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Sign Ups | Husqvarna Bike Demo | Babes in the Dirt 3

EventsAnya Violet

Husqvarna Motorcycles will be joining us at Babes in the Dirt 3 with the fleet of demo bikes. If you have not had the chance to try out one of these amazing machines this is your opportunity. Names will be added to the list in the order the e-mails are received. See below on how to sign up and make sure you read all info before signing up!

E-Mail the following info to: babesrideout@gmail.com

Title your e-mail: HUSKY DEMOS

Include the below info:

Full name:

Email Address:

Riding Ability: Beginner / Training Course Preferred / Intermediate / Advanced?

Arrival Time:

Demo rides start Friday at 2pm and end Sunday at 11am you will assigned a time slot so make sure you are available during those days and hours. Sorry, no time slot requests and no bike requests.

All info on bike demos, bikes and instructors can be found HERE. Read carefully before signing up.

In order to participate in the Husqvarna Motorcycles Demo Program you must be 21+ years or older and bring the following::

1.       Government issued photo ID

2.       Signed Waiver Release Form (this will be provided at the booth)

3.       Proper riding gear including but not limited to:

•        DOT approved helmet

•        Goggles

•        Motorcycle gloves

•        Motorcycle jersey or approved long sleeves

•        Motorcycle riding pants

•        Boots (Full length not work boots)

Head to Husqvarna booth to check in once you arrive.

If you have made the sign-up list you will receive and email confirmation by no later than Wednesday 4/26/17

If you have not made the sign-up list you will receive and email by no later than Wednesday 4/26/17. Definitely still stop by the Husqvarna booth and say hi and check out the bikes. They will have open demo rides on Sunday morning for those who missed out.

BRAAAAAAAP!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Street to Dirt | My First Rip on a Dirtbike

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

I live in Temecula and I worked in MX for 4 years (past life you don't even know about!)  I was always too shy to give it a shot because every time the opportunity came around, I was surrounded by colleagues who seemed to be almost pro. I loved going to supercross and seemed to be just fine spectating the sport until Babes in the Dirt was created in 2014. Back then, all I knew about dirt bikes was they were fast, can take one hell of a beating, and the rider often eats it hard. Deep down I was dying to try it.

When we decided to create Babes in the Dirt we wanted it to be an annual event where women can learn, try something new, and test themselves in a safe environment. If you have ever been to a Babes Ride Out event you know the ladies who attend are incredibly encouraging. With that sort of positive motivation in front of me, I  threw a leg over a brand new Husqvarna for the first time at Babes in the Dirt 2 years ago. 

Me about to rip for the first time ever on a Husky! Photo by @lohdy (under helmet I am petrified)

Me about to rip for the first time ever on a Husky! Photo by @lohdy (under helmet I am petrified)

As a street rider I can say my first hand experience was eye opening. I am taught sand is the devil and will get you in trouble so at first I was scared when I hit patches of it and the back tire got squirrely. It takes way more core strength and the mental ability to let the bike do what it needs to do to get through sand washes, over rocks, etc. I wouldn't say you give up control, you just have to trust the machine a bit more and let it do what it was designed to do. Once I got over that mental barrier (1 hr later BOOM!) I was hooked and by the end of the day I was riding intermediate trails with the Husky crew through Gorman. I had never been so proud of myself for completing that first trail and when I came out at the bottom, the girls cheered for me knowing that I had just accomplished something huge for myself (thank you ladies,  you know who you are!) It instilled a confidence that I had not felt in a long time as nothing is more rewarding than overcoming a fear and challenge with tons of ladies there to support you.  Babes in the Dirt will forever be a pivotal moment for me personally and I am so thankful to Husqvarna, Fox Racing, Stance, SeeSee Motorcycles and Thousand Oaks Powersports for supporting this event to ensure it gives all ladies a chance to get out of our comfort zone, challenge us, and help us become better riders. 

