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Meet Lindsey Lovell and her Husqvarna FE350

Like many of us, Lindsey was introduced to riding through her family. In fact, she was on a Husqvarna before she could walk. We first met Lindsey through her work at the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Her passion for the sport and for the industry as whole is evident in all that she does. She is an inspiration to us and we got the chance to chat with her about her life on two wheels and how she likes her Husqvarna 2018 FE 350.

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What is your name?

Lindsey Lovell

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

I work full time at the U.S. Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA) as the Content & Communications Manager as well as the Marketing Specialist for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Both jobs are supported by the KTM Group; the Kurt Caselli Foundation is backed by KTM’s support and the USMCA’s Founding Partner is Husqvarna Motorcycles. My jobs are…. All over the place from content managing to building social media campaigns to event planning and everything in between. I love to learn new things and am always adapting to the needs of each organization.

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Tustin, CA and later moved to San Clemente, CA.

Where do you live?

Recently I moved to Menifee since my job and life headed this way. Also, I can ride from my garage to tracks and trails —how rad is that?!

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

I was first introduced to riding by my dad at a very young age. When I was a baby, my dad would ride around the neighborhood with me on his 1983 Husqvarna XC250. When I was 8 years old, my brother Brad got a Suzuki JR50 for Christmas that I ended up riding before he had the chance to ride.  

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How long have you been riding?

I’ve been riding off and on since I was about 8 years old.

Why do you like riding dirt?

That’s where my roots of motorcycle riding come from!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

Well, I started off on a 1970’s Suzuki JR50, and quickly moved up to a YZ80 then a KX80 (both from the 80’s). When high school came, I sold my motorcycles to get a car (doh!). High school took over the next few years. Once I was in college, I started working at an online Automotive company that was a part of the publishing company that owned Dirt Rider Magazine which got me back into motorcycles. I bought one of our test bikes; a 2009 Honda CRF150Rb and finally moved up to the big bikes with a plated 2004 Honda CRF250X. Working for a magazine, I got to test ride a grip of really cool motorcycles to see what I liked. Having that opportunity can really narrow down the list.

What do you ride now?

Fresh with paper plates, I just bought a 2018 Husqvarna FE350 —which I am absolutely in love with! Also, I kept my CRF250X so my friends can come ride with me.

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

My other bike would probably be some sort of sportbike. If you ever get a chance to ride a track day at Chuckwalla, you’ll fall in love with sportbikes as I did.

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

The bike I ride now can take me to more places (since it is street-legal) than your typical street bike or motocross bike. I’ve done a few Adventure Rallies before on the Husqvarna FE250 that wouldn’t have been possible for me to ride on a non-plated, off-road motorcycle. The power of the 350 is perfect for any destination rides that take me on a high-speed highway and yet manageable enough for me to handle on the trails.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Technical & challenging (to me) but not a true death march. My favorite is destination rides -a ride that takes you to someplace that is naturally beautiful and hard to get too.

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

Ridgelines & ruts.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

My second ever off-road race. It was the Checkers MC’s Barstow National Hare & Hound race in 2015. If you have never heard of National Hare & Hound racing, it is a dead-end start desert race. You wait for the banner to drop, once it drops you start your engine and race against everyone on the starting line in your class for about a mile or longer over uncut desert terrain (“Bomb Start”) toward the race course. It is basically a mile-wide lineup of riders that funnel into the same spot. Here’s some helmet cam footage from Pro rider Ricky Brabec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4M83S4pZk. You are not allowed to pre-run the course other than the bomb start; the races are typically 35-75+ miles for the novice class and you race by navigating off of pink ribbons tied to bushes and danger markers staked in the ground. It was wet, cold and the course was filled with rocks and slippery from the consistent rain. It might have also been mentally challenging because I went into it thinking this is going to the be the easiest of the year since I knew the Barstow off-road truck race courses like the back of my hand. But I was wrong! This course ran through virgin terrain and further South of “Barstow Main” than I had ever been. Somehow I ended up making it to the finish line after 35 miles of ribbon and got my finisher pin. There were 329 racers that lineup that day: 220 riders finished (I was the 208th person to cross the finish line) and 109 riders did not finish (DNF). Of course, there are different classes which have additional course mileage that my class did not race (Pro racers ride additional, advanced loops), but that is a pretty heavy DNF rate for any NHHA race. I think the Pro’s finished the race before it started raining. It was miserable but all worth it when you get to the finish line.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Colorado! Crested Butte & Gunnison areas. The scenery is breathtaking. 

