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Meet the Fleet x Introducing the Brand New 2020 Harley-Davidson Demo Bikes at Babes Ride Out 7 x Central Coast

Event Info, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

We are thrilled to have Harley-Davidson on site offering demos at Babes Ride Out 7 x Central Coast! Each demo ride will allow you to experience the bike you have chosen for a self guided 1.5 hr route via an easy to follow route suggestion card given to you by Harley-Davidson. Please read the following very carefully before signing up. Since there are limited demo bikes the demos will fill up fast. Please scroll down to the FAQ to read how to be eligible to ride one and how you can get be "next in line" if the demos are full.

  • 1 demo sign up per person, no exceptions (please do not sign up more than once or for your friends)or you'll be automatically booted from the system. This helps keep sign ups fair.

  • *You must have a ticket to Babes Ride Out 7 x Central Coast already purchased to participate*

  • Must have government issued photo ID with a M1 license

  • Must sign a waiver release form (this will be completed on site before your demo ride)

  • Must wear proper riding gear. If you do not have these items or cannot borrow, please do not sign up as they are ALL mandatory before you get on their bikes. [DOT approved helmet, eye protection (shield or sunglasses), long pants, boots that cover the ankle]

  • Show up 30 minutes before your demo time slot at the Harley-Davidson booth. Failure to do so will release your demo to the next in line. 

FAQs

Do I need a ticket to the event to demo?

Yes

Can I request a certain bike from the fleet?

Each bike per time slot is listed and you can scroll down to get details on each one to get the specifics.

Can I sign up more than once or for my friend? Can I sign up twice or more?

No and no :) You cannot sign up other riders or more than once to keep it fair. If we catch anyone breaking the rule, their demo will be cancelled without warning.

Can my friend ride on the back? Can I ride on the back?

No, one rider per bike :)

Shoot! There are no more bikes or time slots available, what do I do?

If the demos are full, make sure to stop by the Harley-Davidson booth 30 min before each demo takes place fully geared and ready to go to see if a spot opens up.

I don't have the gear listed, what are my options?

If you don't have the gear, you can't demo the bike. It's for your own safety.

I signed up and can't come. What do I do?

No problem! Please cancel your demo slot immediately. This way the spot can go to someone on the waitlist. It's very easy and very appreciated simply log in and cancel the free ticket. Click HERE for step by step instructions.

How do I know if any spots are available from cancellations?

A cancellation will auto populate an opening on the tickets page. A lot of times, ladies miss their demo and if you are geared up and waiting, you'll get to take their spot on site. Simply check in at the H-D booth 30 min prior to each scheduled demo. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements?

Demos, just like the event, are 21+.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email babesrideout@gmail.com

Alright! Now let’s meet the fleet!

  • You can click on each image to get even more details per motorcycle

  • Seat height is measured in inches

  • Weight is measured in pounds

Iron 1200

Seat Height 25.7

Weight 564

Forty-Eight

Seat Height 26.2

Weight 556

Iron 883

Seat Height 25.7

Weight 564

Roadster

Seat Height 29.5

Weight 571

Deluxe

Seat Height 25.9

Weight 697

Breakout 114

Seat Height 25.6

Weight 672

FXDR 114

Seat Height 27.7

Weight 688

Fat Bob 114

Seat Height 27.7

Weight 676

Heritage 107

Seat Height 26.3

Weight 728

Low Rider S

Seat Height 26.5

Weight 679

Low Rider

Seat Height 26.2

Weight 661

Heritage 114

Seat Height 26.3

Weight 728

Slim

Seat Height 25.5

Weight 671

Fat Boy 114

Seat Height 25.9

Weight 699

Street Bob

Seat Height 25.8

Weight 655

Sport Glide

Seat Height 25.7

Weight 699

Electra Glide Standard

Seat Height 26.1

Weight 820

Street Glide

Seat Height 26.1

Weight 829

Road Glide

Seat Height 25.9

Weight 855

Road King

Seat Height 26.3

Weight 828

How Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Made Courtney a More Confident Rider

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Courtney has been riding for 3 years and got her start by testing the waters on her own but soon found out the at the Harley-Davidson riding clinic was a great asset to help her develop much needed technique and help her build confidence. After that first class, she felt much more comfortable on her motorcycle and plans on continuing honing in her skills with additional classes. One of the many things we love about Courtney is open to answer any questions on how to get started and connect with new riders looking for advice. Hit her up on her instagram @cocoramaaa and she’d be more than happy to connect and share her experience. Before you do, get to know her, what she’s currently building, and why she decided on a 2018 HD Street Bob as her moto of choice!

