Babes Ride Out

Babes in the Dirt 2

Meet Mikey Rangel of Stance

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

When Mikey showed up at Stance I was excited, this meant our moto category was about to make some major waves. He soon became one of my favorite humans at Stance due to his sense of humor and ability to be incredibly positive and encouraging to those around him. This past year Stance Moto has come out with Women's Fusion Moto socks, and to us, that is a big deal as it's a testament that women's technical gear is taking a shift in the right direction and becoming a focal point. When we asked him to be a part of Babes in the Dirt 2, Mikey didn't hesitate. 

Stance Moto is covering the group campsite fee this year, hosting a s'mores party on Sat night, giving away 150 ladies moto socks on site to the first 150 at their booth on Sat am, AND bring the address of your friend cause you'll have the chance to pick a FREE pair of women's lifestyle socks to send to a buddy who couldn't make it (Stance booth open Sat am after mandatory riders meeting).

Get to know Mikey and make sure to give this guy a high five if you see him, he deserves it! 

Mikey the Hitchhiker 

Mikey the Hitchhiker 

Name: Mikey Rangel

Tell us about yourself:

I work at Stance Socks as the Category Directory for Moto and Bike and live in Laguna Niguel. I spend quite a few weekends out of the year at the races but when I’m not on the road for work I’m most likely out in the hills on my mountain bike or as close to the beach as possible. 

How did you get into riding?

I initially got into riding/racing through my pops who ran race teams my entire childhood. It was cool being able to grow up with athletes staying at the house and being surrounded by the lifestyle of those guys and the team's long night grinds wrenching away. He had me start with BMX for quite a few years then made the transition to motocross my early teens and that has led to where I’m at now 

Where is your favorite place to ride?

I don’t know if I can say I have a favorite place in specific. I more just enjoy riding when I am around my buds and the track or trail conditions are good. I don’t ride as much anymore, so anytime I’m out there I’m stoked. 

Two stroke of 4 stroke? 

4-stroke 

Do you have a favorite bike? 

KTM lended me a 350 and it was badass on the track or trail riding, but growing up in the 90’s Factory Honda was the team to beat so I still have a soft spot for Red.

Best riding adventure?

No pressure situations like camping and trail riding as a kid or some trips to Glamis when I was working at Fox. For a track, I’d say Mammoth MX is a fun trip.

Home is where you park it @stancemoto 

Home is where you park it @stancemoto 

What is it like to work for Stance? 

Stance is epic, the culture at the office is something I’ve never experienced in my career. They’ve recruited a solid crew here and everyone is so damn smart! My day to day typically shifts based on where we are in the seasonal go to market process. My focus is split across all aspects of the business whether it be Product,  M&D, Marketing/PR, or Sales for both Moto and Bike categories.

Stance Fusion Moto @stancemoto 

Stance Fusion Moto @stancemoto 

Brap City @stancemoto

Brap City @stancemoto

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

I first heard about BRO from working alongside Ashmore here at Stance, and I think the event and brand are awesome. I really support the overall intent of just organically rallying groups of women to enjoy a shared passion of riding.  

What do you have planned for us at Babes Ride Out 2?

Ashmore said I’m not allowed at Babes Ride Out! But for Babes in the Dirt we’ll be out there gifting some Moto and Casual in an activation call “A Pair to Share”. We plan to host a rad little S’more campfire hangout as well on Sat. 

What does Stance Moto have planned in 2016 

Babes in the Dirt! We actually just launched our second season so we’ll continue to try and make waves in the market and further establish ourselves in the Moto world. Aside from that, just continue to bring a fresh new vibe to the sport. 

Stance Moto athlete Cole Seely on a Husky @stancemoto

Stance Moto athlete Cole Seely on a Husky @stancemoto

Stance proudly supports Ken Roczen, Chad Reed, Cole Seely, Jason Anderson, Justin Hill, and more on and off season.

Thank you Mikey Rangel, Stance Moto, Stance Women's, and Stance's events team for making Babes in the Dirt 2 next level! See you this weekend! 

Hot Rides SF to Host Fox Women's Karaoke Night at Babes in the Dirt 2

PeopleAshmore Ellis

We don't think we have ever met a pair of girls with so much damn energy... Meet your hosts of the Fox Women's Karaoke night at Babes in the Dirt 2, Katie Sue and Lea from SF Hot Rides! 