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

Hmm… I think there’s a lot of places I want to ride on my moto bucket list still. I think one day, I want to try and race a GNCC.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

Yes, I love finding new female friends to ride with. I’m always down for a cruise or a challenge, so I will ride with other girls of any skill level. Luckily, I have a lot of female friends that ride!

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

Yes, I look up to a lot of other women in the industry and women riders. Active, strong, vocal women riders like Ashley Fiolek (@af67), Megan Griffiths (@megs_braap), Jacqueline Carrizosa (@brojaq), Kelsey Abbott (@DA8Apparel), Rhiannon Kamo (@PCIRaceRadios) and so many others. Anya & Ashmore — you two women are a blessing to the sport and industry, and an inspiration to me! As well as men in the industry who support women riders. All of my co-workers at the Kurt Caselli Foundation and the USMCA —Donny Emler Jr. (a true hard worker always on the go and being creative), Christy LaCurelle (a boss woman.), Jenna Parker, Momma Caselli, Carolyn Caselli, Sarah White. I really do look up to everyone I work with —I’m surrounded by so many people who inspire and help me to grow on and off the bike as a person and a rider. My boyfriend Joey, my friends Brittany Brooks, Justin Morgan, David Kamo, Mark Samuels… Too many people to name!

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

I was pleasantly surprised! I was nervous and thought I’d be going out to a weekend full of drama & cliques since there are a LOT of girls out there —but everyone was so nice, kind, welcoming and supportive. I met a lot of new riders or girls who have only ridden with their dads, brothers, boyfriends or putted around camp on a bike. It’s always a fun weekend of seeing new riders enjoy their time on motorcycles, correcting bad riding habits, giving tips to help improve their experience and helping girls challenge themselves. The coolest thing is seeing someone’s expressions after they conquer something they didn’t think was possible.

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

Find a mentor, coach or riding school that can help you enjoy your first ride or adventure! If you’re new to the sport and are nervous or have questions, hit me up at @LindseyLovell on instagram and I can give you a few tips whether you’re just starting out or looking for a new adventure.

Anything else you would like to add?

I think what Anya & Ashmore have created with Babes Ride Out and Babes In The Dirt is absolutely needed in our sport of motorcycling, inspirational to other women in the industry and to new riders. It’s like having an inclusive clubhouse where like-minded women can come together to help support each other and share a good time on two wheels!

Roll Call | Meet Ashleigh Kaliszuk @ashkaleigh

We first met Ashleigh through some of the amazing images she shot at Babes Ride Out 4. Her photography is what first caught our eye but it didn't take long to see that there is so much more to this talented babe. As a fellow Husqvarna FE 250 rider and lover of dirt, it can be hard to keep up with Ashleigh as she travels all over pursuing her passion. We got to catch up with her and hear more about how she fell in love with dirt bikes. 

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What is your name?

Ashleigh Kaliszuk

What do you do for a living?

I’m a Red Seal mobile crane operator, and self-taught photographer.

Where are you from?

I’m from Vernon, British Columbia

Where do you live?

Edmonton, Alberta

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

I was first introduced to riding dirt over 20 years ago by my childhood best friend Victoria Hubáček (Hett) and her family.  They would host a lot of races for the community, and her mom would always tell us to keep busy and go ride while they were setting up— so I would get on her little brother's bike and follow her on the trails.  In retrospect, it’s pretty impressive because I would just ride without thinking about what I was actually doing and I did fine!  I only launched the bike into a creek once (sorry, Malcolm)!  

How long have you been riding?

I’ve been riding on the street for four years, and I only started taking dirt seriously again last summer. 

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Why do you like riding dirt?

