Babes Ride Out

Babes Ride Out Roll Call

Roll Call | Meet Emmanuelle M aka @Emmabraaap

Roll CallAnya Violet

Website / Instagram: Emmabraaap

Where do you live? Montreal, Québec

What do you do and how long have you done it? I've been involved in the field of textile and paper printmaking for about 13 years. I work on shows or movies, it depends! I also collaborate with some artists, so I've printed a few album covers and band posters. I also sew and make my own motorcycle gear.

 

How did you Get Involved with motorcycles? My father had few Harleys when I was young; he was involved in various organizations and often went riding with me on the back seat! My grandfather also rode a Gilera in Italy, back in the day. I knew I wanted to ride a motorcycle since I was young- I wanted that freedom!

Do you have Any projects you've been working on? We found two beautiful motorcycles a '78 Suzuki 400 Gs and a '75 CB500T, which hadn't been driven since the 90s. We stripped them down and are currently rebuilding them from the scratch. This is my first bike project my boyfriend and I are working on together (except my current bike). I'm interested in learning how mechanic works. I also have a project making blanket and straps that you can attach to your handle bars when you go for a camping ride. I did a tie-dye job to them, and also made the belts.

I also made tools roll. The obvious need for this recently came to me during a ride with 6 girls and 2 boys.  One bike had a battery problem, while another girl had to hold her mirror and signal light with one hand, while holding the throttle with the other while riding, after a very minor skid. Luckily, one of us had her leather bag with tools and metal wire, so we were able to sort out the problems. I have the original tool kit for my honda CB 74, but I had nowhere to keep it during my trip, so I made a prototype. A few people have asked me to make more, so I started putting together kits to help finance my trip this summer.

Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding, etc .:I always wanted to ride an old motorcycle. I thought they looked great! I bought a 1974 CB750 Honda in 2012. At that time, the bike was almost stock; I was forced to change the seat because it was too high for me. While trying to tackle the project, I realized that there are different styles of bikes and that I was developing a bit of a thing for brat motorcycle style and for the modified motorcycles scene! My next bike would probably be a chopper with a sissy bar. 

Tell us about your best motorcycle trip: It’s hard to pick one, there are plenty of nice routes in Quebec. I bought a 2 person hammock-tent for my boyfriend and I last year, because I enjoy both riding motorcycles and camping... Lanaudière is a beautiful place to ride and to camp. But I would have to say that one of my favorite rides was this year. We rode near the US borders. It was the first ride with the girls who go to the BRO, it was a beautiful moment of knowledge sharing and empowerment! We found one another this spring, thanks to the Litas Montreal. I bought my ticket to BRO in early March, and at that time, didn't know any other girls who were riding in Montreal, so I posted the event on Instagram, hoping that a girl from Montreal would write: '' Me too !! '' 
We are now 8 girls heading to BRO East Coast.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? Instagram and youtube

What did you first think about Babes Ride Out? Empowerment! A very cool event for girls who like to ride!

What makes you interested in Supporting Babes Ride Out? I want to meet plenty of adventurous women! I’m super happy to be part of this community of girls who share the same interest for motorcycles!! Can’t wait to party with y’all !

Can you tell us a little about what your road to BRO? We leave on May 26th, and will spread out the ride over two days because there are less experienced girls who have just gotten their license! Mostly, we will follow Route 30 through the Adirondacks, stop at Great Sacandaga beach campground to sleep, then along Route 30 some more.

Anything we left out?

My boyfriend and I are working on a website/ blog showcasing our motorcycle gear, photos of our bike rides, and bikes that we will build. It will be updated in a few weeks! We bought a drone recently, means more video too! I'll document our ride heading to Babes ride out, and post it on our blog. www.fullmooncycle.com

I am also planning a trip through the States this summer with my campervan, an old 1979 dodge that we stripped last summer, she is ready to cruise down! we renovated the interior, painted parts inside, installed new shag, and rebuilt wooden armoirs!

I'll make this happen with my boyfriend, our two cats and two motorcycles! We will cross from north to south, starting from Chicago to Texas to go up to the coast and settle down in BC for a few months.

There's some classic routes that I absolutely want to ride! I also want to make it to the Babes ride out to Joshua tree! Many things to do!