Courtney in front of the Kill Bill Church | Shot by Laura Goldenberger

Courtney in front of the Kill Bill Church | Shot by Laura Goldenberger

What you do for a living?

Co-own a full service salon

How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started?

I’ve been riding for 3 years.

Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles?

I was tired of only getting on the bike if my dude wanted to ride. I wanted to be in control of where I was riding & wanted to feel the freedom of two wheels riding solo. Being a part of the motorcycle community is like no other & being a Lita is even more empowering by being surrounded by strong, beautiful babes!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own:

I started off on a 2016 HD Sportster 1200. I upgraded to a 2018 HD Street Bob because I was tired of stopping for gas on long rides haha I just recently purchased a 1966 Triumph and currently, building an HD Breakout chopper.

What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson?

I’ve been around Harley’s all my life. I can remember the smell of the first shop we had in Lancaster and being obsessed with all the leather and fringe!

How did you know it was the bike for you?

The Bob is fantastic. I wasn’t sure about a soft tail, but the sales person assured me it wasn’t like an old soft tail and I could enjoy a long ride on it... and I do!

Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike:

I definitely couldn’t maneuver the bob like the sporty while parking. I ended up putting an air ride on it and absolutely love it. I added a fairing and little blue tooth speakers inside and now I’m off and riding in the wind! I put an air ride on the breakout as well. It’s still getting some work done on it, but I can’t wait to rip around town on the chopper.

What made you choose your model over the other H-D models?

It’s not as small as the Sportster, but still slim and badass! It’s definitely the bike I will keep forever even if I upgrade. I love my bob.

Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:

Air ride, fairing, exhaust, speakers, foot boards and brass accessories.

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike?

Babes Ride Out 6 by far! I cannot wait until this year!

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

A group of us are going to Babes in October!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?

EPIC! I swear I was on a high the whole week after we got back... ask my co-workers (haha)! I was all smiles and couldn’t stop posting all the fun times my friend and I had!

Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?

My first answer is: go to your local Harley-Davidson and sign up for the class. I was riding 6 months before I took the class and I cannot stress enough how confident the course made me. The afternoon that I finished the class I drove home and got straight on my bike! It’s amazing and I can’t wait to take the intermediate course that HD offers.

Click HERE to find a class near you!

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Harley-Davidson Woodstock Shares Their Favorite Rides Through the Catskills

Ashmore Ellis

Everybody needs a chance to slow down from time to time, a moment to pause, to tune out the business of work, family, obligations, etc. That’s why we ride, that’s why Woodstock Harley-Davidson exists. We exist to give you the chance to enjoy something entirely yours – your ride. We believe that riding is therapy for the soul and we want to help you enjoy every moment of it.

Riding a motorcycle in New York is an incredible experience and we’d like to share it with you. From historical sites to mountain views and other scenic treks, there’s a lot to take in, all over the great state of New York. Here are a few of our favorite motorcycle rides with help from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

If you stop by Harley-Davidson Woodstock, say “hi” to their marketing gal Amara and see what they have going on as they gear up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Woodstock Music fest.

Babes Ride Out East Coast Harley-Davidson

Great Northern Scenic Tour

Heading west on State Route 23A, the Great Northern Scenic Tour is a great day trip. With multiple spots to catch a view of the wonders of the area – waterfalls to bridges and more – it offers 70+/- miles of riding fun.
 

Phoenicia to Woodstock

The Phoenicia to Woodstock right ends in our backyard (or starting there if you want to ride it the other way), this trip gives you a chance to explore historic Route 28 and enjoy all the attractions along the way – nature, music and more!
 