I love how technical it is!  It’s a full body workout, and you’re never done learning and practicing. I love how many different facets there are from casual dual sport riding to intense Supercross.  To be honest, I haven't ridden much on the street since getting my dirt bike.  I’m hooked. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

I have only had one dirt bike, my Husqvarna FE250.

What do you ride now?

The same Husqvarna FE250— a cute four-year-old named it “Mint.” I also have access to my boyfriend’s FE501, and I’m so stoked to give that bike a try! 

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

It’s so hard to pick just one, but I would have to go with the 2018 Husqvarna FC350 with a custom suspension from TNT Racing Development Inc. to get it flat track ready!  That’s one of my major riding goals for this year and I am already signed up for school with Flat Track Canada.  Just for fun, if I could have a third bike I would like Jason Anderson’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna FC450 at the end of his season!  So if you’re reading this ElHombre, hit me up! 

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

I love that it’s an FE model!  Meaning it has turn signals, headlight, and a license plate bracket so I can legally take it on the street as well as off-road. I also love that it’s a Husqvarna.  As a brand, they promote the adventure / exploring aspect of the sport which is something I can really get behind and relate to.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

I’ve been told I’m crazy for thinking this, but I’d have to say sand!!  Maybe it’s because I am biased towards the desert and spend so much time there, but I enjoy how challenging the simplest things are in the sand.

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

Rocks.  I want to be able to get over the mental aspect of looking at a bed of jagged rocks and thinking about what it would feel like to fall on them.  So much about dirt biking is getting past the mental part and just committing.  I’m spending the last bit of winter in Arizona, so that’s a prime place to practice! 

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

The first time after I got my bike!  I picked up my shiny, brand new Husqvarna FE250 and the next day drove out to an all women’s dirt bike rally in Revelstoke, BC.  I figured that since I have been riding on the street for awhile that it can’t be that hard.  Holy crap, was I wrong!  Lexi Pechout was there teaching emergency braking, cornering, hill climbing, etc. and I was probably the least experienced person there.  I was hardly able to do anything and yet the next day I felt like I had ran a marathon!  Needless to say I had learned a lot that day and was able to apply it to the next time I rode. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

My favourite spot to ride is a hidden gem just minutes from my place, called Hellbilly Ranch.  My cousin’s and their buds designed a compound with FMX jumps, MX tracks and a bit of single track.  Three days a week a close groups of friends all head out with their kids, dogs, and bikes and it’s the best vibe you can imagine.  I like to hit the MX track and make new goals for myself every time— like going up a gear, clearing the table top, getting higher into a jump, upping my endurance and staying out for more consecutive laps, etc.  It’s been such a great environment for me to practice and build confidence on my bike.  Maybe this season we can bring in some rocks and logs!!   

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

I’ve always wanted to ride the Bolivia high desert!  They have one of the largest salt flats in the world with saguaros around the perimeter— it just looks so beautiful to me.  I would also love to do a Baja run on a 701 Enduro!  And an Isle of Man tour with David Knight!!  This next one may sound like a joke but I would also like to roll an actual Supercross track… just to say I did it.  I could go on!  Haha

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Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

I do!  The evenings I spend out at Hellbilly Ranch there are always a bunch of rad women to ride with.  It’s awesome because we observe how we’re all advancing and progressing and encourage each other.  Alberta has a huge women’s dirt bike community and I am super pumped to be apart of that.  When I ride on the street I enjoy the solitude of riding alone, but on dirt I find it far more rewarding and enjoyable to be around other people. 

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

Victoria!!!  I met her when I was 5 years old walking down the street and noticed a new girl had moved into the neighbourhood!  I asked what her name was and have looked up to her ever since (in all aspects, not just moto).  She was pretty much raised on a dirt bike and I always thought that was the coolest thing.  She’s a very accomplished rider and has medalled in the ISDE multiple times and won multiple championships.  I never thought I would one day be riding along side her on a couple of Husqvarna’s on the backroads above Kalamalka Lake, but we did last summer, and it was awesome! 

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

I have been to two Babes Ride Out events and they both blew my mind.  I think the craziest thing for me is how over 1,500 women can get together and it still feels so open and freeing.  There’s no judgements on what you ride, wear or look like— just common ground for the love of two wheels.  There’s nothing like it out there!