What can be said about Katie Sue and Lea that hasn't been said before? Yeah, y'all know them as the forefront of the San Francisco-based motorcycle collective, Hot Rides. Or you may know them as reciting movie lines to Terminator 2, or shoot, any other Arnold movie for that matter. And yeah, sure, you can catch Katie Sue during the day, behind the scenes, running Vice's female-focused channel, Broadly or riding her wizardly white steed, an '01 Harley Sportster, in all-white garb from head to toe... WITH FRINGE.  And let's not forget Chill Mami, or Lea, whose #1 sidekick is her dog, bad girl Zozo, and whose profession simultaneously scares us and saves us in "crunching numbers" for all types of businesses, mainly for Chrome Industries . You may have heard she owns like 12, or maybe 18? vintage motorcycles... Er, something ridiculous like that. Some may call it hoarding, we call it awesome. 

@totalrecall and @chillmami at Babes Ride Out 2 aka Babes in Joshua Tree 

@totalrecall and @chillmami at Babes Ride Out 2 aka Babes in Joshua Tree 

What you don't know is how the cosmos aligned for these two beings to meet and how deep their friendship runs outside of motorcycles.

The Chillest....We'd party with them!

The Chillest....We'd party with them!


Each originally hailing from Southern California, Lea and Katie Sue met in San Francisco in 2006 through mutual friends and became flat mates shortly after that. Both reformed hardcore kids, the two bonded over their love for Built to Spill, R Kelly, and Converge, and also shitty pop punk bands we all love to hate, or hate to love, you choose. *Cough* Saves the Day and Get Up Kids *Cough* The two would sing along to 'Shoulder to the Wheel' and at the right moments, finger-point to the air, belch out of their lungs, and head-bang during the break down. To each of their own, Katie Sue could also sing to Notorious BIG's "Juicy," while Lea would rap "Gettin' It" by Too $hort in its entirety with zero error. Nevertheless, this was a friendship at first sight. 

"Lea has been my inspiration for riding from the beginning," said Katie Sue. "She was the first to get into motorcycles, and had been building vintage scooters and mopeds with her now husband for quite some time before I bought my first bike - a 1975 Honda CB 125.  We would ride around in co-ed groups, which were super fun of course, but the casual misogyny was frustrating and annoying."

Separately, they both realized they knew a handful of girls who rode motorcycles and were within the same age demographic. "One day, Katie Sue g-chats me and asked if she should start a Facebook group to connect all these riders that we know and plan a Taco Tuesday ride," says Lea. "DUH" was the response each mimicked, and thereafter, Katie Sue quickly proceeded to create the group.

"At the time, you had to name your Facebook Group and include a cover image, so I googled "babes on bikes" and the first image that popped up was from a calendar called Hot Rides with a sexy lady on a bike. We thought it was hilarious," says Katie Sue. And so it goes - the conception of Hot Rides was founded in 2011 over the love of tacos and "smoky, loud, fast two-wheeled things." 

Hot Rides First Ever Ride to Get Tacos, San Francisco 2011 : P hoto cred: @aeschleah

Hot Rides First Ever Ride to Get Tacos, San Francisco 2011 : Photo cred: @aeschleah

 

"We had the cadence going for a while where we'd meet up at least twice a month. Sometimes it would be a long weekend ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and into the hills, or sometimes a quick jaunt around town for happy hour, or just simply not wanting to leave each other's company and finding ourselves in Chinatown karaoke hole-in-the-wall bars. Haha. Katie would call me her “motorcycle sensei,” and I would call her my “karaoke sensei.” She’s fearless and pretty damn good. We were always suckers for any karaoke dive bar," shared Lea.

After many braaaps around town, the group snowballed into a supportive collective of female riders - a place for women to ask women questions, share tips, and meet other riders at time when girl gangs weren't as common as they are today. 

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

"It was just so comical how the group started. It was always a joke to me because of how it started - from the name, to the photo, and to the fact that we don't take each other seriously. But it quickly turned into a safe haven for us. We all naturally gravitated to each other and would find solace in each other on that first Taco Tuesday night. We all had the same interests and opinions. It was crazy! Some of those ladies I still talk to till this day and they are my best friends," says Lea. 

SF HOT RIDES, A riding Collective 

SF HOT RIDES, A riding Collective 

"I was so stoked to be a girl gang founder, I literally wouldn't shut up about it, so apologies to anyone I spoke to in 2011.  Unless, you were one of the girls who overheard me bragging at parties and joined the crew," adds Katie Sue.

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

Since being founded in 2011, the group has quadrupled in riders, with babes in LA, PDX and of course, SF. 

Katie Sue continues, "We've really evolved as a group, and the beauty of Hot Rides is that you can participate at whatever level you want or however you are able to.  I've met some of my best friends through this group, and I'm so proud to be a part of it." 

