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Babes Ride Out U.K.

EventsAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out U.K. was one for the books. It was our first ever overseas event and with the help of the amazing babes of VC London it was nothing short of incredible. 

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

As we touched down in London we could not wait to head over to The Bike Shed to pick up our 2016 Triumphs. The Bike Shed is located in a 12,000 square foot venue across four renovated railway arches in the heart of Shoreditch, in Central London. It was quite impressive and the owner, Dutch, showed us a warm welcome. After a delicious dinner we got a grand tour that finished in the 4th railway arch which housed our 2016 Triumph Street Triple 675 and 2016 Triumph Bonneville. Once we saw them we didn't waste much time hopping on and taking a night ride around London with the best tour guides the city has to offer (VC London) Big Ben and Tower Bridge looked amazing at night (way less traffic at midnight) but we were spending most of our time focusing on staying on the left side of the road. 

The next day after loading up we headed out of the city on our way to the event site. This was a great opportunity to really familiarize ourselves with the bikes. Once we got on the open road i thought I might open up the throttle a bit and see what the Street Triple had to offer. It only took a slight flick of the wrist and I was ripping past the whole group. This bike had a great amount of torque and low end power that just kept on coming. I have a Bonneville back home so it was great for me to try something different and I have to say I really fell in love throughout the weekend. The body positioning on the bike was really comfortable and I was pleased to see that it wasn't too tall for me at all. Later in the trip I took her through some fun winding roads and deep turns that only made me fall deeper in love. 

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Ashmore was on the Bonneville and it was really exciting for me to see her ripping this bike because I have one at home but its a 900cc engine and the new ones are 1200 cc’s (which is amazing). She had never rode one before and I think it was the perfect bike for her. When you are in a foreign country, on the wrong side of the road and you maybe do not know where you’re going it is so nice to have a bike that you are comfortable on and that can deliver the power you want.

photo by Lauren Lilly

photo by Lauren Lilly

As we pulled up to the event space we were blown away. Coming from California it is always so breathtaking to see such old buildings and towns. Tamsin and Craig's farm was built in the 1600’s and used a  sanctuary for Quakers who were escaping persecution. It was truly amazing to see how they have brought it back to life over the past couple of years. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather most of the weekend and walking out onto the field where the camping would go was gorgeous.

Clearing the Camp Field : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Clearing the Camp Field : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Sheep Free : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Sheep Free : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

We spent the next 2 days building the campsite and exploring the town before the event started. Old pubs lined the town and cafes were everywhere but we had too much to do. Building out the event space took 8 people 48 hours to complete. 

Namin of VC London: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Namin of VC London: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

As the ladies started rolling in there were high fives, cheers, and hugs all around. We couldn't help but ask everyone where they had rode from. We had such a mixed group from all over including: Scotland, France, Netherlands, United States, Canada, all over the England, and Wales. As always at our events, there was a great mix of experienced riders and new riders, sport bikes and choppers, and of course women from all different age groups. Everyone kept commenting on how lucky we all were to get such great weather… apparently it rains a lot in South Wales but we got nothing but sunshine which made for excellent riding all weekend. 

Ladies Entering Camp: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Ladies Entering Camp: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The Made it! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The Made it! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Nothing but Hugs: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Nothing but Hugs: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

All Friday we were getting updates from the 125cc crew that left from Bike Shed at about 10am that morning. Some of you Americans may not know but you have to get your motorcycle license in phases in the UK and it starts with 125 cc’s. I actually totally back this and think it is a great way to force people to take it slow when you’re learning. They also label ridings who are still learning by putting a giant red “L” on the front and back of their bikes. Also a great idea in my opinion. There was about 15 women in the 125 crew that we ended up naming 1.2.5 %ers. Throughout the day we would get updates that they were getting closer and closer. You had to avoid all motorways and bridges on such a small bike so it ended up taking them over 10 hours to get there. As they rolled in we were all standing there cheering and handing them an 805 beer as a congratulations! They were such a fun group and still full of energy even after a long ride. Most all the riders had never left the city of London so this was a pretty big trip and they proved to themselves they could do it. 

After everyone set up camp they headed to the barn to celebrate and get to know each other. 

Triumph had 3 of their brand new award winning fleet of motorcycles on display. It was really cool to see some of the new riders sit on these bikes and try them out. I can't wait to see them upgrade from a 125 to a 1200! Woohooo!!! The Thruxton R kept winking at me from across the room. This is one sexy machine that would like to have a home in my garage! Here is what was on display: 

The Thruxton R: The ultimate factory cafe racer, arguably the most thrilling and full-blooded sports classic motorcycle you can buy. With a 1200cc, high power, 8 valve, parallel twin engine, this moto has 68% more power than previous before. We will take two please!