Fishing Heritage Scenic Tour

A short 19-mile trek, this tour follows Willowemoc Creek. If you take the trip, be sure to stop by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. It’s right along the route, just a bit northwest of where 179 and 151 meet.
 

Shawangunk-Catskills Scenic Tour

This route isn’t a loop, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. If leaving from the Kingston/Woodstock area, you can either head south on 87 to exit 118 for 299 or you can head northwest to catch 28. The route winds through the mountainous Catskills area, through wild forests and more, offering natural beauty at every turn.

Ready to make the trip? Get ready to Ride the Catskills with us, and learn more about our backyard – one of the best routes in New York state.
 

Pepacton-Andes Scenic Tour

If hiking, covered bridges, and fishing are your thing, then this is the route for you. The Pepacton-Andes tour starts in Margaretville and goes north, eventually following the Pepacton Reservoir around. Offering prime photo, hiking, and fishing spots, this is one trip where you get to enjoy the experience on and off your bike.
 

Heart of the Mountains Scenic Tour

Another route in our neighborhood, the Heart of the Mountains ride is a great loop, winding westward from Woodstock on 212. You’ll go around Phoenicia Wild Forest, stop by Mount Tremper and pass the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground before heading back to town. All in about 22 miles!

New York has some of the best riding around, especially upstate. Whether you join one of our group rides, go with your friends, or ride alone, you won’t want to miss these rides. And, be sure to stop by and see us at 949 Route 28 in Kingston, just down the road from world-famous Woodstock.

See you on the road!

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Want to Demo a Brand New Harley-Davidson at Babes Ride Out East Coast 4?

EventsAshmore Ellis

We are thrilled to have Harley-Davidson on site offering demos at Babes Ride Out East Coast 4! Each demo ride will allow you to experience the bike you have chosen for a self guided 2 hr route via an easy to follow route suggestion card given to you by Harley-Davidson and give you plenty of open road to enjoy! Please read the following very carefully before signing up. Since there are limited demo bikes the demos will fill up fast.  Please scroll down to the FAQ to read how to be eligible to ride one and how you can get be "next in line" if the demos are full.

  • 1 demo per person, no exceptions (please do not sign up more than once or for your friends) or you'll be automatically booted from the system. 

  • You must have a ticket Babes Ride Out East Coast 4 already purchased to participate*

  • Must have government issued photo ID with a M1 license

  • Must sign a waiver release form (this will be completed on site before your demo ride)

  • Must wear proper riding gear. If you do not have these items or cannot borrow, please do not sign up as they are ALL mandatory before you get on their bikes. [DOT approved helmet, eye protection (shield or sunglasses), long pants, boots that cover the ankle]

  • Show up 30 minutes before your demo time slot at the Harley-Davidson booth

Forty-Eight®   Heavy-hitting style with fat tires and an iconic peanut tank. Designed with its signature bulldog stance and 1200cc of corner cranking torque.

Forty-Eight®

Heavy-hitting style with fat tires and an iconic peanut tank. Designed with its signature bulldog stance and 1200cc of corner cranking torque.

Forty-Eight® Special   1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine. Quick handling. And throwback 70’s art on the tank to let everyone know it wasn’t born yesterday.

Forty-Eight® Special

1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine. Quick handling. And throwback 70’s art on the tank to let everyone know it wasn’t born yesterday.

Iron 1200™   A modern take on what’s been putting big grins on the faces of Sportster® motorcycle riders for decades.

Iron 1200™

A modern take on what’s been putting big grins on the faces of Sportster® motorcycle riders for decades.

Superlow®   You’ll feel the confidence that comes from its low seat, well-balanced stance and low center of gravity. Easy handling, and comfort to go all day.

Superlow®

You’ll feel the confidence that comes from its low seat, well-balanced stance and low center of gravity. Easy handling, and comfort to go all day.

1200 Custom   You get the 1200cc Evolution® engine, chrome shorty dual exhaust, and bold graphics on the tank. And that’s just the start. Where it goes from there is up to you.

1200 Custom

You get the 1200cc Evolution® engine, chrome shorty dual exhaust, and bold graphics on the tank. And that’s just the start. Where it goes from there is up to you.

Deluxe   A bright, nostalgic boulevard cruiser that turns heads and rumbles with modern know-how and attitude.

