Meet Stephanie Anderson @throttlefortwo and her Husqvarna FE350S

She has been riding for over 20 years and been coming to Babes in the Dirt for the past 2! Stephanie has ridden some of our bucket list locations and constantly has us drooling over her awesomely remote photos on the trails. We caught up with her to hear more about her life on two wheels, love of her Husqvarna FE 350 S and her lust for the new fuel injected 2-stroke TE 250i.

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What is your name?

- Stephanie Anderson

What do you do for a living? Tell us about your job.

- Well, for a few more days I am a Property Manager of a mobile home park, but as of next week, I will be unemployed for a few months.  Me, my husband, and our two Siberian Huskies, will be traveling around the country with our travel trailer and motos in search of a new place to call home and start our own business.

Where are you from?

- San Diego/Temecula, CA

Where do you live?

- Mammoth Lakes, CA

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When were you first introduced to riding dirt? Who introduced you?

- When we moved to Temecula in the mid-90’s, dirt was pretty much everywhere, so I was lucky enough to make friends with kids in school that grew up riding quads and dirt bikes.  Unfortunately, my parents never let me have my own dirt bike as they were always worried I would seriously injure myself (which, now that I’ve crashed at least a dozen times and broken my fair share of bones, I can see why J).  So I spent most of my younger years on a variety of friend’s loaner bikes cruising around the wine country and out in the southern California deserts (Ocotillo Wells/Glamis).  

How long have you been riding?

- About 20 years, but more actively for about that last 10.

Why do you like riding dirt?

- I like riding dirt for too many reasons to list!  But one of the main reasons is that it opens a whole new world of places to go and things to see.  There’s no better feeling than being able to take a spontaneous trip down a random dirt road and find that it leads to a secluded lake, or takes you to the top of a mountain with 360-degree views.  Not to mention, you can take dirt detours when there is traffic J.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

- Handful of CRF/XR 50s

- 2013 Honda CRF150R

- 2014 Kawasaki KX250F

What do you ride now?

- 2016 Husqvarna FE350S

- 1980 Honda XL250S

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If you could have 2 bikes what would your other bike be?

- A new fuel injected 2-stroke Husqvarna, of course ! Actually, as much as I would absolutely LOVE a new TE 250i, I would really like to add more of an adventure bike to the collection.  Our ultimate dream is to take an international motorcycle trip, and having a bike that can still handle dirt, but also be able to put down some serious road miles with a full load of camping gear would be optimal.  What exact bike that is, I really have no idea yet, but I am hoping over the course of the next 5 or so years, manufacturers will continue to cater to smaller riders such as myself, and I will have more options. 

Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now?

- The FE350S is the ultimate adventure mobile!  There aren’t a lot of motorcycles that you can say are completely capable in (and meant for) the dirt, but also street legal.  We can be on technical single track one minute, and then cruising the highway through Yosemite the next.  The places we can go are almost endless!  Also, because of fuel injection!!!  You just can’t beat being able to ride at 8,000ft. elevation one day, and then 800 ft. elevation the next without skipping a beat or needing to re-jet (it was a serious problem when I had the CRF150R which was carbureted).   

 

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

- Hmm, that’s a tough one . . . I really love it all!!!  But if I had to narrow it down, I would say snow.  I’m not the best at it, and to be honest, I used to try to avoid it, but I’m slowly getting more comfortable with it and it couldn’t be more fun.    

 

What kind of terrain is a challenge for you but you want to master?

- Definitely rocks . . . Being vertically challenged, I am still working on clutch and throttle control to account for the fact that I can’t ever reach the ground to put my darn foot down J.  Thankfully, I finally did some much needed upgrades to the suspension and steering, so hopefully my skill level will catch up to my confidence level sometime soon ha.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

- When we first got the Husqvarnas, we had some friends visiting with their dirt bikes so we decided to take a trip completely in the dirt from Mammoth Lakes to the ghost town known as Bodie.  It was about 65 miles one-way through all kinds of different terrain.  We hadn’t owned the bikes for very long, so I didn’t have the bike set-up and dialed in specifically for me just yet.  We hit some really deep and soft sand/silt on the backside of Mono Lake that just seemed to go forever, so I was struggling for a while to keep the front end stable, and then proceeded to take a literal face plant into an actual plant J.  I was too worked to go back home the same way we came, so I also go to experience my first solo ride on the highway, and at night too.  It was definitely a trip I will never forget!       

