HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES - MEET THE FLEET MY2020

We are excited to be joining Babes in the Dirt in the East! Husqvarna Motorcycles will be bringing 10 demo motorcycles for novice to experienced riders. Beginning with the small displacement bikes, best for those who might not be comfortable on the larger bikes, we have two, 2020 TC 85’s. From there the bikes go up in engine size and seat height. Read on for a brief overview of bikes that will be available at this event and visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com for full model range and technical specifications. 

The 2020 line up for Babes in the Dirt East will comprise of new and updated models. One of them being the all new TE 150i, which is an enduro-specific bike that is lightweight and nimble. The smooth power delivery, with the latest generation chassis and advanced WP suspension offers the rider maximum control in any conditions. This model will be lowered by shortening the Rear Shock 50mm, which lowers the seat height from 37.4'' to roughly 35''. The forks are also lowered 50mm balancing out the front and rear of the bike. 

2020 TC 85 19/16 is our big wheel 85cc. This bike has the same engine as our standard size 85cc but with larger wheels, a 19’’ front wheel and a 16’’ rear this is a great bike for someone who wants a lower seat height with a lightweight chassis, a lower seat height gives a new rider the necessary confidence to feel comfortable while riding and stopping. 

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2020 TC 125 is our standard size Motocross bike with a 21'' front wheel and a 19'' rear wheel. This bike is the natural progression for a rider who is out growing their 85cc and wants something bigger but with a minimal jump in power; perfect for those who are still gaining confidence in the dirt.

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2020 FC 250 is a standard size Motocross bike and raced by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team in the 250/lights class. It features a 21'' front wheel and a 19'' rear wheel.  These models will be lowered by shortening the Rear Shock 50mm, which lowers the seat height from 38.19'' to roughly 36''. 

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2020 TE 250i is the big sister to our all new TE 150i, this too is direct injected which means no mixing oil or making jetting changes. It comes with a 21'' front wheel and a 19'' rear wheel. These bikes will be available for demo at the stock seat height of 37.4'' And lowered 50mm.

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Demos are 18+ and are restricted to intermediate riders only. To learn more and to register for the demo rides click below:

Sandriana Shipman to Coach Flat track Training at Babes in the Dirt East

We are beyond stoked to welcome professional flat track racer, #55, Sandriana Shipman to Babes in the Dirt East! Sandriana will be assisting Johnny Lewis’s Moto Anatomy class during the event and helping ladies of all skill sets increase their knowledge, handling, and confidence as they slide sideways through the track. We can’t even begin to explain how much these classes help you become a better rider (in the dirt and the street). Becoming a better rider doesn’t mean you are the fastest, it means you are better educated and more confident on two wheels which can only come with putting in the seat time. We are so grateful as Babes in the Dirt and Babes Ride Out to be able to partner with people like Johnny Lewis and Sandriana to bring some fun to the track while helping riders (new and old) become more skilled. Red on to get to know Sandriana and make sure to sign up for Moto Anatomy during Babes in the Dirt East by signing up HERE.

My love for two wheels began when I was just three years old on the rail road tracks behind my house. My dad put me on a PW 50 for the first time and I haven't looked back since. By the time I was seven my dirt track career had started before I even knew it. I traded the nearby trails for local indoor racing at the "Thunderdome" in Middletown, NY and instantly fell in love with the added adrenaline rush of bar banging and close competition.  

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From there my Father and I began traveling to all of the nearby AMA District 3 tracks collecting trophies and championships along the way. Eventually I made my way onto the National Flat Track scene during the 2014 Amateur Grand National Championship races at the famous Springfield Fair Grounds. I finished 6th overall racing 450's against all the boys even though I missed the last day; Dad had to get back to work to pay for racing.

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After some bad luck and broken bones in 2015 I found myself racing bikes older than I was competing at all the AMA Vintage Nationals. I walked away from 2016 with a National #1 plate and a ton of new connections made. I still felt like I had more potential left and deep down I wanted to prove that I could run with the best of the best in American Flat Track's singles class. I was met with some more challenges in 2017 between injuries and the struggles of traveling the US in my SUV and small trailer. Before I knew it I was lined up for my first professional main event at Calistoga. Finally everyone started to see that I was a serious contender against the boys.  

