We've been supported by Lowbrow Customs for a few years now as they've help us raise money for Moto FAM at each of our events through the artist series. These guys built their business from scratch and still manage to get after it with builds, racing, and throwing epic grassroots motorcycle events like the Lowbrow Getdown. Get to know them a bit better by watching the below.
Why is Babes Ride Out East Coast in the Catskills? Because the riding is EPIC! Every event we focus on is about getting out on your motorcycle and enjoying the day with some like minded people. If you stay behind at camp, you’ll be bored so start planning your rides and routes as there is so much to see!
GROUP RIDES: While we as Babes Ride Out do not organized group rides due to it not being safe with so many different skill sets attending, we do encourage ladies to meet under the barn each morning at the merch & raffle booth zone to meet, greet, and link up for potential rides based on skill, bike size, and personal preference. Who you choose to ride with and what route is 100% up to you this weekend :) The great thing about the Catskills is there is endless beauty and twisting roads in every directions so you can’t really go wrong. Below, you’ll find a few suggestions but by no means is this “all there is”. As a motorcyclist, 1/2 the fun is planning your own route, checking for road closures, gas stops based on your tank size, seeking out neat tourist attractions etc.
MAPS & ADVICE ON BEING PREPARED: We will have route maps on site for the below but they are not overly complicated with .345 miles turn notifications etc. , they serve as more of a guide for those who have already downloaded the directions. This is YOUR adventure so go anywhere, see anything, and ride at your own pace! Below are just a few of our favorites , so take em or leave em’ , up to you! 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.
We strongly suggest downloading directions to each spot (we've provided clickable links) as cell service usually is void in the mountains
Mountain Mayhem: 194 Miles Round Trip
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 summer colors. Leave early for this one, and spend some time in the small towns of Roscoe, Windham, Hunter, Phoenicia, Bethel Woods + more.
Peace-Love-Motorcycles: 184 Miles Round Trip
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.
Big Indian Rivers: 143 Miles Round Trip
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.
The New Jersey Devil: 91 Miles Round Trip
For riders coming on Enduros, or 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! Look for signs and be aware so you don’ stray onto private property.
The Threesome: 84 Miles Round Trip
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 small-town love.
Other Destinations to Consider for a Quick Rip
Bethel Woods: Site of Woodstock ’69 - Museum, Historical site (15 miles)
Kaaterskill Falls, NY - Waterfall, short hike (88 miles)
Raymondskill Falls, PA - Waterfall, short hike (32 miles)
Opus 40 - Environmental Sculpture (85 miles)
Storm King - Outdoor Sculpture Center (74 miles)
High Point State Park (40 miles)
6 West - Biker bar & restaurant (23 miles)
Pratt’s Rock - Landmark (90 miles)
Woodstock, New York (76 miles)
Roscoe, New York: Roscoe diner (31 miles)
Windham, New York (89 miles)
Cave Mountain Brewery Company
Hunter, New York (87 miles)
Phoenicia, New York: Phoenicia Diner (69 miles)
Milford, Pennsylvania (31 miles)
Tannersville, NY (84 miles)
Bethel, New York (16 miles)
“Hawks Nest,” famed scenic highway for motorcyclists along the ridge of the Delaware River. If you hit this with no other cars around, you’ve found the golden moment to lean and take those turns.
23A, Glides through Kaaterskill State Forest along Schoharie Creek. Twists and turns that you dream of, including Kaaterskill Falls.
Big Indian-Oliverea, carving along the Esopus and West Branch Neversink River.
Old Mine Road, Historic highway in New Jersey along the Eastern bank of the Delaware River
Route 209, Scenic drive in Pennsylvania along the Western bank of the Delaware River
So don’t forget to grab a Biltwell route guide from merch booth to keep on hand and enjoy the day!
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.
Check for road closures etc BEFORE you ride to ensure route is not obstructed., closed, or ?
RIDE SAFE HAVE FUN!
We don’t want to start on the risk of riding, we all know the statistics and stories, instead, we want to focus on how to best equip yourself with protection that lessens the risk at a cost effective price. On today's blog we focus on the most important aspect, your helmet, and when you need to start thinking about replacing it by reviewing how it should fit, and warning signs to look for with our good friends Biltwell Inc.