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

- Definitely right here in my own backyard!  The Eastern Sierra is packed full of places to ride, with everything from mellow fire roads and sand dunes, to tight single track and even snow.  It really is an off-roader’s paradise!  And the views aren’t too bad either J.  I also really enjoyed the moto tour we took in Maui.  It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the terrain was like nothing I had ever been on before (we went through a sugar cane field that was so dense we couldn’t even see the actual trail).  We were fortunate enough to be the only two riders on the tour that day (which was usually a group tour), so we got really lucky and the tour guide took us on an epic journey which ended so high up that we found pine trees! 

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

- Australia

- Russia

- Moab, Uta

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

- Unfortunately, no L.  My few female friends that do ride live about 6 hours away, and not a lot of women in our area have motorcycles.  99% of the time it’s just me and my husband, but I am really hoping that will change.  I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with some super cool ladies thanks to Babes in the Dirt and Instagram, who I would love to get together with someday soon.   

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Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?

- Megan Griffiths . . . girl seriously rips and is ALWAYS smiling.  She really makes everything looks so easy but is always so humble about it.  She is so passionate about riding and it shows!  I really hope to someday be able to attend one of her clinics and learn to go over logs instead of crashing into them J.  Also, because I struggle so much in the rocks, Sarah (aka @spacecat.moto) . . . lady KILLS it out there in Utah in some truly epic terrain!  Pretty sure she eats rocks and vertical walls for breakfast J.

What was your experience at Babes in the Dirt/Babes Ride Out events?

- I made it to Babes in the Dirt both this year (2018), and last year (2017).  Although I always bring my husband and fur kids so we always camp outside of the actual event, it’s still one of my favorite weekends of the year.  The first year, I was solo and ended up crashing attempting to go back down the big hill climb (ha oops).  Within seconds there were several people more than happy to help get my bike upright and down to the bottom.  One of the nicest Park Rangers I have ever met found some ladies to bring my bike back to the road, went and tracked down my husband who was cruising around in my 4Runner, brought me back to the main camp, and treated my wounds.  The Babes in the Dirt staff and many of the other ladies there for the event kept coming up to me and asking if I was ok or if I needed anything.  It was so awesome to be completely alone and not know anyone, but still feel welcomed and right at home.  This year we could only make it for a day, but it was still an epic day of riding and I even convinced my fellow female rider friends from San Diego to attend as well (and they loved it).  From the most experienced rider to the first timer, it really is an event that can be enjoyed by all. 

What advice do you have for someone thinking about getting in to riding dirt?

- Take it slow and start off with something nice and mellow.  There are all kinds of fire roads and open riding areas to practice at that are great places to get a feel for the dirt without having to worry about obstacles or other riders.  As someone who learned to ride in the dirt before learning to ride on the street, I can tell you there is a learning curve both ways, so just do what you feel comfortable with and practice, practice, practice.  And remember, you don’t have to be a pro to have fun!

Anything else you would like to add?

- I would like to say thanks to the Babes in the Dirt staff, Husqvarna, and all those involved with putting together such a rad event.  Seeing so many ladies from so many different walks of life come together for the love of motorcycles is truly an amazing experience!  How many beers will it take to convince you to do more Babes in the Dirt events?!?!? JJJ

Riding Season is coming up quick! Make sure your bike and your gear are ready to GO!

Dirt Bike Season is Almost Here! October 1st in California is the start of Red Sticker Season so it’s time to make sure your bike and gear are as ready as you are. A  little pre-maintenance goes a long way! Our friends at Thousand Oaks Powersports have you covered! Read on to make sure you are dialed to hit the trails!

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photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Our shop is buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming riding season! With all the new gear and bikes rolling in it’s hard not to get amped up. There is also word that we may see another El Nino style winter which means desert riding will be perfect again!

First of all, if it’s been a while since you’ve ridden, start your bike. Let’s see if it fires up!

