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.

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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

Palomar Part Deux: details for July 15th

Click HERE for the route to the Palomar Observatory

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Check in

12:00 pm  – Raffle for Moto FAM

12:30 pm – kickstands up

2:00 pm – arrive at Palomar Observatory

ride in to camp any time after 2:00 pm

5:00 pm – dinner is served

6:00pm – 7:30pm – Camp games

7:30 – raffle for camp games

Belles On Bikes will be set up at Chopper Gallery at 10 a.m. for check in. Please arrive with a full tank and a full belly, we will not be making a lunch stop, there are plenty of options nearby.

We are holding a raffle at noon to benefit Moto FAM with prize packages ranging from $50 to over $200 worth of goods. Make sure you arrive early to purchase those tickets.

Kickstands up at 12:30 to ride straight to Palomar Observatory, the ride is open to everyone, not just ladies, so if your main dude or your dude friend or a friend who didn’t get a ticket wants to ride with you they are welcome to hang out and ride up to the Observatory, due to space limitations they can not come to the campsite, lady campers only at that point.

After you are done at the Observatory you can roll in to camp to set up for the night. There is a general store near camp that closes at 5 pm for any last minute needs, I will note that they don’t sell liquor, not even airplane bottles just beer and wine, but we’ve got the beer situation covered thanks to Golden Road Brew.

At 6 we will start playing some camp games, games where everyone is a winner! Everyone who participates gets a raffle ticket and winners score more tickets for the chance to win the great prizes provided by Babes Ride Out, Biltwell, and Jackalope Trade Shop.

Chopper Gallery 28860 OLD TOWN FRONT STREET TEMECULA, CA 92590

Palomar Observatory open from 9 am to 4 pm

Palomar Mountain Store general store next to Mother’s open 9am to 5 pm

Campsite info

Mother’s Kitchen 33120 Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 open 9am -4pm

Round Up Grill  26439 Hwy 76  Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 open 7 am to 7 pm

La Jolla Trading Post – the closest gas station 13.5 miles from camp

26439 Hwy 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 open 7 am to 10 pm

Click HERE for the route to the Palomar Observatory

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

Belles Spotlight on Marisol

Marisol helped to plan and will be leading our ride to Forest Falls on May 21st, 2017

We wanted to know a little more about her so we asked her some questions for the first in an upcoming series of spotlights on the riders we meet.

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Name: Marisol Martinez

IG: MarisolPie

Occupation: Sales Representative at SSR Motorsports

How long have you been riding: 4 years

Bike you currently ride: BMW R9T and Grom125

First bike: Ninja300

How did you get in to riding: My first memory of wanting to ride was when I was 12 years old. It was during the first time I watched the movie Tomb Raider. There’s a scene where Lara Croft is lane splitting on a bridge. I remember thinking how badass and independent she seemed.

What does your family think about it: At first my parents were completely against me getting a bike. My mother even went as far as telling me to “buy a matching coffin”. Now that I’ve been riding a while they see it’s not as dangerous as they thought. They wish me luck now.

My daughter thinks it’s cool I ride. She likes to ride and would like to ride more. I’m going to buy her a 110 manual this year.

Do you work on your bike: There’s only a few things I know how to do on a bike. On my current bikes I’ve changed the oil, headlight and removed/changed my fender. I definitely want to learn more about the mechanics of my bikes.

Longest trip: Orange County to Moab, UT for the event Motos in Moab.

Most miles in one day: 730 miles from Moab to my house. Took about 13 hours

Music or no music: I love listening to music when I’m riding casually. When I get into more technical riding, like at the track or a difficult canyon, I usually have my music off to focus on road.

Any close calls/how could you have reacted differently: I am always trying to improve my riding skills which has lead to some falls, most recently playing around on my Grom. The only regret I have is not wearing my riding pants! I got a preview of road rash, not pretty!

Last ride: The last street ride I did was Ortega Highway. It’s the closest canyon worth riding. I usually go to the track every other weekend to ride my Grom.

Best trip: The best trip I’ve done was to Moab, UT. Even though the weather wasn’t agreeing with us that weekend, when it was sunny, it was beautiful. Riding next to the Colorado River has been unmatched as far as scenic rides go. Being inside the huge canyons dwarfed my existence. I definitely want to ride there again.

 Worst trip: Palomar April 2015. This was the worst camping trip ever. It’s a shame because I love that mountain, it’s the most enchanted forest I’ve been to. From our arrival to our departure, it rained the ENTIRE time. I was miserably wet but at least we had beer! My goal was to get drunk, try to have a good time, and pass out – this plan failed. I felt hungover and drunk at the same time while trying to sleep in my wet sleeping bag and tent. Fortunately, Belles has scheduled to redo the trip this July (when its projected to not rain). I am super excited to go back and replace the wet burrito sleeping bag memories with new, fun (dry) ones. 

Dream trip: I would love to go to the Isle of Man one day. It would be the greatest experience to ride in Europe and watch the fastest street riders in the world.

Favorite moto event: My favorite event would be a tie between Born Free and Babes Ride Out (in Joshua Tree). I’ve made the greatest friends and reconnected with old friends at these events. I love motorcycle events, you can never go wrong when you mix bikes, friends, and beer.

Bike essentials: Tire pressure gauge, chap stick, and an extra layer in case I get cold.

Safety gear recommendation:  I always recommend to ride with at least a good jacket and boots.

Plans for this year: One motorcycle trip I have planned this year is a west coast ride. The destination cities are: San Francisco, CA. Eureka, CA. Portland, OR. Seattle, WA.

First Belles ride: My first Belles ride was to go bowling at Fountain Bowl back in November 2014. I felt so welcomed because all the girls were so friendly.

 

May 21st 2017 – ride to Forest Falls

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Show up with a full tank: if this your first time riding with us please read the post on our blog 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.

L.A. to I.E.
8:45 ksu 9:15
Starbucks
8985 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

O.C. to I.E.
9 ksu 9:30
Shell Gas Station
13501 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove CA

I.E.
10 ksu 10:30
Chevron Gas Station
3304 14th St.
Riverside CA

to Forest Falls – Big Falls Trail

to Oaks Restaurant
37676 Hwy 38
Angelus Oaks CA

Link to our route