About to rip the intermediate trail ride with 20 other ladies cheering me on. Photo by @lohdy

About to rip the intermediate trail ride with 20 other ladies cheering me on. Photo by @lohdy

I am still a beginner on the dirt with a lot to learn but I can't wait to ride and test myself with the rest of you at Babes in the Dirt 3. I encourage you to sign up for this free event if you want to see what riding a dirt bike is like in a safe environment with a ton of support from a posse of ladies there to encourage you (including me). This event was created for you and you may surprise yourself with how fast you pick it up and how much fun it is, God knows I did.

- Ashmore co/founder Babes Ride Out 

Sign up HERE

 

 

 

Roll Call | Lexi Pechout | Babes in the Dirt 3

Roll CallAnya Violet

Meet Lexi Pechout, 2014 AMA Endurocross Championship, Husqvarna rider and all around lover of dirt. We cannot wait to ride with her at Babes in the Dirt 3!

Where are you from? 

Calgary Alberta

Tell us about your childhood and how you got into riding.

I started riding at the age of two, as soon as I was strong enough to twist the throttle and stand on my own I was put on a motorcycle. I am extremely grateful for the way I was raised; my family was very involved in the motorcycle community, putting on races and setting up events. I always had fun and I think it has had a positive influence on who I am and my abilities as a rider. I had the opportunity to try new things and to constantly get out of my comfort zone. My parents always encouraged me to try but without any pressure to strive to be a champion or to race and ride forever, just at least try it once and if i didn’t like it, that was always okay. Growing up riding motorcycles was what we did every weekend as a family, it was something we all loved to do and we could do with our closest friends. I fell in love with the sport more and more.  As my skills improved, I became more competitive.  In 2012/2013 we started taking things to a whole new level traveling to the USA for my first AMA Endurocross.  This lead to qualifying and competing in the X-Games along with the 2013 ISDE in Italy to name a few of the events that were game changers that year.
 

Take us through the different bikes you had over the years.

I started on a Yamaha PW50 with a sidecar instead of training wheels, and quickly went up the ladder... CR50, CRF70, DR-Z 110, DR-Z 125, CRF 150R. When I turned 13 I was finally big enough to ride a full size bike! My first big wheel bike was a KTM 250 XC, I LOVED this bike and it was a super easy transition from my Honda 150. Getting on a big wheel bike was a game changer for me, I had so much more confidence and felt so comfortable. I stayed on the same bike from 2011-2013 then transitioned to GASGAS, then Sherco and now Husqvarna. 

What is your favorite bike now and why?

I am currently riding a Husqvarna FC 250 and I LOVE it! I ride many different disciplines, everything from motocross, cross country, ice racing, to endurocross and everything in between, I feel that this bike has great diversity and really fits my riding style. I, not only, love the bike but I also love the Husqvarna brand and what they stand for. Motorcycling is more than just racing to me; it truly is a lifestyle and I believe that Husqvarna has that same view.  While professional, they stand for more than just a first place, they are about the life style that surrounds the sport, the influence that they can have on people, the overall experience of riding a Husky. If you have ever thrown a leg over a motorcycle, you know what I am talking about.


Tell us about some of your favorite places to ride.

-Alberta/British Columbia anywhere and everywhere in the mountains! The terrain, and views are amazing and there is always so much variety!

-Moab! This place is so amazing to go explore, you are always able to push the limits and get out of your comfort zone.

-Sardina, Italy. Everything from flowing trails in the mountains to ripping up the white sand beaches. Definitely a must-do if you ever get the chance.

Is there a style of terrain that you love the most?

So many to choose from but I love off-road riding and can really appreciate a riding day after a good rain when the dirt is loamy.

What are areas or places on your bucket list?

I would love to ride in New Zealand, Erzberg, Colorado and definitely some motocross track in California.

Have you always rode dirt bikes with other women? Were there a lot of women riding when you were growing up? 

No, unfortunately there were not very many women riding when I was growing up, there were a handful that were out racing with the boys but they were much older than I was and I never got a chance to ride with them until they stopped racing. Recently there are more women getting into the sport and I think it is so cool! I have been coaching riding schools the last couple of years to teach women the fundamentals of racing and riding, and encouraging them to get into it (I know how intimidating it can be).
 