Fuel, Air, and Fire

If your bike hasn’t moved in awhile and you left gas in the tank then you may need to clean out your fuel system. Generally the pump gas we use begins to evaporate and separate after only a couple weeks. As it evaporates it leaves behind all of the grime that is mixed into the gas. This separation will cause your gas to “gum up” your fuel system and restrict the flow of fuel from the tank to the engine. It’s almost like having rubber cement in your fuel system. If your engine isn’t getting the correct amount of fuel it won’t run properly. The amount of fuel running through your carburetor or fuel injector is only ounces at time so a little clog makes a big difference. The best way to know if your bike needs a carb clean is to turn it on. If your bike doesn’t idle with the choke off or you’re getting popping from the exhaust when you turn the throttle then your fuel system is dirty. Your carburetor may work okay like that at sea level but when you go up in elevation (Hungry Valley is 3000-6000 feet) you’re going to have a bigger problem. If your bike warms up and idles with the choke off you should be in good shape. Using something like an enzyme fuel treatment or “ring free” treatments can help prevent and alleviate fuel system clogs. If that doesn’t work then get your carburetor or injector cleaned. Always follow the manufacturer's recommended dosage when using fuel treatments.

If you’re going to clean your carbs or injectors it's a good idea to have your spark plug replaced at the same time. Having an extra spark plug in your gear bag is always a great idea as well. Your bike needs to breathe so make sure your air filter is clean. Cleaning an air filter is messy but it’s pretty easy to do. If your air filter is falling apart then replace it. Air filters are pretty inexpensive so throwing a new one on is a good idea.

Oil

Most dirt bikes require the oil to be changed every 10 to 15 hours of riding. Changing the oil, filter, and crush washer is a pretty easy job on a dirt bike. A lot of dirt bikes call for a 10-W40 or 10-W50 oil and usually take a quart or less. KTM and Husky’s are about 1.1 quarts and use a full synthetic oil. Your local shop should be able to tell you what the oil specifications are for your bike. Try to avoid looking at forum pages to see what you need for your bike’s oil. We’ve seen some disastrous results based on opinions in online bike forums. Bel-ray has a great lubricant advisor to tell you what your bike needs.

Traction

Your tires are the only part of the bike that should be in contact with the ground when you ride. If your tires are worn, cracking, missing treads or the treads are peeling off then it is a good idea to put on new tires. Pushing a dirt bike with a flat back to camp is a bad time. When riding dirt the earth is always moving underneath your tires so it’s a good idea to have plenty of traction. If you are unsure about which tires to put on your bike give us a call and we will go over the differences in tires with you. Also, check your tire pressure and make sure your tubes are holding air. Whenever you change your tires always put in a new tube and check your rim band. You may also need a rim lock. We recommend using a heavy duty tube over a regular tube.

Controls

You’re going to want to make sure your controls work as well. Pull your levers and make sure they pull smoothly. If not, the cables may need to be lubricated or replaced. A lot of new bikes have hydraulic systems. Make sure you’ve got fluid in these systems before you go. If you check your brakes and they seem soft then it probably means you need to add or replace brake fluid. Brake fluid heats up and cools down when you ride. This thermal change breaks down brake fluid. Brake fluid lasts an average of 6 months before it begins to go bad. Check your brake fluid levels as well. This is also true for street bikes. Going fast is a lot more fun if you know you can stop when you want to. While your checking your brakes make sure you have a look at the brake pads as well.

Drive

In our experience most riders over look good chain maintenance. Cleaning, lubricating and adjusting your chain will help your bike run more efficiently. It will help to keep your sprockets in good shape as well. At the very least, apply chain lube to your chain before every ride. If you clean your bike after every ride don’t forget to use some chain cleaner on your chain and sprockets. If your chain is rusty and has a bunch of kinks in it then it’s time to replace your chain and sprockets. It’s always a good idea to change your front and rear sprockets each time you put on a new chain. You can lose up to 20% power delivery with a poorly adjusted chain.

Spark arrestors

You’re going to need one to ride most places in California. Modern bikes and exhaust systems are so much better than the old days that running a spark arrestor full time offroad won’t hurt the performance of the bike nearly as much as legend may have it. If you do have an older bike then you may want to invest a little money in a new pipe with a spark arrestor. It will probably help the performance of your bike a both low and high speeds and more importantly it’ll make your bike sound cool!

Batteries

So maybe your bike has a battery and it’s been on a charger or tender for the last 3 months. That doesn't mean your battery will be charged. Check it early before you go just in case you need to replace it. Lithium Ion batteries are a great replacement battery for dirt bikes and they save a lot of weight as well.

