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Ladies Only Track Days Are Here Thanks to Socal Supermoto School!

People, DIY Tips, REVIEWSAshmore Ellis

"Slow down and focus on the technique" is the first advice you'll hear from Socal Supermoto's Brian Murray, teacher and owner of this track experience that provides everything including the bikes, gear, pizza, and all the encouragement you can handle. I have to admit, as a first timer I was a little bit intimidated. I am not a fast rider and racing around a track with 13 other ladies I didn't know quickly turned out to be the one of the best experiences I've had on a moto to date. 

Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

Our class!!! We had a full house at the first ladies only Socal Supermoto x Babes Ride Out track day! 

So what is it exactly? Socal Supermoto is a school that is designed to make you a better rider. The skills you learn in the class translate to any motorcycle (dirt and street). The classes are small which means you get hands on guidance everytime you are on the closed track. Classroom instruction breaks up the day and allows you to hydrate in between your track time (trust us, in full leather riding gear you need it). The school's philosophy is that proper technique not only makes you a safer/better rider, it makes riding much more enjoyable.

Babes Ride Out Supermoto

What were my biggest takeaways? The biggest take away I learned was slow is OK! I also learned how to effectively use the front braking system safely & to my advantage in turns. I can now read my turns way better and understand where to enter those turns and exit them. I also entered my first race and even though I am 100% non competitive, it somehow came out of me and I had an absolute blast chasing new friends around the track. 

This is me..... RIPPING!

This is me..... RIPPING!

How can I take the class? We are glad you asked! We are proud to announce we've teamed up with Socal Supermoto and are supporting 2 more ladies only classes for 2018.  

  • MAY 19th 2018
  • DECEMBER 1st 2018

Click HERE to sign up for this incredible experience. Spots do fill up fast so rally you girls and make a day of it. You won't regret it. 

 A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

 A little dirt never hurt! Learning about asphalt to dirt transitions. 

*All inclusive Supermoto School includes Supermoto rental, training, trackfees, photography, t-shirt or hat, and lunch. We also have gear that we rent out for free! Just show up with your gear and water, and we'll cover the rest. We guarantee you'll have the best time you've ever had on two wheels! Need more reasons to take the class? Here ya go! 

10 reasons to do a Socal Supermoto Trackday via Brian Murray:

  1. It's really, really fun
  2. Speed all you want, no tickets
  3. Pit next to pros! Guys like Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Darryl Atkins, etc can be found training at socal supermoto tracks
  4. Riding on the track is far safer than the street
  5. Become a better rider
  6. Valentino Rossi's street bike is a supermoto
  7. Back it in!
  8. Can't decide between street or dirt, ride both!
  9. That person in the cubicle next to you would never do it
  10. It's really, really fun

 

Conversations about Protection and Quality Gear are More Important than Ever

REVIEWSAshmore Ellis

We get emailed a lot about the gear we use on the bike. What gear you use or wear is a personal choice and we always recommend each rider to do some research, read the reviews, try stuff on, and make a decision that best suites YOU and your riding style. My only advice is "you get what you pay for". Here are a few things I ride in that have withstood hundreds of miles, are comfortable, and protect my assets. 

The Atwyld Two Wheels Jacket is my all time favorite jacket for many reasons. I originally bought it for those warmer rides but after pairing it with a Patagonia liner, this jacket has turned into my year around riding jacket for the great state of CA. My favorite feature besides being constructed from Dyneema (strongest denim in the universe and 15 x stronger than steel) was the outer zip pocket for easy credit card / cash / iphone access when I stop for gas on my rides.

Leave it to Biltwell to create a helmet featuring the best colorway in the world, introducing the Sierra Green Gringo . I personally love the Gringo because it's comfortable no matter how many miles you are mowing down and has a rainbow of shield selections for day and night riding. It has a classic retro vibe but with new age technology. I'll take one of each color please. 

I've been kicking it in the Iron Ranger boots by Red Wing Heritage for 2 years and they are my go to favorite pair (on and off my bike). I've waterproofed mine for an extra bit of protection and to be honest, I haven't cleaned them once. I know I should but a boot covered with dirt and grime just seems to be a bit more respectable.

The Convoy Armored Shirt by Atwyld is designed as a supporting piece to any leather jacket. Convoy is a second skin full zip long sleeve base layer with D3O® armor at the shoulders, elbows and back panel. I love this piece because I have many jackets but 99% of them do not have enough armor so this shirt makes them all functional to wear on my bike and gives me that extra peace of mind. 