Katie Sue now resides LA, while Chill Mami hangs back in SF.  This dynamic duo is reuniting at Babes in the Dirt 2, where the two will host Karaoke Night on Saturday evening. KJ Total Recall and KJ Chill Mami have curated a rad karaoke list for the evening and encourage everyone to break a little loose.  You can catch them screaming to top of their lungs the lyrics to Saves the Day: “Get us as far as far can be. Get us away from tonight!”. Will you be joining us?  

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

photo cred: @mattsharkeyphoto

Meet Emily George of See See Motorcycles and Co Host to Mini Bike Races at Babes in the Dirt 2

PeopleAshmore Ellis

Name: Emily George

I currently live, work, and play in the Pacific NW, where I grew up.  I moved around quite a bit when I was younger, so it’s nice to be back home with family, and working at See See Motorcycles

Emily Ripping on the Track

Emily Ripping on the Track

How did you get into riding?

I never really thought about getting into riding motorcycles, it just kind of happened because I never wanted to be on the back of one. A friend wanted to take me on a ride about 15 years ago and I refused.  Instead he spent the day teaching me how to shift and use the brakes (which I’m still not good at).  Till about the age of 16. My track record has been to crash everything with a motor or two wheels into a fence to stop… fortunately I haven’t done that with a street bike yet!

The PNW, NBD! 

The PNW, NBD! 


Where is your favorite place to ride?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one, because I seem to love almost every ride for one reason or another.  When I lived in Utah, it was the trips through Moab and southern Utah.  In Arizona it was out to Tortilla Flats, and any night it was cool enough to ride.  There is seriously nothing like riding through the desert after a 110 degree day. It smells like your riding through the most amazing botanical garden. Back home here in the NW, its really any riding adventure with my friends and family! 

Two stroke or 4 stroke? 

God I love the sound, smell, and feel of two strokes, but my turd of a dog hates them with a passion, so I’ll side with him and say 4… he can be a bully if you don’t do what he says.

Race Face 

Race Face 

Do you have a favorite bike? 

I really love my mom on her yellow Honda Rebel.  Other than that, I have to say my DR 650, cuz it’s mine and I saved up all my pennies to get it. 

Best riding adventure?
Not sure, but I’ll let you know when it happens.

It's Always 12 O'Clock Somewhere 

It's Always 12 O'Clock Somewhere 


Do you prefer track riding or trail riding? Why?

Honestly I’d have to say track right now. There is something about going fast and being able to improve with every lap that feels really satisfying to me, plus it’s a bit more of an adrenalin rush when your on the track, no tree’s to hit, and very little brakes to use, which if you remember, I’m not too good at! 

What is it like to work for See See Motorcycles? Tell us about the brand and what your day to day is like. 

See See is a pretty amazing job, but we’re small, probably much smaller than people even think, so my job consist of many things.  I run the online store, manage and work the shop, book art shows for the café, do the buying, merchandising, invoicing, help coordinate events, email, email, oh and email. When I’m not doing office shenanigans, I get roped into other shenanigans… on bikes, that end up in weird, crazy videos!  I’ve had hot dogs thrown at me, tug o’ wars with my sis on bikes, and ridden three wheelers up the sides of shitters. (another faulty brake incident). 

See See Motorcycles Shoot

See See Motorcycles Shoot

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

It was either my sister or my good friend Erica that told me about it.  I’ve been super lucky to have my sister and other close girlfriends that I’ve always been able to ride with, but most gals have a hard time finding that.  I think “Babes Ride Out” is on the frontline of changing the way women ride, and venture out on motorcycles.  I’m super excited to see the event expand to different parts of the world!!! It gives ladies on a budget that can’t leave work and travel a chance to get in on the good time, and I think that’s fantastic! 

What do you have planned for us at Babes Ride Out 2?

We have an extra fun event planned! A non-serious mini flat track race will be held on Saturday evening during Babes in the Dirt. We’re hoping to get girls of all abilities or who have never tried racing to come out and give it the ol “go fast (or slow), turn left” thing. Obviously this will be just a small taste of what racing is all about but ultimately we would love it if more ladies joined us in the racing circuits around the country. Cool thing about FT racing is its just going in an oval at your own pace and learning to work around and with other riders competitively. It’s also a great way to advance your techniques and comfort levels but at your own speed and has helped both Emily and I gain a ton of experience in other types of riding not directly linked to flat track. It helps develop great moto skills that cross over. 

Emily in her Element 

Emily in her Element 

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.