Helmets

How old is your helmet? If you don’t know the answer to that you can check under the padding and there should be a date the helmet was created. If it’s more than 5 years old it’s time to replace your helmet. The Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) liner in helmets break down over time. This means if your helmet is more than 5 years old, when you need it to work for you it will be about as useful as wearing a styrofoam cooler on your head. That vintage helmet you picked up  might look cool but leave it on the shelf at home. Maybe your helmet isn’t too old but you ‘re wondering if it’s still in good condition. Look under the liner and check for white cracks. Sometimes the inside of helmets are painted black to make it easier to identify if a helmet is no longer safe. If you see some cracks in your EPS liner it’s probably time to change your helmet. In the picture below there is a small crack in the EPS liner near the front part of the helmet. This helmet is no longer safe to wear.

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Buying a new helmet? New helmets should fit snug but not tight. Your cheeks should feel squished like you couldn’t chew gum without tearing up the insides of your mouth. Over time this eases as the helmet padding packs in a bit. When you go to try on a new helmet, wear it around the store for at least 5 minutes to make sure the shape of the helmet won’t give you any headaches. If it doesn’t make it 5 or 10 minutes in a shop it won’t last an hour or more out in the dirt. Different brands have different shell shapes and many of the top brands have removable padding that you can swap out for different thicknesses to get just the right fit.

If you are buying a new helmet get the best you can afford. It’s your head and it’s worth way more than the cost of a cheap helmet. Stick with brands that you’ve heard of. Working in a motorcycle shop we hear horror stories all the time, please get yourself a good helmet!

One more thing on helmets, never throw them around or let heavy objects rest on top of them. Take care of your helmet so it can take care of you.

Bike prep checklist

  1. Check running condition

  2. Spark plug

  3. Air filter

  4. Tires

  5. Tubes

  6. Rim strips

  7. Rim lock

  8. Levers

  9. Cables

  10. Brake fluid

  11. Brake pads

  12. Chain

  13. Sprockets

  14. Oil level

  15. Oil filter

  16. Spark arrestor

  17. Battery

  18. Grips

Thousand Oaks Powersports

1250 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

805-497-3765

www.thousandoakspowersports.com

@topowersports

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis









 

Riding Season is Here! Time to Brush Up on Trail Etiquette

With riding season coming straight at us we thought we'd brush up on our trail etiquette. No matter how many years you've been riding, it's always a great idea to remind yourself of these simple ways to keep yourself, your friends, and other riders as safe as possible while being courteous at the same time. Take a minute to review and please share! Even though you may be experienced and knowledgeable, there are so many new riders that may need an introduction or a friendly re-fresher on trail etiquette :) The more we talk about it, the more riders it will reach <3. 

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Symbols: The presence of a symbol without a red slash through it or the presence of a symbol beneath the words "OPEN TO" indicates the route is open to that use. Make sure you take a look at what other vehicles (or animals) will be using this trail. 

Be familiar with who you are sharing the trail with and be on the look out. Always yield to animals and non motorized trail riders.&nbsp;

Be familiar with who you are sharing the trail with and be on the look out. Always yield to animals and non motorized trail riders. 

Staging: Staging is where you off-load and prepare for your ride. When staging, pull off the road at the trail head to prepare your vehicle and group. Don’t block access to the trail while staging. Be mindful of trailers and stow your ramps & other loose items. Be aware of how much space you are taking up to be courteous of other adventure seekers coming in throughout the day. 

Keep exits and entrances clear at all times

Keep exits and entrances clear at all times

Use Hand Signals: One of the most necessary ways of keeping you and your group safe is by using hand signals to alert other riders of how many riders to expect coming up or down the trail within your group. When passing or meeting other riders on the trail, give them a hand signal to let them know how many riders are left behind you in your group. Use four fingers if you have four or more riders behind you. Riders behind you should be signaling how many are behind them as well. Below, images show (2) riders behind lead, (1) rider behind lead and when you see the closed fist, the trail is clear as the fist represents that person is the last rider in the group but remain alert, no telling when another group will be heading your way.

Letting Others Pass: When approaching another vehicle from behind, pass on the left, keeping a safe distance and speed. Once past, let them know the number of remaining vehicles in your party. This can done by speaking to them or using hand signals.

Finally, understand vehicle differences. Motorcycles have a certain minimum speed they can travel before they want to flop over, especially on rough, rocky, or uneven surfaces. When passing a full-size 4WD vehicle, be patient. It can take a while for them to maneuver to the side of the trail. Motorcycle and ATV riders need to be mindful not to roost the vehicles they just passed. Nobody likes a cracked windshield or a mouthful of dust. 