Tell us about your riding career as of now. What has been your most proud moment?

There are so many to choose from! My most proud moment would be winning the 2014 AMA Endurocross Championship. So much work was put in that year and to pull it all off was an incredible feeling.  Definitely a moment I will never forget.

How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?

Through Husqvarna and Instagram

Do you promise to show us some skills and Babes in the Dirt 3 this year? 

Absolutely!!

-Lexi 

Husqvarna x Babes in the Dirt 3

SponsorsAnya Violet

Embracing the pioneering spirit means breaking down stereotypes, stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new, so when Babes in the Dirt started their all-ladies campout in the desert, the brand that has been “Pioneering Since 1903” Husqvarna Motorcycles didn’t hesitate to jump on board! 

The Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering spirit was born in Huskvarna Sweden in the year 1903.  The motorized bicycle of 1903 spurred a legendary journey that continues today and earns Husqvarna Motorcycles the bragging rights of being the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production.  The 1930’s were witness to several road racing victories imprinting Husqvarna Motorcycles in the street riding and racing worlds. 

1953 saw the dawn of off-road motorcycling, and by 1955 the first purpose-built off-road bike, the iconic Silverpilen (Silver Arrow in Swedish) was created.  The Silverpilen was the first purpose-built off-road Husqvarna motorcycle and set the standard as one of the most revolutionary bikes of its time. The inspiring journey of Husqvarna continued throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s leading up to one of its most pioneering endeavors to this day; Husqvarna Motorcycles brought the sport of motocross to North America. Several MX and Off road titles later, Pierer Industries AG purchased Husqvarna Motorcycles and embraced the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand values ensuring that it would always pay tribute to its Swedish Roots, be Premium in nature, and embrace the Pioneering spirit.  The brand promise of Husqvarna Motorcycles is “Pioneering Since 1903”.  It is through this promise that Husqvarna continues to encourage a pioneering culture that embraces the individuality and spirit of the motorcycle rider, and aims to put a new spin on motorcycling.

Husqvarna Motorcycles is excited to continue to support Babes Ride Out for the third year running at Babes In The Dirt 3.  Partnering with Babes Ride out for Babes in the Dirt fulfills one of Husqvarna Motorcycles pioneering initiatives to be at the forefront of women’s motorcycling and establish a supportive community of motorcycle riders on and off the road.  Here’s to all of the #womenwhoride and to everyone who holds the motorcycling spirit within their hearts!

Malcolm Smith,  Torsten Hallman, Edison Dye

Malcolm Smith,  Torsten Hallman, Edison Dye

Husqvarna Womens Ride Day | Cahuillo Creek

SponsorsAnya Violet

When your moto family invites you out for a womens ride day at Cahuillo Creek you say YES!!! We had the track to ourselves this past December for a day of grabbing all the ladies that work in the Husqvarna offices plus a few lucky souls such as myself and hitting the dirt. Some had never been on a dirt bike before and it was so rad watching them conquer the mini technical course that the team had set up. Throughout the day they built up their confidence before they were ready to try their hand on the vet track. 

The full fleet was out and available to demo that day. I spent a lot of time on the TE 250 myself, as I am a two-stroke girl at heart, but I also got to ride the FC 350 and the TE 150 with a Rekluse clutch. After riding my vintage bike so much these modern machines feel like a dream come true!

Ashley Fiolek is just about the sweetest person you could ever meet! I tagged along with her and a group of about 5 or 6 ladies as we left the table tops and sweeping turns of the vet track to take a rip on the single track off-road loop that is tucked away behind the track. I didn't really know what I was getting into but it didn't take long to fall into a rhythm of tight turns and hopping over mini boulders on some really fun and technical sections. This was my first time riding at Cahuillo Creek and I had heard a ton of great things about the vet track there but no one told me about this awesome secret single-track section in the back. It was the highlight of my day!

