Babes Ride Out

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Babes Ride Out 6 | The Official Re-Cap

EventsAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out 6 far exceeded our expectations! The beautiful high desert graced us with flawless weather and clear skies all weekend. Well over 1,000 women descended on Joshua Tree and spent the weekend riding some of the best roads Southern California has to offer.

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The festivities were jam packed and we want to thank every single person in attendance as well as all of the sponsors that helped to make this event possible!

As Riders began filling up the 40 acres of the Joshua Tree Lake Campground they were greeted in the event space with a Free Public welcome party. Kickstands down, Wine up! Enjoying some wine, meeting new friends and hearing about their journeys is what it’s all about.

We love to highlight the creative women in our community! There was so much talent in the Makers Market this year with chainstitch art by Rowdy Cowlick, DIY leather stamping by Pack Animal and custom stamped metal by Feral Silver. Attendees got to take home a custom hand-done piece or customize their own stuff thanks to these talented ladies. Jenn Hallett was hand painting flash on Biltwell helmets so that ladies can customize their lids.

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babes ride out
babes ride out

Kickstands were down and the 805 Beer was flowing. There is nothing quite like a cold beer after a long ride. Thank you to 805 beer for bringing the taste of the central coast to Joshua Tree for Babes Ride Out 6!

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The Moto F.A.M. raffle was poppin’ all weekend! Thanks to everyone that donated and participated we raised thousands of dollars to help riders who have sustained life changing injuries from motorcycle accidents.

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babes ride out

Nothing brings people together quite like karaoke. Thursday night on the main stage was filled with the sounds of the greatest hits and a few Disney songs! Hahah Babes love Karaoke!

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babes ride out

Friday morning after some delicious cold pressed juice, coffee and a breakfast bowl, riders grabbed a Biltwell route map from Mojave Desert Land Trust booth and hit the road. Rides ranging from 60-300 miles took you to Salvation Mountain, up to Big Bear, through the National Park, up to Idyllwild or in to Pioneertown. Every single rider came back with a story about their day.

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The Real Deal work shop was putting tools in the hands of everyone that signed up. With workshops in welding, pin striping, and blacksmithing attendees could go home with a new skill or hobby to pursue. The Real Deal bike show was our most popular yet with over 40 motorcycles entered. We love seeing how riders customize their bikes and make them their own!

We at Babes Ride Out feel that it is so important to never take ourselves too seriously. That is why we loved the Girl on a Moto camp games on Friday night. Babes were lining up to go head to head in the sumo suit wresting ring. Who ever said that a motorcycle event can’t be like adult summer camp?

Ashmore and Mich go head to head. Sumo was ALL time! Photo by Savannah Rose

Ashmore and Mich go head to head. Sumo was ALL time! Photo by Savannah Rose

The ladies of Atwyld had their full collection on display at BRO6. Their mission is to get more women to ride in protective gear by designing a line that looks good, feels good and wears well on and off the bike. So many riders got to see that riding gear does not have to be ill-fitting or bright pink. Thank you Atwyld for all that you are doing to promote safety for the motorcycle industry.   

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Westside Moto Academy handed out hundreds of bright neon safety vests to riders throughout the weekend. They offered their expertise as motorcycle instructors to give pointers to new riders and talk technique with more experienced riders. Not to mention they showed us how its done in the Triumph Moto games by getting 1st place in the technical course.

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Friday night we got to recognize some very important people up on stage. It all started with the Real Deal Bike show winners. These ladies had some very unique bikes and it was so fun to be able to recognize their efforts on stage with custom built trophies from the Real Deal workshop. Next, we invited all the ladies over the age of 60 years old to come up on stage. These are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends and many of them have been riding since before we were born. The oldest rider there was 68 years young and WOW did she have a story to tell. It is so inspiring to see the new generation find joy and love in the motorcycle world but it is forever important to respect our elders and the wisdom they have gathered through the years. The diversity at Babes Ride Out events is un-paralleled.

With clear skies and perfect weather Friday and Saturday night were ideal for the Star Party and Astronomy Show in the Astronomy Arts theatre! Deep space telescopes, sky maps, and virtual reality tour to Mars were all part of this amazing experience brought to you by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers. Joshua Tree is a dark sky community and, for many, they have never seen the night sky quite like that before.

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babes ride out

DJ Ry Toast and La Flaca Lee kept the dance party going and the energy high throughout the night as the dance floor was packed! Some stayed up until the music stopped while others headed back to camp for some fireside hangs with new friends.

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Red Wing Heritage Womens hosted a “Mamas who ride” meet up on Saturday morning. The idea that when you become a mother you must forfeit yourself and your passions for the sake of your family has become antiquated. Children and family rise to the top but should not replace a woman’s identity. This meet-up was about getting together these inspiring Mama’s who exemplify this modern woman.

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babes ride out

Saturday was another perfect day for riding. Aside from all of the great routes to ride, the town of Joshua Tree also has a farmers market as well as the HWY 62 art tours that many riders decided to experience on Saturday.

