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BABES IN THE DIRT 5 RE-CAP | Our Best Year Yet!

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What a truly incredible weekend!!! This was our 5th year hosting our ladies only off-road campout at Hungry Valley State Park and by far our best year yet. It has been so rewarding to see ladies who started on dirt with us years ago on borrowed or rented bikes with borrowed gear now coming back on their own bikes with their own gear and ripping it up out there. To all the women that learned to ride for the first time or bettered their skills, conquered an obstacle they didn’t think they could, to those who came out to spend quality time on two wheels with friends new and old, YOU are what this is all about and we thank you! This community is full of such amazing and inspiring people and we are lucky to have you growing the sport with us.

So what went down this year for Babes in the Dirt 5? It was back to Quail Canyon MX park, our favorite off-road riding area just 1 hour north of LA. This private space is now our home and with an MX Track, GP track, peewee track , 6+ miles of private trails and direct connection to the entire trail system it could not be a better place to host 700+ for a weekend of good times, good friends and two wheels!

The weekend was jam packed with awesome thanks to our partners!

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Husqvarna Motorcycles came out for the 5th year in a row. Yes, they were with us when we were 60 women in hail storm covered in mud! They brought out a brand new fleet of 30 demo bikes for Babes to enjoy and were able to get over 130 women out on the trails for one of their group rides. We hope everyone walked away as blown away as we are at how incredible these modern machines are and how much they can help to take your riding to the next level. By bringing out the crew of Coach 2 Ride, Husqvarna helped to give over 40 women an opportunity to try out a dirt bike for their very first time and learn the proper skills. We hope to see you all back out there next year, practice is everything. We cannot thank Husqvarna enough for what they are doing to grow the sport! Thank you to the Husqvarna team for believing in us and being such an integral part of growing this amazing community! If any ladies are interested in purchasing one of the demo bikes they rode please contact Jet World Powersports! They are hooking up Babes in the Dirt 5 attendees with KILLER deals! (Ashmore has already bought one of the FE250s from the Demo fleet!)

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Fox Womens made sure that Babes were kitted out in the right gear that fit by offering roost protectors, Moto Boots, and helmets to any riders that needed them all weekend. We can’t stress the importance of having the proper fitting, quality gear when you are out on the track and trails. Fox hosts a survey at their booth every year where they give you the opportunity to share feedback on product. How cool is it to have a major brand like Fox actually listen to you in a way that affects the products they make. Thank you FOX for all that you do for women that ride! Please note that Cinderella moment above as Joy from Fox Racing fits a rider with her MX “slipper” for a perfect fit.

Toyota SoCal helped to take Babes in the Dirt 5 to the next level by turning our humble little pavilion into an awesome hang out zone! They brought the party by hosting a DJ dance party on Friday night and Karaoke contest on Saturday night. I mean really…. what is more fun than a dance party after a day of trail riding? We saw a ton of awesome Toyota rigs rolling in to camp and each and every one of them went home with a Toyota SoCal swag bag. Trophies ranging from mini bike races, to karaoke and dance contests were handed out throughout the weekend thanks to Toyota SoCal. You make off-roading easy!

babes in the dirt
BABES IN  THE DIRT

FMF was there to support by hosting Mad Moose Media to shoot photos at the event. Each rider got a pro shot of them in action sent to their phone. We can’t wait to see everyone’s shots from the weekend. Post away ladies and make sure to tag FMF and Babes in the Dirt!

FMF has been around since 1973 with a goal of taking the most advanced machinery to its limit by building the world's best performing exhausts! One lucky winner was able to upgrade their ride by winning 1 free FMF exhaust this weekend at the raffle. Thank you for the support and for putting the !!!! in BRAAAAP!!!!!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation has been with us for 2 year now helping to promote safety and providing Ambulance support for our events (no that is not a Franco brother above) Thanks to them and their Riders First Responders Program, 30 attendees came out to Babes in the Dirt 5 as certified first responders fully trained in CPR. KC66 is such an amazing organization and we are honored to have Nancy Caselli participate in our riders meeting and inspire us and remind us that women that ride always have a place in this community and industry.