Tiger:  Riding, adventure, and off road touring? The Tiger can do it all. Our favorite feature of the Tiger is the switchable ABS. Brake settings have 3 modes. When Off Road mode is selected, the ABS is disabled to the rear wheel and the system also allows a level of front wheel slip.  This provides the rider with a level of electronic intervention under braking whilst optimizing their off road enjoyment. Did we mention this bike can be lowered? Time to start planning your dream ride through Alaska...

Street Twin: With clean lines and minimal body work the Street Twin is a bike you can make our own. With a 900cc engine, it can get it on through twists and turns with a smoothness like no other. A lower seat position and lightweight body make this an ideal moto for any lady rider but don't let its size fool you; this bike has torque...to be accurate, 18% more than the previous year. If you are in the market, this bike is worth a look and a test ride. 

Just look at that line up... Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Just look at that line up... Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Girls Falling in Love : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Girls Falling in Love : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The Tiger can be Lowered! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The Tiger can be Lowered! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Sailor Jerry had a bar set up that, needless to stay, stayed pretty busy all night. A little spiced rum after a long ride is perfection. 

ATWYLD had their full Collection 1 on display and were handing out free gift bags to the first 50 to register for the event. This line of technical riding apparel was directly inspired by this community of women and so many riders were excited to see an assortment of pieces that bridges the gap between normal street clothes and technical riding gear.

805 beer had shipped over a whole palette of beer just for our event. This was the first time 805 has been enjoyed by so many in another country. It was really rad to share my hometown beer with ladies from across the pond! Now all you ladies have to come out to Babes Ride Out 4 in Joshua Tree so we can crack a few more together!

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

After everyone sufficiently started to let loose the beautiful sounds of Zealous Doxy brought everyone together. These two talented babes rocked it! Sami Graystone is the lead singer and also happens to be the artist who made the flyer for the event and hand painted one of the Biltwell helmets for the raffle. She is such a talented babe and one of the sweetest people you will meet!

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

It didn't take long for a dance party to take over and carry us into the wee hours of the morning. Despite the long night everyone woke up excited to ride. There was about 20 ladies signed up for Black Desert off-road training course so after breakfast they were suited up and ready to rip with Tamsin Jones and Craig Bounds, world champion enduro riders. 

Photo by Andrea Dosouto

Photo by Andrea Dosouto

There were several routes to choose from but we headed out on the Waterfall ride which led us through the National park and alongside green hills and beautiful reservoirs. We couldn't help but notice the little white fluff balls that kept darting across the road in front of us. Apparently they don't like fences much in Wales and the sheep have a bit of a death wish. The roads were nothing short of incredible and it was a great opportunity to take turns a little deeper. There was one road in particular that simply had to be rode multiple times and while the crew was getting some roadside ice cream I decided to take a little solo trip just to see what all the Street Triple had to offer. This was probably the highlight of the whole trip for me. The countryside was so beautiful, the sheep were staying roadside, and the bike was really really fast!

Mandatory Stop: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Mandatory Stop: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Fields for Days: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Fields for Days: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

My confidence as a rider really depends a lot on what I am wearing that day. If I am wearing light protection then I tend to take it really slow and careful but the more layers and armor I have on the more my confidence boosts. This happens on a subconscious level but I have really started to notice it. For this ride I wore Atwyld Alltime Jacket, Convoy Armored Shirt, Shred Moto Jeans, Biltwell Helmet, and Red Wing Boots! Me and my bike really bonded after that rip.

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Small towns everywhere : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Small towns everywhere : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The route took us up into the town of Brecon. After lunch at a local Pub we watched as the 125 crew rolled in. The town center was taken over for a brief time completely by women on motorcycles and that was pretty fun!

Town Square: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Town Square: Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

As we got back to camp it was time to kick off the slow races. This is always a good time! Everyone lined up and many had never participated in a slow race before so it was pretty fun to watch.

After the races Stance set up a sock exchange where ladies could handover their old dirty socks in exchange for some brand new Stance socks! They were all nearly gone by the time I got there but I scored some fresh ones. Next we headed outside around the campfire for some Stance SMORES! yes smores in the United Kingdom. This was hilarious because they really don't do smores in the U.K. so Stance brought a little piece of home to the Brits and they loved it...and we loved watching them get marshmallow all over their faces, hair, and clothes. 