Thanks to Sena, Babes were able to demo Bluetooth devices throughout the weekend and see what it is like to ride connected. Their blind-folded obstacle course was harder than ever this year and required teams of two to complete the challenge bind-folded using only the guidance of their partner through their Bluetooth device. It was hilarious!

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Rolling back to camp we went straight in to the Triumph Moto Games. This was our biggest and best year yet! There were over 70 riders participating and several hundred more there to spectate. The competition was fierce and it was amazing to see so much talent on two wheels. The technical course, the slow race and the barrel race all take certain skills and patience to complete. There were so many types of riders and so many types of bikes involved! Choppers, dualsports, adventure bikes, café racers, baggers… you name it. Nothing like doing a slalom course on a chopper. Thanks to everyone for participating and to Triumph Motorcycles for bringing everyone together.

Had a friend that could not make it to BRO6? Triumph had their mobile post office on site where you could send a post card and let them know they blew it!

As of Saturday night, the talented tattoo team counted about 150 tattoos that they had done throughout the weekend. Over 100 ladies are headed home with a permanent Babes Ride Out souvenir! Thank you to the talented artist that come out every year! We love you!

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Saturday night everyone gathered near the main stage to see who would be taking home the amazing raffle prizes. Thank you to all the amazing artists and brands that contributed to the raffle this year! The raffle announcement were followed by one of our favorite awards of the weekend. The “Most Miles Ridden” Award! This goes to the Babe that took down the most miles to get to Babes Ride Out 6. The winner rode all the way from New Jersey and zig-zagged across the country totaling in over 5,000 miles! DAMN! Thank you for coming!

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babes ride out

Another important recognition goes out to the mother and daughter duos that ride out to our events. This year we had over 20 which is more than ever before. What an awesome bonding experience to be able to ride out with your mom.

We had a very special guest join us on Saturday! Her name is Grace McKean. She has been riding motorcycles since 1946. In her 84 years she has seen so many changes in the world of motorcycles and Babes Ride Out 6 was her first time attending a ladies only motorcycle event. She came with photos and articles about her life on two wheels and we all walked away inspired by her. Thank you for coming Grace! See you next year!

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Babes Ride Out

No Babes Ride Out event is complete without some live tunes. This year Yachty By Nature had the crowd so pumped up! The sea of captains hats said it all. Thank you for playing the hits and keeping the crowd dancing! Babes LOVE Yacht Rock!

Smooth Sailing! Yachty by Nature

Smooth Sailing! Yachty by Nature

Before everyone hit the road home, they were able to stop by the Lucky Wheels Garage booth and check tire pressure and tighten bolts. Thanks to Lucky Wheels for providing tools for all the Babes!

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Babes Ride Out 6 was such an amazing event! There were Babes from all walks of life and on all different types of motorcycles. Riders came from near and far to join together and connect over a love of two wheels. Thank you for coming to experience the beautiful high desert and all it has to offer. Thank you for being such an amazing community! See you next year!  

-Anya and Ashmore

 Photos by Heidi Zumbrun and Genevieve Davis

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

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. 


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 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! 

 

 

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Savannah Rose

PeopleAnya Violet

"This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear! " -Savannah Rose. From very little time on two wheels to working with bikes everyday and building her own. Savannah has come a long way since Babes in Borrego in 2013 (literally and figuratively) Read on to hear her story.

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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. 


Savannah Rose


  • Savannah Rose
  • @themouseandthemoto 
  • Rural Wisconsin 
  • Social Media at S&S Cycle - @sscycle

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

I found out about Babes In Borrego from my friend Emma Bass - she was a friend of a friend who came to my 4th of July party. She rolled up on the Triumph Bonneville and I was instantly in awe of seeing a girl my age on a bike. My mother rode, but I kept putting off learning, but always wanted to. 
We talked about it, she urged me to take the MSF class and learn to ride. She said she had seen the Babes in Borrego flyer it on Instagram, and was planning to go. What could be better, right? A bunch of girls camping out - no judgy dudes and no boyfriends.

 So I did it - I bought a Honda CB360 after taking the MSF Safety Class. I rode that around all summer, finally purchasing a Sportster about 4 days before BIB. I rode that out, terrified, and totally uncomfortable on a bike that was NOT set up properly for me. But despite hurting wrists, sketchy wind, and the nervousness of riding with a bunch of people I didn't know soon subsided when I got there and realized how awesome everyone was. 

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

"Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod. What am I doing? What if I drop the bike? What if they don't like me? Ohmygod."

Which slowly but surely turned into, "ohmygod, this is awesome!"

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?

This was my first real adventure - I knew Emma, and I had contacted Anya, but I didn't know anyone well. I had been on adventures of sorts - I had toured the country selling merchandise for rock bands, I had taken road trips - but nothing like this! I was a new rider, on a big-to-me-bike. This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear! 

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 ZERO idea where we were headed. I had never been to that part of the desert, and I hadn't been farther than maybe 50 miles from home on my bike!  But it was an incredible feeling, riding with a bunch of girls, seeing the looks the "cagers" (people in cars, especially the dudes!) gave us when they realized it was all females. 

