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Jennifer E McCann and Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

With over 150 years of rich history behind them, Stetson is an iconic American brand that is ever evolving and forever timeless. From true western cowboys, to Hollywood elite to U.S. presidents, these hats have brimmed the heads of many throughout history. We are proud to be supported by Stetson and show you a glimpse of the women in our community that have  a true personal connection to this brand. - Babes Ride Out

Say hello to Jennifer! After meeting Jenn a couple of years ago at one of the local moto events, I could not help but notice her extensive collection of amazing vintage pieces and her ability to frame any outfit around a Setson hat and a pair of Red Wing boots. She has an original style that fits just perfectly in to the Joshua Tree landscape. Jennifer is one of those truly sweet and genuine people that is just easy to admire. We are so greatful to have her on site again this year working the Red Wing booth. 

Jennifer has a deep love for Stetsons and we got to catch up with her to hear more about her connection to this iconic brand.

1: Legendary Collection 3x Calvary Hat  2: 100x Straw Shantung Rancher Cowboy Hat  3: Customized vintage Black Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt  4: Customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt  5: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly  6: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly  7: Buffalo Collection “Amish” 4X Buffalo Felt  8: Dotty in Stetson Hankercheif and my Vintage Black Rancher

1: Legendary Collection 3x Calvary Hat

2: 100x Straw Shantung Rancher Cowboy Hat

3: Customized vintage Black Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt

4: Customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt

5: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly

6: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly

7: Buffalo Collection “Amish” 4X Buffalo Felt

8: Dotty in Stetson Hankercheif and my Vintage Black Rancher

Name: Jennifer E. McCann

Location: Ventura, California

Occupation: Red Wing Heritage Women’s

What kind of bike do you ride? Kawasaki W650

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles: While I worked at Deus Ex Machina I was able to take advantage of the great support system within the company to learn to ride.  Once I got my motorcycle license I took my time to feel comfortable on the road. After about a year of riding my smaller 1970 CL350 I graduated to the W650.  Though this is still a “smaller” motor, it certainly is mighty as it’s taken me on many long trips all over the USA.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:  It has been great to see how the event has continued to grow and continues to be such a positive experience for all that attend.

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?: I loved last years Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree where I was able to work in our Red Wing Heritage booth.  It helped me get out of my shell and speak with the women I may not have not met with any other scenario.  Also, before the event started, I was able to camp with my then five month old baby, Dorothy.  It was her first time camping and being in the desert and it was magical to see the desert sky through her eyes for the first time.

What is your dream motorcycle trip?: Perhaps when Dotty has grown up and if she has an interest in riding motorcycles it would be great to take a trip with her.

Describe your personal style:  This is tricky… working in fashion for about 20 years I have been influenced by so many different people, cities, designers and classic films.  I have always worn vintage clothing in some capacity or another (at one point I was working in film and television as a consultant for to ensure period pieces were “period correct”). After moving to Los Angeles from New York City I was constantly inspired by the arid desert landscape and the clothing that is necessary to thrive in this environment.  To me, this meant a pair of really good boots and an excellent hat.  This has in turn effected my daily style to suit this environment.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:  I can’t decide if it was the movie Pillow Talk or the movie Giant that first introduced me to Stetson.  In Pillow Talk Rock Hudson plays a fake rancher named Rex Stetson that I believe he made up the name by seeing a Stetson advertisement.  In Giant Elizabeth Taylor wears the most amazing Stetson throughout the movie.  That hat and the Marfa landscape always stands out in my mind.

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:  To me a hat is a completely utilitarian clothing item that by chance can be fashionable as well.  I wear my straw Stetsons in the summer to keep my head from getting too hot and to shade my face while in the cooler months a great felt hat keeps me warm.  Each hat has a different style that will completely change an outfit with how it is worn and this in turn can make you feel differently as you wear them.

