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BABES RIDE OUT EAST COAST 2

White Wedding | 80's Cover Band | BRO East Coast 3

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Get out your neon scrunchies and your dancing shoes. We are taking it back to the 80’s this year at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3!

White Wedding Band is a full costume and character show band performing all the great characters of the 80’s such as Pat Banatar , Joan Jett , Madonna and Journey just to name a few.

We already know that you know all of the words to the songs and we can’t wait to see you moves on the dance floor.

FosterBuilt Coffee is Coming to Babes Ride Out East Coast 2

Ashmore Ellis

There is nothing better than waking up from a night(s) of motorcycle tent camping to a hot cup of coffee. In my case a cappuccino (the fuel to my fire!). This year we are bringing in the pros, FosterBuilt Coffee, to serve you coffee, capps, and cold brew to keep you energized for a day full of riding the lower Catskills. Get to know more about the husband and wife team and see what they will be serving up!

Business Name: FOSTERBUILT COFFEE
Website: www.fosterbuilt.com 

To me, coffee is a conversation. Like most people I know it is the first one that I have with myself every day and it is the ritual that jumpstarts my consciousness so that I can be a functioning person for the next 12 hours.                                                                              

After living and working in New York City as a director and filmmaker for 15 years, I moved to the beautiful mountains of the Catskills, to a town called Bovina in 2011. It was then that my long-awaited romance with an 1850's farmhouse (now The FosterBuilt Inn) and barn finally became a reality. This move, to upstate New York, was what inspired and fueled FosterBuilt Coffee. 

The perfect cup of coffee is definitely a subjective canvas, up for interpretation and opinion. My enhanced interest in coffee comes from living off the land (a 20x40 abandoned plot turned urban community garden) in Venice, California in the 1990’s. It was during that time that a swarm of "foodies" would show up for big weekend breakfasts and dinners and share what culinary discovery their mind was currently exploring. Coffee became one of the discoveries of our group and it wasn't long before I was hooked on making my own espresso drinks. 

Obsessed with the craft of making cappuccinos for myself and my numerous house guests (New Yorkers escape the city in droves when they have refuge elsewhere) I was finding it both an expensive and hard to sustain coffee habit while living in Bovina. After researching roasting coffee I found some raw beans and started roasting with a stovetop roaster. However, the yield was so small that I still couldn't even serve myself and my company with it. That's when I found a kit to convert a barbecue into a coffee roaster by attaching a rotisserie (much like or what is used for roasting chile peppers) and a metal basket within the barbecue. 

FosterBuilt Coffee is based in a small dairy town called Bovina. Here's a link to a great event we do in August showcasing the different types of people and crafts in Bovina: www.cometobovina.com

Tell us how your business originally got started. Have you always been into coffee?
I love food. I love coffee! There were no good coffee places around when I moved up from Brooklyn, so I started roasting and then it grew... full story video at www.fosterbuilt.com

What will you be serving + prices?
Cappuccinos $4
Coffee $3
Cold Brew $4.50 

***CASH ONLY***

When will you be open?
7am to midday unless the relentless demand for good coffee keeps me at it! 

What do you love most about owning a coffee truck?
I built it out of wood from a sawmill down the road. It doubles as a tiny home and I've traveled all across america with it.  

What’s your relationship with motorcycles?
There is not a day I'm not on one. www.wintermotocamp.com

Are you ready to quench the caffeine needs of  500+ moto babes?
I might be up for the task. Ha. Yeah, I'm pretty stoked & looking forward to it. 

Matt Petricone and Casey Steffens

Meet BRO EC 2 Raffle Contributor Chris Lesser of Union Garage

PeopleAshmore Ellis

Babes Ride Out is a ladies only event but that doesn't mean we have don't have heaps of support and help from the guys. We looked to partner with the best east coast people & places and in the process have met so many incredible people including Chris Get to know East Coast 2 raffle contributor Chris Lesser of Union Garage located in Brooklyn NY. 