Helmet choices are vast but I keep going back to Biltwell for many many reasons. First , they make a great looking and fitting DOT full face starting at $175 and second, they have a myriad of colorful optics to pair with it (anti fog, mirrored, shields, goggles, etc) to customize your look. A good rule of thumb is to replace your helmet every 5 years depending on wear and tear. Of course, if you have gone down and the helmet is scratched or damaged in any way, you’d want to replace immediately to be on the safe side. Other factors that come from frequent use are the not so glamorous sweat factory you’ve created in your helmet, or having product in your hair, etc which can compact the foam and degenerate the liner faster than normal use. My third reason for choosing Biltwell is they also make a replaceable liner and replaceable cheek pads for their helmets (under $30 for liners, under $15 for cheek) which makes your money go further when buying one of their lids long term.
So the next time you walk out to your garage put your helmet on and give your head a shake. Does it feel a loose at all (around cheeks, forehead, etc)? Are there any gashes, cracks, etc? Is the interior padding deteriorated or compressed at all? Have you had it more than 5 years? If the answer is YES to any one of these, it may be time to treat yourself and upgrade to a brand new helmet.
A Note About Helmet Fitment
Helmets comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Just because you are a medium in one doesn’t mean you won’t be a larger or smaller size in another. It’s best to consult a professional if you are having issues determining your size. Biltwell also offer cheek pads in various sizes to help fine tune your fit if necessary. Give them a call or stop into their headquarters if you need any help at all.
Bilwell Inc. 2349 Winchester Rd, Temecula, California
Or call (951) 699-1500
In Other News
In the spirit of their motto ride motorcycles have fun, Biltwell hosts their annual Kernville Kampout early Oct. If you are one for hitting fun events with like minded people, check out this year’s line up (then make sure to join us the weekend after at Babes Ride Out 7 on the Central Coast of California!
Nothing worse is to be stranded with no chase truck miles from anything familiar. We do not have a tow truck at our disposal so if you ride to any of our events, make sure to sign up for FREE roadside assistance from our good friends Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. It only takes a min and could save you a major headache and a ton of cash if you run out of gas, run into electrical problems, or just have some bad luck on your way to and from Babes Ride Out Est Coast 4.
Be prepared! Sign up for Free Emergency Roadside Assistance from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys to and from our event. #BAM-roadside membership (for riders only) offers the following volunteer services for life:
(1) Delivery assistance with gas, tools, or parts if you are
stranded with your bike on the side of the road
(2) Help with a Free Tow to a nearby shop in an emergency
(3) Motorcycle storage for a few days in an emergency situation
(4) Free Legal Advice! Visit http://bit.ly/join-bam to get your
membership card, it's quick and easy.
As riders we are all proud of the customizations and upgrades we have done to our bikes to make them our own. Some of us spending hours wrenching and welding to get it just right. Well…come show it off at Babes Ride Out East Coast 4 ! We are so excited to welcome back the Real Deal Revolution Bike Show. Read on to see how to enter your bike!
REAL DEAL REVOLUTION BIKE SHOW INFO
WHEN: FRIDAY JUNE 7TH
BIKE REGISTRATION 2PM-5PM
WINNERS ANNOUNCED 8PM
BIKE CLASSES: BEST CHOPPER, BEST VINTAGE, BEST METRIC, REAL DEAL REVOLUTION CHOICE
Babes Ride Out East Coast will once again be host to the Real Deal Revolution Workshoppes encouraging babes from all over the US, to partake in developing new skills, building on established ones and promoting growth within our tribe.
More often we are witnessing renegades becoming hands on and taking matters into their own hands. Whether it’s about customizing their own bikes or learning tool basics, our goal at BRO East is to get those babes comfortable with showing off their skills and their bikes!
So much so, you have a chance to enter your motorcycle and win custom made trophies that all campers have a chance to help build during the RealDeal Workshoppes (Friday). Between Best Chopper, Best Vintage, Best Metric, and RDR’s Choice, surely there is a place for your motorcycle in the show. Sign ups and detailed information will be available at the RDR booth. Winners will be announced on stage at 8PM Friday night.
It is Real Deal Revolution’s mission to make the trades sexy again; to show babes it’s ok to pick up tools and get their hands dirty. To create and build anything they dream up. To follow the epic journeys to where their passions and craft will take them. Join us as we embark on inspiring women to grow confidence through skills and hands-on experience. Help us create comfortable working environments without judgements, intimidation or stereotypes. Help us to tell the stories of the women who already live a RDR lifestyle, share their moments in making HER-Story! BE a part of the Revolution.
Want to know more about Real deal Revolution and their hands on workshops? Read on!
(noun) “Revolution” - a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
“the real deal revolution is also a cultural revolution”
Advocating for the right to empower ourselves through learning and getting our hands dirty. It’s a Real Deal Revolution and YOU are invited.