Photo by Vivi Gomez

Photo by Vivi Gomez

Stance Sock Heaven! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Stance Sock Heaven! Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Stance Smores : Made with "Biscuits" : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Stance Smores : Made with "Biscuits" : Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

One of the big highlights of the night was the raffle! We had some amazing items including gift bags from RVCA, a gift card for some brand new Red Wing Boots, an assortment of SENA Bluetooth head-sets, Stetson Hats, custom painted Biltwell helmets by Sami Graystone and Image Design CO. and so much more! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The Slow Coaches took the stage directly following the raffle and basically burnt it completely down. It only took 1 song before a mini mosh pit ensued led by non other than Gemma, Mai and Namin of VC London. 

Photo by Andrea Dosouto

Photo by Andrea Dosouto

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

The party didn't stop after the band ended. In fact, the mosh pit turned into a 90’s hip hop dance-off, the likes of which I have never seen. Note to self: Brits love 90’s American hip hop! Such a fun group of babes showing us a damn good time all night. There was even a US vs UK dance off...miraculously, it was a tie. Those Brits got M O V E S!

The next morning it was so sad to leave! We met so many fun women that we cannot wait to ride with them again. We hope to see you all at Babes Ride Out 4, Oct 20-23rd in Joshua Tree, CA.

Thank you so much to:

VC London

Triumph

Biltwell

805 Beer

Atwyld

Sailor Jerry

Stance

Red Wing

Stetson

SENA

RVCA

The Bike Shed

And all the ladies who attended Babes Ride Out UK, you made this one hell of an event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VC’S GEMMA HARRISON TALKS BABES RIDE OUT UK x VANS

SponsorsAnya Violet

VC’S GEMMA HARRISON TALKS BABES RIDE OUT UK x VANS

 The latest partner to jump on board for the Babes Ride Out UK debut is legendary footwear brand, Vans. A firm favourite of the VC, the London ladies rarely have anything else on their feet.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary earlier this year, Vans has a long tradition of supporting sports, art and music events that embody the brand’s ‘Off the Wall’ mentality. Enabling creative expression is at the heart of everything they do…and they make pretty rad shoes too!!

Gemma Harrison is one VC chicks who rocks the Vans sidestripe on a daily basis…

 

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Gemma Harrison & I run the VC. I'm 31 years old & I live in east London but I'm originally a Yorkshire lass from Leeds. I work as a luxury womenswear designer alongside running the mess that is the VC & I also design VCC with one of the fellow VC founders Namin Cho.... In a nutshell :)

 

Do you remember your first pair of Vans?

I can't remember how old I must have been but I was pretty young. It was a pair of old skools in black... I wore them until they literally fell off my feet. 

 

What connects you to the Vans brand?

For me the lifestyle aspect of Vans has always been the thing. It just seems to fit with how we live our lives here in London with the VC & The Shop. It’s all just bikes, friends, hanging out & having a damn good time whether that’s with motorbikes or whatever we do.

 

What does Vans stand for to you?

People doing cool shit.

 

Favourite style / pair of Vans?

A pair of black Sk8-hi ... I think people are pretty shocked to ever see me without a pair of these permanently glued to my feet & my leather jacket on. ha ha

 

What’s the history of VC London & what you do?

The best way to describe it is maybe a collective as there are so many things that go on under the VC name.  Although there are 3 of us that sort of founded VC (myself , Namin & Mai) it really started as a bunch of friends  hanging out at The Shop (the workshop we share with @five_customs & @frictionmoto ), fixing bikes, learning together how to wrench & maintain them. We just got drunk together one night & gave it a name (well actually someone else bestowed the name on us ... ha) & that’s where it all started. 

 

We made an instagram there & then & I just used it as a way to document what we were getting up to. I later put a post out on instagram asking if other women wanted to give motorcycles a try then we could help them out as we felt it would be a good way to get the scene here in the UK to grow on the same scale as the US after we visited Babes Ride Out 3 in J-Tree last year.  We got such a huge response and now we’ve ridden all over together, organised ride outs, flat track days in collab with the DTRA, events & parties. It sounds like a lot but to be honest it all stays focused around a few mates having a good time together & living our lives around motorbikes.

 

What does the BRO event coming to the UK mean to you & what are you most looking forward to?

Seeing all the months of hard work come together & getting together all these rad women from all over the world that I've been speaking to over the last year to finally put some faces to names is going to be pretty awesome! Its always been really important for me to grow the UK community of riders as when I went to Babes Ride Out in the US last year I couldn't believe how incredible the scene was over there & immediately wanted to have that same vibe at an event in the UK..... Also seeing Slowcoaches & Zealous Doxy play live is pretty high on my list. They been on my riding playlist for a while now. I’m sure there’s gonna be a few girls with me to start a mini mosh pit, am I right?