Image by Ethan Covey

Image by Ethan Covey

Name: Chris Lesser, Union Garage
Website: uniongaragenyc.com    
Instagram: @uniongaragenyc

I run a store called Union Garage that sells motorcycle gear—helmets, jackets, boots, gloves and accessories. We’re a specialty shop in that we don’t sell or repair bikes. A lot of gear comes from dealerships that treat the category as an afterthought. With us, it’s all we do, and we take it seriously. As of this fall we’ll have been at it for 5 years. I’ve been riding motorcycles for about 15, and started the store because it’s the shop I wish I could have been able to walk into when I first started riding. Everything we sell has a strong safety story, from urban gear for getting around town to leather jackets or three-season textile gear for getting across country.

Image provided by Ethan Covey

Image provided by Ethan Covey

What do you love most about what you do?

I’m never bored! We’ve grown from a 300 square foot glorified broom closet into a proper 3,000 square foot showroom. We’re currently in the middle of re-launching our website which I’m really excited about because it will better project the in-store experience to our online customers. All the info and insights that someone gets from being in store—that’s been hard to replicate. And it’s impossible to really replicate, but I think we can do a better job of explaining what we carry and why. We also have a great staff. Everyone who works here “gets it” and is on board with providing good honest service. And I think it’s working, we’ve got almost a full 5 star ratings on Yelp, Google, Facebook, etc. We have a really low-pressure sales schtick. All the work goes into getting the gear together, and when people come in we just spend a lot of time talking and going through the physics of crashing a motorcycle, or riding one through inclement weather, then we let the inventory do the talking. And while I’ve made some great connections with our online customers and we’ve shipped orders to some far-flung corners of the globe through the website, I love meeting all the people who walk through the door. 

Being in New York City we’ve got a pool of 25 million people in easy striking distance to the shop, plus a lot more who come through the city for work or pleasure from all over the world. Because we are such a specialty shop (we don’t also do haircuts, sell surfboards or even casual clothing—everything is literally and directly related to motorcycle riding) pretty much everyone who comes in is a rider. We’re definitely a destination shop and it’s gratifying to see people make the trip out and walk away glad they did.

And finally, I also love the feeling that we’re actually providing a genuine service. At the end of the day, we sell safety gear. And our market is very crowded with poorly designed options. It’s been rewarding to have an opportunity to present this curated collection of quality gear, and to see people come in and appreciate it, and leave better equipped than when they came in.

Tell us about motorcycles in your life:
 
I first got into motorcycles at 21, in 2001 while still in college in Vermont. Having ridden mountain bikes and worked in bicycle shops I found myself wanting to take a cross country trip, but not in a car. My research landed me on an old BMW —a 1976 R75/6. The first time I ever rode a motorcycle was the day I bought it and I never looked back. 

I knew nothing when I got the bike and learned as I went. I always kept a bike in my life and five years ago saw the opportunity to start the shop and here we are. I’ve since had a series of other old BMW’s. It’s become a bit of a habit. I’ve had a couple older Moto Guzzis too (fundamentally very similar) and I’ve always been a fan of older bikes. The technology behind them is so much more accessible and elemental, and still capable of carrying a rider across country at speeds plenty fast enough to keep things exciting.

I need to branch out and am probably buying a friend’s KTM 690 Enduro this summer. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time on our shop bike—a Kawasaki KZ1000P. It’s an old police bike I bought from a customer. We use it for the Gentleman’s Ride and we’ve moto-paced local bicycle races with it. It was always sort of a joke but the thing just doesn’t die. Plus the lights and sirens still work which makes it extra fun riding around town. 

And I got really into Euro Baggers a couple summers ago. As my “babymoon” to myself before my daughter was born (Alexandra’s now 1.5 years old, Zach is 4) I took a trip with a good friend up to Nova Scotia on old 80’s bikes loaded up with gear. The novelty has since worn off and I just sold the Moto Guzzi California II on eBay. The new owner in Australia promises to let me ride it whenever I make it out. Gotta love the connections motorcycling can make for you. 