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

Just take the plunge and do it!  It’s never too late, and you’re never too old.  

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Babes in the Dirt 4 | Re-cap | THANK YOU!

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Wow, just WOW! Never in a million years did we think this event would grow to what it is today. Because of ladies like you, who are growing the off-road community with your sheer enthusiasm and kindness, have helped to create one of the largest gathering of dirt bike loving ladies we've ever witnessed. Thanks to every single one of you who donated to make this event happen, I hope you got to see just how far your donations went. Because of you, this event was our best one yet and so many ladies got to experience dirt without any hesitations. 

This event wouldn't be possible without the support of the following:

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Husqvarna Motorcycles for bringing out 30 demo bikes. Thank you for offering classes for first time riders and demos for beginners & experienced riders that were fun , challenging, and so rewarding! If you got a chance to try one of their machines, you probably fell in love. Husqvarna was with us since our very first year when there were only 60 of us ripping trails in between rain and hail storms. This journey would not be possible without the Husqvarna brand and the amazing humans that make up their team. We consider them family!

 

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Fox Womens for doing one hell of a gear demo and offering so much free stuff to the attendees that we were in awe! These ladies kicked major ass and were all smiles the entire time. We hope you all got to experience how modern gear (that fits) can give you so much more confidence on the trails (and can be life saving). 

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WLF Enduro for running trail patrol, helping pick up bikes, handing out high fives, assisting with a kick start here and there,  capturing epic jump shots, and for all the firewood. We truly believe in their motto "Further Together" as that is exactly what went down this weekend. We can't thank them enough for their support!

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Kurt Caselli Foundation for the medical support. With 700 ladies in attendance and 2 motocross tracks open, it was vital to have a full service ambulance with 2 trained paramedics on site for 3 days. We are so grateful to the Caselli foundation for investing in safety and education with every project they touch. It was truly an honor to have them involved and to have Nancy Caselli get to experience the event. 

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Thousand Oaks Powersports fixed 106 bikes so ladies could get back out there an ride. 106 is a new Babes in the Dirt record! Their team was there to show you what you can do to prevent maintenance issues and help fix any minor things that kept ladies from riding. Thank you to Mark and Gary for all their hard work!

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Sena for us connected. We saw so many riders with their Senas on, allowing them to keep their group together and warn each other of any on coming trail traffice or obstacles. Not to mention capturing each others wipe outs and triumphs! Thank you for bringing the laughs to the event with their obstacle course. Being able to stay connected on the trail was incredible and so much fun!

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See See Motorcycles for the fun and games. Never have we seen such perseverance with the mini bike games.  This brand truly embodies the spirit of good times, good friends, and two wheels. 

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Garrahan Offroad Training taught over 100 ladies how to ride at #babesinthedirt4 whether you had never been on a bike in your life or were looking to advance your skills; Brian Garrahan and the crew had the training course ready to rip! Thank you for being there and thank you to all the ladies that tried something new last weekend !

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Debra, Chris, Ross, Gary, Justin, Maggie, Dawn and the entire staff of Hungry Valley SVRA. These people worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure the tracks were groomed, rangers were in position, emergency planning was dialed, permits were filed, bathrooms cleaned, trash sorted, and so much more! Our parks services are incredible and we hope you return to visit them and many more this year. 

Thank you to all of our raffle contributors!

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Roll Call | Meet Jaime Leigh Schulte @thunder732

Dirt bikes are often thought of as a family sport. Not everyone was fortunate enough to grow up riding dirt bikes with their family. Some of us found our passion for off-roading a bit later in life. Meet Jaime! She bought her first dirt bike before even knowing how to kick start the darn thing. She already knew it was going to be something she loved. Read her story and how she went from watching youtube videos to figure out how to run her bike to racing enduro races. 

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What is your name?

My real name is Jaime Leigh Schulte, but most people call me either Jaime Jam, or Thunder.

Where are you from?

I was born in Carroll Iowa, and raised in Summit County Colorado. 

Where do you live now?

Eagle, Colorado.  

What do you do for a living?

