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Malary Lee Proves Skill Conquers All on Her Harley-Davidson Dyna ...and her Flat Track Bike... and her Dirt Bike

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When I first met Malary Lee I was immediately impressed by the way she handled a bike cause … well, she is a bit smaller. It was clear that true skill conquers all and Malary Lee had it. With 5 bikes in her garage that focus on street, flat track, and dirt, she is not planning on slowing down, in fact she is dominating races like Flat Out Friday and Dirt Quake with her Harley-Davidson. Get to know the Austin Texas local Malary Lee, and make sure to cheer her on when you see her at a race near you. She will be the one with purple hair shredding shredding it.

Photo by Malary Lee

Photo by Malary Lee

How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started? 

I've been riding motorcycles for 8 years. Riding was always something I knew I wanted to do. When I finally had enough money saved up I bought a little bike.

Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles? 

I ride motorcycles to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and to say yes to things that scare me. When I started riding, leaving the neighborhood scared me. Now I've ridden across the country. Then I got a dirt bike & leaving the ground was something that felt foreign. Now I push myself to see how far I can fly. I sign up for races that I know I'm not fast enough for, because in life you're never really ready for anything.. you just have to be willing to say yes. Motorcycles motivate me to push myself physically & mentally.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own: 

My first bike was a cm185 - then a kz400 that I ended up trading for a km100. My dream bike was a cb350 so I bought a red one, that I eventually sold to a dad to give to his daughter for her 16th birthday. I bought a green cb350 that I moved across the country from Iowa to Texas with. The roads in Texas were faster so I purchased an 883 sportster that I upgraded to a 1200. Then I got into dirt biking, starting with a xr100, then a crf150r and finally a Ktm 250 sx-f. I sold the sportster and bought a 2000 fxdx. I currently own 5 bikes: the dyna (fxdx), my KTM, klx110, the green cb350 & another sportster 1200 I've converted into a flat track bike.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson? 

When I moved to Texas I had a cb350, but I knew I needed something bigger and faster if I wanted to ride across the country. I chose the Harley Sportster, because as someone who is 5'0 it was easy to modify for me to touch the ground & maneuver. Now that I'm more comfortable on bikes, I don't mind not being able to touch the ground. The dyna is a perfect upgrade and handles so well. My current sportster was easy to customize into a race bike. I have loved every Harley I've ever owned for different reasons.

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

I knew it was the bike for me the first time I rode it. I had the biggest smile on my face and nothing else mattered after that. I was set on leaving that day with my Harley.

Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike: 

I can't really explain it.. I've ridden a lot of bikes and have enjoyed them all for what they are. But riding my bike, that's set up for me - that I have made my own feels like it's apart of me. When I ride my bike you can't wipe the grin off my face.

What made you choose your model over the other H-D models? 

I did some research on bike models and years - what would be easiest to find parts for and settled on something that in time would be easiest to fix if I needed, but would hold it's value.

Photo by Jenny Lindquist

Photo by Jenny Lindquist

Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:

oh man... so many. The 96 1200 sportster has been completely gone over to become a race bike. Husqvarna front end, chain conversion, new bars, seat, suspension, converted the back wheel to a 19" etc. The dyna is just normal stuff people do: custom paint, seat, bars... it's pretty :)

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike? 

My favorite adventure was my first road trip from Austin, Texas to Moab, Utah. It was in May where it's summer in Texas already, but still winter in the rest of the country. I got caught in a snow storm in the Rocky Mountains after a gas station attendant gave some incorrect directions in an out of service area. I was rescued by a ranger and escorted to a ski resort in Taos where a Winter Movie Festival was happening. The whole trip was something that in the moment I was wondering what I'd gotten myself into, but afterwards could laugh because it's all part of the adventure & now I have a really funny story.

Photo by Katie O’Connel

Photo by Katie O’Connel

Do you have any fun road trips planned? 

Currently, I'm recovering from a dirt bike crash so nothing official until I'm healed. However, I've always got ideas for adventures brewing.

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?

I attended the second year of babes ride out and a couple events since. Every one is a completely different experience & it's exactly what you make it. For me, it's about friendship & adventure. I've met so many of my best friends from going to BRO events. I would highly recommend every lady to check out at least one event.

Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?

