Joy riders

All-women motorcycle meet-up hits record numbers

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What began as a joyride for a group of women motorcycle enthusiasts has grown into a historic event, in just three short years. Babes Ride Out is the brainchild of Anya Violet and Ashmore Ellis, who decided a few years ago to organize a riding and camping event for a few women, recruiting fellow travelers using social media. Fifty women showed up — more than anticipated but nothing compared to this year’s extravaganza. In late October, 1,200 women registered to the largest ever gathering of women motorcyclists, converging on a camp in California’s Joshua Tree, from all around the world. “It’s a different dynamic when it’s just females,” Violet said, of the group that hailed from as far afield as Japan, Australia and England.

“It reminds me of when we were younger — those free moments when you’re young, when you’re up with your girlfriends all night talking and hanging out and being completely yourself,” Ellis added.

From base camp, the women then chose to hit the road along nine different route options, ranging from 40 to 300 miles, according to their varying abilities and curiosity. Some women who had participated as passengers on an earlier Ride Out returned in 2015 with their own steeds.

Violet and Ashmore said they hoped Babes Ride Out encourages more women to give motorcycles a try. “The day that it’s as commonplace to see a woman on a motorcycle as it is to see a man on a motorcycle is an amazing day,” Violet said.

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