After seven years of teaching snowboarding for Beaver Creek, and Co-Founding a non-profit called Duchess Ride along side two of my best friends, I have moved onto slingin’ dirt bike parts at MotoSource Colorado, and working with my fiance on our newest journey DecalsByDesignCO.  

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

Not that long ago! July 2015. Honestly it was pretty random, maybe an early mid-life crisis, I’m not sure. I made up my mind one day that I wanted a dirt bike and that was that. My daughter Skyler posted a gofundme.com on her Facebook telling all my friends she wanted help with my 35th Birthday present! A BIKE! I took the money all my friends pitched in and added a bit more to make my budget $1000, trolled Craig's list and found a KX100. I’d never ridden a bike, knew nothing about bikes, but drove about an hour to go look at this one. I had the guy ride it up the street for me....looked rad with all the colors, and sponsors on the graphics so I bought it. haha. I drove straight home and sat on the couch, computer in my lap, franticly searching you tube for how to ride a dirt bike, watched for about 15 minuets and right back out the door I went. I had my friend Maddy with me, we drove to a dirt road, somehow un loaded the bike from my truck, fumbled with starting it for at least 30mins. (didn’t know what or where the choke was) Got that thing fired up and the rest is history! I ripped up and down that road for over an hour never even getting out of 2nd gear, my face hurt so bad from smiling, I called my man, told him he better buy a bike if he ever wanted to see me again. So he did! TRUE FREAKING STORY 

How long have you been riding?

About 350 hours :) hahaha but for real. 

Why do you like riding dirt?

Oh my gosh.....why do I like riding dirt? I don’t think there is one thing I don’t like about it. I’m kinda a balls-to-wall type of girl with everything I do so riding a dirt bike just fit my personality. I love the challenge, I love that I can’t think about dumb shit when I’m on my bike, I love feeling exhausted after a good ride, I love that I’m “working out” without working out, the friends I’ve made are beyond worth it, the places I’ve seen, the feelings of accomplishment, working through fears, tears, and sometimes physical pain, I love seeing the dirt wash out of my hair in the shower, and how bright my smile is when my face is super dirty. :) 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

2000 KX100, 2016 KTM 150sx, and my newest love the 2018 Husqvarna TE250!! 

 What do you ride now?

2018 Husqvarna TE250

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

Thats a great question, I would have liked to keep the 150sx as a second bike, but I’m not even sure why. I suppose just cause we went through a lot together, and I can’t lie, I secretly loved ripping that bike the same places the guys do on their big bikes. Learning to get power out of a smaller bike, clutch control, and having ownership over your bike is an amazing feeling. However if I base this off of other peoples opinions I’d have to get a 250 4 stroke, but in my 3 years of riding, the 4stroke just doesn't make me smile like the 2 smokers.

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

I’ve only had my bike a few weeks now, and its winter here so my riding has been somewhat limited, so far I can tell you having electric start is a game changer, especially being short. I think its pretty neat you can make so many adjustments such as the pre load which is right on top of the xplor forks, or change how hard it hits with the three different power valve springs depending on what you're riding. The clutch is so smooth and it can crawl up anything! It’s a lot of bike to hold on to for sure, but Husqvarna makes it possible to fine tune so many things. 

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Definitely a single track fan, rocky, ledgy, loggy, yummy goodness.

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

The most technical, gnarly woods riding. I day dream of completing a hard enduro one day. 

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

The most challenging ride to date happened to be a two day enduro race, The Shady Burro Enduro! Check it out, South Fork Colorado! RMEC. I raced it last August on the 150sx, its possible I was on the smallest bike there. Day one, test one was a huge wake-up call and that was just the beginning of a 100 mile day. A constant climb, with loose rock, mud, diagonal roots, and other riders, I was defiantly worried about what I had ahead of me. Day two was even more difficult, we rode a little further this day and I was still feeling the first hundred miles. I did my best to pace myself, and tried super hard not to make mistakes. I wasn’t all that successful. However, I finished the day on the gnarliest rocky road. It was absolutely relentless. I couldn’t feel my triceps. My thighs felt like tree stumps. My forearms rock solid, and I was starting to lose it mentally! Seriously, I cried, screamed, and laughed my way to the finish line. 

