violet
 Photo By Maddy Talias

Photo By Maddy Talias

Every kind of motorcycle appeals to different people for different reasons. So many things factor in to the final decision of which bike you choose to make your own. I have been lucky enough to get to ride a fairly wide variety of Triumph Motorcycles over the past few years and they all inspire a certain kind of riding and make you feel a certain kind of way. I got to spend some time on the Speed Triple when I was in the UK and that made me feel super fast and nimble and inspired a more aggressive style of riding.  The Street Scrambler is so light and has plenty of power so I cannot help but want to find me a fire road to explore. Well recently I was able to ride the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black  through the Catskills on the East Coast.

The term “Bobber” refers to the stripped back style of motorcycle that was originally called a “bob-Job”. The rigid frame and shortened wheel base results in a lower, shorter machine. Like many styles of bike, the inspiration came from the race bikes of the 1930’s and was taken to the streets in the garages and shops of the average rider. The custom scene grabbed a hold of these “bob-job” style bikes and made it their own, as they do. Popular in the Hot Rod scene and always reflecting a home-built modified aesthetic; it wasn’t until the 1990’s that a commercially produced Bobber style motorcycle hit the market.

 Photo by Maddy Talias

Photo by Maddy Talias

Here we are in 2018 with this lean mean Bobber version of the Bonneville from Triumph Motorcycles. The stats are all HERE if you want to geek out. Walking up to this bike for the first time it dawned on me that I had never actually rode a rigid frame motorcycle. The Triumph Bobber does have a mono-shock suspension so it is not truly a rigid bike but it still has that sweeping diagonal line between the steering head and the rear axle.  The low seat height was pretty nice and definitely one of  the first things I noticed once I sat on it. The forward controls took a minute for me to get used to, as always. Overall the bike was really comfortable.

As we took off for the ride to a haunted castle ( standard Catskills kind of adventure ) I realized how cool I felt on that bike. I know that is an extremely uncool thing to say, but it’s true. I felt cool. There is something about the stretched out body positioning that looks like you are just rippin’ without a care in the world. The blacked out paint job is pretty bad ass and the 1200 cc motor leaves nothing to be desired. No matter where we stopped ( a diner, a gas station, roadside ) people would come over to check out the bike and have all kinds of questions. This definitely added to the “me feeling cool” factor. I personally really dig that there is not really an option for a back seat. This bike is for one rider and one rider only which I think is pretty damn sweet. It’s about your own independence. I had an absolute blast on this bike.

I know that many people ride motorcycles for many different reasons. They are dangerous and the decision to ride can not to be taken lightly. Motorcycles can fill your life with so much thrill and excitement.  I cannot bring myself to believe that looking cool is not at least a tiny bit part of it for nearly everyone, whether they admit it or not.  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel cool even if maybe I don’t look cool on nearly every bike that I have ridden. This does not make up the vast majority of the reason I choose to ride but I'm sure it's in there. There is nothing wrong with feeling cool on a motorcycle, as long as you have the skill, training and responsibility to go with it. Cool is a state of mind anyway isn’t it?

 Photo by Maddy Talias

Photo by Maddy Talias

If you want to know more about the Triumph Bonneville Bobber you can click HERE

To find a dealer near you and test ride click HERE

Tamara Raye Wilson Cheats on her 2008 Triumph Scrambler with the all new 2018 Triumph Street Scrambler

REVIEWSAnya Violet

Having seen Tamara glued to her 2008 Triumph Scrambler for the past several years at many B.R.O. events, we were so curious to hear what she thought after getting to experience the all new Triumph Street Scrambler. The grin on her face said it all! Read on to hear more about Tamara's experience on the old vs. the new Scrambler model. 