Unfortunately for me.. racing always seems to create unexpected circumstances. In just the third round of the 2018 AFT season I was seriously injured. I sat out until the last three races of the series when I teamed up with RMR Honda. At the very last race of 2018, the “Meadowlands Mile,” I made my second American Flat Track Single Main Event. For 2019 I decided to form my own team, by utilizing all of my resources I was set to be under the “TripleNickelRacing” banner. But, as seems to be the story of this 5’2” 100lb girl, I am injured again. I compressed vertebra in my spine for the third time… As I write this I'm on the mend yet again. I may have some more metal holding my bones together and a few more battle-scars but I'm more driven and determined to comeback stronger than ever before. I appreciate everyones on-going support throughout my career and especially during my recent recovery.



DC Dirt Camp Dirt Bike Rental and Optional New Rider Class x Babes in the Dirt East

Alright ladies! We have a rental option open for you for Babes in the Dirt East and since its limited, you had better act fast! DC Dirt Camp has everything you need to get your boots dirty including bike, gear, and even optional instruction that is included in your rental price! Read the below entirely and if you have ANY questions and / or are ready to rent, please contact DC Dirt Camp directly as they will help you get dialed in and ready for Babes in the Dirt East as all info, contact, etc is found in this blog post :)

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Meet DC Dirt Camp’s Owner and Head Coach BJ Hessler MSF Coach

Owner and head coach BJ Hessler is currently based outside of Washington, DC but has lived all over the US including Rochester NY, Boston MA, and Denver CO. She has been riding road bikes for over 20 years and dirt bikes/ADV bikes for about 6 years. Her 2015 motorcycle tour through Patagonia fanned the flames of her desire to lead tours and teach off-road riding skills. She has been a snowboard instructor, yoga teacher as well as a student of myriad disciplines both academic and athletic. BJ got started teaching the MSF Basic Dirt Bike Curriculum as an assistant coach with Xplor-Int in Nottingham, PA in 2017. She received her Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike Coach certification in Mendocino, CA early Spring 2018. She has also had numerous off-road coaches along the way. From the outstanding staff at BMW Academy’s off road school on big bikes, to Danny Walker’s American Super Camp on small dirt bikes, to her extensive training with Pat Jaques of ADV Woman on all sorts of bikes, big and small.

Soooo What Will I Learn if I Opt into Classes with BJ?

DC Dirt Camp aims to help students not only learn to ride, but also to gain confidence and practice resilience; character traits that will prepare students to face life on life’s terms. Mastering the basics on a motorcycle can be empowering, fulfilling and fun! Starting out on a dirt bike is by far less intimidating than learning on a street bike first. The grass, protective gear, and relatively light weight of most dirt bikes make them ideal for new riders. We start with the absolute basics: what all the parts of the bike are and what they do. Then quickly move onto controlling the bikes using the hand controls, especially the clutch. We work through a progressive series of closed range exercises where one skill builds on the prior with lots of practice time on each new drill. Once the clutch us understood, we will work on shifting gears, standing on the pegs, and working toward smaller radius turns, balance, throttle and continuous clutch control as the class progresses. We leave some time at the end for free riding as well with your rental bike. Small class sizes allow for individual coaching and feedback over the 3-4 hours of instruction. Each student will be pushed but also supported and encouraged.

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Alright! This Sounds Rad, Give Me All the Details!

  1. No prior experience required, just a good attitude toward learning and personal growth! What's included: Dirt bike, fuel, helmet, goggles, elbow pads, shin/knee pads, and free t-shirt, tank top or hat of your choice!

  2. What you need to provide yourself: Long sleeve shirt, pants, over-the-ankle-boots, gloves

  3. No prior motorcycle/dirt bike experience required for class. Hopefully student can and has ridden a bicycle successfully prior to coming to class. If renting a bike without taking the optional class, proficiency with a manual motorcycle clutch, balance/traction in dirt and other basic skills of safely riding off-road is expected and required

  4. To register, CLICK HERE and scroll to "Special Events". Select the day/time you'd like to rent a bike/take class and fill in the form. Payment will be collected at time of registration via credit card. No refunds for cancellations, and rental is non-transferable to other people or other time slots. Please be prompt and arrive at least 15 minutes before your rental time/class starts to ensure all forms are signed and to get geared up. Hydrate before class and/or bring a Camel Pak.

