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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Nina Kaplan

People, Roll CallAnya Violet

We connected with Nina over instagram before Babes in Borrego was even born. In fact, connecting with her was one of the reasons we thought maybe we should extend the invite to more women we were meeting on social media. From day #1 Nina has been an encouraging, inspiring, and truly awesome fixture in this community. Her passion for a life on two wheels is intoxicating and her positive state of mind and welcoming energy make you just want to be around her. Five years later we look back and are so thankful to have met Nina on that dry lake bed in the middle of nowhere at our first ever camp out. Read on to get to know Nina!

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

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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. 


Nina Kaplan


photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

·       FULL NAME  NINA KAPLAN

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE @niinhellhound

·       LOCATION Los Angeles

·       OCCUPATION Occupational Therapist

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

As social media connected more and more women on motorcycles in 2013, I became aware of Anya and Ashmore, via a mutual photographer friend. We sent some messages back and forth, and I was invited to scout the site in Borrego with them for the first ever BABES RIDE OUT. Due to work commitments, I was unable to scout, however I was intent on going to the event. I had purchased my first motorcycle in 2011 and found some women to ride with in the SF bay area. I was keen to meet a group in LA as I had just relocated south.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

When I arrived at the meet up at the Starbucks in Temecula I think, I remember thinking, there’s a lot of us ladies on motos here! This is going to be a great weekend adventure.

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 did go to the event with two women rider friends I rode in the Bay area with, one of whom had recently moved to So Cal as well. Via social media, I was also connected to a crew of women from Portland were making the trek down for the event. One can feel out of their element in a new group scenario, but I tend to thrive and seek out those exact types of experiences. I love the opportunity to do and be involved in something new.

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?

Riding in a group is always tough, especially a group of unknown riders. I was fortunate to have some familiar friends with me, whom I stuck with for the ride. There were instances of passing, and going around riders who were inexperienced. We wove our way near the front, and I remember as we crested the hill and looked over into the Borrego Springs Valley, what an amazing view and feeling it was! The coordinates took us to a dirt road, which in reality was a mile or so of soft sand. The kind of sand that is like snow, it just so soft. It was wild to ride down that road together, going slow and helping others who had wiped out.

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

I remember getting into the valley with the dry lake bed where camp would be. I had been speaking to a few other MOTO ladies from Portland and I was excited to connect with them and some friends that had ridden out from NY. As the sun set the ladies took to their bikes, and I remember them ripping around an oval on the dry lake bed in the golden hours of the day. I took a quiet moment by myself to take it all in. I thought here I am with the wild women, right where we belong. Off the grid, many of us not know to each other at that time, but sharing the common mentality of adventure and comradery, and even without knowing the other women well or at all, there was a sense that we were there to support each other. It was a powerful feeling to be immediately connected to so many like minded women.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

I met so ladies on this trip, many whom I developed deep and lasting friendships with. Friendships that have taken me across the country in the US and on adventure moto trips in Guatemala. The connections made in year one are some of most cherished. I return to the even every year to continue to make new connections.

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

So much has changed for me in the years since the first event, as life is ever-changing. Something I am most excited about developing in the years since the first event is my involvement in the BRO DIRT event. I have attended for 3 years and finally was able to bring a dirt bike of my own to the last event. I am excited to make the same connections and deepen friendships with the ladies that ride dirt.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

In 2015 I was lucky to go across country with Harley Davidson and Lana McNaughton of the Women’s Moto Exhibit. Other riders included Jenny Czinder of (strange Vacation) whom I met at year one BRO, and Imogen Lethonen (who I attended year 2 with), and Megan who I met at year 2 as well I think.

In December of 2016 I did a 12 day self-guided moto trip in Guatemala with Leslie Padoll of BH.and.BR and Kate Unver whom I met at BRO east coast.

I was also lucky enough to attend year one of BRO east coast, as so many ladies from the east coast come out to the west coast event, I wanted to do the opposite. I rode with Kate and Leslie on this trip and it was a great experience, I love the first year of an event, it always seems to hold the most magic.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  

Initially the growth of the event felt foreign and a departure from the first year. However, as I have attended throughout the years, I have reveled in how many women the event attracts, and seen it as an opportunity to connect to a wider and wider group of moto women! Now the event is such an amazing production it feels like a moto festival and I love it!