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Splendiferously Scrambled

Words & Detail Photos: Tamara Raye Wilson

Riding Photos: Kingdom Creative

Suffice it to say that I’m a motorcycle polygamist, through and through. I love all my bikes for different reasons - for their varied strengths, styles and adventure potential. And while I try not to pick favorites, one has always risen above the rest - my 2008 Triumph Scrambler. My bond with this bike runs so deep that I cannot even fathom camping, road trips, or a daily commute without it. So when Triumph America afforded me the opportunity to take the brand new 2018 Street Scrambler for a spin, I jumped at the chance to see first hand what had changed in the ten years since my own Modern Classic rolled off the assembly line. 

The ride, scheduled to take place in Carlsbad, was actually organized to introduce our group to the new Bonneville Speedmaster. I walked by a tidy line of UK license plates hugging the curb when I arrived at the sunny seashore, and admired more than a dozen pristine identical Speedmasters. This re-imagined cruiser has the distinguished style characteristics of its T120 cousin, with a look all of its own. The forward riding position, beach bars, and low rider seat height give it a signatory California-cool attitude. But as I strolled along slowly like a kid in a candy store, I stopped abruptly at a lone Street Scrambler tucked away at the end of the row. Feeling an irresistible gravitational pull towards the Scrambler, I screamed with zero hesitation (and zero tact), “HEY GUYS, CAN I RIDE THIS ONE?!” My enthusiasm must have been convincing...

Moments later I was proudly perched atop the Scrambler, and we were twisting up the tight turns of Palomar Mountain. I immediately noticed a correction in the one major flaw its predecessors are known for - an awkwardly high center of gravity. The 2018 model has been perfectly proportioned with a weight distribution that allows the rider to effortlessly it flick around on the tarmac. Triumph describes the riding position of this motorcycle as ‘commanding’, and I wholeheartedly agree. 

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At 454 pounds (dry), this bike sports a whopping 3 pounds more than my 2008, but handles like a much lighter and sportier model. Triumph has wisely outfitted the stock Street Scrambler with Metzeler Tourance tires, a service-proven selection that can reasonably handle both on and off-road conditions. This model is almost an inch and a half shorter than previous incarnations, although it may still keep inseam-challenged ladies on their tippy-toes with a relatively tall seat height of 31.1 inches. 

The performance of this machine has also been meticulously addressed, quelling any worries I had of keeping up with the 1200cc Speedmasters on our ride. The Street Scrambler spools up in a jiffy, boasting a max torque of 59 ft-lbs at 2,850rpm. The overall maximum power of this model has largely been consistent from year to year with a BHP in the mid-to-high 50’s, but the added ‘oomph’ in torque is clear and apparent off the line. Needless to say, I had no problem catching up to the big twin cruisers on the long winding back roads of our route through Julian. When you’re racing towards a pit stop for Apple Mountain Berry Pie at the Julian Pie Company, speed counts!!! 

From sea-level to high elevations, and back again, the Street Scrambler provided a thrilling ride that had me grinning from ear to ear. The neutral positioning and favorable ergonomics of the bike delivered control and maneuverability that translated in a very versatile way to many types of riding - be it bopping along down a dirt trail or putting down some serious miles on a long road trip. Truth be told, I even felt a bit guilty for cheating on my trusty 2008 air-cooled Scrambler with the newer, younger model. Don’t be jealous, ol’ girl, but there may be a new member of the family in the garage sooner than later!  

To learn more about the Triumph Street Scrambler Click HERE

To find a dealer and test ride the Triumph Street Scrambler Click HERE

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

 

Conversations about Protection and Quality Gear are More Important than Ever

REVIEWSAshmore Ellis

We get emailed a lot about the gear we use on the bike. What gear you use or wear is a personal choice and we always recommend each rider to do some research, read the reviews, try stuff on, and make a decision that best suites YOU and your riding style. My only advice is "you get what you pay for". Here are a few things I ride in that have withstood hundreds of miles, are comfortable, and protect my assets. 