Deluxe

A bright, nostalgic boulevard cruiser that turns heads and rumbles with modern know-how and attitude.

Heritage Classic 114   The dark style, modern edge and reinvigorated ride of the Heritage model take nostalgia ripping into a new place.

Heritage Classic 114

The dark style, modern edge and reinvigorated ride of the Heritage model take nostalgia ripping into a new place.

FXDR™ 114   The all-new FXDR™ 114 is a feast for the eyes with performance and attitude that’s off the leash. Fast on the straights. Agile in the corners. It'll blow away your senses.

FXDR™ 114

The all-new FXDR™ 114 is a feast for the eyes with performance and attitude that’s off the leash. Fast on the straights. Agile in the corners. It'll blow away your senses.

Fat Bob® 114   The Fat Bob® motorcycle features aggressive, unapologetic styling, mind-blowing performance and handling, premium finishes, and the massive torque of the Milwaukee-Eight® engine.

Fat Bob® 114

The Fat Bob® motorcycle features aggressive, unapologetic styling, mind-blowing performance and handling, premium finishes, and the massive torque of the Milwaukee-Eight® engine.

Electra Glide® Standard   A bare essentials bike with all the modern capabilities for the Touring purist. Built to make it your own.

Electra Glide® Standard

A bare essentials bike with all the modern capabilities for the Touring purist. Built to make it your own.

Road Glide® Special   Blacked-out and loaded with premium features. Fire up the thrill-inducing Milwaukee-Eight® 114 V-Twin engine and you’re in for one hell of a ride

Road Glide® Special

Blacked-out and loaded with premium features. Fire up the thrill-inducing Milwaukee-Eight® 114 V-Twin engine and you’re in for one hell of a ride

Roadster™   It’s a street-eating machine with tucked in, fast back style and 1200cc of corner-cranking torque.

Roadster™

It’s a street-eating machine with tucked in, fast back style and 1200cc of corner-cranking torque.

Iron 883   An original icon of the Harley-Davidson Dark Custom style. It sets the standard for the raw, stripped-down, blacked-out look. Now with fresh, new graphics.

Iron 883

An original icon of the Harley-Davidson Dark Custom style. It sets the standard for the raw, stripped-down, blacked-out look. Now with fresh, new graphics.

Sport Glide®   Devour endless miles of highway. Lean hard through twisting roads. Hit the night spots. Adventure is yours for the taking on the Sport Glide®.

Sport Glide®

Devour endless miles of highway. Lean hard through twisting roads. Hit the night spots. Adventure is yours for the taking on the Sport Glide®.

Fat Boy® 114   Now lighter than the previous generation Fat Boy, and slinging torque from a Milwaukee-Eight® 107 or 114. You’ll feel the difference the instant you crack the throttle.

Fat Boy® 114

Now lighter than the previous generation Fat Boy, and slinging torque from a Milwaukee-Eight® 107 or 114. You’ll feel the difference the instant you crack the throttle.

Low Rider®   With styling reminiscent of the original in the ’70s, the tradition of individualism carries on in the powerful Low Rider® motorcycle.

Low Rider®

With styling reminiscent of the original in the ’70s, the tradition of individualism carries on in the powerful Low Rider® motorcycle.

Breakout® 114   The Breakout is a muscular modern chopper with pure ‘stop you in your tracks’ attitude. Be seen. Be respected. And when the light turns green, be gone.

Breakout® 114

The Breakout is a muscular modern chopper with pure ‘stop you in your tracks’ attitude. Be seen. Be respected. And when the light turns green, be gone.

Street Bob®   The Street Bob® motorcycle gives you the two-fists-in-the-wind riding experience stripped down to the bare essence.

Street Bob®

The Street Bob® motorcycle gives you the two-fists-in-the-wind riding experience stripped down to the bare essence.

Street Glide® Special   The custom hot rod bagger look stops people in their tracks. Now powered up with the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine, you’ll leave them in your dust.

Street Glide® Special

The custom hot rod bagger look stops people in their tracks. Now powered up with the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine, you’ll leave them in your dust.

