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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Jenny Czinder

Roll CallAnya Violet

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

Jenny in her  Strange Vacation  Jacket

Jenny in her Strange Vacation Jacket

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On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Jenny Czinder


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

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

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

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

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

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

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

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

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

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

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

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Emma Bass

Roll CallAnya Violet

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

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babes ride out

On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Emma Bass


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• Emma bass

• @emmelinebluejean

• Dana Point, CA

• Hairstylist

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

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

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

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

Did you know anyone there? 

Several friends but way more new faces!

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

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

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

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

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

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

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

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

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roll Call | East Coast Rider Amy Batog Returns to BRO EC3 on a Triumph Bonneville.

Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Amy Batog has been helping us with Babes Ride Out East Coast for the past 2 years. She is one of the first faces to great you as you pull into event space as she is one of the kindest, most fun, and sincere ladies we know. Amy purchased her Triumph Bonneville last year after renting one to experience the Babes Ride Out JOshua Tree event. The classic look, perfect height, and incredible handling capabilities sealed the deal and a few weeks after she got home, a Triumph Bonneville was in her agarage. 

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

 

  • Name: Amy Batog
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Instagram handle: @acbatog

What you do for a living: Photographer for Anthropologie

How long have you been riding motorcycles?  A little over 3 years.

Why do you ride motorcycles? I ride because I got tired of riding on the back of my stepdad’s motorcycle.  My personality really thrives on going through new and sometimes uncomfortable situations.  Learning to ride was just another way to build my confidence.  Riding truly revitalizes my day to day and that’s something I really value.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past. 1986 Honda Rebel 450

What first attracted you to Triumph? The classic look.

How did you know it was the bike for you? I rented a Triumph Bonneville when I flew out for Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree in 2016.  It was the first time I had ridden one.  The way my body was positioned on the seat felt natural-I felt more in control in an upright position.  I was ready for an upgrade from my old bike, so this experience gave me direction on what I would be looking for in the next.

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Tell us what it is like to ride? All my senses are heightened; it’s a very stimulating and raw experience.  It feels more like I’m a part of the environment as opposed to just living in it.

What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models? One thing that really solidified my choice to buy the 2010 model was the slightly lower and narrower seat.  I had tested many others but this one really just fit like a glove for me.  What also appealed to me was that it had a pair of 17” wheels.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Babes Ride Out east coast last year!  It was about a month after I got it and the first long ride I took on it.

Do you have any fun road trips planned? I’m hoping to ride down to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking and camping.  I’ve only driven through it several years ago, but I think riding would really amp up the experience.

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?  I went into my first Babes Ride Out event feeling really nervous, having struggled with social anxiety since I was young.  I left feeling empowered, inspired, and with a deep sense of belonging.  Not only did I go on some unforgettable rides, I also gained some lasting friendships.  It’s an event I look forward to every year.

  • Click HERE to get the specs on the Triumph Bonneville
  • Click HERE to book a test ride
Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Late Night Campfire Sings Alongs Hosted By Sister Antics | Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Nothing is more fun that a late night campfire acoustic session with two incredibly talented ladies who hail from the east coast! Sister Antics are making their debut by fireside at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 and we can't wait to have them bring some chill country vibes this year. Take a listen, these ladies are incredible. 

Sister Antics is made up of two singers & songwriters AnneMarie Kelbon and Viv Nicastro. The two met via their passion for motorcycles, only to discover another common love: music.

Since combining efforts at the end of 2015, they began co-writing songs rich with flavors of folk, rock & roll and blues. They released their debut self-titled EP in January. The two currently reside in Nashville, TN.

Sister ANtics Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

Click HERE to head over to their website and see what's in store!

 

 

Sometimes You go to Babes Ride Out & Leave With Your Life Changed | Meet Myra Anderson

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Babes Ride Out is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some of us it's a place where like minded ladies can get together from around the world,  ride motorcycles, and cheers over a cold one at night. To others, it's a place to find encouragement, friendship, and possibly a new way of looking at life.  Call it what you will, but Babes Ride Out will always be a place where each riders is encouraged to be themselves and be open to experience the incredible commandery that exists in this tiny community we create for a weekend. Meet Myra Anderson, owner of Jackalope Trading Co (hand picked, curated vintage apparel, accessories and motorcycle parts and see how attending a Babes Ride Out event brought her a new opportunity to do something she truly loves. 