The Atwyld Two Wheels Jacket is my all time favorite jacket for many reasons. I originally bought it for those warmer rides but after pairing it with a Patagonia liner, this jacket has turned into my year around riding jacket for the great state of CA. My favorite feature besides being constructed from Dyneema (strongest denim in the universe and 15 x stronger than steel) was the outer zip pocket for easy credit card / cash / iphone access when I stop for gas on my rides.

Leave it to Biltwell to create a helmet featuring the best colorway in the world, introducing the Sierra Green Gringo . I personally love the Gringo because it's comfortable no matter how many miles you are mowing down and has a rainbow of shield selections for day and night riding. It has a classic retro vibe but with new age technology. I'll take one of each color please. 

I've been kicking it in the Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing Heritage for 2 years and they are my go to favorite pair (on and off my bike). I've waterproofed mine for an extra bit of protection and to be honest, I haven't cleaned them once. I know I should but a boot covered with dirt and grime just seems to be a bit more respectable.

The Convoy Armored Shirt by Atwyld is designed as a supporting piece to any leather jacket. Convoy is a second skin full zip long sleeve base layer with D3O® armor at the shoulders, elbows and back panel. I love this piece because I have many jackets but 99% of them do not have enough armor so this shirt makes them all functional to wear on my bike and gives me that extra peace of mind. 

But what about dirt? Oh man, I went wild on the FOX Womens website and got kitted out with protection this past year. Here are the items I purchased that have saved me from doing some real damage to myself : Women's R3 Roost Deflector, V1 matte black helmet, Launch Knee shin guards, and the Comp5 boots

If you have a favorite piece of gear that is holding up to the test of time and miles, share it! As we grow as a community, these conversations about protection and quality become more important than ever. Cheers to staying safe and finding what works for each of us on the road and in the dirt  - Ashmore 

 

 

The Great Escape | A Weekend on the Triumph Scrambler

REVIEWS, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

I fell for the Triumph Scrambler on back roads along the Delaware River this summer. It was the lightest street bike I had ridden and taking it on off road detours with a "hey, let's go see where that road leads to" mentality was the theme of the day. I loved it so much I borrowed one for Babes Ride Out 5. I didn't know it then, but this bike was the catalyst for my great escape...

 Leaving camp on the Triumph Scrambler Photo by Virginia Cagney 

Leaving camp on the Triumph Scrambler Photo by Virginia Cagney 

I won't bore you with the details that go into producing Babes Ride Out, but it's a lot of work. Often, Anya and myself do not get the chance to leave the property so when we do, we are incredibly grateful. When I was tossed the keys to a brand new Triumph Scrambler with a full tank of gas, I immediately grabbed my helmet, 1 friend, and left the campsite in my dust. As the event space distanced itself in my mirrors, I felt an overwhelming sense of calmness and an increasing sense of exhilaration. 

With wide handlebars, low seat height, and incredible suspension, I felt in control and the bike seemed more predictable. This sort of smoothness and the ride by wire system (enhances throttle response for even more control and response) gave me more confidence to pick up my speed. I headed to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance to see how it would handle on the wide twisting roads. 

Flying through the park on the Scrambler felt like a baptism of sorts with all the worry, anxiety, and tiredness washing out of me the moment I took the first corner. Floating through the pristine desert landscape with such ease almost felt like I was cheating. Time seemed to go by way too fast as I neared the exit of the park. With a renewed sense of energy and excitement from the ride, I headed back to camp. 

Once off the bike and back to work I realized just how badly I needed that time to myself. The Triumph Scrambler was my escape, a time to clear my head and appreciate the most beautiful landscape on one of the most fun machines I have ever ridden. I was able to create lasting memory with a friend, completely de-stress, and truly connect myself to nature and machine. 

  • Test ride one for yourself by clicking HERE
  • Check the specs HERE
 More fun than you can imagine. Photo by Maddy Talias 

More fun than you can imagine. Photo by Maddy Talias 

 The Triumph Scrambler is truly a beautiful machine. Photo by Virginia Cagney 

The Triumph Scrambler is truly a beautiful machine. Photo by Virginia Cagney