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WLF Enduro came out for the 3rd year to provide trail support throughout the park and ride sweep on the Husqvarna Demo rides. It’s hard to even find a place to start with this amazing crew of people. They do so much for the riding community and it is a true honor to have them as a part of the Babes in the Dirt family! They spend the weekend helping to pick up bikes, tow motos back to camp, and guide lost riders and just give high fives to the total rippers! You will not find a better crew of people and their motto of Further Together runs throughout our event thanks to them. HUGE shout out to Brooke, Trieste, Kate, and Jenna aka SHEwolves for all of their help this weekend working the event. These awesome ladies put their time and energy in to helping out and we are so grateful!

Thousand Oaks Powersports spent the weekend wrenching! This shop came out for the 4th year in a row with their trackside support rig to help problem solve any bike issues and help to get ladies back on the trails. Thanks to them many riders were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend even after unforeseen bike issues.! Mark and crew put the tools in the attendees hands and helped to guide them while they fixed the bike TOGETHER. If their crew helped you out over the weekend make sure and give them a shout to say THANK YOU

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The National Hare and Hound Association came to Babes in the Dirt 5 for the first time this year. They were on site to help answer any questions about getting in to racing. With decades of riding and racing under their belts these ladies provided so much info to so many riders! We hope to see more of you give racing a try! NHHA hosts a ton of ladies classes in their race series so check them out to see what’s happening in your area. The ladies of NHHA took our little mini bike races to the next level this year to say the least. With classes like 50 cc minis, 60-80cc’s, lemans start 125 cc, relay race, obstacle course race and the ever popular 2-Up Friendship race there was some fun for all. Quite the highlight of the weekend and endlessly entertaining to watch! Thank you for your support and to all the babes that participated in the races.

babes in the dirt
babes in the dirt

Brian Garrahan of Garrahan Off-Road Training taught over 100 women the proper skills of riding a dirtbike. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced him and his crew helped to get riders to the next level. Huge shout out to the champ herself Kacy Martinez for being there to coach and demo alongside Brian all weekend. This was such an incredible experience for so many riders. He offers ladies only classes once a month so make sure and check out his website if you want to take one of his classes! You will not regret it!




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Our good friends at VC London came from across the pond to enjoy the weekend with us. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful terrain of Hungry Valley State Park by hitting the trails and track but they also participated in the Garrahan Off-Road Training course! It was so cool to host them at one of our favorite events. VC London also brought us the first ever Babes in the Dirt Team Talks featuring Leah Tokelove (Pro Flat Track Racer from the UK), Nina Buitrago (PRO freestyle BMX rider) and Kacy Martinez (AMA Lifetime achievement award recipient and 2018 Endurocross Champion among a long list of other outdoor championships) It was so inspiring to hear their stories of how they got in to a life on two wheels. Thank you VC London for sharing this with us!

babes in the dirt
babes in the dirt

To the awesome staff and crew of Hungry Valley State Park. This is our 5th year there! They spend so much time prepping the track and trails for all the Babes and not to mention the clean up crew giving it their all. Thanks to them we have this amazing space to share with everyone on one of the best weekends of the year.

What we all have built together is truly awesome! We are all leaving this weekend with full hearts and sore muscles. If you enjoyed yourself this weekend will be surviving on throwback for the next few months like we will then please join us for the first ever Babes in the Dirt East!

THANK YOU!!!

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Photos by Heidi Zumbrun

 








Thousand Oaks Powersports Talks "Buddy System" & How to Prepare for the Unexpected

So you’re about to head out on the trails with some friends. The weather is perfect, the coffee shop got your order just the way you like it. The store you hit up the night before was having a 2 for 1 deal on your favorite trail snacks. Your new Fox moto kit is looking fresh, and your goggle strap is the envy of everyone in your group. You took the time out to prepare your bike before your ride and it’s running perfect. The universe is smiling down on you!

“For me, when everything goes wrong – that's when adventure starts” - Yvon Chouinard

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Photo by Genevieve Davis for Husqvarna

Before you set out on your next adventure make sure you’ve packed a few essentials to keep your ride going. Even if you don’t know anything about working on bikes or how to use certain tools and aids properly, bring them. Chances are someone might come along who’s been there and done that. Also, NEVER RIDE ALONE. Develop a plan with your group to make sure nobody gets left behind and nobody gets lost. Trail rides are way more fun when everybody makes it back to base.