Photo by @themouseandthemoto

Photo by @themouseandthemoto

 

Tell us about yourself and how you ended up where you currently live?
I’m originally from a small town in Washington state up near the Canadian border.  After studying fashion design in Seattle, I moved to Los Angeles with my husband.  We’ve been here for over 10 years and love it. When we first moved, I left my motorcycle behind thinking I wouldn’t want to ride in this traffic.  After a 7 year hiatus, I was back on 2 wheels and ready to learn how to ride in the car craziness.  


How has your city surroundings changed your lifestyle?
I have so much offered to me everyday so this city keeps me active.  I can catch a great band, see an art show, throw back a few drinks with friends, walk to great event or eat delicious food any day of the week.  It’s also great to get out of LA to go camping, explore a small town, play in the mountains, or hop on my bike to go on an adventure.  This city keeps me excited for life because it offers so much.  


Tell us how your business came to be.
A year ago, I rode to my 2nd Babes Ride Out with a couple of rad ladies (shout out to Candy and Savannah).  I was meeting Savannah for the first time outside of shopping her vintage business, Jackalope Trading Co, at moto events.  I had the best weekend with those ladies riding motorcycles through Joshua Tree National Park, finding the secret “David Lynch-esque” bar, dancing my ass off and hanging out with rad people.  Fast forward 6 months…  After Savannah landed a job at S&S Cycles in Wisconsin, she offered me the chance to purchase the business.  By attending Babes Ride Out 4, I met a rad woman who gave me the amazing opportunity to become a small business owner. 
 

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What is a day in the life like when you run your own business?
I work full time as a fashion designer by day so Jackalope is a part time business.  My husband and I do this together.  Our nights are often spent posting on social media, preparing shipments to go out, and shopping for new items.  Running a business while working full time is a lot of work but it’s really rewarding. 

What are you currently working on?
We’re currently working on building the online store.  Soon I hope to add my own designs, like upcycled leather bum bags (fanny packs) and some motorcycle inspired apparel. 

What is something you cherish about your profession?
It’s very rewarding to be involved in a community that is such an important part of my life.  Since my husband and I both ride, having a side business that coincides with what we love gives us so much joy.  We started this business as an excuse to hang out with rad people and keep our thrifting habits alive.  My side job kicks ass! 
 

Photo by @trashy_candy

Photo by @trashy_candy

What are you donating to the raffle?
We are donating a super sweet worn to perfection vintage Harley Davidson sweatshirt.  We are also collaborating with Broken Arrow Jewelry who will be donating a beautiful turquoise cuff.  

Any recommendations for ladies traveling to Joshua Tree for Babes Ride Out 5?
If you’re a new rider, find a great leader to ride out with.  If you don’t know how to find that leader, head to one of the meet ups or connect with people on Instagram.  My first Babes Ride Out experience started with a meet up at Glendale Harley Davidson.  I didn’t know anyone when I left for Joshua Tree and I had the time of my life at Babes Ride Out 3!  
If you don’t know anyone, come anyway (see above and note that because of Babes Ride Out, I now run a small vintage business that I love).  This community is very welcoming- car or moto! Careful if you see sand! 

Instagram: @jackalopetradeshop

Facebook: @jackalopetradingcoLA

Locals 101 | Meet Sarah Tabbush Owner of Pioneertown General Store and Joshua Tree Local

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Joshua Tree is filled with tons of small businesses owned and operated by the kindest people you will ever find. These locals know the area like the back of their hand, welcome us with open arms, and are thrilled to invite all 2,000 of you ladies coming to Babes Ride Out 5 to stop by and say hello. Meet Sarah Tabbush, owner of the Pioneertown General Store (located behind Pappy and Harriets) Sarah has generously donated a ton of items to the Moto F.A.M raffle for Babes Ride Out 5 and will be working at her store all weekend. Stop in, say hello, and pick up hand made one of a kind souvenirs. As a bonus, Sarah has offered a 10% discount to ALL Babes Ride Out ladies who stop by. 

Located behind Pappy and Harriets! If you do the Pioneer Loop, this is the spot to stop!

Located behind Pappy and Harriets! If you do the Pioneer Loop, this is the spot to stop!