Road King® Special   There’s a dark side to our heritage. You’re looking at the king of it. You get top-of-the-line power and a blacked-out look that will stop traffic.

Road King® Special

There’s a dark side to our heritage. You’re looking at the king of it. You get top-of-the-line power and a blacked-out look that will stop traffic.

FAQs

Do I need a ticket to the event to demo?

Yes

Can I request a certain bike from the fleet?

Each bike per time slot is listed and you can click on the GET TO KNOW THE BIKES blog to get details on each one to see the model and specifics.

Can I sign up more than once or for my friend? Can I sign up twice or more?

No and no :) You cannot sign up other riders or more than once to keep it fair. If we catch anyone breaking the rule, their demo will be cancelled without warning. 

Can my friend ride on the back? Can I ride on the back?

No, one rider per bike :) 

Shoot! There are no more bikes or time slots available, what do I do?

If the demos are full, make sure to stop by the Harley-Davidson booth 30 min before each demo takes place fully geared and ready to go to see if a spot opens up. 

I don't have the gear listed, what are my options?

If you don't have the gear, you can't demo the bike. It's for your own safety.

 I signed up and can't come. What do I do?

No problem! Please cancel your demo slot immediately. This way the spot can go to someone on the wait list. It's very easy and very appreciated simply log in and cancel the free ticket. Click HERE for step by step instructions.

How do I know if any spots are available from cancellations?

A cancellation will auto populate an opening on the tickets page. If you snooze, ya lose (sorry!).

Are there ID or minimum age requirements?

Demos, just like the event, are 21+. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email babesrideout@gmail.com

Malary Lee Proves Skill Conquers All on Her Harley-Davidson Dyna ...and her Flat Track Bike... and her Dirt Bike

Roll Call, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

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.

Photo by Malary Lee

Photo by Malary Lee

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.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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.

Photo by Jenny Lindquist

Photo by Jenny Lindquist

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.

Photo by Katie O’Connel

Photo by Katie O’Connel

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!

Photo by Mikey Revolt

Photo by Mikey Revolt

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Megan Margeson and her 1964 Harley Davidson Panhead Chopper

PeopleAnya Violet

It’s pretty hard to miss Megan Margeson at our events! She usually rolls in with her mom, both of them on insanely cool choppers. She has even won a couple of awards for her bike at our events over the years. Megan comes from a true motorcycle family and we got to catch up with her to hear more about her 1964 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper and one of the best moto trips of her life. Read on to hear more.

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Megan Margeson @MeganMargeson

What you do for a living? 

Middle School Science Teacher

How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started? 

I got my first dirt bike when I was 7, rode on the back of my dad's Harley for the first time when I was 8, got my motorcycle license when I was 18, and finished building my bike when I was 23.

Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles? 

Motorcycles have always been something that my family did together. What started as family trips to the desert to go dirt bike riding (which still happens) has grown into 5,000 mile trips on our choppers. I think family is what makes motorcycles so important to me. While the feeling of riding is, of course, what keeps me getting on the bike, being able to share in these adventures with my family makes it even more special.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own:

Past- Honda 70, Kawasaki KX 65, Kawasaki KX 85, Honda CRF 250R Current- 1964 Harley Davidson Panhead Chopper, 2002 Suzuki RM125, and a mini chopper

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What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson? 

I was born into a Harley family. My dad got his 1949 Pan Shovel when I was 8, which was originally owned by my late uncle. Once I started riding on the back, I was immediately hooked. Shortly after, my mom purchased a Harley Davidson Heritage Classic. After riding that for a few years, she decided she wanted a chopper like my Dad's, so they started building her Shovelhead. Growing up, it was never a question as to 'if' I would ride but just a matter of 'when'. When I turned 18, I signed up for a motorcycle safety course and got my license. Once I started riding, my Dad said we could start building a chopper for me! About 6.5 years of building later, my chopper was complete!

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

I can't think of anything more special than having a bike that my dad built for me. The amount of love, sweat, and tears that went into this bike make it my most prized possession. We built it from the ground up, with me in mind every step of the way. I am more on the petite side and we built it to fit me perfectly. Since we built it, I was able to design every aspect of the bike: from the seat, to the sissy bar, to the paint, etc.

Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike: 

I have ridden other types of bikes, but nothing has come close to my bike. Firstly, I am just very comfortable on my bike because it was built for me. Being comfortable is so important! Secondly, the feeling of a springer front end is my favorite! I just love hitting a bump in the road and feeling that bounce of the springer as I continue down the highway. It is a hardtail, so I am always sure to remember my kidney belt. While a bump in the road every now and then can be fun, going down the 405 freeway with no suspension can be quite painful.

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What made you choose your model over the other H-D models? 

In all honesty, when we started building my bike, I wasn't going to be picky. I was just happy to be building a bike! My parents actually got the motor by trading their friend their old 1954 Chevy Truck for my panhead motor. I feel like when I say that, people assume I'm really spoiled (which... I guess I am, in a way). My Dad always said his goal was to build me a bike. He said he didn't have a lot to leave me with, but a bike was something he could do. Because money doesn't grow on trees at my house, it took us about 6.5 years to build my bike. I'm not complaining by any means. If anything, it made me appreciate it that much more.

Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:

Since we built it, pretty much everything can be considered a modification. I designed the king and queen style seat with Danny Grey, even had memory foam and gel put into it... worth every penny! The mustang tank, custom fender, and wishbone frame were painted by Chris Morrison, Richard LaPorte, and Dennis Babin. I wanted the bike to be period correct, so I tried to make design choices to reflect that, as well as South Bay Chopper history. The 13' over Fat's springer front end, "South Bay Swoop" style sissy bar, stainless steel auxiliary gas tank, and Dick Allen two-into-one exhaust are all elements of "old-school South Bay" choppers.

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike? 

Last Summer, my parents and I took a 5,000 mile trip to Canada. We went up the coast from Torrance, CA up into Canada, down through Idaho, stopped by Sturgis, went all the way down to New Mexico, and back up to California. We had a few bike issues along the way, which just adds to the adventure. Riding old bikes means that break downs are inevitable. We come as prepared as possible and do our best to keep up on maintenance, but things shake loose and pieces wear down. Breaking down multiple times just reminded me how wonderful the Harley Davidson community truly is. Three different strangers invited us into their homes to work on the bikes. A tow truck driver, who happens to be Harley rider, gave us a ridiculous deal on the tow. One man in Montana let my dad borrow his bike while my dad's was taken apart. Another man let us borrow one of his tools and just asked that we mail it back to him once we get home. Phil and Lydia of Cycle Works in Lynwood, CA overnighted us a Shovelhead head to borrow so that we could make it home! And countless riders stopped on the side of the road to make sure we were okay. When I begin to lose faith in humanity, the motorcycle community is there to remind me that good people still exist!

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Do you have any fun road trips planned? 

This coming Summer, my parents and I will be riding up to Alaska and across through Canada!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out? (if you have not attended, tell us what you are looking forward to the most): 

When people ask me what Babes Ride Out is like, I find it so difficult to put the experience into words. It is the most liberating experience. It is the one place in the whole world that I feel I can go and not a single soul is judging me. We ride together during the day, and dance like no one is watching by night. Every woman there is so, incredibly supportive and we are all there because we have a mutual love that we can connect with: motorcycles. I finished building my bike the night before Babes Ride Out 2017. It was my goal to be able to take its maiden voyage to Joshua Tree for the event and put it in the Real Deal Bike Show. Not only did I make it there with no issues, I took home Best Vintage Bike and People's Choice! Could not have picked a better place to take our first ride together. Babes Ride Out is a safe place where I can sit at a random table and eat dinner with women I have never met and by the end of the meal, feel as if I had known them forever. When I'm out in public and see a woman in a Babes Ride Out hat, I always run up and introduce myself. Even though we have never met, the experience of BRO unites us. Babes Ride Out isn't just a campout, its a community.

Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?

TAKE A SAFETY COURSE!! Since I had been riding dirt bikes my whole life, I didn't see the need in taking a riding course. However, since I was under 21, the state of California required I did and I am so thankful for that! To this day, I think back to techniques I learned in the course while I am out riding. It not only strengthened my riding abilities but taught me what to do in unsafe situations.

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