Roll Call | Meet Taylor Rauls of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Roll CallAnya Violet

Hi! I'm Taylor Rauls, Marketing Specialist for Husqvarna Motorcycles. I'm from Chino Hills, Ca but currently live in Murrieta. I've been riding with my family for as long as I can remember. My parents and family got me into riding at a very young age at a friend's property up in Johnson Valley, Ca. I currently camp, ride, and race in this same location. Growing up, my siblings and I all had dibs on sharing a 1983 Honda XR200R and 200S ATC. When I was about 12 or 13, I started racing off-road buggies with my dad and sister. From that I was addicted to the adrenaline rush of being bumper to bumper in the dust. Racing buggies and trucks became my main hobby. It wasn't until I started at Husqvarna Motorcycles, almost a year ago, that I was motivated to re-learn riding and become more skilled on two wheels over four. I purchased a 2015 FE 250 and absolutely love it! I started with going to our desert property almost every weekend doing 15 mile loops to become acquainted with riding again. This has turned into doing 40 mile rides through the unpredictable desert and new places as well. I love trail riding… I've never been on the track though. Just the terrain and beauty of being out on a trail, and sometimes being the only ones out there is an amazing feeling. Being able to do something that can be dangerous, but surrounded by beauty, that's what it's all about. My most recent ride was up in the mountains above Anza. It is tough trails with large rocks and rain ruts, but it was new, tough terrain for me and so far, my favorite riding adventure on the new bike. I am an adventure seeker. Riding, off-roading, camping, shooting my guns, and being with friends and family is what my life revolves around. This is my first year being a part of Babes in the Dirt, and from what I heard about last year, and the pictures I've seen, I am beyond excited. I get to do what I love while I work, and I get to do it with a group of women that share the same interests! Can't wait to see all of you out there!

Roll Call | Meet Meg Argubright of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Roll CallAnya Violet

-who are you? 

Meg Argubright

-where are you from? 

Southern California

-tell us about you! 

I am a 27-year old off-road rider and racer. I have been riding for about 5 years and taught myself to ride by racing. In 2015, I won the AMA National Hare & Hound - Overall Woman- Championship. 

-how did you get into riding? 

I knew nothing about motorcycles until I was 22, but was involved with administration for a racing series. I decided I wanted to buy a bike and teach myself how to ride instead of watching. So I bought a bike and have been racing ever since! 

-what is your favorite place to ride? 

The desert (Lucerne or Red Mountain) or Baja. 

-two stroke of 4 stroke? why? 

4 stroke, because I love the power and sound ☺

-favorite bike? 

Husqvarna FC or FE 350

-best riding adventure? 

Riding down in Baja for the Baja Beach Bash. It’s a 3-day 4-night cruise down the Baja peninsula. You see and ride across landscapes you only dream of, and are greeted at the end of the day with fresh tacos and cold beer. It’s perfection. 

-do you prefer track riding or trail riding? why? 

Trail riding. The freedom and adventure available like it can only be experience on a motorcycle.

-what is it like to work for Husqvarna? 

Working with the design company for Husqvarna is amazing. I genuinely enjoy doing behind the scenes work for a company with the values and open-minded team of Husqvarna. 

-How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out and what did you think? 

I first heard through Husqvarna. I admire the initiative to get women riding off-road! 

-do you ride street as well? what bike? 

No, someday!

-What are the differences in riding dirt vs riding street? 

Although I am not as knowledgeable on Street, riding off-road allows for freedom to explore mother nature. There is nothing like ripping your motorcycle across the desert from mountain to mountain, or surprising yourself to overcome obstacles along the way. 

I am really looking forward to experiencing my first ‘Babes’ event.

Roll Call | Meet Vanessa Watson of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Roll CallAnya Violet

-who are you? 

VANESSA WATSON 

-where are you from?

TEMECULA, CA     

-tell us about you! 

I’ve primarily worked in outdoor sports, first as a teenager at Stewart Surfboards in San Clemente, CA and then at Mammoth Mountain. Eventually I moved back to Temecula and took a job with Intense Cycles. I’ve been with Husqvarna Motorcycles for the last two years and just recently made a move to the marketing department. Other than that, I’m 9th generation Californian, a single mom to my 12 year old son and best friend, Ethan. Together we love camping, motorsports, and, traveling. 

-how did you get into riding? 

Too bossy for the back seat so I bought my own bike last year and I’m not looking back.

-what is your favorite place to ride?

 Desert; for the sunrises.     

-two stroke of 4 stroke? why?

 4 stroke. It’s what I’ve got.     

-favorite bike? 

PAST- 1969, Husqvarna 360 cross, PRESENT- Husqvarna FC250, FUTURE-

Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen. 

-best riding adventure? 

Any adventure, I like getting lost.

-do you prefer track riding or trail riding? why?