We got out to the food stop and I had no idea what to expect. We took a pretty sketchy sandy/wash road (ladies, the campsite that we go to now is NOTHIN!) - a lot of girls tipped over, since most of us hadn't had any experience in that terrain and we weren't on bikes made for it. But the accomplishment of making it out to that dry lake bed, past the sand traps, the washouts, and plenty of tipovers, made you feel like you could conquer anything! Somehow I managed to feather the clutch and throttle and not tip, and I was so shocked, and proud of myself. I did it!

What was that one night like for you?

Incredible. We hung out by the fire, talked about girl stuff, talked about motorcycles, talked about so many things. I slept in a sleeping bag by the fire (I passed out while Jack was playing her guitar!)  We rode around on the dry lake bed. It was so low key, chill and exactly what I needed. It wasn't about excluding dudes, but it was about letting us let loose, enjoy ourselves, and be girls. And ride motorcycles. Two things that are not mutually exclusive. 

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 SO MANY!!! I'm still close with Emma, and of course Anya and Ashmore. One of my favorites is Jack - she somehow managed to find the mystery campsite alone, in the dark, after a trip from Arizona and a flat tire, she showed up with a bottle of whiskey and a guitar and played by the fire.  I'm super happy to see a lot of the girls go on to great things, like Mitch and the girls creating MotoFAM, Danielle creating a jewelry company, and of course, the girls creating ATWYLD! 

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

Let's see..  I now live in rural farmland in Wisconsin - I got a killer job doing social media and photos for S&S Cycle (a performance motorcycle parts company that's been around 60 years..) - and I did so after realizing my life wasn't what I wanted. I was married around the time of Babes In Borrego, to a dude, that it didn't work out.  BIB was one of the first things that helped me realize how far back I was being held - and helped me to get the confidence to get my sh*t together, get away from the bad influences, and start doing what I want to do. The confidence I got knowing I could do what I set my mind to, and seeing so many ladies being awesome helped me a ton. I moved around Cali until I scored the job offer, and now I work and play with motorcycles EVERY DAY! Seriously. That's my job now. It's awesome. 

I've got a super cute little house, a Sporty chopper I built myself (with some help from my friends) a dog, and an ever growing collection of motorcycles.. I'm up to 8 right now.. 

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
SO MANY. So many. I've been to Sturgis, Daytona, Greasy Dozen Run, El Diablo Run, and SO MANY MORE that I can't even name them all. 

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

INSANE. I had no idea this little campout gathering would grow to be this worldwide thing. It's insane to see nearly 2000 bikes instead of just our 50. It's a little overwhelming, even. It's really cool to see it grow, to see the number of female riders grow, and to see it become a THING. This year, all things permitting, I'll be making the ride out from Wisconsin on my little chop - and I can't wait. 

No campout, ever ever ever, will top Babes In Borrego for me. They say nothing can ever compare to your first time, right? 

 

 

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Caroline Patterson

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My memory of Caroline at Babes in Borrego back in 2013 is of her throwing her kickstand down on the dry lake bed and running back to help coach other riders on how to get through the sand pit. She was pretty much ready and available with any random bike issues anyone was having and was named out MVP at our Borrego reunion we had a few years ago since she trucked out her 3 custom mini bikes and hosted impromptu mini bike races at camp. She is the kind of girl you are always happy to see at any of the moto events. Read on to hear a bit more about her experience at Babes in Borrego. 

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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. 


 Caroline Patterson


Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

  • Caroline Patterson 
  • @blondezillagirl
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Costume Designer

New to motorcycling, and the women's moto community, I first heard about Babes in Borrego from Tamara Wilson!  She assured me that the "girls putting it together" were "the BEST".  A couple ladies and I got together and rode south from LA, to catch the big meet up at a gas station in Temecula.  Once we found the group we followed along and headed to the secret location.  It was windy as hell that day- it was definitely a challenging ride with the weather.  A lot of the ladies had never ridden out of the comfort of their own neighborhoods, so it was a little hairy a couple times... but we made it to the site with little to no drama.  That dirt road was a little different. (BAHAHAHAHA)  I remember getting through, with only one bike drop of my own- then parking my bike and running back to coach others through.  

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Still my absolute favorite was when I said to you 2 something about maybe it would have been good to let some of the rookies know it was a challenging road in and someone said "today...some girls became women."  Rock n’ fucking roll! 

I had a great night- meeting lots of cool women.  Some I'm still friends with- most I recognize and am happy to collide with at other events around SoCal occasionally.  

I had a great moto adventure to the first Moto in Moab a few years back.  2000 miles of all kinds of weather.  From boiling hot to freezing cold.  Drew from Bixby Moto and Jen McClain were my travel buddies.  

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I have not made it back to the bigger events but that’s just me digging a smaller more personal thang.  Big crowds make me nervous.  haha.  But our last reunion with the original 50 was tons of fun! I hope to do it again! 

Moto community is rad.  There’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs as far as members of the moto scene- but I dig it either way.  Bring the curious and the trend-seeker-wanna-be's.... the more awareness the public has of motorcyclists the better!!