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

I love being part of the women’s moto community, I feel that as the minority within the industry as a whole we hold a very valuable position and the ability to connect and bond with each other at events such as BRO is very important.  

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Sanna Boman

PeopleAnya Violet

Sanna has always been an inspiration to us! You can truly feel her passion for riding and we love to see her put down a ton of miles on her roadtrips. She is one of the nicest people you could meet and we are so stoked that she was with us at our first ever campout! read on to hear her story! “I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep! The Sand Diego crew have since become some of my best friends and we've attended every BRO since together”-Sanna

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babes ride out

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. 


Sanna Boman


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·       FULL NAME: Sanna Maria

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @cylinderella

·       LOCATION: San Diego, CA

·       OCCUPATION: Managing Editor at Roadtrippers

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I saw the flyer on Instagram. This was in 2013, back when it was super rare to see motorcycle events targeted at women only, other than the occasional “Ladies Night” at the local Harley dealership. I had been riding for a few years and already knew a small group of women who rode, so a few of us decided to go.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

Arriving at the meet up spot in Temecula was pretty exciting. No one knew how many people were going to show up, and more and more ladies just kept rolling in! We were all just mingling and introducing ourselves to new people. I don't think I realized then how many of those ladies I would actually become friends with later.

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 went with two friends, Nina and Jess, so it wasn’t a solo adventure for me. Jess had only been riding for a couple of months at this point, and she was on a little 250 Virago, but she totally kicked ass through heavy winds on the freeway and twisty mountain roads taking us down into Borrego. My Sportster wasn't running at the time (which was not at all unusual for that particular bike), so I ended up renting a newer sporty just for this trip.  

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?

I had so much fun on that ride. Everyone kind of naturally broke into three groups: faster riders in the front, slower riders in the back, and everyone else in the middle. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep, and then trying to keep up with the really fast, experienced ladies in the front. Arriving in Borrego was... interesting. To get to the camping spot, we had to ride through two miles of sand—and not the tightly packed kind. Girls around me were dropping left and right, but I somehow made it all the way through without incident. Good thing, since I was on a rental bike.

A few years later, when we returned to the same spot for the Babes in Borrego reunion, I was on a brand new Dyna that I had bought just a few weeks earlier and was still getting used to. That was even sketchier, but again, I somehow made it there and back without dropping my bike. Just the thought of riding that sandy stretch still gives me anxiety though.

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. I wrote a fairly sentimental blog post about it on Red Rag Garage (a women’s motorcycle blog I run with my friend Katie) a while back.   

My favorite thing about that night: A bunch of fearless women ripping up and down a dry lake bed as fast as their bikes would go, without helmets or a care in the world. That was one of my biggest YOLO-moments.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

Yes! I met so many amazing women that first day and night, and I keep in touch with many of them. Since I’m in San Diego and many of the other ladies are in the LA and Orange County areas, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. But the San Diego people I didn't already know (Stacey, Stayc, Tasha, Dannielle) have now become some of my best friends, and we've attended every BRO since together. And it’s always like a mini reunion when we run into the rest of the OGs at other events all over Southern California.

I've also added a few Borrego-girls to my list of travel buddies, like Genevieve. We attempted to ride to the Grand Canyon together a few years ago, but got snowed in in Flagstaff. We also rode down to San Felipe in Mexico earlier this year with a couple of other friends.

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).

Oh man, what hasn't changed? In the past five years I’ve managed to meet the love of my life, land two awesome jobs, travel to 10 countries, ride motorcycles in three continents, own a total of five different bikes, and meet some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I also just started my dream job, as managing editor at Roadtrippers. Even if the world is falling apart around us, the past five years have been kind to me personally.  