Trails, I don’t like traffic and I have never ridden track.

-what is it like to work for Husqvarna? 

I love my job and my work family.

-How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out and what did you think?

Motorcycles in the desert… sounds like a good time to me! 

-do you ride street as well? what bike?

 I got my M1 just before starting my job at Husqvarna. I haven’t spent too much time on the asphalt because I’m still learning to ride. The desert is a great place to get your confidence. 

-What are the differences in riding dirt vs riding street?

Wide open spaces and no texting.

anything else you want to say?

Thanks for having us!

Roll Call | Meet Victoria Hett of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Roll CallAnya Violet

-who are you?

A girl who loves experiencing life from two wheels haha!  Victoria Hett

-where are you from?

Cherryville, British Columbia

-tell us about you!

I started riding with my brothers and parents at a young age, started racing at 11 years old, progressed until winning several Canadian off-road championships, then I became a Police officer but still rode and raced a lot. I went back to school and after 5 years decided that I would leave the RCMP and work in my new found passion: Marketing.  Before starting a new career I sold everything I owned and bought a camper and went to Mexico to race my first ISDE.  I lived in a ski town the following winter finishing my school and then started my first true marketing job which eventually led me to Husqvarna.

-how did you get into riding?

Going to races with my brothers and dad on the weekends and family camping trips.  My first ride was in the garden of our house in my yellow sundress when I was 4 years old ☺

-what is your favorite place to ride?

Vernon BC – this is where my parents created a 200 km trail network over many years and hosted races, friends and family keep the area open and still host races there in memory of my dad ☺

-two stroke of 4 stroke? why?

2 – easier to ride and feels lighter in the really difficult terrain

-favorite bike? – TE250 Husqvarna

-best riding adventure? – Racing any of the three ISDE’s I’ve done (Mexico, Germany, Argentina) also, the Babes ride out in 2015 was on a planet of it’s own, it was amazing!

-do you prefer track riding or trail riding? why?

Trail – I like being able to stop and enjoy the scenery and see new places. I also like the challenges that the terrain offers.  It is therapeutic for me to be far out in the mountains on my bike, it offers a lot of time to reflect. 

-what is it like to work for Husqvarna?

You work hard and play hard – it is a full throttle experience but very rewarding!

-How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out and what did you think?

I first heard about Babes ride out from my colleagues in the USA

-what did you think of Babes in the Dirt 1? 

I think it was a perfect way to introduce girls to riding in the dirt and put everyone’s mind at ease.  The group we had was very laid-back and relaxed and so welcoming.  The attitude of the group made the event what it was.  Whether you had been friends with the group of girls there for years, or it was you first time meeting, everyone was made to feel welcome and at home. The limited amount of guys allowed (Andy Charles & Ron) were the perfect fit for the event.  Their openness, willingness to help but ability to step back and let the girls choose what they wanted to do was great.  The sense of humor that the guys possessed I felt really made people open up to them.  

-do you ride street as well? what bike?

Yes – I don’t have one right now, but the last street bike I owned was a CBR600

-What are the differences in riding dirt vs riding street?

The experience on the street depends on the bike you are on.  When I had my CBR I felt like I was always getting a healthy dose of adrenaline and it was exciting.  When I ride dual sport bikes I feel more at peace and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way.  Riding dirt brings new challenges and allows you to get far away from everything and have some healthy competition between friends.  It also seems safer to me as well because crashes are generally less devastating in the dirt. 

anything else you want to say?

Just that I feel so fortunate to have been introduced to the Babes ride Out and the Babes in the Dirt. I want to thank you guys for such a unique experience. Your kindness enables people to experience the pure joy of motorcycles in an atmosphere that I don’t think could be found anywhere else. Thank you!!!!

Roll Call | Lori Bentley Law

Roll CallAshmore EllisComment

Meet Lori Bentley Law @motordolls ! She is the mastermind behind the awesome NBC feature on Babes Ride Out 3. We first met Lori at a gas station (duh). We were headed home from one of our many meetings in Joshua Tree and we were pumping our gas when we hear someone call out ” Hey, are you Babes Ride Out”? We both turned around and ended up chatting with Lori and her husband Brian about their Joshua Tree home and their Route 66 Motor Palace project, their fleet of motorcycles they own and all the other really cool things that this awesome couple has going on in their lives. Lori seemed so passionate about her love for motorcycles and cars and we wanted to know more…….