Stop thinking about it and do it. Sign up for a course. Ask a friend who rides for help. Make the steps. You won't regret it!

Photo by Mikey Revolt

Photo by Mikey Revolt

Want to learn more about Harley-Davidson motos? Click HERE

Want to take one on a test ride? Click HERE

Lori Bentley-Law | A Modern Vagabond & Her 1200 "Chromester"

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“Somehow twenty-five years have gone by since I got my license. How did that happen?? In high school, my boyfriend had a motorcycle. I rode with him a few times, but his goal was to scare me. I swore I’d never get on another. Then I fell in love with a life-long, third-generation motorcyclist. Through him, I found the glorious freedom of riding. It took only a couple of times on the back before I got the bug to ride my own, and have been doing so ever since.” Lori Bentley Law

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Why do you ride: I have no deep philosophical answer to this. I ride because it’s fun. Because all of the senses come alive. Because it brings me pure joy.

Run us through the bikes in your life: Oh boy. This could get long. I still have every bike I’ve owned, except for the bike I learned on, a 1974 Honda XL175. I love vintage, so started with a ‘66 Yamaha YM1... that never wanted to run. I got a ‘77 Triumph Bonneville... that I had a heck of a time kick-starting. A ‘76 Honda TL125, a fantastic bike in the dirt. A ‘69 Triumph TR25w project bike. A 2004 Triumph Bonneville. Plus, a garage full of EVO Harley-Davidson that the hubby adopts and we share. But the motorcycle that truly has my heart is my Chromester, a 2004 Harley-Davidson 1200R, a bike I’ve had since new, and one that has taken me on the grandest adventures.

Photo by Cindy DuLong

Photo by Cindy DuLong

Funny thing, I had to be talked into riding a Harley-Davidson. Vintage Triumphs had my heart. My hubby kept saying I needed to ride a Harley-Davidson to understand, but I was stubborn. Finally, he surprised me with the 1200R for Christmas one year–whether I wanted it or not—and it sat in the garage untouched for months. Finally, he planned a 100 mile ride to Joshua Tree and said, just ride it. To appease him, I did. About twenty-minutes down the highway, something clicked and I was hooked. We stopped at a gas station and I walked over to him and said, “Yep. I get it now.” No other motorcycle has the iconic, visceral feel that a Harley-Davidson does. That V-twin engine pulses through your body in a way that can’t be described, only experienced.

From the moment things began to click with my 1200, I knew it was the right bike for me. Everything about it felt right. It fit my body, fit my personality, fit my style of riding. Over the years, hubby has suggested I get something new, with less miles, but my Chromester and I have a bond of shared adventures that can never be equaled. Will I have other bikes? Sure. But I will have this Chromester forever.

Tell us what its life to ride the Chromester: Magic. Yep. That’s what it’s like. The throatiness. The solid feel. That magical vibration while idling and the way it smoothes out on the road. The power. Here’s the deal. Every touch-point on a Harley-Davidson feels like quality. They may be heavier, but that’s because they’re not made of plastic. The fenders are metal as are all the mounting hardware and the mirrors. While my ‘04 Bonneville is fun and zippy, it feels like a toy in comparison with my same year H-D.

Why the sportster? I didn’t choose the Sportster since it was a gift... but if I were shopping today, I’d still chose the Sportster because of the timeless design. In the sixty-plus years since the Sportster has been on the road, very little has changed stylistically. Quite simply, the design works. There is no mistaking a Sportster. They look tough and yet elegant in the clean lines and simplicity.

Tell us how you modified your bike to make it your own: A friend joked once about what I have against paint. My truck is paint free and so is my Chromester. The checkered flag emblem is from one of my favorite cars, a 1955 T-Bird, and below it, we added classic-styled tank-pads. We also added fork gators, a fat laced front wheel, solid back wheel, Race-Tech suspension, Lyndal Racing floating brake rotors, Magura hydraulic clutch, a rare H-D headlight nacelle, H-D performance rear suspension, Screaming Eagle hi-flow air cleaner, Dynojet Thunder Slide carb kit, Screaming Eagle slip on mufflers. Even after fifteen years on the road, this thing still runs like a champ.