Name: Sarah Tabbush
Location: Pioneertown
Business | Job: Owner/Manager, Pioneertown General Store
Website: www.pioneertowngeneralstore.com
Social Handle: instagram: @pioneertowngeneralstore and @sarahtabbs
Facebook: facebook.com/pioneertowngeneralstore

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Tell us about yourself and how you ended up in Joshua Tree:

I grew up in Los Angeles and spent most of my life bouncing around from city to city trying to find the perfect place to call home. But when I finally came back to the desert where we used to vacation as a kid, I realized this place was perfect. It had all the wonderful elements of every city I’d ever loved. The desert, and especially Pioneertown, has the friendliness of the south, the beauty of the southwest, and a certain outlaw attitude that really resonated with me. This would be where I’d finally be able to settle down and “retire.”


How has your desert surroundings changed your lifestyle?

I slowed down a ton. The most important things to me now are preserving nature, spending time with my growing group of friends and investing in our small community. I start every day with a quiet cup of coffee on the patio with my dog Thelma. I finish most days watching the sunset in the same spot sipping tequila. The pace of my days are set by the sun and who’s having a BBQ.

Tell us how your business came to be.

I’ve always been passionate about bringing people together through community.  I’ve always done some type of volunteer community outreach and my last corporate job was in a marketing role for TOMS shoes. More and more it started to feel like I could better serve this purpose in a smaller capacity right here in the desert. I wanted to provide a place for all of the amazing creators in our community to sell their goods- I wanted to directly help build our local desert economy. I also wanted to have a space where people could come and feel comfortable hanging out- you wouldn’t just come to pick out a few things, you’d want to hear the stories of the people behind the products that I sell and stay a while. Beverages, a turntable and a comfortable seating area were important elements of the store design!
What is a day in the life like when you run your own business? Most days you’ll find me in the shop with my dog Thelma (nicknames include wild child, dingo… you’ve been warned). I’m usually chatting with locals and visitors aged 13-75 over a cup of coffee or a beer. My favorite moments are when  someone new comes by the shop and they’re greeted by old-timers who tell stories about the old days of Pioneertown when Hells Angels and horses all rode together on our dirt roads. 

Vintage, hand made goods, and all sorts of treasure.

Vintage, hand made goods, and all sorts of treasure.

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What are you currently working on?

I’m always looking to support more females doing amazing things. I have more than 15 handmade products by local women and friends of the community and I’m always looking for more. I have product made by men too, but not as many…  It just so happens that the desert attracts some badass women and I love that!

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What is something you cherish about Joshua Tree?

There is a spirit of community, kindness and creativity that I’ve never seen elsewhere. You have to be pretty tough to make it out here. The weather is hot and dry in the summer and cold in the winter (it even snows in Pioneertown at 4500 ft altitude). We have tarantulas, scorpions, bears, rattlesnakes. Not to mention trying to make a living! We really rely on one another to survive.  I’m extremely grateful to be a part of this community. 

What are you donating to the raffle?

I’ll be donating a few handmade items from some of my favorite ladies creating badass things:
Handmade leather motorcycle wallet by Joshua Tree local Maya Vega  Golden Hour Leather
Handcrafted Mojave Bush Balm Chapstick by Pioneertown local Sarah Witt , Motorcycle Bell by Jennifer Ilalaole  CobraCult Jewelry, Desert sunset chainstitch embroidered patch from Die Trying TX Tarot Deck by Joshua Tree local Mary Evans Spirit Speak Love’ Strawberry Rose Oxymel by Joshua Tree local herbalist Rachel Burgos Snakeroot Apothecary.

Any recommendations for ladies traveling to Joshua Tree for Babes Ride Out 5?

Try to avoid the sandy spots on the dirt roads if you’re on a street bike! And if you find yourself there anyway… the old-timers always taught me to just keep on the throttle and ploy through like you’re driving a boat.  But slow and easy dragging your boots works too! 
And do the Pioneertown ride! Not only is my store on the route… but it’s my favorite ride. 10% discount for all BRO ladies at the Pioneertown General Store, too! Here are some other great spots to shop in the area:

  • The Bloomin’ Gypsy Homegrown for plants, flowers and other treasures
  • Hoof and the Horn: Men’s and women’s western and bohemian style clothing and more 
  • The End: Magical curated vintage and designer clothing shop featuring local art, jewelry and textiles 
  • Funky and Darn Near New: Colorful vintage clothing store featuring local artists and more
  • Black Luck Vintage: Vintage, vinyl, clothing and handmade art
  • Pioneer Crossing, Tamma’s Magic Mercantile and The Mother Lode for antiques and other desert finds
     
Sarah and her angel, Thelma <3 

Sarah and her angel, Thelma <3