 

Besides my day job as an NBC photojournalist, I’m an author, with several novels under my belt—all involving girls and their relationships with either classic cars or motorcycles. You’d think I could write about my own, but wow. The first draft bored me—although, one element shone through. I hadn’t intended this article to be a love story about my Sportster; it simply became that.

Between writing, work, and our Route 66 preservation project (the Motor Palace–a future motorcycle shop/hangout) there isn’t much time for big events, gatherings, or group rides. I’m not antisocial or shy, just simply never do them.

 

Going to a mega-event like Babes Ride Out pushed me outside my social comfort range. Surprisingly, I loved it–flitting from group-to-group in my loner-like way, shooting the news segment for NBC, meeting tons of new people, eyeballing all of those amazing motorcycles. Wow. So many great bikes.

As I stared out over the vast scope of the B.R.O campground from the perch high above, something struck me: My Chromester glowed like a Vegas showgirl in a sea of deconstructed patina. Dang. Talk about being out of fashion. I wondered, after eleven years together, was it time to give this motorcycle a makeover?

Let’s go back to the beginning and explore.

I had this boyfriend in high school, Psycho Mike, who late one night after his mom died went into a rage, put me in front of him on a borrowed beat-to-crap sport bike, and took off up a mountain road. He had no experience riding and I’m pretty sure planned to kill us. Thankfully, he didn’t, but I swore I’d never get on two wheels again.

And then I met Brian, a lifelong, third generation motorcyclist. Even his grandmother rode. After a long country excursion on the back of his ’78 BMW R80/7, I fell in love with both the bike and the boy. In ’95, I got my motorcycle license, and in ’98 married the boy.

Brian and me with 55 bmw r50

I’m damned stubborn when it comes to style and picked, for my first bike, one of the “worst motorcycles ever made” according to legendary Yamaha man Joey Brown who had the 1966 Yamaha YM1 in his motorcycle graveyard. He tried to talk me out of it, but I wouldn’t budge. He shook his head as he took my 300 bucks and said, “Just remember, I told you so.”

Twenty years later I still own that two-stroke, 305cc motorcycle. It has more hours of labor than all of our motorcycles combined (and we have a lot). Still, the bike has never made it more than about ten miles before something happens. Not exactly practical. Nor was the ‘77 Triumph Bonneville I could only sometimes kick-start. Or the plated ’76 Honda TL125 that shouldn’t be on the street (although man, what a blast on the dirt).

Nine years of impractical choices later, Brian had enough. In 2004, he bought me a brand new Sportster 1200R, whether I wanted it or not. I did not.I let the motorcycle sit in the garage. First off, Harleys had never been my thing, and second, the bike felt SO top heavy.He customized the Sportster anyway, enticing me with the kind of vintage features I loved, such as tank pads and fork gators. He chromed the tank like a BSA and added a 1955 Ford Thunderbird emblem. He made many upgrades, like RaceTech suspension, LRB brakes, and an hydraulic clutch.

Occasionally I took the bike out, but I wasn’t feeling it. As a compromise, Brian brought home a used ’04 Bonneville, with styling I liked and modern components–like electric start.Still, Brian wanted me on the Harley. Finally I gave the bike an honest try. We headed out on a 150 mile ride to one of our favorite spots, Joshua Tree, and at last the Sportster and I clicked.Over the ten years following that bonding ride, the Chromester has been the catalyst for some of my most memorable life experiences, like our three-week exploration of Route 66 from California to Illinois and then up to Wisconsin. The old alignments sometimes turned to dust under our tires, we often got lost trying to keep track of the road, but the Chromester never stumbled. Anyone who tells you touring on a Sportster is impossible doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The trip did something to me. Changed my perspective somehow. Being on a motorcycle day after day, exploring and discovering, bonds you in a really dramatic way. My Sportster became a part of me during those three weeks.So here I am now at the beginning of 2016, eleven years after first getting the Sportster, and contemplating a makeover.

Knowing this, Brian surprised me with a new Sportster tank for Christmas, a blank slate to customize at my will, as I did my ’48 Ford. At first, the idea excited me, but when I thought of deconstructing the Chromester, I got sick to my stomach. Fashion may come and go, but that motorcycle and I have too much history, too many miles, to simply make her over into something new. We have other bikes for that. Years from now, I want to sit on that beautiful machine and remember every mile, remember the thoughtfulness Brian put into designing her for me, remember every experience big and small, and cherish all of the adventures behind us and the ones that lay ahead. She and I can be old ladies together, blazing down the road, flaws and all, no makeovers needed.

So hey… anyone want to buy a brand new Sportster tank? Swell as the gift was, the Chromester won’t be needing it.