This was one of the first times that I have been able to play on a track like that with such few people on it. It was an absolute blast to hop on a track I have never seen and a bike I have never ridden and spend the day working on technique and trying out different lines to find the fastest lap I could. I am a sucker for taking the outside line on a turn so on this day I was forcing myself to practice the inside line where I thought it might be a faster route. There was one step up jump in the back of the track that was pretty peaked at the top and would kind of launch you whether you liked it or not. After rolling it a few times I thought I would gas it a bit more which landed me about mid way onto the landing and I could feel the suspension compress as I landed pretty hard. After watching a few of the fast girls completely clear it I realized that this is one of those mind over matter type of obstacles that is really much easier and smoother if you just go faster over it. The step up had a nice rounded landing and if I could just land more toward the flat part I would be in good shape. As the day went on I gave it a bit more each time but definitely did not quite clear it. I guess I will have to save if for another day.

This particular table top was one of my favorites! Perfect line up, perfect landing and sent you right into a tight turn right after. So much fun!

Looking forward to spending more time on this bikes at Babes in the Dirt 3 on April 28th-30th! See you there!

2-Wheeled Adventure through B.C. Canada

Anya Violet

Recently I was lucky enough to get to experience British Columbia, Canada aboard a brand new Husqvarna 501 Dualsport. Victoria Hett of Husqvarna Canada and her husband Tom were such amazing hosts to myself and my boyfriend Evan. This was the trip of a lifetime!

We started off by flying into Kelowna then taking the hour and a half long drive out to Cherryville where the Hett Family farm is located. One of the first things you see when you pull up is what I would consider to be a pretty serious Enduro-cross training course in the front yard. Victoria has been part of the Canadian women's team racing in the International 6 day endure race in Mexico in 2010, Germany in 2012, and Argentina in 2014. She comes from a family of really talented riders and she spent her childhood training on the farm and carving tons of trails in the wilderness surrounding their property. She has been riding her entire life and you can definitely tell! Tom was new to riding and had only started about 2 years ago. But, you can instantly tell that he is one of those people that has natural ability and a fearless personality to go along with it. They both RIP!

scoping out some trails that Victorias Brother Malcolm had cleared through the forrest

scoping out some trails that Victorias Brother Malcolm had cleared through the forrest

Hett Family Farm

Hett Family Farm

The family farm is so beautiful and lined up in the drive was was 2 of the 2016 Husqvarna FE 350 S, a FE 501 S and a 701 Enduro. These machines scream “adventure mobile” and I could feel the excitement in my stomach. First thing I did was hop on the 350 to see how tall it was. Definitely could only touch with one foot at a time but hell thats all I really needed… who stops anyway.

The next morning, Day 1, we loaded all of our necessary belongings into our moto luggage by Alt Rider. These packs were perfect for the trip and held everything we needed. See below for a rundown of the gear I brought:

Moto Fleece: ATWYLD

Moto Pants: ATWYLD

Moto Boots: Icon 1,000

Atwyld Moto Pants launching 7/29/16

Atwyld Moto Pants launching 7/29/16

 

Helmet: Biltwell

Bluetooth Headset: SENA

It was so helpful having the Bluetooth Headsets from SENA! Evan and I could communicate or listen to tunes.

It was so helpful having the Bluetooth Headsets from SENA! Evan and I could communicate or listen to tunes.

Tent: Poler

Poler tent goes up and breaks down so easy

Poler tent goes up and breaks down so easy

Sleeping Bag: REI

Sleeping Cot: Thermarest

Pillow: Thermarest Poler

Camel Pack: FOX

Windbreaker: Babes Ride Out

Moto Jersey: Babes Ride Out

Boots: Redwing Boots

Redwings! Best damn boots

Redwings! Best damn boots

 

As we set out on our journey our first stop was at Riders Edge Suspension in Vernon. This Father and Son team is known to be the the experts in suspension among riders in British Columbia and they were nice enough to give the bikes a once over before we headed out. 

