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Mojave Desert Land Trust x Biltwell x Babes Ride Out Pin | A Commitment to Leave No Trace

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Our planet is precious. No matter where we go, we want to be conscious of the impact we have on the incredible natural landscapes we have the privilege of experiencing from the rider’s seat. One of our goals at Babes Ride Out 6 is to be more respectful of the ecosystems we enjoy. After all, we want future Babes to be able to ride around these desert lands for generations to come.

We have partnered with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to help reduce our footprint on the desert and everywhere we roam on two wheels or four. That is why we are excited to launch the official Mojave Desert Land Trust x Biltwell x Babes Ride Out pin. $5 from every pin sold will be donated to the Mojave Desert Land Trust to help them keep securing and protecting this beautiful place we call home. 

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Stop by the Mojave Land Trust Booth when you arrive at Babes Ride Out 6 to purchase this limited edition lapel pin and know you are truly making a difference.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Visit the Park and Monuments Respectfully

One of the greatest joys of exploring on two wheels is capturing special moments to share with your family and friends. We want your loyal Instagram followers to see your stunning snapshots of that earth-splitting desert sunset or that adorable desert tortoise, but we also want these special landscapes and habitats to stay the way they were before we rode into town.

There are a few things to keep in mind when striking out to take pictures in fragile ecosystems. Our friends at the Mojave Desert Land Trust are experts on how artists (yes, Instagram artists count, too!) can consciously engage with the desert. Their Reading the Landscape program, guides artists through the process of creating in a way that ensures the desert will provide inspiration for generations to come.

 Going off road can create irreversible damage to the ecosystem. Here are MDLT’s tips for reducing your impact on the desert while still getting that perfect shot:

·         Stay on designated roads and trails. Avoid loose sand and soil – especially if you’re setting up a tripod! Designated areas are always a safe bet.

·         Take what you brought, including debris, chemicals, equipment, and liquids. Pack it in, pack it out!

·         Leave what you find, including rocks, vegetation, animals, bones, and historical trash.

·         Know who owns the land prior to your site visit, as well as how to access the land through legal routes and using an appropriate vehicle.

·         Identify and avoid on-site cultural resources, historic debris, and wildlife burrows. For example: A desert tortoise burrow entrance looks like the letter “D” lying on its side.

·         Respect the wildlife by giving them space. For close-up shots, make sure you have your zoom lens on hand.

·         Review the rules and regulations of the land management agency specific to your project. Obtain a commercial permit, when appropriate. If you intend to create art within Joshua Tree National Park’s boundaries, determine if your project requires a Special Use Permit. Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit, but permits are not required for news crews or visitors photographing for personal use. All permit applications can be emailed to JOTR_Special_Use@NPS.Gov

·         Use Instagram as an educational platform for other photographers! If you see a photo on Instagram that is less-than-respectful of our desert ecosystem, politely let the user know. Our citizen Desert Defenders in Joshua Tree have used Instagram as a tool to educate visitors to great effect.

With these tips, you will be able to reduce your impact on the desert – and share its beauty with all your family, friends, and followers!

When you follow these simple rules, you are protecting all these beautiful creatures and their home :) 

Tips for Riders Traveling Alone by Staci Wilt via Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

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Our dear friend Staci has ridden solo for thousands of miles and has learned a ton of tips and tricks along the way. As we near Babes Ride Out 6, we wanted to share her blog post on Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys that is chocked full of tips for solo travelers but these helpful suggestions also apply to anyone hopping on two wheels in search of adventure. Read on and get all her tips and tricks by clicking HERE.

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Before You Ride, Join B.A.M for Free | Road Side Assistance

The sole purpose of the BAM program is to keep motorcyclists across the country safe and protected on the road! Whether you experience a breakdown, a flat tire, run out of gas or even a motorcycle accident. BAM is an excellent resource for FREE roadside assistance and legal advice. Motorcyclists are oftentimes the underdogs of the roads and highways they ride—but with a BAM card in your wallet you never ride alone. As a member of Russ Brown’s BAM program, you have the backing of over two million motorcyclists like yourself plus the top legal minds of the country ready to advise you should you get into a motorcycle accident.

