We've launched ticket sales for Dream Roll 2017. We're going to start shipping ticket packages out next month. First 50 tickets gets a free DR Tee & all packages get our new sticker. Get yours now on www.dreamroll.com
We also launched the official Dream Roll 2016 video production on location last August. Check it out below! x
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.
We have announced another killer moto trip that consists of motorcycling around parts of Europe, meeting other ladies motorcyclists and having a dream ride come true. It's called "The Wild Ones" and it will be taking place throughout the entire month of July, 2016.
"The Wild One’s tour celebrates the courage and spirit of women motorcyclists’, inspiring others to explore without boundaries. This July, The Women's Moto Exhibit will ride on motorcycles through the Alps; starting in Austria, moving through Switzerland and ending in Italy. The journey will begin in the small village of Meiming, Austria, travel through the breathtaking Rechen pass, through the hundreds of tight switchbacks of the Oberlap Pass in Switzerland, to the witch shaped mountain of The Matterhorn, and end in the Dolomites of Italy.Not only will the ladies visit historic landmarks and events, they will also meet and connect with communities of women motorcyclists along the way. Their goal is to inspire and share stories; to illustrate that women are capable of anything. Lanakila MacNaughton, photographer of The Women’s Moto Exhibit, will document the journey and share it with the world in real time. Lanakila’s work has been published in many media outlets, including Oprah Magazine, People, Huffington Post, and Elle Online. Her work has been seen as representing this new generation of women riders. The trip is Lanakila’s foray into European territory.
Wanderlust and travel are an endless search for clarity and understanding. This trip will be an adventure and to adventure is to be alive."
For more information on routes, meet-ups or how to get involved, visit http://www.womensmotoexhibit.com/the-wild-ones/