Off-Roaders Guide to Babes Ride Out 6

Hey Off-Roaders!!!! As you know, Babes Ride Out 6 is an event focused on street legal motorcycles. But... that does not mean that you dirt lovers can't come out and have some fun! The desert has a couple of great OHV areas for you to play in if you don't have your M1 and is a dual sport paradise if you are plated!

Photo by YVE Assad

Photo by YVE Assad

Some of the many dualsport trails you can enjoy in the high desert!

Photos cutesy of WLF Enduro

JOHNSON VALLEY:

Home of the famous King of the Hammers Johnson Valley is a dirt riders dream. Full of fun trails, hill climbs, dry lake bed and open dirt roads.  There is something for every level of rider here!

Here is some info about the OHV area HERE

Directions to Johnson Valley OHV from the event HERE but there is a closer staging area option HERE

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GIANT ROCK:

Giant rock has a history all its own! From UFO conventions to mysterious phenomenon, this place has drawn in people from all walks of life. It just so happens to be excellent terrain for off-roading. There is plenty of wide open spaces for Braaaping and tons of interesting trails and terrain. 

Here is some info about the OHV area HERE

Directions to Giant Rock from the event HERE

Please remember, there is no dirt-bikes allowed off the truck or trailer in the campsite. No braaaping in or around the campsite whatsoever. This is the property owner's wishes so please respect it. Both of the above riding areas are not far and you can totally have some fun! Enjoy! AND see you at Babes in the Dirt 4 in April 2018!

 

Photo by Drew Martin for Atwyld

Photo by Drew Martin for Atwyld

Pioneertown to Big Bear OFF-ROAD:

Watch the Joshua Trees turn in to pine trees as you leave the desert for the mountain. Pioneertown to Big Bear is a 19 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rimrock, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. Make sure you down load GPS so that you stay on trail. There are many websites that share info about this commonly used route! Plated bikes only! Click HERE for more info

Bytown Motorcycle Association Presents the Annual Ladies Ride and Social | A Trail Ride & Social Event for Women in the Limerick Forest

Babes in the Dirt Bytown Motorcycle Association

We are proud to support The Ladies Ride and Social is a Trail Ride & Social Event for women in the Limerick Forest, near Brockville Ontario. This one day event is designed for ladies to have fun on the trails and to meet other like minded riders in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is spearheaded by Sascha Lange, Women’s Advocate Bytown Motorcycle Association, and Co-Producer- Ladies Limerick Ride and Social. 

Event Location: Limerick Forest, Oxford Station, Ontario

Social Handles:

Tell us about Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) and what the organization does?

We are a group of novice to expert off-road and dual sport riders who love the dirt. We work hard to develop, maintain, and sustain the off-road trail networks here in Eastern Ontario. Our club hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

Tell us about your annual Ladies Ride and Social (what it is, how long it’s been happening, what the goals are):

The Ladies Ride and Social started in 2016 as a joint event between the Bytown Motorcycle Association and Husqvarna Motorcycles Canada.

What it is:

The goal for the Ladies Ride and Social is to engage women riders and to grow participation by creating an inviting atmosphere that encourages women to join group rides, socialize with other women and to find new riding buddies. We welcome new riders to try a motorcycle for the first time and experienced BMA women to lead groups through their favorite trails.

The key for this event is to make the barrier for participation as minimal as possible by hosting rides for all skill levels and by having a dedicated area to practice finer skills. The event is also free! We create a welcoming environment with a lounge area where riders (and their friends and families) can mingle.  A complimentary BBQ lunch and treats are provided to all ladies and girl participants.The day concludes with a huge prize giveaway where everyone will be a winner!

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What is the riding like in and around the Limerick Forest?

The Limerick forest has a mix of double track and single-track trails. Limerick is a shared use forest. Doubletrack is shared with ATV’s and side by sides and single-track is shared with horses, mountain bikers and hikers.

The doubletrack trails are a great way to start off-road riding. The single-track trails are purposely built as motorcycle trails and as practice trails for enduro. Single-track trails offer twisty turns, hills, sand and roots. Limerick isn’t very rocky like many other riding areas.

The routes in Limerick forest are numbered very clearly as there are many loops around the 2 main parking areas. Connecting the various loops can make for a nice long ride. It’s also convenient to ride back into the gravel pit for breaks and to have some drinks and snacks before continuing your ride. Overall, the Limerick Forest is a super fun and appealing area with lots of accessible single track. It is important for us to note that we promote the respectful use of the forest so the different groups can continue to co-exist on the trails.

