We are thrilled to be hosting our ladies only motorcycle camp out, Babes Ride Out 7, in one of California's most premier riding destinations, the Central Coast. With routes that take you down sweeping back roads, pristine coastlines, and lead you back to our incredible new venue and camping space. We can’t wait for you to experience the best of what the Central Coast of California has to offer. Until then, take a ride with us and 805 Beer to see what's in store.
So you took the MSF class, got your M1, and bought your first bike. Does this make you ready to roll?! Not exactly. We’ve never been on a long distance moto trip that didn’t have a few issues along the way. Many of these issues are road side fixes that can be accomplished if you have the right tools and know how to use them. By familiarizing yourself with the repair procedures in your owner's manual & practicing good maintenance habits, you’ll be decades ahead of most riders who learn the hard way.
Tire repair kit & tire pressure gauge
Spare fuses & bulb
Loctite - This thread-locking fluid or threadlocker is a thin, single-component adhesive, applied to the threads of fasteners such as screws and bolts to prevent loosening, leakage, and corrosion.
Ratchet and socket set.
Russ Brown BAM membership card. Its free roadside and sometimes unavoidable no matter how maintained or prepared you are (welcome to the joys of motorycling!) Sign up HERE
Did we miss anything? Probably! We highly suggest meeting with a mechanic to discuss your bike and what you need in your tool roll that is specific to your make and model. The above has gotten me through some electrical issues as well as some very very loose parts and other stuff that naturally happens as you put the miles down on diverse road conditions.
More on BAM:
BAM is a unique volunteer organization of bikers helping bikers. Motorcycle Attorney Russ Brown started BAM over 30 years ago to provide breakdown assistance to motorcyclists across the country. BAM’s nationwide volunteer network of roughly 2 million motorcyclists can help you in an emergency. If you experience a breakdown or mechanical problems while on the road, call 1-800-4-BIKERS, and we will search our volunteer network and send someone out to help.
Roadside Assistance for Motorcycles
BAM also provides free legal advice to members. Started by the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys who ride, BAM is the ultimate resource for riders that we have developed and fine-tuned for over 30 years. As a result, the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Russ Brown have developed trusted relationships with the best lawyers across the country. Over four hundred of the very best biker–friendly lawyers are ready to help you if you are involved in a motorcycle crash. BAM’s emergency ID card can speak for you if you are incapacitated in a crash: we list your emergency contact person, medical problems, and blood type. When emergency personnel call, we will supply this information and provide donors if necessary.
Click HERE for your free card.
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!
The Catskills are rich in history, especially the haunted kind. We can’t help but feel a slight chill in the air and at times, a pair of eyes watching us while adventuring through this wooded countryside. This year we are thrilled to bring in a historian from the area who will be telling the haunted tales of the Catskills Friday night by the fire from 10PM-11PM. So get cozy, bring a hot beverage, and get ready to hear about the spirits who are watching you throughout the weekend at Babes Ride Out East Coast!
Want to add a quick haunted loop to your weekend to visit Burn Brae Mansion? Read on to download yourself on one of Sullivan County’s most haunted estates.
Burn Brae Mansion was built in 1907 by Margaret Ross MacKenzie Elkin as part of the estate of George Ross MackKenzie, third president of the Singer Sewing Machine company, who made his fortune as confidant and advisor to Isaac Merritt Singer, the company's founder.
Upon George’s death in 1892, with an estate valued at $3.5 million, seven of his children built elaborate summer mansions in Glen Spey. Margaret and her husband Charles Elkin built Burn Brae Mansion as the last family mansion and one of only three still surviving. It is believed that the house was designed by prominent architect Henry J. Hardenberg, who worked on a number of projects for Singer executives.
Burn Brae Mansion has had five owners since the Elkins, and over the years it has served as a boarding house, a tea room during prohibition, and a bed and breakfast. The current owners, Mike and Pat Fraysse, have lovingly restored the character of the home and brought back many of the original elements. They currently operate the house as a bed and breakfast, along with a 12-room motel on the site of the former horse stables.
At least the last two owners – whose combined ownership spans more than four decades – and their guests, have reported unexplained occurrences, such as doors opening and slamming, children’s voices, balls bouncing, and the apparitions of a woman in white, a man in turn of the century clothing, and a more modern man in overalls. Visitors also often report the sounds of animals when no animals are present and the distinct sound of an organ playing, when there is no organ in the house.