Babes Ride Out UK Route Maps

EventsAnya Violet

Our Babes Ride Out UK Saturday ride out routes are here! Brought to you by the amazing babes of VC London. We can't wait to have you ride some of the best routes through Brecon Beacons and more. 

If you haven't got your Tickets already get in there fast as they're selling out fast....Click HERE!

Below is a map to the campsite which will be the starting off point for all the routes.

THE BLACK MOUNTAIN PASS ROUTE

The longest of our 3 ride routes the black mountains are tapped as one of the worlds best driving roads & we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep. The Black Mountain pass is 27 miles of long picturesque scenery, switch back twists with a total of 81 corners & takes you right thought the west side of the Brecon Beacons countryside. Whether you're looking for a roller coaster ride out or an idyllic scoot through the national park this view is pretty much unmissable! 

WILD SWIMMING & AT LLYN Y FAN FACH LAKE

Llyn y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Slightly off the beaten track as a possible stop off on this ride is Llyn y fan fact. Tapped by Redbull as one of the UKs best wild swimming spots Llyn y Fan Fach in the Brecon Beacons is supposedly it’s one of the most haunted bodies of water in Wales! Local legend says that at 2pm on the first Sunday in August, the ‘Lady of the Lake’ – rumoured to be a woman killed by her violent husband – emerges from the water. 

Find it: The lake is a bit of an uphill hike after parking up the bikes so be prepared . Brecon Beacons National Park, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire SA19

THE WATERFALL RIDE

Dipping right down into the valley you will reach this absolutely stunning reservoir location by a ride through the most amazing twisty narrow countryside pine covered forest roads we've ever ridden.  a perfect place to stop off for lunch, with a traditional village (complete with traditional country pub for a quick pint) & beautiful waterfalls less than 10 minutes away theres alot to see when you reach Talybont on ask, but the ride there more than equals your destination. This is my favourite ride & even better is its perfect for big or small bikes. VC co founder Mai Storni will be leading the 125cc ride out there on Saturday so watch out for more details coming soon!!

THE HERITAGE RIDE

Babes Ride Out UK Supporter|The Bike Shed

PeopleAnya Violet

Name: Dutch (Anthony “Dutch” Van Someren)

Website: www.thebikeshed.cc

How was The Bike Shed started?

The Bike Shed started as a blog in 2011 by Dutch called Full Tilt, which then became the Bike Shed, with regular contributions from friends, Spirit of the Seventies, Untitled Motorcycles and Motorcycle Deluxe. The blog supported the underdog independent builder, and the intrepid shed builder. Over a year or so it grew into having a huge following, and realizing that we were bikers first and bloggers second (or third) we decided to transform the Bike Shed from a virtual experience into a real one, with our first independent motorcycle show in May 2013, celebrating the creative culture around new wave and cafe racer custom motorcycles. The shows mixed stunning bikes with great art, photography, food, independent retail, street food, coffee, beer and cocktails.

A second show followed in the same year and from then more shows followed, building to huge events at London’s Tobacco Dock and prime locations in the heart of Paris. In 2016 the Paris show attracted 6,500 people and the London show attracted 12,000.

In 2015 we decided to give up the day jobs and go full time with the Bike Shed. Our show visitors and website followers wanted us to have a full-time permanent space in the heart of London, so we borrowed a few quid, and set up a huge space in our original home, Shoreditch, with a club, restaurant, motorcycle showroom, art & photography gallery, event space and curated gear and apparel store. We have over 680,000 followers online with the largest independent custom motorcycle website in the world, and a home in London that welcomes over 300 visitors every week, with a thriving membership full of loyal friends and fellow bikers.

What is your position at The Bike Shed?

I am the founder, and technically I'm the CEO, but that sounds a bit corporate. I’d prefer to say I’m simply the man behind the concept working alongside friends and family to bring our vision to life.

What is the Bike Shed all about?

The Bike Shed is all about community, cooperation and a celebration of motorcycle culture, designed to bring like-minded people together and create an inclusive club vibe that constantly welcomes new people to this amazing scene.

Tell us about your connection to motorcycles.

I’ve been rinding since I was 17, passing my test in 1987. I’ve ridden every type of bike and owned more than the years I’ve been riding, but my favorite bikes are all European twins, especially KTMs. Triumphs and Ducati's. I currently own a custom Triumph T100, a custom Kawasaki W800 Flat Tracker and a custom Ducati PS1000LE, and I also ride a Harley 48.

What has been your best moto trip?:

My best Moto Trip is still going on right now. Riding with friends, creating a space in London that I travel to and from every day on a motorcycle, rides and adventures to events like Dirt Quake, The Malle Mile, Wheels & Waves, Motorbeach and our Bike Shed events.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

Gemma is a friend, plus I’ve seen it on Facebook.