Meet Tori George of Poler Stuff and Co Host to the Poler Stuff x See See Motorcycles Mini Bike Races at Babes Ride Out 2

Sponsors, People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

"How do you feel about a mini bike race sponsored by Poler Stuff and See See Motorcycles at Babes in the Dirt 2?" asked the George sisters... The rest was history. Meet Tori George, a flat trackin', nature lovin', whirlwind of a woman who is coming down with her sister Emily George from See See (interview to follow) to present the See See Motorcycles x Poler Stuff Mini Bike Races at Babes in the Dirt 2! 

 

"We have an extra fun event planned! A non-serious mini flat track race will be held on Saturday evening during Babes in the Dirt. We’re hoping to get girls of all abilities or who have never tried racing to come out and give it the ol “go fast (or slow), turn left” thing. Obviously this will be just a small taste of what racing is all about but ultimately we would love it if more ladies joined us in the racing circuits around the country. Cool thing about FT racing is it's just going in an oval at your own pace and learning to work around and with other riders competitively. It’s also a great way to advance your techniques and comfort levels but at your own speed and has helped both Emily and I gain a ton of experience in other types of riding not directly linked to flat track. It helps develop great moto skills that cross over into street riding, dirt biking, and rollerblading" - Tori & Emily George

Name: Tori George

I live in the great Pacific Northwest in a small little city people call Portland. I currently work for the vibey company of camp stuff, Poler.  In my past time I like long walks on the rainy beach, jumping over puddles, fly fishin’ and just about all other things the NW has to offer. Yes I bicycle, yes I read books, yes I have a cat and love animals, oh and yes I love all kinds motorcyclin’.

Tori ripping over a jump 

Tori ripping over a jump 


How did you get into riding?

Well, of course we all have dads, uncles and grandpas that ride motorcycles, fly planes and drive automobiles (which is true, I do)… but I really think that “going-fast and the need for speed” hit me when I was 11 and I saved $700 bucks up from odd jobs you can manage at age 11, and bought a 2-seater non-rollcage Manco go-kart… yep, I was that kid and I went EVERYWHERE in that thing, we even put airplane tires on it so I wouldn’t keep wearing through the dang things. Long story short, finally went from 4 wheels to 2 and bought myself a 1978 CB125s, and still have it today, although I’ve now added more bikes to the collection. 
 

Where is your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride would vary with the machine of choosing. For dirtbiking I fancy eastern oregon, specifically the sand high desert trails of China Hat. For street, the excellent twisty turns of northeast Oregon. For flat track... Salem Indoor raceway, where the magic is in the dirt. 

Tori Flat Tracking at Dirt Quake 

Tori Flat Tracking at Dirt Quake 


Two stroke of 4 stroke? 

Both, but there is something about that grunty 4 banger.

Do you have a favorite bike? 

hmmm.... Every bike I have owned, how about that? I’ve currently been stuck on my DRZ 400 Supermoto a lot. Quick little whip, fun and fast.

Best riding adventure?

We used to do this 3 day trip out to and through eastern Oregon every year called the Gold Rush Ride . About 60 people on bikes, all back twisty roads, must carry all your own gear, no chase trucks etc. Eastern Oregon has really great roads and amazing views. We rode hard, but partied harder. It was fun, fast and pretty carefree.

Do you prefer track riding or trail riding? Why?

I’ve ridden a little bit of everything and I dig it all. Track is great for getting your    competitive side out, and trail riding is just fun to challenge yourself with. Either way, it’s hard to have a bad time on a bike.

What is it like to work for Poler x See See Motorcycles? Tell us about the brand and what your day to day is like. 

Well my day job is Poler Outdoor Stuff, a fun outdoor brand based out of Portland OR that radiates tons of campvibes and inspires adventures! My hobby job and family is See See Motorcycles, Both take a lot of passion to be involved in, and I like that. My day consists of a lot of communication, creative marketing, production, photo styling, logistics and event coordination etc….I just prioritize and go for it each day! 

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

Emily and I threw a local ladies event that same year, small but it was good fun. We caught wind of Babes Ride Out and really wanted to make it down south but saw lots of great photos come from the event. It was really great to see like minded gals getting out and enjoying motorcycles!

Tori in her element 

Tori in her element 


What does Poler x See See Motorcycles have planned in 2016 ?


Awe yes, tons but here’s just a few!  See See has teamed up with Sideburn Magazine again this year for the 3 annual Dirt Quake USA in Castle Rock WA coming up June 17-18th. If you haven’t heard about it look it up! Most fun you can pack into a 24 hour period.

 

Poler has a second flagship store opening up in May of this year in Laguna Beach along with fresh satellite offices and headquarters.

Both companies will be in attendance and are sponsors of Born Free this year bringing along the Poler x See See Royal Enfield we built and designed for The One Moto Show this past Feb. And of course Babes in the Dirt!  Thanks, and we can’t wait! 

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!!!!