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

Oh yes, I go on motorcycle road trips as often as I possibly can. I have a really awesome group of about 10 friends here in San Diego who all ride, and we travel together both on and off the bikes. Most weekends we’ll rip out to the desert or down to Mexico. Four of us just got back from a two-week, 4300-mile motorcycle trip from San Diego to Banff National Park in Canada and back. It was an amazing, bucket-list experience, and I’m already itching to plan my next trip.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  

I’ve been to every west coast Babes Ride Out since the first one, and it’s been amazing to see it grow into what it is today. I just love how this one event has sparked a whole new generation of women motorcyclists. I know of so many ladies who started riding after seeing how much fun we were all having at Babes, and it’s such a cool thing to have been a part of. Representation matters!

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

I have a lot of thoughts on the moto industry, how much time do you have? No, but seriously, I feel like we’re in this moment in time where there’s a generational shift happening in this scene right in front of our eyes. There's still your stereotypical ultra-sexist macho biker dude who wants women to sit quietly on the back of the bike, but I think (and hope) they’re a dying breed. The people I know who put down the most miles on their bikes are all women.

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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Stacey Bookshier

PeopleAnya Violet

She found out about Babes in Borrego the day before the ride. After a quick cruise on our blog she decided she was IN! Stacey Bookshier rolled up to the meet-up spot at our first ever campout not knowing anyone. Her vintage moto didn’t let her down on those desert roads and she walked away from that weekend with new friends and a new annual tradition of attending all of our Joshua Tree campouts! Read on to hear more about Stacey and her experience that weekend.

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babes ride out

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. 


 Stacey Bookshier


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  • ·       Stacey Brookshier

    ·       @staceybrookshier

    ·       San Diego, CA

    ·       Office Jerk

    How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

    I feel like I’m always the last to know and for Babes it was true. I didn’t really use social media when Babes was announced so I had no idea. I found out a day before the event from my friend Isaac who owned Trophy Motorcycles in San Diego. I checked out the blog and read “roll call” and I was in.

    When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

    When I arrived at the gas station there were only three other women there, Caroline, Lindsey and Rebecca. They offered to throw my hastily packed camping gear in their chase truck. I was stoked because I had this flat seat with all my gear strapped down with bungees threatening to fall off. As more women trickled in I was amazed how many people the post had reached.

    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?

    When I was younger I took solo car road trips but never to a meet up or an event.

     At the meet up I didn’t know anybody. I had texted two of my friends about it the day I found out. One knew about it, but it looked like they weren’t going to come. To my surprise they pulled up to the campsite that evening, and I have been to every Babes in Joshua tree with them since.

    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?

    My bike at the time was vintage and didn’t want to start when everybody was ready to pull away. I panicked and thought I was going to miss out. I eventually kicked it over, thankfully, and had a blast riding with everybody.

    What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

    I was so impressed with the amount of thought and love that Anya and Ashmore put into Babes in Borrego not knowing what the result would be. I am grateful for your efforts ladies. Everything just unfolded beautifully. There were so many personalities it was like a little buffet of meeting interesting, positive women.  Sitting around that fire and hearing the bits of everyone’s background made that dry lakebed an unexpected comfortable place to be.  It was my first night playing Cards Against Humanity and it was on a homemade deck that made me think they made the game up themselves.

    I didn’t pack a tent but luckily Rebecca and Lindsey let me crash theirs, I would have probably froze if not for them.

    Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

    There are a few that I still get to see from time to time. I was really stoked to meet more women from San Diego, some I see more often than others. I met Sanna at the first Babes, (calling her out), she doesn’t remember me from then even though she drank my water. Sanna, I love you and I’m so happy we became good friends.

    How have you changed over the past 5 years?

    At the first Babes I was recently unemployed but found a job shortly after. My extremely talented and good-looking boyfriend of 6 years plays bass in The Distillers, it’s really humbling and exciting to see him play. We have a house just outside of Downtown San Diego, with our 3 dogs, where we are working to become more self-sufficient with our small vegetable garden.

    Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

    I realized at the first Babes that I had met Lindsey at Elusive Unicorn years before and we had both attended Slab City Riot. I’ve been to another large organized campout out since, other than Babes, but they’re too much party for me. I have been on a couple local camping trips, with women I met through Babes and their S.O.’s, to Borrego and Idyllwild.

    What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  

    It is dizzying to think of all the details that are put into these events. Growing from 50 to thousands of women is astonishing. I am in awe of the women who come from all over to be a part of this and grateful for the people it has brought into my life.