But what about dirt? Oh man, I went wild on the FOX Womens website and got kitted out with protection this past year. Here are the items I purchased that have saved me from doing some real damage to myself : Women's R3 Roost Deflector, V1 matte black helmet, Launch Knee shin guards, and the Comp5 boots

If you have a favorite piece of gear that is holding up to the test of time and miles, share it! As we grow as a community, these conversations about protection and quality become more important than ever. Cheers to staying safe and finding what works for each of us on the road and in the dirt  - Ashmore 

 

 

The Great Escape | A Weekend on the Triumph Scrambler

REVIEWS, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

I fell for the Triumph Scrambler on back roads along the Delaware River this summer. It was the lightest street bike I had ridden and taking it on off road detours with a "hey, let's go see where that road leads to" mentality was the theme of the day. I loved it so much I borrowed one for Babes Ride Out 5. I didn't know it then, but this bike was the catalyst for my great escape...

Leaving camp on the Triumph Scrambler Photo by Virginia Cagney 

Leaving camp on the Triumph Scrambler Photo by Virginia Cagney 

I won't bore you with the details that go into producing Babes Ride Out, but it's a lot of work. Often, Anya and myself do not get the chance to leave the property so when we do, we are incredibly grateful. When I was tossed the keys to a brand new Triumph Scrambler with a full tank of gas, I immediately grabbed my helmet, 1 friend, and left the campsite in my dust. As the event space distanced itself in my mirrors, I felt an overwhelming sense of calmness and an increasing sense of exhilaration. 

With wide handlebars, low seat height, and incredible suspension, I felt in control and the bike seemed more predictable. This sort of smoothness and the ride by wire system (enhances throttle response for even more control and response) gave me more confidence to pick up my speed. I headed to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance to see how it would handle on the wide twisting roads. 

Flying through the park on the Scrambler felt like a baptism of sorts with all the worry, anxiety, and tiredness washing out of me the moment I took the first corner. Floating through the pristine desert landscape with such ease almost felt like I was cheating. Time seemed to go by way too fast as I neared the exit of the park. With a renewed sense of energy and excitement from the ride, I headed back to camp. 

Once off the bike and back to work I realized just how badly I needed that time to myself. The Triumph Scrambler was my escape, a time to clear my head and appreciate the most beautiful landscape on one of the most fun machines I have ever ridden. I was able to create lasting memory with a friend, completely de-stress, and truly connect myself to nature and machine. 

  • Test ride one for yourself by clicking HERE
  • Check the specs HERE
More fun than you can imagine. Photo by Maddy Talias 

More fun than you can imagine. Photo by Maddy Talias 

The Triumph Scrambler is truly a beautiful machine. Photo by Virginia Cagney 

The Triumph Scrambler is truly a beautiful machine. Photo by Virginia Cagney 

BRO5 | A 3 Day Love Affair With the Triumph Thruxton

REVIEWSAnya Violet
Photo by Tamara Raye for Motorcycle.com

Photo by Tamara Raye for Motorcycle.com

I have had my eye on the Triumph Thruxton ever since it was first released. A major redesign in 2016 introduced us to upgraded suspension and brakes and the body styling also has a new look. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty shallow when it comes to motorcycles and am easily dazzled by a good lookin’ bike. Before you turn the key and you hear the growl of the engine all you have to go off of is looks. Well, the Thruxton is a looker for sure! It would wink at me from across the room at the local dealerships. The sleek aerodynamic lines and upswept exhaust give the bike an overall more aggressive personality, even a bit cocky one might say. I think the allure came because I could really visualize myself on the bike just by looking at it. Entire riding fantasies of twisty back roads and deep turns filled my head before I even sat on it. Ok ok, enough about the looks. I finally got the opportunity to ride this beast at Babes Ride Out 5!!!

I was a little nervous, like a first date. Maybe because it was actually my first time on a Thruxton all together and the Thruxton name is about as legendary as it gets.  In 1951, the once Royal Air Force base (Thruxton Airfield) became a civilian airfield and was established to host 6 motorcycle race events as a part of the Festival of Britain. A 1.9 mile circuit became home to 15 years of legendary racing that afforded Triumph 19 out of 45 podium places over the years. The Thruxton model started as a souped-up race version of the Bonneville but in May of 1965 the first batch rolled off the production line.  The Thruxton name is synonymous with Triumph’s racing success throughout generations and here it was, the latest and greatest sitting in the driveway. It was like a blind date where your friend hypes up the dude so much that you have no option but to be semi-disappointed when you meet him. Well, I was not!

Being a Bonneville rider I was expecting a bit of an adjustment as I got comfortable with the more aggressive race position on the bike. Lower handlebars and rear sets had me positioned in a way that you feel a lot more at one with the bike which I liked instantly. Turning the key and firing it up, I was impressed to hear a more rich bass exhaust sound that only added to my excitement. I took off through Joshua Tree in search of a stretch of uninhabited backroad where I could open it up. That wasn’t hard to find and a with a twist of the throttle I could feel the thrill encompass my whole body. I sensed myself going in to the adrenaline fueled head space that comes during a race. Yes, it is up to the rider to push the bike to its limits during a race but isn’t the bikes job to inspire the rider to push themselves just as hard. While I am having this nostalgic and extremely nerdy moment with the Thruxton I realized that I am not racing, I am just cruising down a desert road and I need to chill.