What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out? 

I support the idea of celebrating women on bikes in an inclusive, empowering way, that shows women riders in a positive light, away from male dominated cliches.

What do you have in store for us at this years event?  

Lots of support from me and The Bike Shed.

Babes Ride Out UK Raffle Contributor | Bolt London

SponsorsAnya Violet

Name:  Andrew Almond

Website:   Boltlondon.com

Where did Bolt originate from and who founded it/ the history of Bolt?

 I started Bolt in 2013 as I felt that traditional motorcycle shops offered little appeal to contemporary two wheeled enthusiasts.   The idea was to bring together emerging motorcycle talent and brands sourced from around the world that originated from within the scene, from people who rode and made products to endure the lifestyle they led.  The shop was only ever perceived as a small part of the business, rather a social space and a platform for creative collaboration lies at the heart of Bolt with aspirations to develop the scene in to new areas.   We host many events, art exhibitions, mechanics workshops and ride outs.  

 What is your position at Bolt London?

I look after things with the help of Vivian Savage. 

What is the Bolt all about? 

My passion is to showcase new creativity through exhibitions and collaborations form unseen or lesser know artists.  I am also interested in looking to the past, archiving and exhibiting niche elements of motorcycle culture taking in all aspects of identity, fashion, music, film, art and the motorcycles themselves.   

Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding etc.:

I started riding in my teens when I lived and worked in rural Mozambique.  I was given a Honda 50cc and a Yamaha trials 75cc and countless miles of dirt track to play on.  My days would be spent going from village to village on these motorcycles and with literally hundreds of miles to electricity, running water or the nearest garage it was essential that you could keep the bike running.  Most of the time I managed to ride back to the safety of my hut, when I didn't it meant a long push through the inky black night, void of electric lights and filled with the fear of meandering snakes. 

Tell us about your best moto trip:

One of my favourite things is exploring a new place on two wheels, you get a sense of engagement that is lacking in other means of travel.   Traveling through Lombok in Indonesian was one of my favourite trips as it took us to some remote underdeveloped areas and presented some of the most exciting challenges.    Riding across partially eroded bridges, being lost half way up a mountain in the middle of the night and working our way down steep rocky hillsides were all part of the fun.

How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding etc.:

I have been riding for over twenty years now.  I like most things on two wheels and currently ride a tuned up lambretta and a Buell X1.  The lambretta is great for throwing around and riding through the city, its crazy fast for such a small thing and can cut through the traffic faster then most things.   The Buell is a big angry beast of a bike and is fun for tearing around town but comes alive when you escape the city.    

Tell us about the motorcycling connection to Bolt?

 Everything in Bolt originates from the motorcycle enthusiasts, from all the products sold, artwork displayed to the coffee which is roasted.  

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

I caught wind of Babes ride out from friends in LA who attended the first event, it looked amazing. 

What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out? 

Its great to see new events emerging which get people on two wheels and out of their comfort zone - there is little better then a road trip with friends.  

What do you have in store for us at this years event?  

 

I will be donating a gift bag for the raffle

Babes Ride Out UK | Off Road Training Course

EventsAnya Violet

Theres only 3 and a half weeks to go until Babes Ride Out UK now & we can't wait to show you all that we have in store for you!!!

First up on the list is a special on-site surprise we have with the BRO UK site owner & enduro champ Tamsin Jones who will be running an off-road training all day Saturday for you babes who love dirt just as much as the road!

Designed for all levels of riders from complete beginner to sportswoman level! Tamsin will take you through the basics and help you develop your techniques off-road riding!  

The classes will be run from 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4pm, leaving time to get out for a ride before or after in the amazing surrounding Breacon Beacons scenery & will be in small groups of just 5 people per lesson so you get a lot of one on one time learning some serious off road skills! 

Skills training will include learning strong riding positions for off-road, correct use of controls specific to off-road riding, braking and cornering off road & navigating obstacles small & large riding Honda CRF 230s, Yamaha TTR 230s or TTR 125s. 

You can sign up for a half day pro training session on-site with Tamsin for just £75. This includes the bikes, kit, insurance & fuel all in & to top it all off; the first 5 people to sign up get a VCC off road jersey not yet even available for purchase thrown in! 

To sign up for this part of the event please email through to Tamsin Jones directly at info@blackdeserttraining.com & to read more about Tamsin Jones & her background in enduro sports click HERE!........but hurry! We only have very limited places available for the either the morning or afternoon classes so first come first served ladies!