    What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

    I guess you take the good with the bad. Motorcycle events are a lot more crowded than they were years ago, but with that more products and manufactured parts have become available. I love that there’s finally riding gear that don’t make women look like they’re about to get on the back of a road sofa.

     

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Jenny Czinder

Roll CallAnya Violet

Jenny Czinder is one of those truly sparkly individuals who adventures through life in pursuit of the things that bring her the greatest joys. The fact that she jumped at the chance to ride out on a borrowed bike to an unknown location for a night of camping with a bunch of strangers tells you a little about what drives this woman! We got to re-connect with her to get her story behind that 1 magical weekend in Borrego at the our first ever event and what she has been up to since. Meet Jenny aka @hookersandpopcorn “When I discovered motorcycles I felt like I had discovered a long lost part of myself. I loved meeting all the other women who were empowered through riding and came out to the desert that weekend.” -Jenny

Jenny in her  Strange Vacation  Jacket

Jenny in her Strange Vacation Jacket

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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. 


Jenny Czinder


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How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

At the time I had recently become friends with Ashmore and she mentioned she was planning a casual ride / campout in the Borrego desert. I lived in Portland but saw no reason why I couldn’t jump on this Southern CA fun train, so I bought a plane ticket and borrowed one of Ashmore’s bike for the ride. I was so excited I started rallying other Portland girls, whether they rode bikes or not, to come with me!

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

I don’t remember having any specific thoughts… It was exciting, but also super peaceful. Like it was normal. Like we were all supposed to be there at that moment in time.

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 about 3-4 girls pretty well. I thrive in environments where I don’t know a lot of people though so I loved meeting all the other women who were empowered through riding and came out to the desert that weekend. Meeting strangers and watching new friendships grow is such a wonderful experience. A handful of girls I met that weekend are now some of my closest friends. Those connections are priceless and what I love most about motorcycles events, even more than the motorcycles which brought us together.

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?

Riding with new friends and experiencing a place I’d never been before might be one of my favorite things to do so I absolutely loved every moment of this adventure.

The dry lake bed we camped on was incredible. It felt like a dream, not just when I look back on it, but even while we were there ripping across it in the dust at sunset. You could just feel we were a part of something more than what was happening in that moment. It was pretty magical.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

I went on this trip with no expectations other than to experience something new. I had no idea I’d meet women who would grow to be some of my closest friends. We may not all live in the same place but we make our paths cross as often as we can, and even when they don’t we keep in touch in all the ways you can these days :)

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

When I discovered motorcycles I felt like I had discovered a long lost part of myself. And this trip came shortly after I learned how to ride, so it felt almost like a celebration! All I ever wanted was to live fast and free and I’d finally found a community that felt the same. It felt like home.

At the time I wasn’t doing anything I was super passionate about, but learning to ride and meeting all these beautiful, strong women spark a flame in my soul and I’ve since been chasing down all the things that make me happy with a confidence I had never had before.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

I’ve gone on so many rides and campouts since 2013 I can’t even count! It’s been insane, and so, so much FUN! My favorite was the cross country ride I did for Harley Davidson in 2015 with Lana, Nina, Imogen, and Megan. Nina and Imogen being two girls I’d met at Babes Ride Out events ;)

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? 

It’s been pretty crazy to watch it grow, and grow FAST! I love seeing the spark and glamour in some of the girl’s eyes when they come to Babes Ride Out for the first time. It’s similar to my first experience in Borrego and I just get so excited for them and the inspiration that’s likely to come from it all.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

The motorcycle community is more open arms than any other community I’ve experienced. You’d think with it’s gritty, intimating exterior it wouldn’t be that way but it truly is. It doesn’t matter where you are or what’s happened, if you are in need of anything you can count on this community to help you out. I feel like everyone loves riding and the energy and peace it can bring to life, that the majority of us are so stoked when others get into it, or want to share the road for a time. It’s about community, not competition and you really feel that within the family of those who ride - no matter what they ride.

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Emma Bass

Roll CallAnya Violet

Emma was one of the 3 other women that I knew that rode motorcycles prior to Babes in Borrego. I had seen her ripping around town in Long Beach on her Triumph Bonneville even before I had a street bike of my own. When she first heard about Babes in Borrego she was IN since day 1 and can now say that 80% of her friendships have come from that little campout and what has spawned from it. It is always a pleasure seeing Emma every year! Read her story below and give her a high five at BRO6!

