Babes Ride Out

Free Public to Host the Solo & New Rider Mixer at Babes Ride Out 6

SponsorsAshmore Ellis

Each year we are amazed by how many ladies ride solo to Babes Ride Out events. We know it can be a little scary as you don't know what to expect but we are here to welcome you with open arms and so is Free Public! To celebrate all the ladies who ride solo & are new to riding, we've partnered with Free Public to host a welcoming mixer during Babes Ride Out 6 each night after the motos are parked for the day with complimentary tasting of their incredible wine (it's so freakin' good!) in their lounge area. We want ALL ladies to come by, say hello, and welcome these courageous riders to the desert. This is a great opportunity for solo or new riders to meet more ladies in the community and make some everlasting friendships. Not much of a wine drinker? Grab a juice from the bar and head over to high five anyways, everyone is welcome! 

 Rose, reds, whites, Free Public has wonderful options for all wine enthisasts. 

Rose, reds, whites, Free Public has wonderful options for all wine enthisasts. 

About Free Public: Although our mission in wine-life is to continue to make vibrant and approachable wines. Our passion is to encourage and support wildness in humans and nature by keeping public spaces free to roam. Free Public is a designated SPC (Social Purpose Corporation) to give back to the land that has given us so much.

We choose canning for the same reason. The ecological impact of cans is offset by their recyclability and the significant difference in shipping weight compared to bottles. Plus, who wants to pack out glass? 

About the Founders: Born and raised in CA, but calling Portland, OR home, Michael and Wendy Etter are designers and explorers that have a love of all things Pacific-side from the graceful power of the ocean to the quiet of the high deserts. They created the Free Public brand with Mattias Segerholt to show love for the culture of crazy pioneers and artists who have provided so much inspiration, from Guthrie to early west coast punk pioneers like X or the Minutemen. They are indebted to all free thinkers, explorers of garages, empty pools and wild spaces. 

Matt Lounsbury has been an integral part of creating what we know of contemporary ‘craft’ coffee culture today. As a fifteen-year veteran of Stumptown Coffee, he has traveled many of the roads we are now heading down, mostly by bike, to bring amazing coffee and cold-brew to the people. Inspired by companies like Sierra Nevada Brewing, Matt believes that companies doing a good job with quality can grow, get to more places and do so without sucking in the process.

Ron Penner-Ash created Penner-Ash Cellars with his wife and partner, Lynn, and he knows a little bit about wine. He brings the experience of a celebrated thirty years of making some of the best Pinot Noir available in the Willamette Valley and defining the Oregon style. They’re intrepid success gives us access to vineyards that others simply don’t have. Ron’s energy, rambling nature and love of the outdoors, keeps us moving.


Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Caroline Patterson

PeopleAnya Violet

My memory of Caroline at Babes in Borrego back in 2013 is of her throwing her kickstand down on the dry lake bed and running back to help coach other riders on how to get through the sand pit. She was pretty much ready and available with any random bike issues anyone was having and was named out MVP at our Borrego reunion we had a few years ago since she trucked out her 3 custom mini bikes and hosted impromptu mini bike races at camp. She is the kind of girl you are always happy to see at any of the moto events. Read on to hear a bit more about her experience at Babes in Borrego. 

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babes ride out

On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 

 Caroline Patterson

 Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

  • Caroline Patterson 
  • @blondezillagirl
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Costume Designer

New to motorcycling, and the women's moto community, I first heard about Babes in Borrego from Tamara Wilson!  She assured me that the "girls putting it together" were "the BEST".  A couple ladies and I got together and rode south from LA, to catch the big meet up at a gas station in Temecula.  Once we found the group we followed along and headed to the secret location.  It was windy as hell that day- it was definitely a challenging ride with the weather.  A lot of the ladies had never ridden out of the comfort of their own neighborhoods, so it was a little hairy a couple times... but we made it to the site with little to no drama.  That dirt road was a little different. (BAHAHAHAHA)  I remember getting through, with only one bike drop of my own- then parking my bike and running back to coach others through.  

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Still my absolute favorite was when I said to you 2 something about maybe it would have been good to let some of the rookies know it was a challenging road in and someone said "today...some girls became women."  Rock n’ fucking roll! 