Our BAM family offers a unique safety net in the event of a roadside emergency and has done so for over 30 years. BAM Founder, Russ Brown started this program so that no rider should ever feel alone or stranded without help. Millions of riders since have rallied to make BAM the strongest volunteer program of its kind in the world.





Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 Suggested Day Rides

DIY Tips, EventsAshmore Ellis

Half the fun of being a motorcyclist is planning your own adventures. Since Babes Ride Out is a true riding event, camp is pretty vacant from 9 am until 4 pm as ladies rip around the Catskills in search of adventure! We have put together some of the best scenic routes filled with attractions, great food, and gas stations. Since there are no group rides, its 100% the riders to do the following

  • Download directions to each spot (we've provided clickable links) as cell service usually is void in the mountains
  • Grab a BIltwell route map from merch booth to keep on hand
  • Find your own riding buds based on your abilities (make friends ladies! That's why we're here!)
  • If riding in a group or riding with new people, have a riders meeting before you head out to go over safety, abilities, designate a sweep and a lead. 

If none of these adventures suite your taste, feel free to research the area and find your own personal adventure. The Catskills are FULL of amazing history and folklore that will keep you busy all day long. 

Big Indian Rivers: 143 Miles Roundtrip

Each part of this route mirrors some of the Catskill waterways including the Pepacton Reservoir, the Esopus Creek and the West Branch Neversink River. Hitting Cherry Ridge Wild Forest, and Big Indian Wilderness - you’ll want some good tunes for this ride.

  • Check out the overview and directions HERE
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Mountain Mamas: 194 Miles Roundtrip

Being the longest route, Mountain Mamas takes you into the Northern Catskills to see the local ski towns(and a whole lot more!) covered in lush, spring colors. Leave early for this one, and spend some time in the small towns of Roscoe, Windham, Hunter, Phoenicia, Bethel…..

  • Check out the overview and directions HERE
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Peace-Love-Motorcycles: 184 Miles Roundtrip

A historical tour of the Catskills, marking the site of Woodstock ’69, and heading north all the way up to the famed Kaaterskill Falls. This route cuts through ravines with twists and turns that we could ride for daze.

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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The New Jersey Devil: 91 Miles Roundtrip

This option is great for enduros or those who just want a little fun in the dirt, this route brings you down to Old Mine Road, a historical highway along the Delaware River which is amazingly still in use. With dirt offshoots and abandoned farms, this area is one of New Jersey’s hidden secrets. Stay safe, avoid the potholes and don’t get arrested trespassing!

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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The Threesome: 84 Miles Roundtrip

As our shortest route, this map hits the most states! Heading through “Hawks Nest” in New York, then to the highest point in New Jersey, and back west to Milford, Pennsylvania for some super cute small-town love.

  • Check out the overview & directions HERE
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Ladies Only Track Days Are Here Thanks to Socal Supermoto School!

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"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.

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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

 

Jetboil Cooking System | A Necessity for Motorcyclists Who Ride, Camp, and Repeat

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Motorcycle camping for days at a time, riding from national park to national park is one of our absolute favorite things to do.  Traveling on a bike means you are limited to what can fit on your moto, and space is reserved for the essentials. One of our all time favorite and most used items is a Jetboil. These small camp stoves can boil water within a few seconds which makes dinner so much easier and a quick cup of coffee possible. A lot of us have dietary restrictions, some of us NEED that hot cup of coffee when we wake up, and since a lot of national parks do not allow fires, this unit is perfect if you need to heat up that gas station Chef Boyardee or that can of soup you picked up at the last gas stop.  In the spirit of wandering countless miles and always starting with a hot beverage and ending with a warm meal, we have partnered with Jetboil to gives away some of their MiniMo Cooking Systems at the Moto FAM raffle. 