Still need more info? No problem! The quickest way to reach BJ by email info@dcdirtcamp.com

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The Kurt Caselli Foundation | Protecting and Supporting the lives of Off-Road Riders

It has meant so much to us to have the support of The Kurt Caselli Foundation at our events. Nancy Caselli is a true inspiration and what she and the rest of the team at KC66 have been able to do to better the sport and protect the lives of riders is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for all that you do and for being a part of the Babes in the Dirt family!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013 in loving memory of Kurt Caselli. The focus of the foundation is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. The Kurt Caselli Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. All donations made to The Foundation are tax deductible.

Roll Call | Meet Babes in the Dirt East Coast Rider Becca Sheets

As we are starting to get closer to hosting our first ever Babes in the Dirt East event in Greeneville, TN, we are getting to know some of the riders who will be joining us. Becca Sheets has been ripping through the woods riding and racing off-road for 19 years. From riding her local tracks with her Dad to racing in the ISDE in France, Becca has lived her life on two wheels. We can’t wait to ride with her in September!

Click Here to register for Babes in the Dirt East | September 20th-22nd at I-81 Motorsports Park

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Name:Becca Sheets   

Location: Ohio  @Bsheets551 

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I was an Indiana baby but Ohio is where I was raised and where I currently reside. I really love it here as long as it is not winter time. 

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Tell us about how you got in to riding dirt. How long have you been riding?

My dad rode and raced dirt bikes for fun for a long time. I grew up at the motocross tracks watching him race.  I asked for a dirtbike on my 7th birthday and I’ve been racing ever since. I spent most of my youth years riding motocross and transitioned to off-road in 2011. I’ve been racing for 19 years.  

Was there someone specific that inspired you?

My dad was definitely my OG inspiration. But I was inspired by the Pro WMX (then WMA) riders when I was growing up in the sport, like Sarah Whitmore and Tarah Geiger. I looked up to them for so many years aspiring to get to their level some day.  

What type of terrain do you like riding the most? Track? Trails? Desert? Mountains? Dualsport?

Anything off-road. I really enjoy technical trail riding in the mountains with friends! 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your life.

PW50 KTM50 JR  KX60 RM65 RM85 KTM105 YZ125 YZ250f-x KTM 250xc-f KTM 250SX-f

What bike do you ride now?

KTM 250sx-F

 What are your goals as a rider? Any specific technique you are working on?

I am always working on my overall technique on the bike. The practice never ends. 

Wheelie skills are always a good one to practice though. 

My goals as a rider are always evolving, but in a general sense it’s usually just get faster, get better results, and continue to help grow the sport with women in off-road riding/racing.  

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Tell us about your most epic riding experience.

Definitely my first year doing the ISDE in France. Riding through the backcountry there was so amazing. We got to see parts of the country most tourists would never see. 

When did you first hear about Babes in the Dirt?

I noticed it on social media a few years ago out on the west coast.

Tell us what you think about Babes in the Dirt coming to TN. Are you stoked?  

I think it’s awesome that there are large groups of women getting together to ride and just hang out, and learn a few tips and tricks along the way. 

There’s TONS of women out here on the east coast that love to ride. So any opportunity to attend an event like this is great. 

What do you think is the most different about riding in California vs. Tennessee?  

I’ve only ridden out in California once in a few different terrains. Its very hard, sandy dirt out there in the trails. Or just one or the other. Out in the TN woods, you will get lots of rocks and roots and possibly some slick sections depending on the weather. It’s usually pretty hard clay based dirt there. So I know on the moto tracks out this way, usually add a lot of mulch to keep some moisture in the dirt. 

Any advice for new riders?

Take lessons, learn the proper riding techniques, and put them to practice. It will give you so much more confidence on the bike.  :) 

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Husqvarna Motorcycles is coming to Babes in the Dirt East!!!!!!

Husqvarna Motorcycles has been supporting this community since day 1. Yep, the first year we all gathered in the dirt there was about 60 riders and a bit of a hail storm and flash flood warning haha. None-the-less, Husqvarna believed in it and was there on site demo’ing bikes and talking to riders about technique. Since then, they have supported us more and more and we are so pleased to announce that they will be joining us for our Babes in the Dirt East event in Greeneville Tennessee this September! Stay tuned for demo sign ups and more info. But in the meantime lets take a little trip down memory lane with this amazing brand!

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