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Artist Series | Danielle Mulcahy

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

The Babes Ride Out Artist series showcases the art of talented people in our community. Each piece is donated to the Moto F.A.M. X Babes Ride Out raffle. Moto F.A.M.  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. Meet Danielle Mulcahy @daniellemulcahyart ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO East Coast 4 raffle. Read on to get to know more about Danielle!

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Danielle Mulcahy

@daniellemulcahyart

Where are you from originally?

Im from central Massachusetts, the Wachusett Mountain area. 

Where do you live now?

I currently reside on the beautiful island of Marthas Vineyard 

What first got you into art?

Its all Ive ever known. No joke. You know when you’re a kid in preschool and most of your activities are drawing and finger painting? I just never stopped. 

How would you describe your style?

My style is going through a transition right now, but has always had an illustrative 

whimsical narrative feel. I have stayed flexible as an illustrator, and when graduating 

college with a double major in film video and illustration, I thought having the ability to morph to whatever my client needed would be my strength. Now that I am older I see how Important it is to have your own voice shine through. 

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

Sounds cheesy, but nature inspire me. I love being outside. I need the outdoors to clear my head and allow creativity to flow in the first place.  I have a long list of 

influencing artists in many different mediums as I also work with many different art forms. My favorite painters are Gustav Klimt, N.C and Andrew Wyeth, T.C Cannon, 

Frederic Remington and Donna Howell Sickles. 

What is your favorite medium?

Hard one! As a filmmaker and photographer I love light. As a painter I’m working with acrylic. 

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I came across a picture of Betsy Huelskamp taken by Lindsay Lohden on instagram. I fell in love with her and creeped on all her pictures and came across babes ride out. 

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

Other than creeping on the community from my phone I have none! Babes Ride Out will be my first! 

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?

Yes! Still a noob.  A Honda Rebel 250 

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

An Indian Scout 

What will you be contributing to this years raffle? 

A beautiful helmet with some of my paintings on it! The painting is of some three eyed ravens interwoven with some poppy flowers. 

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I have always loved painting birds. While I was living on the road I spent a lot of time in the desert of Utah, right outside Arches Nat Park. There were so many ravens and I really grew attached to them while living in the canyon volunteering for the state park. Ive been thinking about doing some cool three eyed raven paintings so some time. Of course, Game of Thrones has reawakened that inspiration too! 

Introducing the 2019 Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt Event Series!

EventsAnya Violet

We are so excited to announce the 2019 event calendar for Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt. This year is going to be filled with good times, good friends and two wheeled adventure!

BABES RIDE OUT

First up is Babes in the Dirt 5! Yep we are in our 5th year which still blows our minds. This event will be held at Quail Canyon MX Park at Hungry Valley SVRA April 26-28th. Tickets and all info launch on Friday January 18th so keep your eyes open :)

Next on the Calendar is Babes Ride Out East Coast 4 June 7-9th in beautiful Narrowsburg, NY. Come rip world famous routes in the lower Catskill Mountains and camp along the Delaware river. Tickets and all info for this event launch late Feb.

Introducing Babes in the Dirt East taking place Sept 20-22nd 2019! We are so stoked to bring the good times to Greeneville, Tennessee at I-81 Motorsports Park and will include tons of open track and trail riding as well as sign ups for training courses in flat track, moto X and enduro cross. You will not want to miss this one. Tickets and all info launch April 29th.

Ready for a new adventure? So are we!!!! After 6 years in the desert, we decided to shake things up a bit! Babes Ride Out 7 will be hosted at Santa Margarita Ranch Oct 11-13th. With tons of new routes to ride and lots of new fun to be had on site, the Central Coast of California is blow your mind with pristine riding and access to CA most stunning views. Just wait until you see what we have in store. Tickets and all the info will release Wednesday June 19th so stay tuned and we will see you there!

Want to connect to like minded ladies now? We have the official event pages set up on our Facebook. Simply click below and check the “going” box.

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.  

Artist Series | Jeana Jane-Pickup

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

The Babes Ride Out Artist series showcases the art of talented people in our community. Each piece is donated to the Moto F.A.M. X Babes Ride Out raffle. Moto F.A.M.  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. Meet Jeana Jane-Pickup  @jeanajanetattoos ! She has hand painted an Biltwell helmet for BRO6 Raffle. Read on to get to know more about Jeana Jane-Pickup

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Name: Jeana Jane-Pickup  @jeanajanetattoos
Where are you from? Colville, Washington
Where you live now? San Luis Obispo, California
How you first got into art? I’d have to credit my mother, Edena for that. She is an amazing artist that taught me to try new things and take risks. I took art classes thru school and then found tattooing in my early 20’s. Since then I’ve never looked back. 
How would you describe your style? Constant change. Trying new things is why I became a career artist. I enjoy trying to push the boundaries of detail and complexity. 
What inspires you? Have any artist inspired you? I am constantly in awe of natural geometry. It’s everywhere! When I moved to California I began collecting succulents because of their beautiful geometry, there are well over 100 in my backyard now. As far as artists the list is too long. Instagram is a great platform to admire art from. My number one inspiration is my husband, @cityslickerpinstriping. Dave is an art heavyweight champion. His work flow is a consistent push and I couldn’t be more thankful for our life together.
What’s your favorite medium? Tattooing is definitely where I feel I do my best work. I’ve also been enjoying wood burning and painting with 1shot enamels for the past few years. 
How did you hear about BRO? I first heard about Babes at BornFree a few years ago. I had talked to a few chicks there that were planning the trip. I looked it up and it sure seems like a pretty cool get down. 
What is your connection to the motorcycle industry? My husband has been the biggest connection. He is constantly painting parts in our studio and introducing me to new people in the industry. We’ve had a booth at BornFree and Chopperfest for the past few years and will continue to do so as long as they have us. 
Do you ride? What? I do not currently. I’ve been riding on other people’s bikes for years lol, but haven’t been able to swing it for myself thus far. However Dave and I have a good friend, @junkboxchoppers currently working on a build for us. 
If you were a motorcycle what would you be? I’d be an old Ironhead cause I’m a solid pain in the ass. 
Have you been to JT? I have not but it has been on my list of California sights for a long time now. Hopefully next year!
What will you be contributing to the raffle? I will be painting a Bitwell Gringo S helmet. I chose the Agave color because I thought it would play nicely with the design I had in mind. 
 What inspired it? A few years ago we took a road trip around the country and I fell in love with the stark landscapes in the southwest. New Mexico and Arizona felt wild and free, deathly beautiful, I wanted to paint something that felt the same. 