Here is a list of things to bring with you on rides. When you’re riding in a group you can divide the gear up so you can distribute the weight evenly between each rider. Also, there are great fender and tail bags that can take the weight off your shoulders.

I have used every single thing on this list at one time or another so I don’t leave without any of this gear.

I once did a solo trip through Utah and Colorado (yes, I know, never ride alone) and used nearly every one of these items on other people’s bikes. It’s a great feeling when you can help someone else get going.

A Plan. Know where you’re riding and who you are riding with. Make sure everybody understands the routes and checkpoints. Also make sure everyone has the proper gear and someone who isn’t going on your adventure knows where you are going. That can be a friend, relative, park ranger, anybody who wants to see you again.

Hydration. Whether you use a hydration style backpack or some other device make sure you bring water. A good hydration pack will also leave room for tools and things you may need on the trail.

Snacks. Because snacks.

Spare Tube. If you only bring one spare tube make it a front tube, It will work for the rear tire as well. Everybody in the group needs to bring their own spare tube.
Tire Repair Kit. The rubber cement that comes in some of these kits can also help in other applications.

Tire Irons. Two tire irons are good but three is better. Again, you can split up the weight between riders. Maybe you've never changed a tube in a tire and you’re nervous about the prospect of trying. Take a few minutes and research how to change a tube on the trail. Trying to use fix a flat may not work so be ready to tackle the challenge.

Tools. Make sure they are specific to your bike. You’ll need to know what size wrenches you’ll need for your wheels, spark plug, levers and anything else that needs repair. Usually you won’t need many tools but you will need the correct sizes. Not all dirt bike wheel nuts are the same size. Buying a tool roll that includes tools is convenient but make sure the tools fit your bike. My tool kit includes allen wrenches, screwdrivers, a small ratchet set, needle nose pliers and a few other tools. I also carry a telescoping magnet. This helps to find little nuts and bolts that disappear into the dirt or hard to reach places on the bike. Motion Pro makes a lot of great tools you can use on the trail or in the garage. Make sure you include a small pocket knife in your kit.

Compact Bicycle Pump/CO2 Cartridges. After you’ve successfully changed your flat tube you’ll need to inflate it. If you bring CO2 make sure you have the correct adapter to fit your valve stem.

Valve Stem Remover. While this one isn’t totally necessary it does speed things up if your tire isn’t totally flat. Plus they're very small and don’t weigh much.

Spare Nuts and Bolts. Dirt bikes rattle and sometimes things fall off. Buy a track pack from your local motorcycle shop and take a few of the nuts and bolts with you.

Blue Loc Tite. A dab of this will keep bolts from backing out on you.

Safety Wire. This is a Macgyver tool. This has saved me on several occasions. Safety wire can help keep a grip from slipping off or keep a lever attached to the handlebars. It’ll keep fuel line from slipping. I’ve seen riders use it as a master link on their chain after a chain break. I’ve used it to repair the strap on my hydration pack that tore off when I went down. You never know when or where you’ll need it but you’ll be glad you have it. Also good for household fixes. Need to hang a picture? Safety wire. Water hose is slipping away from the nozzle and getting everything wet? Safety wire. 3 dimensional art project needs help? Safety wire.

Zip Ties. The possibilities are endless. They’re small and light so take 5 or 6 or six with you.

Duct Tape/ Flex seal. Another Macgyver tool. Take a couple feet of either one of these to help finish repairing almost anything. It’s also a good item to have in certain first aid situations.

RTV/ High Temp Gasket Maker. When you’ve got to put an engine cover back on or make a drain plug. This one isn’t vital but it does come in handy. Having said that I’ve used it on both dirt and road adventures repairing other people’s bikes.

Quiksteel/J-B Weld. For when your engine case springs a leak. I’ve used quiksteel several times on the trail and it’s usually when someones bike falls over while on the kickstand and the engine case finds the only rock in a 10’ radius. Amazing.

Oil. The right kind for your bike’s engine. You may not need a lot but if the hole in your engine case just emptied it all out on the trail you may need to put a little in to keep things from seizing.