Photo 1: In the Brady Bunch style pictures I am wearing (left to right starting from top row):

 

3 month pregnant me on Jenny Linquist’s bike at Babes Ride Out 2015 wearing my customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt- Taken by Heidi Zumbrum

3 month pregnant me on Jenny Linquist’s bike at Babes Ride Out 2015 wearing my customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt- Taken by Heidi Zumbrum

 

 

The View From My Sena 10C | BRO East Coast 2

REVIEWSAnya Violet

Riding through the Catskills, moto games, camping by the river and getting lost down dirt roads..... Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 was such an amazing weekend! Hop aboard the adventure via my Sena Bluetooth 10C!

My 10C has come with me on many adventures. It is so fun to be able to chat with friends on your ride or listen to music. The camera is super easy to operate, you can easily turn it on and off to film certain sections of your ride. The installation into any helmet is really straight forward and easy. This device is so perfect for your road trip out to Babes Ride Out 5 whether you're traveling alone or in a group.

THE WORLD’S FIRST HELMET COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND ACTION CAMERA … IN ONE DEVICE

The 10C is the world’s first look at a fully integrated Bluetooth helmet communication system and HD camera rolled into one powerful device. It’s capable of full HD video (1080p:30fps and 720p:30/60fps) with 3.5 MP still shot image capture and shot, burst and time-lapse photo modes. Built to handle with ease the rigorous demands of outdoor sports, motorsports, and first responders, it is the complete solution for in-helmet communication and action videography under challenging conditions.

Check out the 10C HERE

Roll Call | Meghan Moorlach of The Burnout Babes

Roll CallAnya Violet

Hi all! I’m Meghan Moorlach, a freelance photographer and graphic designer based out of Des Moines, Iowa - and also run a female only motorcycle club, The Burnout Babes (link: http://www.theburnoutbabes.com). I ride a 2014 Triumph Thruxton, which is a dream to ride, and I couldn’t love it more!

Two years ago my two best friends and I made the adventure out to California for BRO 3! We chose to fly out and rent bikes, since it was our first year. We landed in LA, where I picked up my 2013 Triumph Bonneville and then headed down to Joshua Tree! 

We came down a day early so we could stay at the Hicksville Trailer Palace (link: http://www.hicksville.com/joshuatree/motel). If you’re in the area and you’ve never been there - do it IMMEDIATELY! They have a bunch of refurbished vintage camper trailers, an in-ground pool and beer in the vending machine. Also, don't forget the rooftop hot tub!

We woke up the next day for some breakfast at the Joshua Tree Saloon (link: http://www.thejoshuatreesaloon.com/), some cacti shopping, and lunch at Pie for the People (link: http://www.pieforthepeople.com/home) before we came to check in at Babes Ride Out. For those of you who’ve been, you know the feeling you get when you arrive. For those you haven’t been yet - it feels like coming home. All these women in one spot - that have the exact some love of riding you do - it’s so magical!

Once we arrived, there was so much to do! We checked in and got our goodie bags full of patches, stickers and other fun things. And of course, headed straight for the free beer from the ladies over at 805 Beer (link: http://www.805beer.com/). We also ran over and got signed up for flash tattoos!

That night was a blur! There was pizza, beer, moonshine, and music! LA Witch and Dorothy were AMAZING. And the moon was literally so bright you didn’t even need a flashlight to walk around camp. The camaraderie of all these women hanging out and having a good time, is a feeling I can’t even put into words. Like I said before, it was magic.

The next morning We. Rode. Everywhere! Pie for the People, Pappy and Harriet’s, Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown, all of it! Let’s just say Des Moines, Iowa and Joshua Tree are a little bit different from each other, so we soaked up as much as we could get!

Sadly we couldn’t make it out last year for BRO 4, but this fall, we plan to ride the 1,600 some odd miles from Iowa! You can see the map for the route we’re planning to take, so if you’re close-by we’d love to ride with you! We met so many smart, beautiful, amazing women last time we were in Joshua Tree - and we want to meet more!

If you want to get ahold of me - you can find me on Instagram @madeinthemidwest and our motorcycle club @theburnoutbabes.

xoxo
Meghan

 

 

Nathalie Kossek & Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

With over 150 years of rich history behind them, Stetson is an iconic American brand that is ever evolving and forever timeless. From true western cowboys, to Hollywood elite to U.S. presidents, these hats have brimmed the heads of many throughout history. We are proud to be supported by Stetson and show you a glimpse of the women in our community that have  a true personal connection to this brand. - Babes Ride Out

Our moto community is filled with talented and interesting people that constantly keep us inspired. Meet Nathalie Kossek! Nathalie has been coming to Babes Ride Out events for years now. We have always loved the beautiful way she captures people and places through her photography.