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

I’m sure it was through Instagram. Between Babes Ride Out and a few other women’s rides like it there seems to be a real movement bubbling up of more women riding, supporting each other, planning trips. We have the Missfires group here locally that I always point to as a great example – it’s cool to see more groups and rides coming together. It’s something we want to absolutely support however we can.
 
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?

What’s not to love?! I recently became aware the specific statistic that 13% of motorcycle riders in the U.S. are women. That’s based on motorcycle registration figures, and the ratio goes up to 25% if you count women who ride as passengers too.

The more women riding, the better. Of course we’re selfishly motivated here too as we do sell and support quite a bit of women’s gear. In terms of proportion of jacket and glove options compared to men’s, we definitely stock more than 13% of the store with women’s gear. I know for some big companies the women’s category can be a loss leader. Seems more like a growth opportunity to me. 

We have one customer Tracy Keeping who always comes to mind on this subject. She came on one of our early shop rides back in 2013 and we encouraged her to do it even though she was nervous about whether her new-to-her Honda Rebel 300 would make it. She came and had a blast and now she’s got a Yamaha Bolt and an FJ-09, and she’s planning a big Route 66 ride this summer. It’s cool we had a small part in encouraging and enabling her.

What do you love most about riding in your area? 

The dirty little secret about riding in NYC is that it’s probably the worst place to have a motorcycle. Bikes get rained on, snowed on, pissed on, knocked over, towed and ticketed at a higher rate than maybe anywhere else in the country. That said, I always say it’s a testament to how great motorcycles are that so many people jump through the hoops to keep a bike in the city.

And motorcycles here definitely have their benefits. Lane-splitting is technically illegal in every state but California but I like to think of it as the British do—they call it “filtering”—which makes it seem so much more civilized, and legal. And parking is a cinch. Of course in the dead of summer nobody likes sweating through their jacket, but in spring and fall a motorcycle is hands down the most pleasant way to get around the city. Sure beats the subway.

I used to live in Southern California and it was great having so many beautiful roads and riding areas. But one thing I’ve come to love about New York is that it’s slow. That sounds weird, but from a gear/risk/liability perspective for everyday living, riding around NYC is a lower-stakes bet than riding around LA, where you might just be going to get lunch or commute to work, but that means you’re on the highway doing 70. In NYC the nominal speed limit is 25MPH, and everyone goes faster than that, but overall it’s a densely populated megalopolis that’s really easy to navigate by bike. And relative to public transportation or driving/parking, motorcycles are still loads faster, and more fun.

Any favorite rides to do upstate?

The usual escape route is to get up to Harriman State Park. It’s the best network of quality roads within easy striking distance and for that reason I’ve ridden it to death. The Delaware Water Gap and the Catskills areas also are usual suspects and worth getting out to. Lately I’ve been poking around New Jersey and Connecticut more just to find fresh roads. These days I ride about every day getting to the shop or running errands. The out-and-backs are fun but I got into this racket for taking longer trips and hopefully there are more coming for me soon – I’m due! 

Image by Courtesy-Blaine-Davis

Image by Courtesy-Blaine-Davis

Anything we left out?

We do a bi-annual women’s weekend and open house at the store, at the beginning and end of every riding season. This fall will be our fourth installment. We’ve had speakers come, brands like Worse for Wear and BH&BR come out with expanded product selection, and we’ve started to run women’s rides too. Guys can come but only as a plus-one. 

Also we’ve made a couple in-house products, the first one being the Robinson Jacket. We’ve long had in the pipeline a women’s version of that —the Mrs. Robinson—and hope to have it done by fall. I’ve always said men have it hard finding good gear to choose from. “Pink it and Shrink it” seems to be the prevailing product design ethos for women’s moto gear, plus representing just a fraction of the market, women’s gear seems like an underserved category. We’re hoping to make it better. We keep a dedicated women’s section at the store and online at uniongaragenyc.com/shop/womens. Most of the gear in-store is on the website but sometimes it takes a minute for the new stuff to get online. Anyone who hasn’t come to the store I’d encourage them to come check us out. We love hearing from women about what gear works or does not. 