Levers. Bring a clutch and brake lever for your bike. Most levers are designed to have the ends snap off in the event of a fall but sometimes the whole lever goes. Have a back up and keep the ride going. If you’re the type that likes to be totally prepared, bring a shifter and rear brake lever as well.

Spark Plug. If you ride a 2-Stroke you'll always have one with you when you ride. It’s a good idea to always have an extra and sometimes it can work as an oil drain plug if it’s the correct thread size.

Master Link. Chains break and having a clip style master link will save your day. I broke a chain while riding solo through Canyonlands in Utah. Absolute lifesaver.  

Extra Fuel. You never know. You might not be out for a long ride but if you suddenly find a hole in your fuel tank you’ll need to refill. Using a fuel safe container is always the best choice but in a pinch Gatorade bottles will hold gas and not melt.

First Aid Kit. Pack it and know how to use it! A little first aid knowledge can save a life. I’ve had to use my first aid knowledge on too many occasions and I’m glad I knew what to do in the moment. Taking a basic first aid class can save the life of a friend or even yourself. Store some waterproof matches in you first aid kit.

GPS Tracker. Check out the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s website https://www.kurtcaselli.com/shop They offer a link to a GPS tracker from Giant Loop.

Nitrile gloves. Things can get messy when fixing things so pack a pair and keep your hands from getting covered in oil and grease that would then go into your riding gloves.

Maps. GPS is cool but sometimes it doesn’t work. Always have a map of the trail you’re riding. Also, make sure someone else back at camp or home has the same map so they know where to find you.    

Flashlight/ Headlamp. You never know when you’re going to get caught repairing or riding after the sun goes down.

Glow Sticks. If you do get stuck out after dark snap open a glow stick or two and hang one off the front and back of your backpack. This will help riders in front and behind you know where you are. If you happen to fall at the back of the pack you’ll be easier to spot.

Thermal/Emergency Blanket. Someone needs to pack this in the group. It can provide heat or shade to a downed rider. Again, pack a first aid kit and know how to use it.

Toilet Paper.

There are a lot of things on this list but again, you can divide up the weight. It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have. You never know how to do anything until you try it and you’ve gotten this far so give it a shot.

Adventure doesn't start until something goes wrong. Those are the days you remember.

Be prepared and get ready for your next adventure!






Pre-ride Maintenance Checklist from Thousand Oaks Powersports

Babes In The Dirt is just around the corner 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 put together this great, pre-ride maintenance check! They are also offering 20% off parts, clothing,  and accessories and race team discounts on new dirt bikes for any ladies who are attending Babes in the Dirt so stop in their shop! Read on to learn how to maintenance your bike.

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It’s been one of the best off road seasons in years with all the rain we’ve had. This time of year our shop is filled with people buying dirt bikes and parts for things they broke the weekend before. If there is anything you need before you go we are giving Babes In The Dirt attendees up to 20% off parts, clothing,  and accessories and race team discounts on new dirt bikes. We will also have service specials for those of you who may not have enough time to prep your bike. Just mention you’re signed up for Babes In The Dirt to get your discount!

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. 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. Even worse it could break at an inconvenient time.

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.

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 | Babes in the Dirt 5

Thousand Oaks Powersports has been coming out to Babes in the Dirt for 3 years now! Between all the events they have fixed over 200 motorcycles on site to help get Babes back in the Dirt! They are coming back for our 5th year to offer trackside support. In addition to being there to help problem solve and wrench where needed, they will have some spare parts etc available for purchase in case you take a spill. Read on to hear more about Thousand Oaks Powersports and the crew!

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Lots of rain = great off road riding.

Thousand Oaks Powersports will be celebrating 50 years in business this year and this off road season has been one of the best in recent memory. Babes in the Dirt 5 at Gorman is shaping up to be epic! This being our third year at Babes in the Dirt, we are keenly aware of what may come up so we’re getting ready a little earlier this year. Between Babes in the Dirt 3 and 4 we have fixed over 200 motorcycles! 2019 marks our 31st year doing trackside support for riders and racers at events all over the country.