There are many things that make your personal style yours. Nathalie's style is almost always topped off with the iconic Stetson Tom Mix hat and we had to catch up with her to find out when she fell in love with riding motorcycles and wearing Stetsons.  

Name: Nathalie Kossek

Location: Los Angeles

Occupation: photographer + graphic designer

What kind of bike do you ride?

2014 Triumph Bonneville t100 SE

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:

My dad always had a motorcycle and I loved riding on the back of it. I remember he would take me on short little trips around our town back in Ohio. When I got older I worked on a farm and messed around on atvs and little dirt bikes but nothing on the roads. When I moved to LA, I saw this motorcycle community growing larger and larger and I really wanted to be a part of it. I’ve never really been one to wait on others to live my life, so I went ahead and got my license and bought a really sh*tty bike that always broke down. I miss that first bike, but I sold it for a down payment on a bike that actually worked! It’s been such an investment and I’ve been rather in love ever since.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:

I came to the second one and i was so excited to have the previously mentioned bike all fixed and ready to go. Literally, as I pulled out of my driveway, the bike died. Nothing, not even a pathetic engine start. I was so sad that my journey was going to be cut short. I was contemplating on just staying home, but I chucked my stuff off my bike and into my car and I drove out that year. I knew seriously NO ONE — not a soul. I thought it would be very standoffish and filled with girl squads already assembled. Luckily a lot of girls were in the same boat and were so kind, nice and hung out with me all weekend. I made some really great relationships that weekend, and have been to every one since. I get so excited for that weekend to come up because I get to see everyone in one place, riding together. It’s absolute fun and I feel like I get to ride Joshua Tree in a different way every time.

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?

Besides Jamie Charles somehow wrangling 60+ girls on the BRO stage to sing and dirty dance to “Pony” by Ginuwine? Well, my photo spirit animal, Genevieve Davis, and I took a little midnight trip through the park to take some long exposure star photos. It was a really magical ride going through the park at night with all the stars above you and a bit of Lord Huron playing in my ear. Also, Idyllwyld is a beautiful ride I did last year that made me feel like I went through four different seasons/ecosystems in one go.

What is your dream motorcycle trip?

Is everywhere a good answer? I took my first solo trip last year to Moab, Utah (for Motos in Moab) and that was exhausting, exhilarating and daunting all rolled into one. It really opened my eyes to possibilities. But seriously, I’ve dreamt of going down to Patagonia from LA. I’ve dreamt of going cross country from coast to coast. I think going across my home country of Canada would be amazing as well. Perhaps this year will be the year for one of those.

Describe your personal style:

You know what, I always try to define this one, and it never really works. It paralyzes me more than liberates me. I really don’t know. I can tell you that I have an obsession with vintage t-shirts and a good pair of black jeans. You can’t have enough black or enough ripped, paper-thin tees in your arsenal. I’m really inspired by people like Stevie Knicks, Hendrix, Bowie, Chloë Sevigny, Erin Wasson, Bardot, Janice Joplin, Patti Smith, Diane Keaton and more. I like those “Roman Candles” who didn’t/don’t really feel like they need to be defined by the clothes that they wore — they just “were”. Their clothes just became an extension of what was inside… and most were consistently evolving.

I guess not really having an “aesthetic” in a world that is so dependent on it (have you been on this thing called Instagram?) confuses some people. I like to wear what I like — sometimes it’s a tattered tee with moto boots and sometimes it’s a floor-length dress with 4 inch platforms. Really depends on my mood and the person I feel like that day.

But for all intents and purposes… right now, it’s feminine rock. :)

Oh, and always have big hair. Always.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:

I heard about Stetson when I was around 7. I was obsessed with horses and from that age until about 17 I rode western and english - competing in things like barrel racing to jumping. I volunteered from 15-17 leading trail rides and herding the horses into the stalls in the morning. All the ranch hands had Stetsons and I so badly wanted one. Having one made you an “official” respected ranch hand.

