Category Archives: Motorcycle

Ride to Women’s Motorcycle Show 3 – January 13th

01-13-18Ride with Belles On Bikes to the 3rd annual Women’s Motorcycle show  at Lucky Wheels Garage hosted by Motolady.  The weather looks to be mild for the ride out but pack layers! It’s going to be a chilly ride home! Meet up with ride leader Beulah Mae at Cook’s Corner at 4:30, kickstands up at 5:00. We usually ask you to come with a full tank but we will be making a gas stop after Cook’s Corner, before we hop on the freeway to L.A.

Meet at 4:30 ksu 5:00
Cook’s Corner
19152 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Lucky Wheels Garage
255 N Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Click HERE for our route

Click HERE for the facebook event page to RSVP
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Sunday November 19th – COED ride!!

11-19-17Join Belles On Bikes for a coed ride from Tom’s Farms in Corona to Pins N Pockets in Lake Elsinore. Show up with a full tank and we will take a short but scenic route past Lake Matthews and the Perris airport in to Lake Elsinore.

Meet at Senor Tom’s at 9:30
23818 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona CA

Kickstands up at 10:00 for
Pins N Pockets
32250 Mission Trail, Lake Elsinore, CA

Click HERE to see our route.

 

Belles Ride to BRO5

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Belles On Bikes is hosting a scenic ride to Babes Ride Out from Temecula.  We’ll be meeting up at a gas station so we can all top off and hit the road to be in camp right as they open the gates. We’re not riding on any major freeways so we will be taking in the landscape through wine country in Temecula, the wide open roads in Anza and panoramic views of the high desert as we descend in to Palm Springs.

meet @ 8:30 – ride @ 9
Shell Gas Station
29115 Old Town Front St,
Temecula, CA 92590

Chevron eta 10:30/11
72801 CA-111,
Palm Desert, CA 92260

BRO5 eta 12:30
Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground,
2601 Sunfair Rd,
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Click HERE for our route. If this is your first time riding with us check out our post on Group Riding Tips.

September 24th – Yoga and Angeles Crest

sept2417Show up with a full tank: if this your first time riding with us please read our post about Group Riding Tips. These are the general guidelines we try to follow so everyone riding with us can have an idea of what to expect.

Elizabeth Olive, one of our regular Belles riders will be teaching a Prana Flow class for us, and because this is her studio she is giving the Belles a 2 for 1 deal, pay the regular drop in rate and get 1 free class of your choice on any other day. Show up about 15 minutes early to settle in to class which starts at 10:00. After class we’ll have time to change in to our riding gear, KSU 12:00 to head up to the Angeles Crest Highway for lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch. Click HERE for our route.

Meet at Olive Yoga for class at 10:00 a.m.
244 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

KSU 12:00 for Newcomb’s Ranch
CA-2, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Belles Spotlight on Cait

We met Cait on our last ride up to Forest Falls and reached out to her to ask about the upcoming event on 6/11/17 called California Moto Market that she created showcasing some of the newest and best women’s riding gear.

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I started the Moto Market the same way I start all of my other daydream businesses. I bounced the idea off a few friends, asked the pros and did some research. Within a few hours I had an email, website and instagram acct set up, and from there it’s history. I wanted to find a way to bring all of our favorite brands together where the highest concentration of female riders are: Southern California. A quick email and phone conversation and we had a location. A week later we had 17 vendors, flyers and a food truck booked! I cannot express how surprised I am at the response I’ve gotten. The Women’s motorcycling community is much more vast than it looks, and I’m very happy to say that women are finally getting the attention they deserve from the leading brands and manufacturers.

Name: Cait Maher

Insta: @Caitmadethat 

Occupation: Hairdresser/ Vendor Coordinator

How long have you been riding: 4 years

Bike you currently ride: 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

First bike you owned: 1976 Kawasaki KH100 (and I still have it!)

How did you get in to riding: I grew up snowmobiling, and the feeling of flying down a snowy trail translates very well into carving up the mountain roads on a bike! I knew I wanted to ride, but I didn’t know anyone else with a bike. I bought my first one on my own off craigslist for under $1k, and taught myself how to shift while riding around my neighborhood.

What does your family think about it: They don’t mind! My dad claims to have ridden a Harley once, and my mom thinks its fantastic that I’m doing something I love. I recently taught my brother how to ride on my V7 and I’m gonna fund his MSF course as a late birthday present.

Have you ever worked on your bike: Yes. All the time. My 1st bike was constantly breaking and leaving me stranded, so I learned how to clean a carb pretty quick. If you went to BRO4 last year, and happened to walk by the Lucky Wheels tent, you probably saw me working on that dumb bike the whole 2 days. I am also rebuilding a 1978 CB400A, and so far I’m really good at taking everything apart.

Longest trip: My first time on the highway (really!) I took a borrowed Kawasaki Vulcan 650 to Big Sur and back over Thanksgiving weekend. It was tiring, fantastic, and some of my favorite memories so far. About 600 miles total that trip.

Most miles in a day: 320-ish miles. Just a day trip up to Santa Barbara, Cold Springs Tavern, Solvang and back home. I still got on the bike the next day too! Perks of not owning a car.

Music or no music: Music, all the time. I usually listen to Muse, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, or lately its been Bluegrass!

Any close calls/how could you have reacted differently: I’ve been lucky so far. All my close calls were because either my bike stopped working in a bad spot, or because the engine size limited me on my ability to find an escape route. In March I was merging onto the 405 on a Yamaha SR400, and had someone so close off my bumper I was sure I was about to be a hood ornament. I couldn’t accelerate out of the way, because the throttle was already pinned. I bought my V7 within about a week and a half of that incident.