I had a great night- meeting lots of cool women.  Some I'm still friends with- most I recognize and am happy to collide with at other events around SoCal occasionally.  

I had a great moto adventure to the first Moto in Moab a few years back.  2000 miles of all kinds of weather.  From boiling hot to freezing cold.  Drew from Bixby Moto and Jen McClain were my travel buddies.  

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I have not made it back to the bigger events but that’s just me digging a smaller more personal thang.  Big crowds make me nervous.  haha.  But our last reunion with the original 50 was tons of fun! I hope to do it again! 

Moto community is rad.  There’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs as far as members of the moto scene- but I dig it either way.  Bring the curious and the trend-seeker-wanna-be's.... the more awareness the public has of motorcyclists the better!! 




Raffle Contributor | Sarah Grace @sgraceee  

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

The intricate detail of her work is stunning. Sarah Grace has a passion for drawing motorcycles and she is kind enough to make a donation of her fine work for this years Babes Ride Out 6 X Moto FAM raffle. Read on to see more about Sarah and her artwork. Thank you for your contribution.

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Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Manchester, United Kingdom

Where do you live now?

Currently I’m based in West Sussex, Still in the UK! 

What first got you into art?

I’ve been into Art since I was little, it’s always been a big part of my life that’s remained constant - I went onto study Fine Art and Design for four years and through that it’s grown into a huge passion and now my job  

How would you describe your style?

Extremely intricate and a little obsessive 

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

So much! Original vinyl Artwork when everything was still hand drawn, I started buying some really quirky albums a few years ago just for the designs.

In terms of Artists Richey Beckett is a huge influence, his attention to detail is insane 

What is your favorite medium?

Pen and ink 

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

From talking to friends in the industry; and of course finding you guys on instagram - Babes Ride Out is such a big community doing a lot of good and inspiring so many women 

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
Drawing motorbikes! I’ve worked with quite a few motorcycle brands and builders in America and throughout the world designing t shirts and getting commissioned to draw peoples custom rides, wether that’s for a brand logo or simply a thoughtful gift  

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?

Sadly not yet, fingers crossed by the end of this year I’d of passed my test and got my wheels 

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

Any chopper built by Cohen Arthur, his bikes are a work of art in themselves  

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?

No I haven’t, America is on the travel list for sure, let’s hope I make it there someday, I’ll hold you guys to showing me around California 

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? 

I will be contributing two original motorcycle drawings from my Classic Collection, a 1928 Harley Davidson and a BSA Y13 

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I wanted to create a classic line of prints for my website so that’s how the Classic Collection came about. The next line I have coming out will be a Bikes and Builders collection, I’ll be drawing up some beautifully built motorcycles with a feature on the people behind them Instagram @sgraceee  

Sarah Grace




Meet Ashley Ricart and her Triumph Bobber

PeopleAnya Violet
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How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I started riding Motorcycles November of 2015, so about 2.5 years. I wish I could have started riding sooner!

Why do you ride?

Initially, I started riding to save money on gas and to get through the soul crushing traffic of SoCal. I live in Long Beach and work in San Juan Capistrano so my commute is roughly 45 miles each way. After I took the CMSP course and got my M1 I fell in love with Motorcycles. I continue to ride for the pure joy, freedom, connection to the environment, and the amazing supportive and creative community of motorcyclist.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.

My first bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan S which was a great starter bike. It was fun and gave me the confidence I needed to start riding. I started to outgrow the Vulcan and wanted something that fit me a little bit better and had a little bit more power. I traded in the Vulcan for the Bobber after about two years and 32,000 miles. I plan on having many more bikes in the future.

What first attracted you to The new Triumph Bobber? My partner first showed me the Bobber when Triumph announced it in 2017 and I fell in love with it, I knew I had to have that bike somehow. I love the classic look of the bike, the floating seat, the fact that its 1200cc, and low 500lb weight of the bike.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

The moment I sat on the Bobber at our local dealership, it just fit so perfectly.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

It is the smoothest ride ever. It has a comfortable seat position that doesn’t leave your legs or back cramped and hurting after a 30 minute ride. The Bobber is agile, responsive, and just so much fun to ride. It will make you want to miss your turn so you can keep riding for just a little longer.