Off we went to Penticton for lunch at Salty’s Beachhouse right on the lake. One of the first things I noticed as we got on the road is how many other motorcyclists were out. Motorcycle season had officially started and all were out to enjoy. 

Next we decided to do a bit of off-roading and climb to the top of Apex Ski Resort. I have to admit that one of my favorite things about riding in B.C. is that there are not a lot of rules and there are not a lot of people to enforce the few rules that there are. I’m not going to say that there was a bit of out of bounds riding going on there but, I’m also not going to say that there wasn't. It was absolutely beautiful once we reached the top and it really made me appreciate the Canadian landscape. On the way down from Apex we stopped at an amazing spot that over-looked the Similkameen Valley. I kind of could not believe my eyes. It looked like a painting it was so beautiful!

headed to the top of Apex

headed to the top of Apex

Similkameen Valley

Similkameen Valley

The goal was to end up at the T’sek Hotsprings on the Skookumchuck river that night to camp. To get there we ended up riding until 2am through Hedley, Hope, Hells Gate, Lytton, and Lillooet. At about Midnight we pulled into a gas station in Lillooet and I was about to pitch my tent in the parking lot I was so tired. We had been riding for about 13 hours already pretty much non-stop and we hadn't reached the gnarliest part yet. The next hour was spent going over a mountain pass. I was fucking freezing and I had only brought a tinted bubble shield helmet so I was riding with my clears on and no shield. I would be lying if I said this wasn't one of the lower points on a motorcycle I have experienced. The coldest part of my body were my hands and my face. I couldn't help but think of a trick a friend of mine had taught me a long time ago of how to keep your hands warm when riding in the cold. Rubber gloves under you moto gloves!!! yep it works great!!! sadly…. I didn't have any damn rubber gloves so… I suffered. This also made me think if the other things I need to add to my moto wardrobe like a scarf. Little, easy-to-pack things like this will save your ass! 

When you run out of gas but your road dog has got your back

When you run out of gas but your road dog has got your back

I could feel the air start to warm as we dropped down in elevation and it could not have come soon enough! I swear I saw frost on the trees at one point up there. We pulled off and guess what… we still had another hour to go on a gravel road. It was about 1am when we hit the dirt and I honestly cannot really tell you much about this part of the trip because I have mentally blocked it out. I have never been so thankful that my tent pops up so damn easy because I was ready for bed! I was exhausted after riding 15 hours on and off-road that day.

Camping by the Skookumchuck

Camping by the Skookumchuck

We woke up to the sound of a the Skookumchuck river. It is pretty fast-flowing near our camp. First thing we did is head over to the hot springs for a well-deserved soak.  The T’sek Hotsprings are located on native land and are considered a sacred place. It was especially sacred to me after the long day of riding we had the previous day.

Destination for Day 2 was Indian Arm Provincial Park outside of Squamish. We stopped for breakfast in Pemberton then headed for a quick ride through whistler before stopping in Squamish for supplies for the night. By the time we reached the dirt road that lead to where we had planned to camp that night I was pretty excited to be off the pavement and playing in the gravel again. 

Whistler in the background

Whistler in the background

This road in was absolutely beautiful and one of the highlight of the trip for me. It was about an hour and a half through river crossings, rocky hill climbs, mountain views and wooden bridges before we parked our bikes on what has to be the most epic camp spot I have been to to-date. Well its not technically a campsite but whatever,,, its B.C. you can camp anywhere!

Wild blackberry road snack

Wild blackberry road snack

We parked our bikes on this little peninsula that is surround by the bay of Indian Arm. Across the water you can see an enormous waterfall barreling down the mountainside and a really neat looking old building that apparently used to be a brothel but is now a yacht club.  This was awfully remote for there to be a brothel back in the day but Tom explained to me that this used to be a huge logging area and fishing community so it kind of made sense. We cooked our dinner over the fire and watched as the tide came in and the sun went down. 

Indian Arm

Indian Arm

Day 3 took us over the “sea to sky” highway that ended up over-looking Vancouver. This road is Epic to say the least! We don't get these kind of views along the ocean in Southern California, thats for sure! The route took us back through Hope on our way to Osoyoos which was our destination for the night. 

