"This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear! " -Savannah Rose. From very little time on two wheels to working with bikes everyday and building her own. Savannah has come a long way since Babes in Borrego in 2013 (literally and figuratively) Read on to hear her story.
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.
- Savannah Rose
- Rural Wisconsin
- Social Media at S&S Cycle - @sscycle
How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?
I found out about Babes In Borrego from my friend Emma Bass - she was a friend of a friend who came to my 4th of July party. She rolled up on the Triumph Bonneville and I was instantly in awe of seeing a girl my age on a bike. My mother rode, but I kept putting off learning, but always wanted to.
We talked about it, she urged me to take the MSF class and learn to ride. She said she had seen the Babes in Borrego flyer it on Instagram, and was planning to go. What could be better, right? A bunch of girls camping out - no judgy dudes and no boyfriends.
So I did it - I bought a Honda CB360 after taking the MSF Safety Class. I rode that around all summer, finally purchasing a Sportster about 4 days before BIB. I rode that out, terrified, and totally uncomfortable on a bike that was NOT set up properly for me. But despite hurting wrists, sketchy wind, and the nervousness of riding with a bunch of people I didn't know soon subsided when I got there and realized how awesome everyone was.
When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?
"Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod. What am I doing? What if I drop the bike? What if they don't like me? Ohmygod."
Which slowly but surely turned into, "ohmygod, this is awesome!"
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?
This was my first real adventure - I knew Emma, and I had contacted Anya, but I didn't know anyone well. I had been on adventures of sorts - I had toured the country selling merchandise for rock bands, I had taken road trips - but nothing like this! I was a new rider, on a big-to-me-bike. This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear!
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?
I had ZERO idea where we were headed. I had never been to that part of the desert, and I hadn't been farther than maybe 50 miles from home on my bike! But it was an incredible feeling, riding with a bunch of girls, seeing the looks the "cagers" (people in cars, especially the dudes!) gave us when they realized it was all females.
We got out to the food stop and I had no idea what to expect. We took a pretty sketchy sandy/wash road (ladies, the campsite that we go to now is NOTHIN!) - a lot of girls tipped over, since most of us hadn't had any experience in that terrain and we weren't on bikes made for it. But the accomplishment of making it out to that dry lake bed, past the sand traps, the washouts, and plenty of tipovers, made you feel like you could conquer anything! Somehow I managed to feather the clutch and throttle and not tip, and I was so shocked, and proud of myself. I did it!
What was that one night like for you?
Incredible. We hung out by the fire, talked about girl stuff, talked about motorcycles, talked about so many things. I slept in a sleeping bag by the fire (I passed out while Jack was playing her guitar!) We rode around on the dry lake bed. It was so low key, chill and exactly what I needed. It wasn't about excluding dudes, but it was about letting us let loose, enjoy ourselves, and be girls. And ride motorcycles. Two things that are not mutually exclusive.
Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?
THERE ARE SO MANY!!! I'm still close with Emma, and of course Anya and Ashmore. One of my favorites is Jack - she somehow managed to find the mystery campsite alone, in the dark, after a trip from Arizona and a flat tire, she showed up with a bottle of whiskey and a guitar and played by the fire. I'm super happy to see a lot of the girls go on to great things, like Mitch and the girls creating MotoFAM, Danielle creating a jewelry company, and of course, the girls creating ATWYLD!
How have you changed over the past 5 years?
Let's see.. I now live in rural farmland in Wisconsin - I got a killer job doing social media and photos for S&S Cycle (a performance motorcycle parts company that's been around 60 years..) - and I did so after realizing my life wasn't what I wanted. I was married around the time of Babes In Borrego, to a dude, that it didn't work out. BIB was one of the first things that helped me realize how far back I was being held - and helped me to get the confidence to get my sh*t together, get away from the bad influences, and start doing what I want to do. The confidence I got knowing I could do what I set my mind to, and seeing so many ladies being awesome helped me a ton. I moved around Cali until I scored the job offer, and now I work and play with motorcycles EVERY DAY! Seriously. That's my job now. It's awesome.
I've got a super cute little house, a Sporty chopper I built myself (with some help from my friends) a dog, and an ever growing collection of motorcycles.. I'm up to 8 right now..
Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
SO MANY. So many. I've been to Sturgis, Daytona, Greasy Dozen Run, El Diablo Run, and SO MANY MORE that I can't even name them all.
What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?
INSANE. I had no idea this little campout gathering would grow to be this worldwide thing. It's insane to see nearly 2000 bikes instead of just our 50. It's a little overwhelming, even. It's really cool to see it grow, to see the number of female riders grow, and to see it become a THING. This year, all things permitting, I'll be making the ride out from Wisconsin on my little chop - and I can't wait.
No campout, ever ever ever, will top Babes In Borrego for me. They say nothing can ever compare to your first time, right?