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Some of my current favorite places to ride here in Colorado are McCoy, Rifle, and De Beque.  

What is on you moto bucket list to ride?

100% I have to go ride McNutt, BC, Canada! Instagram makes it look sick :) 

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

Ummmmm, kinda. Well, okay lets be real, most of the time I’m am chasing the boys though the woods. However, there are a handful of girls I like to rip with around here. Nicole, Chelsea, Julie, Jackie, Lauren,  I probably shouldn't start name dropping cause I’m sure to forget some. I also started a FaceBook group called “Eagle County Moto Chicks” and hosted a couple ladies ride days last summer, and plan to do it each month this coming summer. 

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

I look up to everyone, the novice rider and the expert rider, the pros sending it at Erzberg, to the local pros I have to pleasure to ride with here in my back yard. There is something to learn from everyone, even if it’s how NOT to do something. We are all human, it’s not always the riding that blows my mind but the obvious dedication someone has, its freaking contagious and gets me so hyped. 

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

My first Babes Ride in the Dirt experience was last April, and it was amazing from the moment we loaded up the camper in Colorado. Pulling up to camp was unreal, babes, babes and more babes on dirt bikes! How cool is that! The atmosphere was positive, and welcoming! Night life was hilarious, weather was perfect, riding was exceptional, Husqvarna demos, clinics, and tips were amazing, the 50cc races were comical, and the people! WOW, the people were off the charts awesome. I left feeling empowered, refreshed, and ready to plan for the next one. 

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

Age is just a number, dress for the crash, you gotta learn to go slow, to go fast. YouTube is awesome, but nothing beats some real life instruction from someone other than your significant other, cause we all know how that goes. If you’re thinking about it, go for it!!! 

Roll Call | Gabriella Mylene Sanchez @gabriellamylene

Gabriella is one of those really awesome women that reminds us why we ever started Babes in the Dirt & Babes Ride Out. She always has a smile on her face and you can really see that riding has fulfilled her life in a lot of ways. I recently moved to the area where she lives and she was quick to invite me on some rides. After a run rip on our Husqvarna's to some of her local trails I couldn't wait to hear more about her story.

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What is your name?

Gabriella Mylene Sanchez

What do you do for a living?

I work at CalTrans and am currently working on getting my Class A driver’s license so I can operate all of the big boy toys. I also went to welding school almost 3 years ago now, but it’s on the back burner at the moment.

Where are you from?

El Segundo, CA

Where do you live?

Big Bear, CA. I moved up here 9 years ago to snowboard, but now I love living up here even more to dirt bike.

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

I’m actually pretty new to riding, but I’ve been around dirt bikes for about 15 years from my family. About 2 years ago my boyfriend Josh and I were camping with some friends down in Johnson Valley, where I hopped on our friend's TT-R230 and gave it a shot. I kind of had an idea on how to shift from hearing family and friends talk about riding, and knowing how to drive a manual car. We just putted around camp, but that was enough for me to realize that I was addicted. I guess that answers the next question, too, haha.

How long have you been riding?

Almost 2 years

Why do you like riding dirt?

Dirt gives me another playground to play on, something new and ever-changing to challenge and push myself.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

I’ve only had one bike; the bike I have now.

What do you ride now?

A 2016 Husqvarna FE350S

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

I’d love to have a 2 stroke, the Husky TE250i. The only 2 strokes I’ve ridden were a 2017 KTM 250 Freeride (Thanks, Suzie, for letting me give her a rip) and a mid 1990’s KX500. The KX was sooo much fun. It had what I felt like was an old school feel, stiff suspension with Ricky Carmichael-like bars and a ridiculous amount of power that just worked me in the desert woops.

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

I wish I had more experience on different bikes to give it a comparison, but I don’t have any complaints or dislikes about my bike now. I love every little thing about it! As it’s been my only bike, hopping on a big bike as a very beginner rider was hard and frustrating. Learning how to ride that bike, while learning how to ride different terrain, was all a challenge. But once I felt myself getting more and more comfortable and trying harder lines and terrain, I realized my bike needed a regear. We put a 49 tooth rear sprocket on my bike and it made a world of difference. It made me love my bike even more!