Lori Bently Law - Harley-Davidson Babes Ride Out

Favorite trip to date: Three-weeks searching for the oldest Route 66 alignments with my best feller, riding from California to Chicago—both of us on Sportsters—and then up to Milwaukee. No windshield. No saddlebags. Just miles of pure joy and exploration.

Lori Bently Law - Harley-Davidson Babes Ride Out

You’ve been coming to Babes Ride Out for quite some time. Tell us about your personal experiences there: I’ve been to four Babes Ride Out events and I swear, it never gets old. BRO is truly the best weekend of the year. I’m not a rider with a pack. I tend to be a loner or ride with my feller. BRO gets me social. Every year I’ve ridden to BRO with someone different and each time had the most amazing experience. Every year I make new friends, get silly, laugh, go on adventures, bond, and reconnect. There’s no judging, no posturing, no cattiness. BRO has this incredible purity that can’t be matched. There’s no way to accurately describe what the weekend does for my soul. Last year was particularly meaningful since it fell just before I left a career of 24 years with NBC. Being with my pals was the perfect way to usher in my new life.

Any advice for ladies looking to take on two wheels? Put aside your fear, go to a class and learn the right way, and then get on your motorcycle and take a hundred mile trip. Seriously. No little jaunts about town. Put some miles under your tires in one day. Guarantee by day’s end, you will have connected with your machine and the road and you will fall in love.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Ready to roll? Click HERE for location where you can learn to ride

Want to get more info on the 1200? Click HERE

Cheryl Maples Explains Why Her 2018 Triumph Bobber Black Was the Perfect Combination of Speed, Response, and Beauty

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Dealerships can be a tiny bit intimidating to a rider who is looking to purchase off the showroom floor as the choices can be overwhelming as every bike has their own appeal. Cheryl Maples found herself staring at 2018 Triumph Bobber Black, a bike she didn't even know was on the market, while accompanying her friend to look for her first bike at Motoprimo Motorsports in Lakeville Minnesota.  Sure, it was perfect visually, but was it perfect for the style of riding she liked to do? Cheryl went home to do her research and found herself back at the dealership 4 days later asking for the keys to her new Bobber. Read on to see what she found out about this beautiful machine and what won her over in the end. 

  • Name: Cheryl Maples

  • Location: St. Paul, MN

  • Instagram handle: @chmeryl

  • Occupation: Student & Crew at Trader Joes

How long have you been riding motorcycles? My first time on a motorcycle was in 2013. I had my permit but never went through with taking the riders course and getting my endorsement until May 2018.

Why do you ride motorcycles? For the feeling when you and your motorcycle move as one. The adrenaline rush, the stress relief, and going fast.  The feeling of being free, open, independent, and liberated.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past: I learned on my husbands 80’s Kawasaki enduro, I had a 1983 Yamaha Virago for a very short period of time and then I got my 2018 Triumph Bobber Black.

What first attracted you to Triumph?  The styling of their bikes. I’ve always thought they looked the most attractive, plus they have a great reputation.

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How did you know it was the bike for you? It just felt right. My friend and I went to a dealership for her to find her first bike, I didn’t even know that this Bobber existed.  It caught my eye and I instantly fell in love with it. From the fat 16” front wheel to it’s matte blacked out muscular body, it was my dream bike. I left the dealership empty handed but couldn’t stop thinking about that bike.  I went home and did some research, learned a bit more about this motorcycle and bought it four days later.

Tell us what it is like to ride? This bike is a blast to ride! I like it because it looks old school and stylish, but it has a very modern sporty feel to it. It has a very responsive throttle because of the “ride-by-wire” technology. Once its spooled up it has plenty of power to get up and go. The bike is a little resistant to turning compared to some other bikes I’ve experienced, which is actually nice because it wants to stay up straight when riding, requiring less effort from the rider to keep it from drifting. Despite this, it does not have any difficulty cornering when you want it to. The bike is very maneuverable and can really lean into a turn. The suspension also does a great job at eliminating most of the feedback from the road. The brakes are very effective and do not lock up no matter how hard you squeeze them. All of the electronics are easy to manage, with the controls right at your fingertips. It has a digital fuel indicator, as well as features a fuel range indicator that makes it super easy to plan your next stop for gas. The modern tech and the old school style really make this bike an absolute blast to ride, whether its to the gas station for a soda, or down the road for a day-trip.