STORE INFORMATION

101 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 594-7093

TUES-FRI: 12-7
SAT: 11-6
SUN: 12-6
*CLOSED MONDAYS

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 | The Jersey Devil Route

EventsAshmore Ellis

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 is a true riding event which means the campsite vacates during the day as we provide multiple rising routes for you to enjoy. Feel free to create your own adventure, but these curated routes were hand picked by our very own Virginia Cagney who has ridden every inch of the area and knows the best spots in the lower Catskills. 

Introducing The Jersey Devil

  • 91 miles round trip
  • Suggested gas stops marked but fuel up before you head out
  • This is an action packed ride that you can start in the am and be back in Narrowsburg in time for lunch at the Blue Heron (with plenty of time to stop for photos or a swim).
  • Points of interest are the famous Hawks Nest (we dare you to find a better road to rip down), cool off in the beautiful Raymondskill Falls (the tallest falls in Pennsylvania), and ride across Dingmans Ferry bridge (a must!). Quit a bit of WOW in 91 miles right? 

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP

HAWKS NEST | BEST ROAD WITH TURN OUTS 

HAWKS NEST | BEST ROAD WITH TURN OUTS 

DINGMANS FERRY BRIDGE 

DINGMANS FERRY BRIDGE 

RAYMONDSKILLS FALLS

RAYMONDSKILLS FALLS

Roll Call | Meet Meghan, BRO EC Alumni and Proud Owner of Her Dream Bike, A 2016 Triumph Scrambler

Roll CallAshmore Ellis

At last year's first BRO in the East Coast we weren't sure what to expect. With fingers crossed for decent weather and a group of incredible women, we set out to produce our first event outside of California. I can honestly say we met some some the most sincere, kind, and good time loving ladies in the world at Babes Ride Out East Coast and because of them, we decided to make the event annual (you are stuck with us ladies!). Meet Meghan, BRO EC alumni, lover of street and offroad, and proud new owner of her dream bike, a 2016 Triumph Scrambler

Name: Meghan Milligan @meggymilly
Location: Pittsburgh, PA 

Bike(s): 2016 Triumph Scrambler/1996 Kawasaki KX125/1992 Suzuki DR350

Meghan's Dream Machine 2016 Triumph Scrambler 

Meghan's Dream Machine 2016 Triumph Scrambler 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into bikes: 

I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for about four years now and work in digital production at American Eagle/Aerie Corporate. Motorcycles were never in my life growing up. There wasn’t a family member to pass the torch or a friend that exposed me to the joys of two wheels. When I lived in Chicago I was addicted to the adrenaline of riding my road bike through moving traffic and weaving between lanes — but I wanted more. I started studying the motorcycle manual, but before I ever got to taking the next step I moved to Pittsburgh for a job. A few months later I met my boyfriend, Adam, the one who has completely changed my life with riding. He first taught me how to ride on his 2011 KTM EXC 450, which was definitely an intimidating bike to learn on. At that moment, I just wanted to ride street and would have never thought I would become as obsessed with riding off-road as I am today.

What is your favorite kind of riding?

OFF-ROAD! I love riding street (especially with my brand new baby — my Triumph Scrambler), but in my opinion, there is nothing better that riding dirt. I first started learning off-road with my 1992 Suzuki DR350 and have now moved on to the sweet life of two strokes with my 1996 Kawasaki KX125. You’re always challenging yourself with riding off-road. I love ripping through single-track trails coming across rocky terrain, log crossings, and other obstacles that our planet’s natural playground throws your way. And no matter your skill level, you’re continuously learning new obstacles. Riding enduro fuels your body with such an adrenaline rush that even when you wipe out you’re eager to jump right back up on your bike & go. It’s an addiction.