What drew you to the Tom Mix?

I picked out the “Tom Mix” because it’s one of the largest hats I’ve ever seen. I actually had them flatten out the brim at the shop to make it wider and added the feather to make it more my own. I plan on getting a great band for it soon, just waiting for the right one. I remember walking past a window in Seattle and literally walking backwards, backtracking to the display where my hat was sitting. I knew right then, I found my forever hat. I’m going to be buried in this thing.

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:

It makes me feel like my look is complete. I just really love a good accessory and especially one that not a lot of people feel like they can pull off. Which is silly… you should just do what you want and enjoy life; it’s just a hat. But then again, it’s not. You can be really pulled into a different world and character by what you wear. I feel like a lot of people stare when they see this hat, which I sort of really enjoy. Why not!? Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

Jasmine Rose and her Triumph Bonnevile T120

PeopleAnya Violet

We first met Jasmine Rose when she hopped across the pond to ride Babes Ride Out UK with us.  Clearly she has got a thing for all things British because she just got her self a brand new Triumph Bonneville T120 from Thousand Oaks Powersports ! Only days after riding off the lot she hit the road for a summer road trip. Currently en route to Yellowstone via Valley of Fire, Salt Lake City, and the Grand Tetons! Read about Jasmine and why she chose the Triumph Bonneville T120!

Photo by Jessica Hagget

Photo by Jessica Hagget

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I learned to ride about a year and a half ago.  As many others before me have experienced, learning to ride a motorcycle has changed my life dramatically. In the time that I have been on two wheels, I completely changed my career and  met my best friends. My life currently revolves around  motorcycles- I work for Harley-Davidson, the majority of my closest friends ride, and I no longer own a car.

Why do you ride?

Riding eases my anxiety, puts a smile on my face, and gets me everywhere I need to go. My bike is my main of transportation, so I ride to get groceries, go to shows, and grab dinner with friends. I ride to donuts. I ride to National Parks. I ride because it seems to be part of my DNA. My father has always had bikes. Unfortunately, it did not ever occur to him to share that with his eldest daughter as I grew up.  We never had a close relationship, because he literally only ever talks about motorcycles. I didn’t understand it before, but I sure do now. It's the one thing we can bond over.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.

Previous to the T120, my first motorcycle was a Yamaha Bolt C-Spec. She was a lovely shade of British Racing Green.

What first attracted you to the new Triumph T120?

Styling, performance, function.  I love the classic elements that this model drew from the 1959 Bonneville. Also, how could I say no to the perfect combination of black and white and gold? I love that the gold stripes on my tank are hand painted.

How did you know it was the bike for you?
My affinity for British culture extends to their motorcycles. I had always been drawn to the Bonneville, especially. Last summer before BRO4, I took my Yamaha in for service at Thousand Oaks Power sports. The guys at T.O.P. prepped some Triumphs for me to test ride upon my request. That was my first experience with the T120. I also test road the Thruxton 1200. Such a beautiful bike  (that British Racing Green!) and fun to ride, but I knew that the riding position was not something I could sustain for prolonged periods. My bike is my daily commuter, and I like long rides and road trips. The Bonneville T120 felt right, is much easier to handle than my Bolt, and the 1200cc engine is the perfect step up from my 950cc. No more lagging behind my friends on their 1200 Sportsters and Dynas! Also, I have a long inseam and prefer to sit taller on my bike, which is one reason why, despite my working for Harley-Davidson, I chose a Triumph over a Harley.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

Riding a motorcycle might just be the closest thing to riding a witches’ broom as one might find. 

“Before, I was not a witch. But now I am one.”

What made you choose the T120 over the other Triumph Models?

I test rode the Thruxton 1200, the new Scrambler and the Bonneville T120. The larger engine is preferable for how much and how far I ride, as well as keeping up with those I ride with most. The Scrambler was really fun, but the extra power of the T120 is ideal for me.