Last ride: Today I rode Ortega Hwy to Lookout Roadhouse, down through Elsinore to De Luz Rd (which is kind of torn up right now FYI!) and took that through to Fallbrook, hit Oceanside and then buzzed on home up the 5. I’m beat!

Best trip: Morro Bay and Big Sur last Thanksgiving!

Worst trip: Haven’t had one yet! I can’t count BRO4, because I didn’t get to ride!

Dream trip: I’d love to ride in Alaska. Women’s Moto Exhibit is going next month, and my boyfriend would be faaaar too jealous if I went without him! Or Iceland!!! That would be so rad.

Favorite moto event: I have to say, I have a few coming up this summer that are sure to be my favorite! I’ll be in Sturgis for The Wild Gypsy Tour, and I’m leading a ride to Dreamroll directly after Sturgis (seriously, the next day) and then Babes 5 is in October! I wish I could hit UK BRO, Rocky Mtn Roll and The Fox Run, but I’ll just have to make it happen next year!

Bike essentials (sunblock, chapstick, water etc that you always carry with you): I always have a debit and credit card, my AAA card, Burts Bees chapstick, Lorac lipstick that I never end up wearing, my hip bag with probably 15 pins on it, EARPLUGS, backup earplugs, and a bandana.

Safety gear recommendation (ie favorite gloves, comfy jacket, boots etc): I live in my Dainese jacket. It doesn’t look like a moto jacket, but has armor and abrasion resistant fabric. I’m about 3k miles into a pair of Rev It! Jeans and they’ve been super comfy from day 1! I have Alpine Stars gloves that are actually cold weather gloves, but have been SO comfy riding in hot weather! I’m about to beef up my moto wardrobe for the summer season so heres that list: Worse for Wear Crosstown Slim jeans, Dainese riding boots, AGV Numo Evo Helmet, Rev It! ADV Gear <- I have no idea the style name, I just know I need something with lots of flaps and vents!!

Plans for this year: Where do I start? California Moto Market! Lita’s Roundup campout, Palomar campout, The Wild Gypsy Tour, Dreamroll, CAMM2, trip to Rosarito, BRO 5!

Words of wisdom: Friends don’t let friends ride naked!! Your Victoria’s Secret leggings and super comfy flannel shirt are not going to save your skin if something happens! Wear the damn gear 🙂

How did you hear about Belles: Instagram!

First Belles ride: Forest falls to Angelus Oaks! I was so impressed with everyone staying together and looking out for other riders, it was such a fun group to spend a day with!

Tell me about the girls you have met, is there anyone you’ve found to ride with outside of Belles: I usually ride with The Litas Long Beach, we have the good fortune to live close to each other, and have probably too much free time, so theres a great chance I’ll see them a few times a week. There’s always someone down to ride, or something going on, so it’s a great network to be a part of!

Palomar Part Deux

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Palomar Part Deux

Saturday July 15th 2017

– Ladies only moto campout –

Be a good person and have a good time all for just $15!! That gets you a camp spot, free beers and $5 from every ticket will be donated to Moto F.A.M.

The Palomar part deux ladies moto campout will be Saturday July 15th, one night only.

We will meet at Chopper Gallery in Temecula around noon to ride up to the observatory and then then to the campground. Parking is limited so this is a moto only campout.

If you would like to reserve your spot e-mail bellesonbikessocialclub@gmail.com

Apocolypse Adventure – ride recap

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It was cold and it was early and there were a bajillion other motorcycle events going on in LA on November 20th, but seven dedicated Belles gathered on bikes to explore an old abandoned town together. Five of us met up near Vermont and Melrose in Los Angeles and rode east on the 210 to meet the other two in Fontana. We gassed up our bikes and our bellies before heading north.

In the spirit of motorcycle adventure, @bornmean was having clutch problems and didn’t feel comfortable to lead the ride as planned, so @gregarious_loner took the lead, heading north on the 15. We lost @bornmean on the big incline under the signs to Barstow. She and her bike got a AAA rescue ride home, @aka_rside dropped back to ride sweep, and then there were six.

The ride up the 395 is a whole lot of nuthin’. Wide desert landscapes. Single lanes with turn offs going to nowhere. Then there’s Kramer Junction, one restaurant, three gas stations, train tracks and a view of a solar farm. Six miles up on the left, no signs, just a beat up road to a mountaintop with a big white man-made bubble on top. We rolled in and up to the top to park our bikes.

One by one @meykeychan had us roll our bikes in front of the mountain-top wide-desert-landscape backdrop. Picture time! After 45 minutes of exploration through graffiti filled dilapidated buildings we headed south to Boron, to the Twenty Mule Cafe, the home town of Twenty Mule Borax–that stuff that makes your white laundry whiter, environmentally conscious and old school style. Our route was planned to take us west on the 58; @aka_rside headed home east, and then there were five.

Minutes after we got on the 58, it started to rain. It was already a day that had chilled us to the bone. We pulled over and put on our rain gear. The rain was light but steady. We gassed up in Lancaster off the 14, and an old guy with a big grey beard and Einstein hair in a wheelchair was fascinated and worried for the five ladies on motorcycles riding in the rain. He rolled over asking, “Are you a club?” Saying, “Keep the shiny side up in the rain!”

Our plan had been to ride back into LA to catch the last two hours of BOM (Babes on Motos), but riders broke off, one at the 405, one at 170, another in Sherman Oaks, another in Glendale, and then there was one left riding in the rain as the sun was setting.

@gregarious_loner made it down to BOM, wet, icy cold with stiff joints, just in time to grab some hugs and the last photo op of the day. Two-hundred-eighty-seven miles. No better way to spend a Sunday.

by Kim O. – Nov 26, 2016
photos by Viki Chan, Kim O. and Amy B.

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