Our mission at Babes in the Dirt is to make sure your bike (or gear) is working properly so you can enjoy the entire weekend riding. If you’re having bike trouble, come find us! We’ll do our very best to get you rolling as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a rental or it’s your own ride, we’ll try to get you going. As usual, our services are free of charge, but if there is a part you need to fix your bike you’ll have to pay for that. Anyone attending Babes in the Dirt will get a discount on bikes, parts, accessories, riding gear and service at our shop leading up to the event. Last year we had several riders buy bikes and gear from us before and after the event and we definitely appreciate the support!

This year our team at Babes in the Dirt will be a little different. Our Chief Technician, Charles Price, will be there wrenching on bikes. Chas is a master tech and a former pro racer. Chas’ approach to working on bikes is next level. He’s also one of the most patient and informative people you’d hope to meet. If you have questions about how motorcycles work, Chas is the person to ask! Two familiar faces, Mark and Laura, will be there trying to keep up with Chas.   

Aside from fixing motorcycles, we are here to pass on knowledge. There are no stupid questions when it comes to motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if you ride a TT-R 110 or a 500 EXC, if you have questions, we want to help. Whether you want to know how a carburetor works or you’re thinking about buying your next bike, we can guide you in finding answers.

 

It’s been an honor to be a part of Babes in the Dirt and we’re looking forward to another fun weekend.

 

One last thing, don’t forget your spark arrestors. See you there!

Babes in the Dirt 5 | Ticket Sales are L-I-V-E

Babes in the Dirt 5 ticket sales are L I V E ! We have rented the entire Quail Canyon MX Park and group site April 26th-28th for a ladies only weekend of off road fun! You must be pre-registered to attend and tickets are non refundable.

Who it's for:

This is a ladies only dirt bike & ATV campout for those who want to explore dirt and learn riding fundamentals. We cater to ladies new to dirt to advanced so come with the mindset to be challenged but most importantly, to have FUN!

The Basics

This weekend is about off-roading, camping, and good times with friends so high five your neighbor, they could easily become your new BFF.  Rain or shine, gates to the group site will open at 10:00 AM sharp on Friday April 26th. The group site has limited space and there is no assigned camping spots. If you buy a ticket, you will have a space but under no circumstances is "saving spots" allowed once you arrive. If you wan to be next to your bud, arrive together.

What ticket do I need? Explain them! What do they get me?

No problemo! 

General Admission 

  • 2 nights of camping 

  • A small "thank you" gift consisting of a sticker for your ride, button and key chain

  • Flushing toilets and a place to brush your teeth (did we mentioned they are cleaned and stocked around the clock?)

  • Entertainment 

  • Games

  • Full access to private MX track groomed daily

  • Full access to private GP track

  • Access to entire park from our site

  • Access to sign up for free Husqvarna demos / learn to moto classes (TBD on sign ups and they are limited)

  • Fun giveaways from our sponsors

  • Free clinics (TBD on time slots) 

  • Overnight security 

  • Our gratitude for helping us make this event possible, we seriously couldn't do it without you! 

Vehicle Parking Pass

  • Admits any (1) vehicle or vehicle + trailer into the space that is under 30ft or less in its entire length. 

  • Every passenger + driver must have a general admission ticket to enter.

Vehicle Parking Pass 30ft + 

  • Admits (1) vehicle into the space that is 30+ ft or more in its entire length.

  • Every passenger + driver must have a general admission ticket to enter. make sure to scroll down to see what will be on site and what won't be.  

Don’t have a dirt bike but want to learn? No problem! We recommend renting a bike from Gorman Motorsport Rentals!  Ask for Glory 805-620-2620. They are ONLY open on weekends so please be patient as they are family owned and you ladies always bring in a surge of calls. Let them know your with our event at Quail Canyon MX Park. 

*We will have Husqvarna on site with a limited # of demo bikes (please stay tuned for more information on how to get on the list to give one a spin as that sign up launches closer to the date of the event). These bikes will be on rotation so if you want to ride all day, please rent from a trusted rental agency so you are guaranteed to have your own bike. 

FAQs:

Please note, these are just a few FAQs that are dirt specific. To know all FAQ for all BRO events click HERE

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? All our events are 21+ and ladies only.  IDs will be checked before you enter the site so make sure it matches the name you register with. Everyone MUST be pre registered to attend. 