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your new T120

The adventure is happening as I type! I purchased this bike just in time to break it in a trip to  Yellowstone National Park with some of the best and most badass women I know. We just rode through the Logan Canyon, bubbling creek on one side and pine-covered canyons on the other. Today we did Utah to Idaho to Wyoming and back into Idaho.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

Currently en route to Yellowstone via Valley of Fire, Salt Lake City, and the Grand Tetons! Can you believe how beautiful North America is?!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?

BRO UK was my first Babes Ride Out experience. I was fortunate to attend 2 BRO events in 2016, and let me tell you- it is beyond anything one can describe.  Joshua Tree is gorgeous and conveniently located for us here in Los Angeles, but BRO UK takes the cake. Meeting the VC London girls, along with loads of new friends from the UK and friends from the US- and then riding from London to Wales with these girls… I would do it over and over again. I am in love with the United Kingdom, with their history, their landscape, their literature, their music, and their tea time . Two wheels across cobblestone streets, round roundabouts, twisting on narrow country lanes, skirting herds of sheep, crossing centuries old bridges, searching for crumbling castles, and  turning corners into a galloping band of silvery wild horses. Simply put, you just had to be there.

Some of the London girls came out to BRO4, and it was the perfect reunion. Such vastly different landscapes, and such incredibly different women from all over, but the instant camaraderie is magical. We connect in a way that no other hobby or special interest has ever done for me. Those who ride have a particular instinct for risk and adventure and individuality, and Babes Ride Out has brought all of us together in one incredibly fun camping event.

To learn more about the Triumph T120 click HERE

To find a Triumph dealer in your area click HERE

 

Meet Autumn Harrison and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet

We met Autumn at Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 this year. She shared her story of coming to BRO EC 1 last year on her 1972 Honda 350 and upgrading this year to a brand new 2017 Triumph Street Twin! Read on to hear more about  her and how, after riding from Washington DC to Narrowsburg, NY, she realized she had made the perfect bike choice. 

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I’ve been riding for 3 years.

Why do you ride?

The short answer is because someone told me that I couldn’t. And even if I could, I shouldn't because I am the mother of young girls. To my mind, that seemed like the best reason in the world to pursue the challenge. I wanted to be proof that a life well lived was one that didn’t avoid the things that scare us. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.

I learned to ride on a 1972 Honda 350 four that I bought off eBay three months before I took the riders course. I loved her and thought I would have time to wrench but the reality is that when I have do have time, I want to ride. So I bought a brand spanking new 2017 Triumph Street Twin.

What first attracted you to the new Triumph Street Twin?

The first thing that caught my eye was that the bike has such lovely classic lines. The thing I loved most about my vintage bike was the riding stance. The Street Twin has a very similar upright stance and as an average stature woman it was reassuring to be able to flat foot it at stops.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

I rode everything. I begged rides from friends and sat on all the bikes I could. When I got serious about buying something new I went to the dealership and rode every model. I rode a bunch  of other makes as well. But the Street Twin was by and far the best fit and most comfortable ride.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

Riding a motorcycle is the closest thing I have felt to flying. I crave the singular focus that riding demands. When I’m riding I can’t do anything except ride. As a mother with a career, I feel I'm often doing two things simultaneously and that's not possible on the back of a motorcycle. I love that my senses are completely engaged by feel of the wind, the smell of magnolias in bloom, the growl of the engine.

What made you choose the Street Twin over the other Triumph Models?

Riding stance and maneuverability. The Street Twin was very comfortable and felt easy to turn and corner.

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your new Street Twin?

It was so much fun coming back to Babes Ride Out on my new bike. I made the trip from Washington DC last year on my vintage Honda and I felt outmatched engine wise on the roads. The ride was much more enjoyable this year.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

I've organized my local women's riding group to be in our local Fourth of July parade and my daughters are going to ride with me, does that count? I’m thinking about riding down to New Orleans, my home town, for Halloween this year. But I really want to celebrate my 50th birthday in two years by riding out to BRO in Joshua Tree.

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out East Coast II?

I have had two great weekends at Babes Ride Out. The camaraderie I’ve felt with other women, is fantastic. These are all women who took that challenge to ride and keep riding. Its like we all share the secret of a short cut to happiness. 

Find out more about the Triumph Street Twin HERE

Find a Triumph dealership near you HERE