Real Deal is revolutionizing the perception of skilled trades . . . and women’s roles in them. The more skills we learn, the more we can do ourselves. It’s a new era and Real Deal Revolution (RDR) is looking to impact lives through lifting the veil of intimidation, through empowering females, young and old, in any socio-economic climates, with little or no skill set. To encourage them to be the best version of themselves and realize that anything is possible.
When I first met Malary Lee I was immediately impressed by the way she handled a bike cause … well, she is a bit smaller. It was clear that true skill conquers all and Malary Lee had it. With 5 bikes in her garage that focus on street, flat track, and dirt, she is not planning on slowing down, in fact she is dominating races like Flat Out Friday and Dirt Quake with her Harley-Davidson. Get to know the Austin Texas local Malary Lee, and make sure to cheer her on when you see her at a race near you. She will be the one with purple hair shredding shredding it.
How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started?
I've been riding motorcycles for 8 years. Riding was always something I knew I wanted to do. When I finally had enough money saved up I bought a little bike.
Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles?
I ride motorcycles to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and to say yes to things that scare me. When I started riding, leaving the neighborhood scared me. Now I've ridden across the country. Then I got a dirt bike & leaving the ground was something that felt foreign. Now I push myself to see how far I can fly. I sign up for races that I know I'm not fast enough for, because in life you're never really ready for anything.. you just have to be willing to say yes. Motorcycles motivate me to push myself physically & mentally.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own:
My first bike was a cm185 - then a kz400 that I ended up trading for a km100. My dream bike was a cb350 so I bought a red one, that I eventually sold to a dad to give to his daughter for her 16th birthday. I bought a green cb350 that I moved across the country from Iowa to Texas with. The roads in Texas were faster so I purchased an 883 sportster that I upgraded to a 1200. Then I got into dirt biking, starting with a xr100, then a crf150r and finally a Ktm 250 sx-f. I sold the sportster and bought a 2000 fxdx. I currently own 5 bikes: the dyna (fxdx), my KTM, klx110, the green cb350 & another sportster 1200 I've converted into a flat track bike.
What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson?
When I moved to Texas I had a cb350, but I knew I needed something bigger and faster if I wanted to ride across the country. I chose the Harley Sportster, because as someone who is 5'0 it was easy to modify for me to touch the ground & maneuver. Now that I'm more comfortable on bikes, I don't mind not being able to touch the ground. The dyna is a perfect upgrade and handles so well. My current sportster was easy to customize into a race bike. I have loved every Harley I've ever owned for different reasons.
How did you know it was the bike for you?
I knew it was the bike for me the first time I rode it. I had the biggest smile on my face and nothing else mattered after that. I was set on leaving that day with my Harley.
Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike:
I can't really explain it.. I've ridden a lot of bikes and have enjoyed them all for what they are. But riding my bike, that's set up for me - that I have made my own feels like it's apart of me. When I ride my bike you can't wipe the grin off my face.
What made you choose your model over the other H-D models?
I did some research on bike models and years - what would be easiest to find parts for and settled on something that in time would be easiest to fix if I needed, but would hold it's value.
Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:
oh man... so many. The 96 1200 sportster has been completely gone over to become a race bike. Husqvarna front end, chain conversion, new bars, seat, suspension, converted the back wheel to a 19" etc. The dyna is just normal stuff people do: custom paint, seat, bars... it's pretty :)
What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike?
My favorite adventure was my first road trip from Austin, Texas to Moab, Utah. It was in May where it's summer in Texas already, but still winter in the rest of the country. I got caught in a snow storm in the Rocky Mountains after a gas station attendant gave some incorrect directions in an out of service area. I was rescued by a ranger and escorted to a ski resort in Taos where a Winter Movie Festival was happening. The whole trip was something that in the moment I was wondering what I'd gotten myself into, but afterwards could laugh because it's all part of the adventure & now I have a really funny story.
Do you have any fun road trips planned?
Currently, I'm recovering from a dirt bike crash so nothing official until I'm healed. However, I've always got ideas for adventures brewing.
Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?
I attended the second year of babes ride out and a couple events since. Every one is a completely different experience & it's exactly what you make it. For me, it's about friendship & adventure. I've met so many of my best friends from going to BRO events. I would highly recommend every lady to check out at least one event.
Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?
Stop thinking about it and do it. Sign up for a course. Ask a friend who rides for help. Make the steps. You won't regret it!