Photo by Sarah VanTassel

Photo by Sarah VanTassel

What has been you bike evolution? Walk us through your first bike to current bike and tell us a little about each:

My first bike was a 1972 Honda CL175 Scrambler — just a little guy to get comfortable with riding, however, I grew out of it pretty fast. Then I moved on to my 1992 Suzuki DR350 that was later stolen from our garage when I didn’t even own it for a full year. Miraculously it has recently been recovered by the police after almost two years of it being stolen, but it’s in very rough shape (I now have a project bike on my hands)! I was out of an off-road bike and then was surprised with a 1996 Kawasaki KX125 from Adam two Christmas’ ago — had a big red bow & everything! Since then, I learned how to rebuild a 1972 Honda CB500 with Adam showing me the ropes of moto mechanics, and also rode a 1976 Honda CB750 Super Sport. I was continuously putting money into my unreliable CBs and finally decided to take the plunge and put my money towards a brand new bike — my 2016 Triumph Scrambler.

Tell us about your new bike, that pristine Triumph Scrambler!

My moto dreams came true this past November when I bought a 2016 Triumph Scrambler from Mosites Motorsports — a local dealer outside of Pittsburgh. The older bikes I owned were not 100% reliable so I needed something that I wouldn’t have to constantly worry about. I always dreamed of owning a Triumph and finally decided it was the right time to make it happen!!
The Scrambler originally caught my eye since I ride off-road. It was everything I was looking for — a modern bike that notes to the classic street scrambler look from the 60s. Not only does the Triumph Scrambler look absolutely beautiful (especially with those head turning high-side pipes), but the bike handles great. I can take it on mild dirt roads without a problem thanks to the suspension and semi-knobby tires. Whenever I ride my Scrambler it feels like I’m starting up my own personal spaceship. The ride is so smooth it’s as if I’m flying through the road.

You came to our first ever BABES EC. Tell us about the experience:

Babes Ride Out East Coast was seriously one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Whenever I first heard of BRO I was dying to head out to the West Coast event, but it was difficult for me to attend living on the other side of the country. I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I saw that there would now be an East Coast event. Last year I wasn’t able to ride since I got in a motorcycle accident two days before BABES EC, but it was still everything I thought it would be. As soon as you pull up you are surrounded by positivity and feel as if you have known these ladies your whole life — nice girl central! The campsite is ideal and the roads throughout the Catskills are filled with beautiful scenery. It’s so great to be surrounded by hundreds of moto lovin’ ladies and party with them all weekend long!  

What did you like the most?

The amazing ladies you connect with! I met so many incredible women at last year’s BABES EC and felt like I knew them my whole life. It’s great meeting so many female riders that live all across the country — near & far. It’s kind of like summer camp — you’re just so excited each year to go back and ride/party with all the rad people you met. 

Who are you rolling with this year?

I’ll be rolling up this year with my ladies — The Maulies. We are a Pittsburgh female riding group where we strive to carve out a space for female riders in our area. Recently we have been working on events such as hosting a Ladies Season Kickoff Party so women who ride in our area can connect, along with a local event for International Female Ride Day that we have been planning with other female riders in Pittsburgh. I’m just super stoked to actually be able to ride this year. Not only am I excited to ride all throughout the Catskills with my ladies, but the journey itself to BABES EC will be great! After Babes Ride Out East Coast, I’ll also be riding my way down to North Carolina to spend a week in the Smokey Mountains (so I’ll definitely be breaking in that new Scrambler this June)!!

Any words of wisdom to ladies who may be on the fence about attending Babes Ride Out EC2?

DO IT! I was on the fence last year because of my accident, but after attending, I would have been full of regret if I didn’t go. The awesome energy of BABES EC made it seem like I wasn’t injured at all! I had the most incredible time, even without my bike. Once you get to Babes Ride Out East Coast you are immediately welcomed and feel at home. If you want to experience one of the best weekends of your life, BUY A TICKET! 

