Meet Jenny Linquist; photographer, business owner, and contributor to the Babes Ride Out gallery show and zine.
“I’ve always had a thing for road trips. I love crossing borders and passing through small towns, meeting people on the road and waking up in a different town every day. There was always something enticing to me about motorcycles and I knew someday I’d need to figure it out for myself, so when I met my (now) husband back in 2010 I begged him to teach me how to ride. He had a Suzuki SV750 and even though I thought it was ridiculous, that’s the bike that I learned to ride on when I was 20 and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. Soon after we got married, ditched the SV, and found some old Hondas from the 70’s and 80’s on Craigslist and decided to make them our projects.
We went on our first motorcycle camping trip through Washington’s Cascade mountain range in the summer of 2014 and I was hooked. I don’t know if it’s the challenge, or sacrificing a lot ofcomfort in exchange for adventure, or just the smell of wood burning fireplaces when you ride through small mountain towns, but road tripping on a motorcycle was a game changer for me. I knew there was no way I could get on the back of someone else’s bike again and be satisfied. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about working on my bike, and I wanted to go everywhere.
Soon after that camping trip I found out about Babes Ride Out 2 and knew I had to find a way to get there. I was worried my 1976 Honda CB550 would break down on I5 and I’d never get a chance to ride in the desert, so this time I rented a pickup truck and hauled my bike down. I remember arriving in Joshua Tree and regretting the pickup truck, it wasn’t the same experience when you have all the luxuries of a truck full of gear and supplies. After that trip I promised myself the next time I had the opportunity to ride far, no matter the distance, I would find a way to do it.
The next year, 2015, would prove to be the most exciting and trying year of my life. Over the course of about 10,000 miles, I rode all over the country, broke down all over the country, and met so many amazing people in the motorcycle community that I can’t even count them all. I got so crazy about riding that I launched a business with my husband and friends making motorcycle travel gear for long distance trips. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds, what roads I’ll end up on, and all the amazing lady riders I’ll meet at this next year’s Babes Ride Out. – jenny linquist