What should ladies expect this year?

·         Group rides for all skill levels

·         Skills practice area

·         A lounge for breaks

·         Complimentary lunch and yummy treats

·         Husqvarna Motorcycle Demo Bikes for 18+

·         Prizes for all women and girls!

·         Special Guests!

 Participation is free for ladies and girls!

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Husqvarna Motorcycles in Canada has partnered with the BMA organization and their Ladies Ride and Social event for a few years now, tell us about the relationship and what happens on site.

We have the co-organization of this even dialed. The Husqvarna Motorcycles team provides a nice range of bikes for ladies to try out on the trails or in the skills area. They also amp up the event by creating the lounge area, arrange for special guests and a ton of really cool prizes.

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The BMA’s volunteers lead the group rides, setup the skills area and practical things like registration and parking. Jointly we cover the things that make this event a real social, from the lounge to the food.

How do we sign up!?

·         http://bma1.ca/womens-ride-out.php

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Stepping Outside of Comfort Zones and Advancing Your Skill Set - Brooke's Experience at Husqvarna's New to Moto Training Course at Babes in the Dirt

Careers, marriage, kids, friendships, family and more are things we often try and balance but sometimes we forget to make time for ourselves even though we love all of those magic moments that life gives us with the above. We caught up with Brooke Spiva, former teacher, mom to 4 small girls under 8, and with an attitude of "hell yeah let's go" who took one of the Husqvarna training courses at Babes in the Dirt this year.  Her feedback on the experience including what she learned, how the bike handled, and her overall thoughts on the event as she was able to take the weekend to herself in order to step out and enjoy the camaraderie of hundreds of like minded ladies was refreshing and appreciated. 

I met so many fabulous women who were so very skilled and fearless.  I figure if they can do it, then I should at least try to get over my fears and advance. 
— Brooke Spiva, 36, mom to 4 girls, total ripper!
  • Name: Brooke Spiva, age 36
  • Location: Ventura, CA
  • Instagram handle: I'm too old for instagram!
Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

What you do for a living:    

I am a stay-at-home mom with four girls under the age of 8. I used to be a teacher in a private elementary school.  In that school I taught third grade. 

How did you hear about Babes in the Dirt and what made you want to attend?

I heard about Babes Ride Out about two years ago while getting my hair done.   I was busy telling the stylist how I used to surf, snowboard, run, and ride dirt bikes when one of the stylists chimes in and said I should do Babes in the Dirt. Once I heard about the event that was it, I had to go! 

Why did you decide to go for it and sign up to learn?

I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was a young girl, so I didn’t need the basics, but I wanted to try out a Husqvarna.  I am short, so I definitely needed the beginner class for the tall demo bikes! I also wanted to go on a guided ride, because I could push myself and get better. 

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What was your off-road experience like before you took the class?

I have been on a dirt bike since I was a toddler (on the front with my dad).  I can hill climb a lot of things, but I’m scared of downhills and speeding.  I think the biggest preconceived notion about a Husqvarna class is that you will be on a bike that fits you.  Just know that if you are not comfortable on a huge bike then sign up for the “never been on a bike” class because that’s where they will put you after you struggle with the big bikes.  I made that mistake and had to wait until the end to get on an 80 and boy was that bike fun. 

What was the training class like?

Two years ago (@ Babes in the Dirt 2) I was able to ride the lower bike and I learned how to use a rekluse clutch.  My guide, Ashley, was amazing. She let me ride her lowered bike and I was able to follow the leader on the trails. She was patient and right there for anyone who had fallen. 

How did you like the Husqvarnas?

I love the Husqvarna bikes.  I tried the TC85 and had a blast!! It was super responsive and fast! I took it around the beginner track a few times and then around the advanced track, and had so much fun! 

Did your opinion of off-roading change by taking the class?

I learned that I have a long way to go to get better that I really need to get comfortable on the downhills and on the taller bikes.  I met so many fabulous women who were so very skilled and fearless.  I figure if they can do it, then I should at least try to get over my fears and advance. 

Are you looking into furthering your off-road skills?

Of course.  I want to get to be the best rider I can be so that I can go more places and have more fun. I’d love to be able to keep up with the advanced class someday. 

Will we see you in the dirt again?

Definitely! I plan to get out to every single Babesin The Dirt there is! I think it should be called just Babes Ride Dirt! I can’t wait to sign up for the next class and jump in that TC85 again!  

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