We've got some amazing food trucks heading to Babes Ride Out 5 but we know some of you are traveling multiple days or some of you rather make your own food at camp. Here are just a few roadside recipes make with a Jetboil that we LOVE! There are a ton of ways you can use this unit to make meals and beverages while motorcycling so get creative, test them out, and let us know you if have a good one you'd like to share. 

 Packs down perfectly for easy transport. 

Packs down perfectly for easy transport. 

Pizza In A Pot

From: Trail Cooking Website (www.trailcooking.com)
"Italian inspired couscous tossed with meat and cheese."
Sounds yummy to us!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of couscous
  • 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried bell peppers
  • 1 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 Tsp dried garlic, powder or diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (1 packet)
  • 4 oz shelf stable pre-sliced pepperoni slices (see notes)
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese (see notes)

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup of water to your cooking system and bring to a boil
  • Turn off the stove and add in the dry ingredients, oil and pepperoni.  Stir well, put the lid on tightly and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Dice the cheese, fold in and let sit for a minute.

Notes:

  • Shelf stable pepperoni is often sold next to the deli meats in grocery stores but doesn't need to be kept cold until opened.
  • For the mozzarella cheese, use 2 pieces of string cheese. It is fine to carry for a couple days, it will get soft but is edible.

Jetboil Mac & Cheese

Everyone needs a little comfort food - even on the trail. Here's a quick, light and easy way to enjoy your macaroni & cheese. 

Ingredients: One box of Mac and Cheese

Directions:

  • For one serving, boil 2 cups of water and add 2 packages of noodles.
  • Keep an eye on the noodles and stir often so they don't stick, allowing them to simmer until soft.
  • Put your Jetboil lid on and drain some of the water (no all as you need some to make the sauce)
  • Add cheese packets and stir.  Mmmmmmm!

30 Second Hot Chocolate

When hot chocolate takes 30 seconds to make, you might start drinking a lot more of it. We won't hold it against you if you buy the packets of Swiss Miss or Carnation, but here's a good recipe if you're a diehard do-it-yourselfer.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: instant coffee

Directions:

  • To one cup hot water, add 1/3 cup dry mix (about four to six heaping tablespoons) and stir well. Add a little instant coffee for mocha. Life is good.

Mmm S'mores Cocktail | Love at First Sip!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 3 Tbsp dry milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 oz chocolate liqueur (Kahlua or Amaretto)
  • 2 Tbsp mini marshmallows

Directions:

  • Add 1 cup hot water to the cocoa mix, stir in the liquor and top with marshmallows.
  • Note: A packet of hot cocoa mix can be substituted for the cocoa and milk powders.

S&S Cycle On Site Mechanic Coming to Babes Ride Out 5

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"We're pretty excited to partner with Babes Ride Out and support the growth of the women rider movement. BRO has grown from a grass roots collection of passionate riders to become the largest ladies only event of its kind. S&S Cycle will be on site to provide tech support and basic mechanical guidance. Look for our own Savannah Rose and her hardtail Sporty as well as a stocked up Sprinter van" - David Zemla , VP of Marketing at S&S Cycle

Knowing your bike is running in tip top shape is important when you are traveling hundreds of miles to get to Babes Ride Out 5. Even though we always strongly encourage ladies to have their bikes checked out before they hit the road, the inevitable happens. A tire looks a little too worn, you've burned more oil than you thought, your headlight goes out, tire pressure reduces, things shake loose, and all sorts of other things may get the better of you. We are so excited to announce that S&S Cycle will have a garage setup that will be on site in a little section just off Sunfair, the main road leading into Babes Ride Out. They will be stocked with tools, oil, and a human who can help you continue to ride safely. Look for the giant S&S easy up and van, pull in, and get your bikes checked out for free thanks to the crew of S&S Cycle. 

 Look for Savannah on her chopper scoot. Savannah has been coming to Babes Ride Out since it's inception (2013). 

Look for Savannah on her chopper scoot. Savannah has been coming to Babes Ride Out since it's inception (2013).