Britt Germann has not missed a Babes Ride Out event yet! She is one of the original 50 women who rode out with us 5 years ago to Babes in Borrego! She’s been riding since she was a teenager and in her words “ female rider were few and far between back then”. The BRO community has carved out a special place in her heart over the years “I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.” Read on to learn more about Britt! See you next week at BRO6!
On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years.
· FULL NAME - Britt Germann
· INSTAGRAM HANDLE - @brittgermann
· LOCATION - Los Angeles, CA
· OCCUPATION - Art Dealer
How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it? Well, @blondezillagirl said I’d be missing out if I didn’t come. I was pretty new to LA - from Canada - I was excited to explore Socal + meet other women who ride. Plus, I love camping.
When you arrived at the meet up, what were your first thoughts? Happy - tons of women riders, and everybody was excited. The buzz was real, big smiles all around.
Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing? I knew three people prior @blondezillagirl, @gringo_luva + @littlelindseymarie. Almost everybody, everywhere, in California were new to me at that time, and many of the 50 came from outside of LA - the experience was a new one in many ways! I have been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager in different parts of Canada, including the Pacific Coastal Mountain Range, where the season is short, wet and cold - women motorcyclists were few and far between.
To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy. What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination? It was exciting, I got the feeling pretty much right away that the group + it's leads, knew what they were doing on the road so the camping part should be a no-brainer. It can be dangerous to ride with people you don't know. At times, other riders do not know what they are doing though this group was on their game, and it is a serious game. As @littlelindseymarie has said...'it isn't Bingo..it's Motorcycle Riding...!'
What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. I remember getting to the camp out, and as twilight grew, some of the women jumped back on their bikes and were ripping, and I mean fast, back and forth across the dry lake bed - leather bikini tops, hair flying. It made me nervous, and I tried to stop watching. Even so, it was great, I can still smell the freedom in the air. I hope to never forget that.
Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch? I have made a few good friends because of that night, for sure. I remember Sonora Jack - https://dirtyfree.blogspot.com/ - showing up in the wee hours that night - saw a single tiny headlight drive by and double back, then pick it's way on the dirt road toward the bonfire. I could not believe my eyes....who is that? She must be thirsty ! - we grabbed cold ones and ran toward her, she'd just pulled in from AZ. I think she'd had a flat along the way, unreal that she found us! I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.
How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here) Lots of changes, loving LA - thank you, Angelenos. Working on a gallery project, it looks like we are opening in LA, next year.
Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who? Haven't missed a Babes Ride Out, and hope not to. I like to ride day trips in Malibu + Hwy 2, in Angeles Crest National Forest. Can recall this minute an epic trip to Palomar one wet summer day + Big Wheel/Little Wheel camp outs w The Cretins! Love those guys.
What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? It's been really interesting to see massive growth, in both Babes Ride Out + the Women's Moto Movement at the same time - Babes Ride Out has helped fuel growth in the Women’s Moto Movement. I sometimes see a woman on the sidewalk or in a car, looking wistfully as my bike rolls by, because motorcycle riding not only looks cool, it is a really exhilarating sport, it is just great. Sometimes, I think to myself that I don't know which I like more, the motorcycles or the motorcycle riders, and I'm just glad I don't have to choose.
I must also say, I try never to forget that Motorcycle riding is sometimes without warning, a very scary and deadly sport. I try to remember that when I get on a motorcycle I may never get off that motorcycle. Sometimes, I wonder if riding motorcycles comfortably requires a touch of stupidity, or something close, especially when I'm in a car watching riders hurdle down the highway. Which I love to do. I ask my friends and family to know that if I die, or get close, doing this, know that I loved it and knew the risks.
What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole? I try to encourage women to come to Babes Ride Out even if they are only thinking or wishing that they rode. Anya and Ashmore have created a really wonderful and welcoming community, in founding Babes Ride Out. It takes a long time to learn how to ride, and ride comfortably, for some people. It is ok. People need to take time with this sport. Babes Ride Out is a great place for women to ask questions and seek answers, to meet people, to make friends, to learn more about bikes and riding. I ski a lot, and motorcycling riding is a lot like skiing, if I see someone with their gear, or someone sees me, it's an instant hello. It's really nice.