You meet the nicest people on a motorcycle they say, and well, it's actually true. This year's Babes Ride Out brought VC London calling to our California desert for B.R.O 3 and we finally got to meet some of their crew in person. Just like that, a real friendship was made and we immediately knew these were the girls to help us bring Babes Ride Out UK to fruition. With their help, we found the most beautiful venue and location with the most serene motorcycle routes the UK has to offer. As always, it's incredibly important to us to keep this event as true to our original roots and riding focused and the girls of VC London ladies share the same mindset. Every aspect of the Babes Ride Out UK experience is about riding and connecting in real life, just like all our Babes Ride Out events. As we officially announce our first ever event abroad, we are thrilled to introduce the ladies that are helping us produce Babes Ride Out UK, meet VC London...
"The VC was born one drunken night whilst hanging together at The Shop moto workshop in east London. We all basically met through our partners at the time who all rode. The four of us saw other groups popping up in the US & wanted to start our own thing as we were finding it hard to find other women like us to ride with in London. Whilst sat trying to come up with a name for what we wanted to do a friend heard us conspiring in a corner & named us the VC... & that was that. We made the Instagram there and then so we couldn't back out. That's how you end up with as horrific a name as ours!"
"Founder Gemma Harrison had already been riding a few years but some of the other ladies had either just started to ride or wanted to learn so we got together to start teaching each other to ride & learn to build & maintain our own bikes. It's all grown from there really. Since then we’ve given over 40 other women their first try at riding, hooked them up with official training schools to get them on the road, started flat track & dirt riding , ridden all over the UK together & last year went on one crazy the trans atlantic trip to BRO3. To say it was incredible is an understatement! We met so many amazing people who helped us out with everything from places to stay to how to get a bike. It really showed us how supportive & amazing the moto community is all over the world. That was definitely something we were desperate to export back home with us and so after a few meetings Anya & Ashmore BRO UK was a go!"
"In the beginning we all started off by riding & learning to wrench on small 125cc engine bikes (the system here in the UK works a little differently than in the US where you get to ride a smaller engine bike first & progress onto a larger bike) but over time we’ve progressed onto different bikes for different types of riding that we’ve started over the last year. Gemma's daily ride is a custom built Thruxton or an Yamaha Sr125 (basically rebuilt like a BMX with an engine) & she also has a CRF250, a 2 stroke KX125 & a DT125 we are currently building as the VC dirt quake bike! Namin rode the gnarliest little custom CG125 until recently (the VC mascot bike - complete with the woman screaming a rainbow with VC at the end/ worm with popping eyes tank graphic & skeleton hand mirrors with painted nails….hmmmm) but her new baby is a Kawasaki W650 black cat bobber. Jo just passed her test so she’s currently on the hunt for some new wheels & Mai's current bike is a rebuilt 70’s 125cc Honda CG. That said we pretty get to ride all the bikes that come through the Shop so we are pretty lucky!"
"To be honest we've always preferred not to define what the VC is. We’re not about being exclusive. It's not really about a club or who's in or not. We all hang out in a workshop, building with a bunch of other people where everyone is equal & everyone helps each other out. We just want to encourage as many people as we can to have fun with motos (like we are) without giving a shit what you ride or what you’re into. Its really just about being a bunch of friends learning, sharing skills, partying, messing around building bikes & loving riding, no matter who it's with & whether it's on the road, on a track or in the dirt".