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

I like trail riding, the slower, technical stuff. Some tight single track, or bigger rock sections.

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

Rocks! Not boulder size yet, but bigger than the small shelly rocks. I’m still learning how to throw my weight around on my bike and learning to look for spots to put my feet down to stay upright while riding through rocks.

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

Dang, there have been many. But the one that comes to mind first is this uphill rock/loose dirt-to a-downhill, flatter boulder-sized rock section in Johnson Valley, literally in the camp zone we usually camp in. I had been eying it for a few trips and watched Josh and some trials guys go up and over it. One day we were on our way back to camp from a ride, where our group split at the end and I followed one guy to this section. He went up and over it not realizing I was below him, watching him and the line he picked. I sat there at the bottom of it for a few minutes, looking at the lines and trying to motivate myself. I attempted it, made it up about half way before losing traction and sliding out. I don’t know how long it took me to get up it, but I stuck with the outside line that didn’t have any rocks in it but was all loose dirt. When I got to the top I looked down at our camp where I heard the guys say, “she got up that?!” I rode down and told Josh that I wanted to do it again, because it’s “2 to be true” and “3 to be a G” haha. So we rode around to do it again. This time I had a bit of a crowd from the campers on that side, which put an awkward pressure on me. But I really wanted to claim it solidly so I ignored them. Except for one older dude who came over trying to give me advice; he was super cool. I kept trying to hit the same line, on the far right which was the dirt without rocks. It just looked the easiest to me, but I kept sliding out in the same area. My bike died because I got fuel in the charcoal canister from dropping it so much. That just added on to my frustration, but I was so determined that I wasn’t letting it get to me. It was a real mental game. Finally I said f*** it, and went for the middle line which had no run in and was steep, flat rocks with some round ones throughout it. First try, I made it right up, where I just started cracking up at the top like, “why the f*** was I so scared of that line?!” I turned around and Josh and that camp were cheering me on. And then of course I stalled my bike going down the backside and couldn’t get it started, so I just coasted down to the truck. haha.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Big Bear! There’s so much to explore up here, and so many different levels of riding terrain. I haven’t even touched half of it yet; I can’t wait to get better to ride it all.

What is on you moto bucket list to ride?

B.C., Colorado, and a long touring ride in Euroland!

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Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

I do! If it weren’t for the BRO events, I wouldn’t have met any of the girls I ride with. I have to give Sara Dinges from @dualsportwomen a huge shout out for finding me at BRO 4 and connecting me with all of the babes we ride with. What she’s done with her page is amazing, it’s another place to connect and meet other female riders. It’s not creepy how you’d think trying to meet people on Instagram would be; at least I don’t think it is...

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

Not specifically. I just like to watch all types of riders and pay attention to their styles, and try to duplicate it myself to see if it helps me or not.

What was our experience at Babes in the Dirt/Babes Ride Out events? (if applicable)

Unreal. Seriously, you can watch the recap videos and hear stories from the babes who have gone, but until you go and see what it’s like for yourself, the only way I can describe it, is as unreal. My first event was BRO 4, where I rode down from Big Bear on my Husky with my friend Harmonee who was on her Harley. I was extremely anxious, going on my first long highway ride, still very beginner and expecting there to be all Harley’s. We arrived at night, and as we were checking in and getting our wristbands put on, the lady told us, “get drunk, get naked, have fun!” We knew right away we were meant to be there.  I was surprised by the attention my bike got too. I guess a lot of girls there hadn’t been on dirt bikes or heard of Husqvarna. I was so stoked to let them check out my bike. The women there were unlike any other women I’ve been around. Everyone was so friendly, so cool, so FREE, supportive, curious, nonjudgmental, and an all-around good time. I didn’t know what to expect, but whatever I did expect was surpassed to the moon and back. And then when I went to BITD that following April, where I didn’t think I could have a better time than I did at BRO 4, somehow I did! Maybe because we were in the dirt, or because I had a Husky where Husky was one of the sponsors. But I had an even better time!

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

Whether you want to get in to dirt bikes or street bikes, go for it! Motorcycles are so much fun, and the motorcycle community is very supportive. Just be safe, take your time and most importantly, have fun!

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