What made you choose the Bobber over the other Triumph Models?

I was deciding between the Street Twin and the Bobber for a while. I love Triumph bikes so I knew I had to get a Triumph. In the end the 1200cc engine, lower seat height, and in my opinion better aesthetic was the deciding factor. 

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bobber?

Since I am a teacher I tend to do all my big trips during the summer when I have time off and I got my Bobber in November of 2017 so I haven’t be able to take it out on any long trips yet. But I have done some fun day trips. Riding down to San Diego, through Palos Verdes, but mostly all my miles are logged commuting. That will change this summer though!

To find out more about the Triumph Bobber click HERE

To find a dealer near you click HERE

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Rebecca Hatcher

PeopleAnya Violet

Rebecca's second ever moto adventure was to Babes in Borrego. She has since been to all of the BRO events and on many many other trips including wedding anniversary rides with her husband. Read on to hear more about her story.

 Photo by Genvieve Davis

Photo by Genvieve Davis

babes ride out

On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 

 Rebecca Hatcher

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Name:  Rebecca Hatcher @grindo_luva

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Housewife

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?  I heard about it from a friend at another campout and I thought it sounded exciting.  I really wanted to be part of it.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?  I couldn’t believe there were so many other girls who also shared a love for riding motorcycles. 

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?  I only knew a couple of girls from Los Angeles.  This was my second moto adventure. 

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to ride Babes in Borrego due to medical reasons but I’ve ridden everyone since. I was happy to be chase truck and hauled the camping gear and provisions. I met a lot of great women who I’m still friends with today and I thought the destination was amazing. It was unfortunate that I was unable to ride but it all worked out as I was able to jump all the bikes that ended up with dead batteries. Always carry a trickle charger..

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. It was really great to have the intimacy of such a small group. We drank, we smoked, we ate peanut butter cups and we listened to Icky Stacie’s crazy ass music.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch? The 1st girl I met was Stacie, she rode up on her bike alone and I offered to throw her shit in the back of my FJ so she didn’t have to carry it on her bike. We ended up sharing the same tent with a few other girls and we see each other at every campout it’s great. Next I met  Tyra and Jess ..enough said. These ladies had a whole fucking set up and were happy to feed my ass so I was pretty stoked. Tyra is my partner in crime we attend most of the same campout’s and I’m not sure how we’ve never been arrested but that’s a good thing. Ask her about the time I saved her ass from being dead by tent. Last but not least the both of you, Ashmore and Anya. Love running into you guys at the different moto events your always so nice.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? I got married about 4 years ago.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?   I’ve done a few solo moto trips. Dream Roll in Washington State, Bass Lake and Mexican Hat Utah.  I also rode for my honeymoon up, down, and middle of the West Coast. June gloom is no joke!  My husband and I have made it a point to do a moto trip at least once a year and ride every other year for our anniversary trip. We hit up Sierra Stake Out last year on our way back from a 2 week trip through Oregon  and Washington. Next up Glacier National Park!

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  I like the smaller campouts but it’s great to see all the girls even if it’s just once a year.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?  I say surround yourself with positive people and you’ll never have a bad time.

Ride Your Own Ride by Blaire Baily

SafetyAnya Violet

When people find out that you ride a motorcycle, do they tend to mention how dangerous it is or maybe a friend of theirs that was in an accident? Happens to us all the time. They are not wrong, motorcycles are very dangerous. However, that does not stop us from doing what we love. We reached out to some of the talented, and experienced riders in our community to share some wise words on how to stay safe and minimize your risk on two wheels. Blaire Baily of The Eastside Moto Babes brings up a very important topic "Ride your own ride"! Read on to hear more!

 Photo by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

Ride Your Own Ride

by Blaire Baily

Life is full of subtle and not-so-subtle invitations to change your normal riding style. We’ve all had the experience of getting on a bike when we’re running late and feel pressured to make up time. And I can’t be the only one that gets sports cars in the next lane revving their engines, eager to race. More commonly, if you ride in groups, you may find that the speed of the group or the difficulty of the ride is somewhere outside your comfort zone.