First Responder | Advice from Dr. Jenny Kim of what to do when you see a rider down

SafetyAnya Violet

Accidents happen. We all do our best to avoid them and hope that we never are witness to one! Dr. Jenny Kim, our on site medic from BRO3, shares her first hand account of witnessing an accident and shares some key things of what to do and what not to do on the scene of an accident. 

Photo by Lanakila Mcnaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

Photo by Lanakila Mcnaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

Babes Ride Out 3 was over.  The camp was deserted and the creaking of the wood shack that had been the first aid station seemed loud.  I loaded the last of the unused bandages, gauze, and ointments into my truck. 

I pulled out of the ghost town with my bike in tow and drove onto Sunfair Road.  What an incredible weekend it was.  I was joined by a group of talented women nurses, paramedics, and a firefighter that all shared a love of motorcycle riding to offer basic first aid to fellow riders.  We took shifts and took call at night treating road rash, pipe burns, corneal abrasions, and offered advice on general medical problems.  It was tremendously rewarding and gratifying.

Then suddenly, I saw settling dust ahead on the empty road.  I slowed down the truck as I approached.  There were two riders standing on the side of the road and one sitting on the ground.  Up ahead on the other side of the road was a motorcycle down on its side.

I pulled over and rushed over to the riders.  As I got closer, I assessed the area.  It was empty of cars, there was no debris or fuel on the road.  All three riders were off to the side of the road.  The rider on the ground was sitting, helmet off, moving all her limbs and talking coherently. 

If you ride, you have been or know someone who has been in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle crashes can cause serious physical and emotional injuries.  If you are witness to a motorcycle accident, there are actions that you can take to decrease injury to the rider down.  Anyone can be of help and make a difference.  Below is a limited basic starting point and does not take the place of a medical professional or advanced emergency training.

1)    Take a breath and stay calm.  The rider down may be scared and in panic.  They need you to be cool and rational.

2)    Assess the situation then call 911.  Every minute counts.  Listen carefully.  Answer their questions clearly and succinctly.

3)    Protect yourself and keep yourself out of danger.  Make the area safe to help.  If, there are other bystanders, instruct them to warn traffic.

4)    Move the rider only if they are in imminent danger, such as fire or on coming traffic.

5)    If the rider is conscious, talk to them.  Reassure them and be encouraging.  Hold their hand so they know that you are there for them. 

6)    The rider may be going into shock.  Cover them to keep them warm.

7)    Don’t remove their helmets.  They may have cervical spine or spinal cord injuries.  Removing their helmet may cause further damage.  Only remove the helmet if it is a life and death situation, such as not breathing.

8)    If there is bleeding, elevate the limb and use pressure with a clean cloth.

9)    Do not give them anything to eat or drink.  If they lose consciousness, they may aspirate or choke.  Also, the rider may need emergency surgery.  Surgery is safer on an empty stomach.

10)  If you are trained to do so, administer CPR or BLS to the rider without a pulse or is not breathing.

11) Stay with rider until paramedics or professional help arrive.


Here Janea's account of the accident ( the rider who went down)

The last day at Babes Ride Out 3, I will never forget. I called my husband to tell him we were packing up and heading home soon. He asked me to call him before we left.

I packed up, got on my bike and looked at my gloves stashed behind my fairing.  The cafe we decided on for lunch, before heading home, was just down the street from camp.  I put the gloves on.  It was warm this October in Joshua Tree, so my leather jacket stayed in my pack. 

I took the lead down Sunfair Road out of camp.  The warm wind embraced me.  It had been an amazing week.  First, the moto trip through Arizona with the girls.  Then to Babes Ride Out 3 where I met women from all walks of life following their passions.  Lastly, my volunteer work with the inspiring MotoFam.  It was all gratifying, rewarding, and immensely fun!

Then suddenly, my handlebars began slapping my tank. I don’t know what happened.  I couldn’t control the bars.  The bike began to buck.  There was nothing I could do.  I let my hands go and closed my eyes.

I don’t remember what happened.  I opened my eyes and I was in a dust cloud.   I was filled with adrenalin and felt nothing.  One of the girls was running to me yelling “Lay down! Lay down!”

Some of Our Favorite SENA Devices for Your Ride

REVIEWSAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out 6 is coming up fast! Riding in a group? Riding solo? Riding with your road dog? Check out some of our favorite Sena communication devices that will make your trip fun and easy to navigate!

Photo by Virginia Cagney for Progressive MC

Photo by Virginia Cagney for Progressive MC

Riding in a group? The Sena 30K allows you to connect with up to 16 riders at a range of 1.2 miles and features Mesh Intercom technology so that if one rider goes out of range the rest of the group stays connected!

Whether you're riding in a group or solo the 10C makes your ride so much more fun! Listen to tunes or directions to your destination, connect with friends and film your ride!

10R

Looking for something more low profile? The 10R allows you to intercom with other riders up to .5 miles and listen to music or GPS direction all within this slim and simple design.