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babes ride out

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. 


Emma Bass


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• Emma bass

• @emmelinebluejean

• Dana Point, CA

• Hairstylist

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I can’t remember how but I do remember being totally IN from the second the word reached me.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

Save for a few women, I knew nobody in the community. I was intimidated by EVERYONE there!

Did you know anyone there? 

Several friends but way more new faces!

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 did a ton of riding in my first couple of years and it was a lot of solo adventures but it was my first time in Borrego Springs. 

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?

I ride in the very back if I can, I like knowing I’ve got the whole picture in front of me and nobody can fall behind without someone to stop with. Most of the time my head was on a swivel because the roads are just beautiful...rolling onto our own dry lake bed in a 50-something rider line was cool too I guess. ;)

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

General mayhem and rumpus, of course I was one of the first to fall asleep by the fire. At some point I was kind of bobbing above and below sleep because there was this beautiful voice singing, accompanied by an acoustic guitar...the song was so pretty I kept trying to commit it to memory.  That ended up being Jack (@onedirtybiker) and she had arrived solo shortly before, in the absolute dead of night after changing a flat tire and navigating a couple miles of unmarked dirt roads. She set a bar that year for sure.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?

 I would say 80% of my friendships are due to that little campout. It’s truly incredible. 

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

Started saying “it is what it is” to a (probably) annoying degree, let go of a lot of self-inflicted social pressure, met a hunky man-angel named Nate that makes life way more fun than I already thought it could be...and put real effort towards not comparing myself to others. It’s cliché but at a certain point in your life it just becomes one of those things that you don’t have time for anymore!

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

I went on a solo fall trip in 2014, my trajectory actually began at BRO 2. I left from there and meandered my way across country and back and it’s still one of the most formative experiences of my life, even having been a full time rider for several years by that point. It’ll never stop teaching you if you’re always open to learning from it. The following year, a group of friends and I followed a similar path together and had a rain-heavy but really fun time. We are really lucky to live in a country rife with National Parks and open roads. 

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?

I realized last year- it’s become very organic as the years go by. Everyone is there to have their own experiences and nobody is worried about making a certain impression. Everyone is kind and happy, seriously! Two years in a row now I’ve gotten to co-host the mechanical bull riding competition with my gal @littleburdie and there’s never not been a drink in my hand because everyone is always making sure that even the volunteers are having a good time.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

The community has always been there, for me and others. I’m just really lucky I happened into it.

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Michaela George

PeopleAnya Violet

If you have come to any of our events over the past few years then you already know who Michaela (Mich) George is. She is the smiling face and the kind soul behind Moto F.A.M. What you may not know is that she was there at the first ever Babes in Borrego event back in 2013. She could not have known back then what a huge role this growing community would end up playing in her life. In her words "I have honestly never been a part of something so big, and so uplifting in my life." Read on to hear her story.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

babes ride out

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. 


Michaela George


  • Michaela George (Mich)
  • @only_one_mich
  • Oceanside,Ca
  • Founder of Moto F. A. M. 

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it? 

I feel like my story is going to be a little weird for some people because I have an unusually close relationship with my ex-husband. So a lot of my story includes getting to know Mallorie (his wife) better through attending the first Babes Ride Out event...It was kind of the motivation to go. 

My ex husband was the one that told me about Babes In Borrego. He knew Ashmore through mutual work friends and had heard she was organizing some kind of girls only Moto trip and campout. 

I reached out to Ashmore because I had been riding motorcycles for almost 10 years at that point and for the most part, with only men. The thought of riding with women was super exciting!

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ride to Borrego, where the campout was planned to happen, weeks before the actual event. When I contacted Ashmore for the first time about Babes In Borrego, she invited me to do a test run. I remember sitting at Carlee’s (a small restaurant in Borrego) with Ashmore after we did our test run and laughing about the whole idea. There was nothing quite like this done before so there were zero expectations. 10 girls might show up... or 100. It was super fascinating. 