More recently, an elderly couple in their 90s, the Hapijs, both died in the house. Guests say that they can still see them from the front yard playing chess by the big window, hear his classical music and smell her daily baking.
On a beautiful night in August, 14 Ghosthunters from SJGR arrived at the Mansion complete with motion sensors, digital cameras, digital voice recorders, and Infrared thermometers, as well as some sensory abilities of their own.Their research uncovered evidence that was off the charts compared to an average investigation. They found 186 positive photos 2 positive videos and 5 motion sensor readings, which were described as well above average. They also picked up 47 EVPs and 32 Positive Anomalous EMF readings, which is extremely high. Almost all of the sensory investigators reported an overwhelming sense of spirit activity accompanied by cold patches, pressure and emotional swings.
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!
Just 24 minutes away from camp is a town called Honesdale Pennsylvania. This town has grown considerably over the years but one thing remains in place……the ghost of Hotel Wayne. Stop in for brunch or lunch, but please don’t bring the spirits back to camp!
Honesdale Pennsylvania’s Wayne Hotel is rife with apparitions, and has been for many years since it’s ground breaking in 1827. According to the current owner, they know of at least a couple of murders having taken place in some of the rooms. The unfortunate women who were the victims still reside there today, as does a former hotel cook whose spirit is said to inhabit the basement of the building. These are only the tip of the ghostly iceberg, as 15 separate spirits have been identified on site. If the eyes of the portrait of town founder Philip Hone seem to be following you...they probably are!
It shortly thereafter became the Wayne County House (or Hotel) and provided accommodations for the superintendents of the D & H Canal company and for travelers who stopped in at the popular stage coach station. It's now called simply the Hotel Wayne, a 20-room hostelry with the restaurant/tavern Bistro 1202 at street level.
The psychic Crystal Boehmer investigated the Hotel Wayne for paranormal activity. And boy, did she ever encounter a houseful of eerie guests!
Taking the grand tour, she first felt the spirit of a race horse in the Philip Hone room, which when the hotel first opened was a passageway to the stables. Boehmer even came up with a name, more or less - she thought the quarter horse answered to either "Sparky" or "Spartacus."
SIDE NOTE: This painting of Philip Hone hangs in the stairwell. of the hotel. Watch for his lurking eyes which will follow you up the stairs.
When she passed the office, she sensed a Civil War soldier who paced the Hotel and seems to be a chivalrous guardian for the womenfolk who visit the hotel. Boehmer also heard gunshots from the basement, and when she went downstairs, she could smell gunpowder.
Crystal also found the shadow of Paul, who provides a noticeable presence in the basement and likes to move things around. The hotel says that could be the spirit of their old cook who was named Paul and who spent a lot of his working hours in the cellar.
She had a talk with the spook of a young alcohol and drug abuser named "Cookie" who had OD'ed and died in one of the Wayne's rooms. Beohmer told him he was forgiven and to go to the light, so there may be one less spirit in the hotel to deal with if he took her advice. In Room 208, she discovered Margaret still occupying her old room, along with an elderly schoolteacher who likes to gaze out from the balcony overlooking Main Street.
On the third floor she found a prostitute in red, a much battered lady of the night who died there, possibly at the hands of a client. She kept referring to "the Captain," perhaps recalling her seafaring boyfriend.
There was lots more ethereal flotsam floating around the hotel. She also said that she found:
A doctor in the bar area,
An "Adams" and a "Smith" in the building,
A few children in the hotel, and
A mother who sits in Room 210 singing "Rock-a-Bye Baby" to her child and cooking.
And hey, that's nearly not all of the haunted roster. A couple of paranormal teams have probed the building including “Ghost Finders,” who have their findings posted on youtube, and come away with readings, messages, EVPs and visions from the many spirits who are said to inhabit the Hotel Wayne. They added to the ghostly list:
A tall man with a long beard who strongly resembles Abraham Lincoln (but isn’t),
A baby crying in Room 208,;
A man in Room 321 who told one of the psychics to “lie on the bed” in a chilling voice (maybe one of the lady in red's clientele), and
Shadowy reenactments of lively parties that used to be held on the third floor in the hotel's main hall.
Article by Ron Ieraci