Grab a ticket and let's ride to Babes Ride Out East Coast 2! Click HERE

ROLL CALL | Get to Know Brittany from Vans Girls

Roll CallAshmore Ellis

You can hear her distinct laugh before she comes within eyesight, can usually find her kneeling on the ground petting a disinterested dog, and has one of the coolest jobs you can imagine at Vans. We are thrilled to have Brittany Wood riding with us at Babes Ride Out events this year while representing Vans Girls & House of Vans by snapping pics for social, high fiving, and spreading her infectious laughter. Take a read and find out more about Vans, what they are working on this summer, and Brittany's experience at BRO East Coast last year event (which involves a ghost or two). 

Name: Brittany @brittanywould
Location: Los Angeles, CA    
Occupation: Social Media Coordinator at Vans

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Tell us about your typical day at work: Hm it’s pretty different each day. If we’re not traveling to House Of Vans events, I’m usually writing copy, producing fun content for Vans Girls and House of Vans, and helping out my boss in the office with the day to day of social media. It’s broad and I’m forgetting all the other little things that pop-up throughout the day, but that’s as granular as I can get, ha! 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Any NEW Vans or Vans Girl projects in the works?

There’s always something new happening with Vans Girls!  Cat (our editor), Alyson (our East Coast girl), and I are always planning shoots, and proposing ideas to each other, and just always encouraging one another - it’s a really great atmosphere. These ideas can span anything between cool events and organizations we really believe in and are passionate about, to rad girls we think our making an impact in some shape or form. That’s what I love so much about working at Vans - it’s the ability to really stretch your creative muscles while pushing yourself, and you’re really able to see your hard work at hand. And with Vans, there’s so many rad events in the making. House Of Vans  has a HUGE list of events going on this summer that I’m really excited about. Lots of great bands and cool workshops taking place at our Brooklyn and new Chicago venues. If you’re in the area during these events, definitely check it out!  

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycles:

Well I’m a 27 (basically 28) year old woman living in Los Angeles. I have the cutest little Min Pin in the world, whose name is Pizza. I like eating, reading Young Adult Novels, camping, and binging on The Office. I can recite any and all Office lines if you made me. I’ve always had an interest in motorcycles since my dad grew up riding them. He and my mom never really wanted me to ride in the first place, if we’re going to be honest. They were always worried something would happen to me (I mean, of course), since my dad got into a gnarly accident a while ago. It wasn’t until I was dating this guy about 4 years ago who rode, that I really was like “You know what? I can do this on my own.” I also started seeing really cool girls riding down Sunset, and in crews, and I was like “Wait, why CAN’T this be me?” I didn’t want to be just another girl riding on the back of some dude’s bike. I wanted my own bike, and I wanted to do my own thing. So I signed up for the course, passed my test, and then bought my first bike. It was really empowering for me. Not the fact that I was riding a motorcycle, but just the idea that I had accomplished something on my own.  

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

You came to our first ever BABES EC. Tell us about the experience:

The most magical, fun experience of my life. East Coast riding is so different from riding in SoCal. Everything is open and green, and riding through the canyons is like riding on a rollercoaster. There’s just something about the East Coast countryside that I love so much. I love the humidity, the old barns, and all the cute towns scattered along the way. The event itself is an entirely different experience than Joshua Tree. Don’t get me wrong - I LOOOOVE the Joshua Tree event, because I get to see all my friends in one place, but I also love how intimate Babes EC is. PLUS - there’s a really cool cemetery across the road. (CORINNE - GET YOUR GHOST APP OUT!)

What did you like the most?

I love the riding. The roads out there are so smooth and windy. There were times where I had to knock myself out of the trance they would put me in. 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis

Any words of wisdom to ladies who may be on the fence about attending Babes Ride Out EC2?

Honestly - JUST DO IT. There’s really nothing to be afraid of. Genevieve and I spent 12 hours getting there from Boston to Catskills because we kept getting lost and taking the wrong roads….it even started to pour on us, but it was all in good fun. I wouldn’t do anything different. The event itself is just so warm and inviting, and getting to know people at the event is so easy because all the girls are so nice.

Grab a ticket HERE and let's ride! 
 

Image by Genevieve Davis

Image by Genevieve Davis