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Roll Call | We Are Thrilled to Have Karen Davidson Attend Babes Ride Out 7 x Central Coast (Yes, THAT "Davidson")

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

We are thrilled to welcome Karen Davidson of the Harley-Davidson family to Babes Ride Out 7 x Central Coast. We had the pleasure of meeting her several times and can honestly say she is a genuine motorcycle riding enthusiast that is easy to talk to about any and all things two wheels. We are thrilled for you to meet her at the event, but until then, get to know Karen and what she does to push the Harley-Davidson brand forward, it’s pretty impressive!

Karen Davidson was born to ride. The great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson's co-founder William A. Davidson, daughter of industrial design legend Willie G. Davidson, she degreed in fashion design, schooled in couture, joined the Motor Company in 1989 and was one of the original co-creators/visionaries of the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line of apparel and accessories. She has been instrumental in the launch of high-level performance riding gear for men and women, and has been involved with the design, brand positioning and expansion of the Harley-Davidson apparel collections in the US, Europe and Asia.   As Creative Director for General Merchandise Davidson gives direction for future development of casual and functional merchandise, which in 2018 was a $240 million business. Based in Southern California and Milwaukee, Davidson enjoys riding year-round.

Karen Davidson x Babes Ride Out

What is your role as creative director for Harley-Davidson General Merchandise?

I assess macro forecasted and current trends and innovations on the casual side and the functional side of our business. On the casual side I’m really looking at macro apparel directions that involve emerging trends, fabric and silhouette proportion changes and opportunity for H-D to lead with our own uniqueness. I evaluate and choose new material, innovate function, and identify opportunities, build prototypes, everything to do with new ideas. I review apparel industry analysis and market evaluations. H-D has incredible brand strength and depth of meaning unlike other apparel brands and deserves an approach that leverages quality and innovation.  The design/production group in Milwaukee executes final product. On the functional side I can leverage my riding experience, my lifetime of riding, as we develop new designs and materials in riding gear that emphasize comfort in all elements, style and protection. Climate and conditions change when riding distance, so I value tech fabrics and innovation. I appreciate having great gear you can count on to be diverse, like our FXRG Collection.

What are your sources for inspiration? Also keeping relevant to growing diversity

We monitor trends specific to the apparel industry, casual and functional trends, current and future.  I take a deeper dive into functional apparel and invent with new technologies, specifically at a start point of finding the right partners, creating new innovation that will improve protection and comfort. I also observe the custom nature of Harley-Davidson culture and our riders. I go to many events, from national US events to local events and events in Asia and Europe, and I come away from those events with clear inspiration. H-D inspires individuality and that speaks strongly throughout the world. There’s also an on-going dialogue with the motorcycle styling department on design language and color direction.




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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