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What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models?  The options that this bike has are amazing. It has twin front disc brakes, ABS, traction control, rain/road mode, and features that my car doesn’t even have. I just thought it had a lot to offer along with the way they styled this bike. Triumph did a phenomenal job when they built it.

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Riding alongside the Mississippi River on the Great River Road in Wisconsin. Our area has a very winding and beautiful stretch that follows a few hundred miles around Lake Pepin. There are various intersections and bridges so you have the option of completing an all day lap around the lake, or taking a short trip by crossing a bridge early and coming back up the river on the Minnesota side. No matter how long you choose to ride these roads, its always a beautiful trip.

Do you have any fun road trips planned? I don’t currently have any planned right now but I have definitely started a list of places I want to go. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to experience a Babes Ride Out event but I follow their Instagram page and the women are a huge inspiration for me.  It makes me want to be more and do more. I look up to all of these amazing women riders.

Want to test ride the Bobber Black? Click HERE

Want to get the specs on Cheryl’s Triumph? Click HERE

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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.  

Pioneering Woman of Joshua Tree | Meet Co-Owner of Rimrock Ranch and Local Gwen Barker

Locals, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

One of our favorite things is highlighting people who live in the communities we call home. Joshua Tree is filled with vintage shops, art studios, adventure tours, restaurants, all owned and operated by some of the most kindhearted ladies in the world. We encourage you to take time and read about these women (and visit their establishments while at Babes 6) who've created a life and own amazing businesses just a few miles from where you'll be camping. Introducing our newest content series, Pioneering Women, that specifically highlights these ladies and what they do to make Joshua Tree one of the most unique and welcoming towns we've ever been to.  Meet animal lover, fellow motorcyclist, and Rimrock Ranch, Gwen Barker. She will also be on site as an advocate for Mojave Desert Land Trust so stop by their booth and say hello!

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What brought you out to Joshua Tree, CA? The very first time I visited JT was for a wedding in Pioneertown (the irony!) It was the first weekend getaway with my now, partner, Eric.

What is your favorite part about living in the desert?  The grit. From the people that choose to live here to the plants that thrive here.  You likely won’t find a 9-5 kind of job here, so you hustle gigs. And your car may not start in the morning b/c the mice ate the wiring. And the swamp cooler isn’t working, and the only reliable handyman can’t come for days, so you figure it out.  And the wind just destroyed your patio before it flash flooded unexpectedly. To live here, you have to know that it is not easy. You earn calling the desert “home.”

And its all worth it. “Desert People” find each other and we revel in the payoffs. Desert Rain. Monsoon season sunsets. Clean air. Hikes out your front door. Beautiful horizons that keep us grounded. And of course, the occasional motorcycle ride through some incredible scenery.

Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Tell us about your business… Rimrock Ranch is an 11 acre motel property built in 1947. We have 4 of the original cabins, a guest suite in our house, a modern structure referred to as The Hatch House, and a Lodge that was built in 1951. We offer our accommodations for nightly stay, and we also host weddings, concerts, car/moto events, and retreats.

Photo by Royce Rumsey

Photo by Royce Rumsey

What is it like to run your own business?  This time of year? Exhausting! A lot of our economy in the JT area is based in tourism, so right now is the busy time. But we make a living hosting people that enjoy the spaces we create for them and those that are having the happiest day of their lives. So, I have to say—I’m exhausted, but I feel fulfilled. And, after working in the corporate world, I’ve learned that’s the most important thing.

Tell us about any moments of clarity while operating your own business: Well, when we first started the business, I did a “worst case scenario” projection. It had us going out of business in 7 months. So, after a year, when we were paying all our bills and doing well, we looked at each other and had a moment of realization that “hey, it’s working. I think we get to stay!”

Babes Ride Out x Gwen Rimrock Ranch

What do you have planned for the future?  We have a lots of plans—it would be fun to build out the 70’s GMC bus we own into a cool dining space. But, one day at a time.

Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know:  Joshua Trees were originally planted by giant sloths called the Shasta Ground Sloth pooping out their seeds!

Any recommendations of points of interest you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? Ride through the park, of course, but then pause at 29 Palms Inn for a delicious meal. It’s a convenient stop you might otherwise miss, and it’s not far from the 29 Palms entrance to the park.

The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!

The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!






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.