Throughout the weekend I was constantly in search of winding roads with great turns and wide open straightaways. The Thruxton is extremely agile with sharp handling no matter what the road throws at you, even in a little bit of dirt. The bike feels stable and with 1200 cc’s worth of power and 6 gears it left nothing to be desired. This is the kind of bike that may or may not kill your romantic relationships because you just would rather hang out with it than anyone else. It understands you and is there for you no matter what kind of mood you’re in. All jokes aside, the Thruxton is the kind of bike that pushes you to ride faster and harder than you normally do. At least, that’s what it did for me. I had the most fun on it when I was riding solo and able to ride at whatever pace I felt like. I am already looking forward to my second date with the Thruxton R. I think we really have something together.   

To read more about the Triumph Thruxton  click HERE

To test ride the Thruxton  at your local dealer click HERE

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

ATWYLD | Two Wheels Jacket

REVIEWSAnya Violet

Allow us to introduce you to our favorite new riding jacket from ATWYLD! The Two Wheels Jacket is made from the strongest denim in the universe but is cut in a super casual workwear style shape that is so comfortable to ride in. Atwyld will have their full collection of womens riding apparel on display at Babes Ride Out 5!!! Read on to learn more about this style and make sure and try it on at BRO5!

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Lets face it…. sometimes it is just too hot for a leather jacket. ATWYLD makes one of the best dang women’s leather moto jacket out there, yet we have to admit that it is not always the ideal thing to ride in. Hot weather requires lightweight and breathable garments but that still offer the abrasion resistance that a leather jacket would. Say hello to the Two Wheels jacket! Made of CE level 1 abrasion resistant Dyneema Denim that withstands up to a 4.5 second slide. Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel making it the strongest fiber in the world yet floats on water and is cool to the touch. The Two Wheels jacket was designed to look and feel like your everyday favorite work wear inspired jacket, featuring pockets galore and a two-way zipper offering great adjustability depending on the shape of the wearer. Encased elastic at the waist and sleeve cuff minimize wind flow resulting in the billowing effect we all love so much. This jacket looks amazing on and off the bike and features the best technology available for single layer abrasion resistant fabrics. Simply through a flannel or fleece underneath if the weather starts to change while you're on the road. 

Check out their video " Elevate and Accelerate "

The Details!

Head to www.atwyld.com for more info or follow them at @atwyld

DIY Boot Care | Red Wing Heritage Womens Iron Rangers

REVIEWSAnya Violet

I Have been on many adventures in my Red Wing Heritage Womens Iron Ranger Boots. From trips to the desert to, DIY projects, campouts and very long days,  these boots have been my go-to boot for everything. Each chunk of dirt left on them has a story to tell but it was time to get them looking like new again. Check out my DIY boot care step by step. It took no more than 10 minutes and my Iron Rangers all ready to get dirty again. 

1. After a days work remodeling my home 2. Gas station stops on my way back from a camp trip 3. Desert adventure in Johnson Valley 4. Lacing up after a long day of riding in the dirt 5. Painting the walls in my new house 6. Nothing like waking up at sunrise when you're camping 7. Camping near the river in Oregon after watching the solar eclipse 8. A day at Giant Rock with Friends 9. All day on my feet vending Atwyld up in Washington

1. After a days work remodeling my home 2. Gas station stops on my way back from a camp trip 3. Desert adventure in Johnson Valley 4. Lacing up after a long day of riding in the dirt 5. Painting the walls in my new house 6. Nothing like waking up at sunrise when you're camping 7. Camping near the river in Oregon after watching the solar eclipse 8. A day at Giant Rock with Friends 9. All day on my feet vending Atwyld up in Washington

After many adventures in my Red Wing Heritage Womens Iron Ranger boots it was time for a cleaning to get them looking fresh again. 

BEFORE- many trips to the desert, campouts, DIY projects and long days on these boots

BEFORE- many trips to the desert, campouts, DIY projects and long days on these boots

Red Wing Care Kit to the rescue! Check it out  HERE

Red Wing Care Kit to the rescue! Check it out HERE

Remove the laces

Remove the laces

Brush off all the excess dirt with the brush and a little hot water with a rag if needed

Brush off all the excess dirt with the brush and a little hot water with a rag if needed

Next is the leather cleaner

Next is the leather cleaner

Boot on the right is cleaned boot on the left is next

Boot on the right is cleaned boot on the left is next

Boot Cream is next

Boot Cream is next

Give the boots a good rub down with the boot cream and let it dry

Give the boots a good rub down with the boot cream and let it dry

once the boot cream is dry, buff it off with the brush

once the boot cream is dry, buff it off with the brush

Leather Protector is last

Leather Protector is last

All clean! As good as new!!!

All clean! As good as new!!!