Why are you charging this year? We have been so stoked to foot the bill the past 4 years but as the event grows, so do the many costs to be able to produce it. The ticket fee and parking for trailers, toyhaulers, and RVS go to cover the many line items that go into producing an event of this magnitude to ensure it can continue to exist. Thank you for helping <3!

What kind of transportation is allowed?  Cars, trucks, trailers, toy haulers, and RVs are welcome inside the campsite but parking is limited due to space. There is a parking fee for anything behind towed behind a car or truck as you'd be taking up much more space which reduces the # of attendee space. Looking for a ride? Hit up our event page on Facebook to see if you can hop in with another attendee. 

What sticker does my bike need? Does my bike need a spark arrestor? Red or green and YES you will get ticketed if you do not have a spark arrestor. Please read all the rules and regs for your offroad vehicle by clicking this link 

Can I bring my pet into the event? No animals can be in the group site unless they are service dogs. This is not a pet friendly environment. 

How will I know when the Husqvarna registration,  classes, etc are open for registration? If you are registered to attend, you will get an email announcing it. If you aren't paying attention, you may miss it! We do not have a date for when the email will go out (please don't ask <3). 

Can I get a refund? Tickets are non refundable but you can transfer up until registration ends. 

How do I contact the park for additional information about the trails, weather, terrain, longitude and latitude, wind speed, composition report of the dirt substance?!

  • Public Information Inquiries: (916) 324-4442

  • Email: ohvinfo.ohv@parks.ca.gov 

  • Website: OHV Parks CA GOV

  • Link to view our campsite: Click HERE 

Are there medics on site? Every ranger is trained as a first responder. We have hired a private ambulance staffed with two EMTs for track hours only. The closest hospital is 20-30 min away and the site is set up for air vac. Please contact the park with any questions or concerns. All riders will ride at their own risk (916) 324-4442. 

What should I bring into the event?

  • Protective boots, helmet, goggles, and any motocross gear you own! You can also rent gear at Gorman Powersports. Trust us, this is important because you will "eat it" at some point during the day. Fox will be on site with some extra boots and helmets but there won't be enough for everyone so plan accordingly. 

  • WATER! Make sure to bring plenty of water as the site does not have it. One gallon per person per day is recommended. 

  • Camping gear if you plan on staying the night (sleeping bag, headlamp, tent etc). It is SUPER dark! 

  • A few trash bags! Please clean up after yourselves. We must leave site spotless if we want to be welcomed back. 

  • Warm clothes

  • Snacks! (always). There are no grills or structures for outdoor cooking on the property. Please use the food truck or bring your own propane grill. Charcoal is prohibited. 

  • Drinks (the fun kind to enjoy when the bikes are shut down for the night).

  • Cash for the coffee drinks, food trucks, and Babes in the Dirt merch!  (cards are not accepted) 

  • Battery pack to charge phone. We do have power but it is allocated to lighting the event, not charging phones :) Reception is terrible too. 

  • Extra toilet paper (2 ply.... you won't regret this)

  • Extra gas for your moto 

What can't I bring into the event?

  • Kids. This event is 21+

  • Dogs :( 

  • Easy Ups (sorry, far far too windy)

  • Marketing materials (flyers, stickers, banners etc unless you are sponsoring)

  • Your boyfriend / husband (he will have to find his own trails to rip this weekend)

What amenities will be on site? 

  • A food truck with food for purchase (CASH ONLY)

  • A coffee truck with drinks for purchase (CASH ONLY)

  • Flushing toilets and running water (not drinkable)

  • Indoor pavilion w/ lighting and warmth 

  • Fire pits for bonfires. We do recommend you use the food truck as the weather is crazy windy at night and I for one have burned my food 3 years in a row. 

  • Please remember there is no power at the site..like 0 for attendees to power items 

  • Nightly entertainment

  • Games 

A detailed schedule will be released via email to those who have registered to attend the event closer to the event date. Info for group rides, learning demos, Husky demos, rules regs, on site fun stuff, food truck, coffee menu etc will roll out between now and April so please stay tuned to the blog and your email after you register <3

Art by Desirae @desirae201

Want to connect to like minded ladies now? We have the official event pages set up on our Facebook. Simply click below and check the “going” box.

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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!

babes in the dirt
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.

babes in the dirt

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