Sea to Sky highway

Sea to Sky highway

overlooking Vancouver

overlooking Vancouver

The Hope slide was pretty crazy to see. On January 9, 1965, 47 million cubic metres of pulverized rock, mud and debris fell down the 2,000-metre mountainside due to an earthquake. Just seeing this you can almost picture what a catastrophic event this must have been! 

Hope Slide

Hope Slide

As we wound our way back to the Okanagan Valley from the coast I couldn't help but notice how the landscape reminded me of my hometown on the central coast of California. 

Osoyoos is a pretty happenin’ lake town and sits right on the U.S. border. There were lots of bikers in town and we were quite a scene with our matching Huskies with Quebec plates. Lots of people asked us if we had ridden all the way from Quebec. These motos were conversation starters with just about anyone!

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley

Day 4 we road through Rock Creek, Greenwood, and Grand Forks to get to the town of Nelson. This was such a cool little town with an eclectic mix of people. Victoria described it as a place where serious off-road riders, hippies and just about any other kind of person live in harmony. I found it to be really cool and charming and we had a great lunch there before grabbing some supplies and heading on to Kaslo. Victoria knew about this great little beach right on Kootenay Lake where we could set up our tents for the night. The lake was gorgeous and the water felt amazing. We were lucky enough to have some fire wood there that had been leftover from the last campers but we had the entire beach to ourselves. 

Kootenay Lake

Kootenay Lake

Day 5 took us from Kaslo through Retallack to Sandon via this beautiful stretch of highway 31A. Sandon was such a cool little ghost town! In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Sandon was a bustling minors town. After silver prices started to fall the town started to die and in 1955, a massive flood of Carpenter Creek occurred, destroying most of the remaining buildings. The town has become a really cool piece of history and vintage trolly busses that were used, in their day, to haul the minors in and out of town now line the streets.

Sandon

Sandon

From Sandon we took 17 kilometer ride up the mountain to the top of Idaho Peak. This view was by far the most breathtaking thing I had seen on the journey so far. Had to plow through a little lefterover snow but all I can say is WOW!!!!! The photos don't even do it justice! Leaving Sandon we wen through New Denver then onto the ferry in Fauquier and back to the family farm in Cherryville. 

Idaho Peak

Idaho Peak

After sleeping in on day 6 we loaded up the bikes and drove up to Revellstoke to do some trail riding. Revellstoke is one of those types of places where people live for the outdoors. Dirt bikes, snowmobiles, skiing, snowboarding etc. You can have a lot of fun in that town. We had a great day riding some single track and watching Victoria and Tom shred around on the enduro-cross park. There was a trials rider out that day as well and watching him really made me want to give it a try. 

Revellstoke

Revellstoke

New goals = enduro-cross and trials!! You can really see how these specialized areas of the sport can help to improve you riding skills across the board. Im looking forward to getting into it pushing myself just a bit outside my comfort zone.

All in all this trip was absolutely amazing. British Columbia is full of the nicest people and some really beautiful terrain. There is an overlying love for the outdoors that you can really feel in the summertime in B.C. I cannot wait to go back! I got to ride each of the different Husqvarna models on the trip. I really loved them all in different ways. The 701 had so much power and handled so well! This bike rules on a and off road but I personally didn't take it through any crazy technical terrain just because of the weight and my ability level. I really dug both the 350 and the 501. They felt pretty similar to me but the 501 had a bit more torque on the bottom end and the top of 6th gear was faster than I really needed to go. Nice to know that its there if you need it though. For me, the 350 was pretty perfect! I would just throw a lowering kit on that thing and be the happiest camper ever. That bikes rules on the road, on the highway, on gravel, on hill climbs, on single track trails, and on a moto X track. I loved it! Thank you so much Husqvarna for such an amazing trip! The total trip was 1921 kilometers which is 1193 miles of FUN! See you soon B.C.!

-Anya