The day of the event Mallorie and I arrived at the gas station meet up spot and saw well over 20 women. I immediately thought....wow.... this is going to be SO FUN!

Did you know anyone there?

I didn’t, other than Ashmore and Mallorie. 

Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

Every once and a while I step out of my comfort zone but for the most part I’m not really one to go out of my way to do something like this.... but a big part of me going was because it was an opportunity for Mallorie and I to spend time together and get to know each other. 

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 totally crazy, but sometimes I kinda feel like the crazy factor was such a huge part of what made me interested in going. 

As soon as the huge group of ladies started loading up and pulling out I was like.... holy shit, this is so rad, they did it.... this is going to be such a fun experience. 

(I literally get teared up thinking about it as I answer these questions... I didn’t know then the impact this experience was going to have in my life.... absolutely NO IDEA)

What was that one night like for you?

It was amazing. I met so many women. All at didn’t phases of their lives, different interests, different ages, areas, bikes and so on. 

I left the next morning wondering what would be next... when can we do this again... will there be another one? 

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?

My number one focus was getting to know Mallorie better and this trip did exactly that. We leaned on each other a little more than usual because neither of us knew anyone beside ourselves. We met so many interesting women though. We did a ton of socializing...but I have to say the people watching was insane. Good insane! Their were half naked women from LA that were beautiful and confident and SO interesting. There was a mom away from her new baby for the first time who spent time everyday on a breast pump, haha. There was dancing and singing and sand flat races. The sunset was gorgeous. 

I made so many friends at that first Babes that I am happy to say,  I am still friends with. 

As for my relationship with Mallorie, I feel like it was the perfect place for us to start a friendship. We are truly family now and we have attended every BRO since then, together!

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

Oh geez, this is a tough one. 

Five years is a good amount of time for change. 

Job- (This will be a long answer haha).... This is unquestionably the biggest change in my life since Babes in Borrego.  Babes/Anya & Ashmore play a HUGE part in that. Since the first Babes, I started a non profit named Moto F. A. M. Our mission is to help riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. Anya & Ashmore we’re some of the first people I shot my idea to. Their input and support have been crucial to Moto F. A. M.’s success. For the last 3 years they have opened the door to share their event with my organization. Each year Moto F. A. M. gets to run the BRO raffle. This opportunity has generated a ton of exposure AND raises thousands of dollars each year to help downed riders. So far we have helped over 150 riders/families facing life changing injuries and have funded almost 40 riders the chance to participate in a motorcycle safety course, designed to improve a riders skill level. 

I am and always will be so grateful for their help!

Relationship: single then/single now

Motherhood: since the first Babes 2 out of my 3 offspring have grown and become adults. (Whaaaa) My youngest Mateo had actually attended the very first Babes in the Dirt. He passed out candy bars to all the girls that “did a good job” riding. 

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

Every year BRO is mandatory! Some years we add a week long trip leading us to BRO. I’ve done a girls trip to Washington, one to Portland Oregon, several to Az. I have a planned trip to Sturgis in a couple weeks. I’ll be stopping in Denver to scoop up my long time Babes friend along the way.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?

It’s definitely different now vs the first event. The first one was very intimate. It was small enough that we had the opportunity to sit and talk with everyone around a campfire. 50 girl vs 1700+ changes it up quite a bit. The change has it goods though. You might not have the intimacy anymore but you gain so many other cool things. More girls...more personalities...more people watching. There’s  live entertainment now..I love that.. especially the karaoke. It’s now twice as long. Girls can venture out and ride different routes that Anya & Ashmore have mapped out for the girls. It still has the welcoming feeling the first one had. The support, the ability to create new friendships. It has been a rad thing to watch grow. 

The past few years I’ve had a different perspective now that I’m working the event. I am in a position where nearly every attendee has to come to my booth. Which I absolutely LOVE.... I gotta say, by nature I would probably keep to my circle of friends but since I’m working I get to meet and talk with so many new faces. I get to hear travel stories, I get to learn why they came, who they came with. I love meeting people Moto F. A. M. has helped. I have honestly never been a part of something so big, and so uplifting in my life. I have told women before.... “Babes is a life changing experience”.... and I mean it. It truly is!