Zach Iddings came out to the Strangers Paradise house a couple weeks ago in Joshua Tree to put together this video of what exact we do out there - get weird.
Some of my buds from Australia came over to California last June when I was there for Born Free. I didn't really realize how much cool shit they got up to until they released this video this morning. Thanks for sharing guys, and killed job on the video Tim Oo.
Lana took some photos at the Strange Vacation house we rented down in Joshua Tree during Babes Ride Out. Check them out on the SV site HERE. Jenny just called me and told me that she's already locked in the house we staying in for next years BRO... pretty stoked to go back down to Dusty's Ranch!! These babes are ruling.
As you may know, Adri Law and I rode our Harley's from Joshua Tree California down to Mexico where we played around on the Baja for a week. We rode from San Felipe across the peninsula from coast to coast to Ensenada... got buck, lit each other on fire, ran out of gas, shot guns and somehow survived. I'm working on an article now that will be up on the Road Apples blog soon so keep an eye out!
The Harley’s slowly rolled up to the Joshua Tree Air B&B, past the cactuses, the hoarded trailer parks, confederate flags and broken down dive bars. Dressed in head to toe leather, chaps, and full blacked-out face helmets, 15 ladies from all over California reunited in motorcycle heaven. This tight-knit group involves some long-time riders who have been doing this type of thing for years and some are new to the crew, like me, who flew into LA the night before from Vancouver, BC.
Like an old-time Sonny Barger movie this group rides tight, reckless but totally in control, and drinks beer and does donuts at their destination. I have never been so quickly accepted into a crew as rad as this one. Bikes that out weigh their rider 4 fold, these women look like they were born on their machines and they’re flying at 80 miles an hour at an arms length away from my hip.
This crew is often lead by 27 year old Lanakila MacNaughton who is my partner in curating the popular women’s-only camp trip in the Pacific North West, The Dream Roll. Riding beside her on her 1200cc Sportster chopper is a good feeling. We are ageless and free from everything when we are shredding together. There are never words spoken about those feels on the road, it’s more just experienced in the moment and tomorrow we go back to our week day jobs.
These ladies aren’t just going back to their boring desk jobs though, in this crew we’ve got an engineer at Disney, a social media strategist for one of the largest platforms in California, the head photographer for the Women’s Moto Exhibit, a jewelry maker who makes rings for rock stars, a writer for one of America’s biggest culture magazines as well as a leather-goods maker who makes clothing for the movies and most of our crew. There are double master degree holders; cross-country road trippers and well traversed ladies who have learnt their lessons on the roads far away from home. There’s a lot to talk about in the 3-bedroom house in the desert and the beers are flowing.
We rode into Joshua Tree National Park and did burnouts around a cactus after rolling around in the sand. We shot photos of each other ripping while riding hand-less along the winding, cracked single lane roads. We cruised out to the church where Kill Bill was filmed and ran around the abandoned movie sets. Middle fingers are flying everywhere and the chase vehicle carries our Pomeranian Gus and a flat of Coors. The sun sets over the desert and I am totally in my element, not one thought in my mind of my early morning flight back to Canada in the morning. Tomorrow I’ll be responding to e-mails and helping out with a snowboard tradeshow.
You may see us roar past you or see us on social media and think, ‘oh that looks like a cool group of ladies’ or ‘cool, those girls can ride bikes’ but there’s lots more to the women’s motorcycle community than just tassels and messy wind-blown hair. I have watched these women help complete strangers, pick a fellow riders bike up off the pavement and share essential items far away from any convinces without thinking twice. Egos are low key and everyone supports each other because it’s hard being the underdog in such a male-influenced and dominated culture.
These years it is easier than ever to be a woman and be a badass. If you’ve ever wanted to do something you didn’t think you could or didn’t think you could fit into, this culture shows a perfect example of you being totally wrong. You don’t have to choose to be this or that. You can choose have multiple labels and these are the days to work hard, party hard and roam free.
The Babes Ride Out Ladies have put together a zine of their event last October. There's photos from some really killer photographers that were right on the roads shooting photos of everything going on at the event and in the area. It all goes on February 20th in LA. Wish I could be there but I'll be missing it by just a couple weeks! Someone send me a copy please please!!
My girl Lana who runs The Women's Moto Exhibit asked me to shoot for her in California last week. I didn't think anything of it since I'm always just running around taking photos of cool looking people, but it turned out to be a really awesome experience. Having an excuse to walk up to a rad looking lady, ask her about her bike and story and then get to take their photo is actually really satisfying and created some really awesome memories and new friends.
This is Carla. I walked up to her in the desert and asked her about where she was from.
"I just rode from Torrance, California up to Canada then over to Sturgis. The ride was 3900 miles. I took this bike with my husband who has the same one, but his is black & blue."
For more babes and more stories check out Lana's site: www.womensmotoexhibit.com and her Instagram: @womensmotoexhibit
Babes Ride Out 3 was a massive event this year with over 1,200 ladies in attendance. It was my first year at the event so I flew down, got hooked up with a 2015 48' Harley Davidson from the boys at Glendale Harley in LA and rode to Joshua Tree, CA with over 50 ladies who showed up at the pre-Babes Ride Out meet-n-greet at the dealership. The event was more than I could have ever imagined it was going to be in terms of structure, vibes, music and good looking chicks! Thanks to Ashmore and Anya who put so much hard work into something like this and giving me a reason to come explore the desert on an amazing motorcycle with hundreds of fucking killer girls. I brought along a shitty film camera and decided to just post the photos that I developed from it, so here ya go:
Babes Ride Out is coming up soon! I'll be flying down to LA and riding out to Joshua Tree from Glendale Harley Davidson on Friday October 23rd. This is the "official" Meet-Up and Ride and all you lady riders are welcome! Lots of rad stuff going on here, such as a free breakfast supplied that starts at 10am, free maintenance checks, Harley Davidson rentals are only $50/day and we will be riding out with the babes from The Litas Los Angeles! Check Glendales site, or the Facebook event page for more details.
I am also shooting photos for The Women's Moto Exhibit during the BRO3 weekend starting at this meet-up. I'll be shooting a ton of photos the whole time but come find me or let me know beforehand if you'd specifically like your picture taken for the site/instagram!