Serious, experienced motorcyclists say the same thing again and again: ride your own ride. That is the golden rule. Riding your own ride means, in its simplest terms, refusing to allow outside factors or influences to change your riding behavior. It means riding within your comfort zone at all times. Your comfort zone can change, for example if you are riding at a track instead of on the street, but it is only you, and no one else, that should adjust and manage how you ride.

There can be a strong temptation in group rides to meet others’ expectations rather than determine your own limits. When I first started riding with a group, I was concerned about keeping up and afraid to seem inadequate, inexperienced, or unskilled.

I’ll admit that more than once I rode a lot faster than I was comfortable with and had some very close calls. It’s easy to do, and it’s often a rush. But it also exposes you to an untenable level of risk. The dangers of motorcycling, just like the rewards, are especially intense. Human bodies are fragile. If a motorcyclist is a jelly fish, a car is a brick. We have to treat motorcycling with the respect it deserves and the best way to do that is to always ride your own ride.

Here are some steps you can take to be proactive, empower yourself, and ride your own ride:

•           Ride on Your Own

If you’re experiencing pressure from other riders, and keep giving in, remove them from the equation. Riding solo will allow you to increase your skills and experience at your own pace. You get to decide where you ride, and when, and at what speed. This gives you maximum control and helps ensure you’ll ride your own ride every single time.

•           If You are Going to Ride in a Group, Make a Plan in Advance

To avoid a situation where you realize you are not comfortable riding at the speed the group is already going, make a plan before it happens. Speak to whoever is leading the ride before you head out. Ask: if you decide to slow down, will they wait for you a few miles ahead? If not, no problem. That’s fine. Now you know. Say that if you do slow down, you’ll just meet them at their destination. Now everyone is on the same page. If at some point you feel it is necessary to slow down, you can do so. And you’ll already know what comes next.

•           Listen to Your Gut.

If you’re starting to get tired and your concentration is wavering, or you’re getting light-headed because you’re hungry, listen to those warning signals. Pull off and take that break. Many accidents happen when riders try to push through exhaustion in order to stay on the road.

•           Use a Reminder

Put a small reminder on your bike to ride your own ride. Every time you look at it, ask yourself: Is this how I normally ride? Am I riding my own ride?

•           Shift Your Attitude about What it Means to be a “Good” Rider

Rethinking your understanding of what it means to be a “good” rider will also help you resist pressure to ride outside your comfort zone. Don’t think of riding skill in terms of “fast” and “slow” but rather in terms of “has more experience” and “has less experience.” I’ve been riding for six years, but I tend to ride only once a week for a few hours. There are several women in my motorcycle club, the East Side Moto Babes, that race motorcycles and live and breathe motorcycling. Unsurprisingly, they have a high level of skill and proficiency and our comfort zones are completely different. This is entirely logical given our respective experience and, more importantly, is completely okay. We’re not in competition with each other. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be as skilled as other riders when they have a lot more experience than you do.

•           If You Want to Push Yourself, Do So in a Controlled Environment

Want to learn to curve up corners and follow perfect lines? Hit up SoCal Supermoto and use their small, difficult track to hone your cornering skills. If you mess up, the worst that will happen is that they catch it on camera. Want to experience and practice higher speeds without the danger and unpredictability of cars? Do track days. You’ll improve your riding skills and, if you should go down, chances are the damage will be minor.

•           Ride From a Place of Love (For Others and For Yourself)

Put your safety above outside demands. If you’re late, it can wait. It takes self-awareness, self-love, and confidence to know your limits and to assert them. The truth is that when you ride, you carry some of the happiness of the people who love you around with you on your bike. Ride accordingly. And remember that riding your own ride is actually deeply respectful of the people you are riding with—it shows you are putting the safety of everyone on the ride first.

•           Help Shape Riding Culture

Women riders have a unique opportunity to shape motorcycle culture around comradeship, skill-building, and safety. When a rider steps forward to say that she is not comfortable with the speed or difficulty of a group ride, thank her. Tell her you appreciate her commitment to riding her own ride. Help her come up with a plan about how to ensure she stays within her comfort zone. Help her ride her own ride. If you do that, chances are one day she’ll do the same for someone else.