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Babes Ride Supermotos | Ever wondered what makes it so Super? Kerryann De La Cruz lays it out!

Ever wondered what makes Supermotos so awesome? We caught up with Kerryan De La Cruz of Socal Supermoto to get the low down. “Our belief is riding supermoto is the purest and most fun form of riding that encompasses every discipline. It teaches you to adjust to variables regardless of "circuit" or environment, you learn how to truly become connected with the terrain by learning the language of the motorcycle.” - Kerryann

Read on to learn more!

Babes Ride Supermotos is back for 2019! We just had so much fun last year! Mark your calendars and reserve your spots for Sunday May 19th and Sunday November 17th 2019! Go to https://www.socalsupermoto.com/ for more info or Click HERE to book

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What is Supermoto?

The tool:

It is a long travel suspension, dirt oriented motorcycle with smaller wheels, street tires, and better front braking. The first mass produced supermoto bike was the Suzuki DR-Z400. To this day they still produce it almost exactly the same as they did back in 1999(the first ones were dirt) and the SM in 2005. There were a few other manufacturers that did a limited run and people who built supermoto's but the DR-Z is generally considered the grand daddy of the supermoto's and deserves credit for its longevity. Currently they are considered more of an entry level or introduction to supermoto, although many people find them perfectly adequate. They are cheap, reliable and hearty when properly cared for, parts both aftermarket and OE are abundant and cheap plus they are always in demand so they are easy to sell if you want to upgrade to a better bike such as the Husqvarna FS450 which is currently considered the most capable supermoto from the factory. 

The discipline:

Technically speaking supermoto is racing/riding a circuit with 80% asphalt and 20% dirt.

Why is it awesome...why is it different? It is awesome because it is not necessarily different, but it is everything. Our belief is riding supermoto is the purest and most fun form of riding that encompasses every discipline. It teaches you to adjust to variables regardless of "circuit" or environment, you learn how to truly become connected with the terrain by learning the language of the motorcycle. The fact that you have the mechanics of a dirt bike with the "streetability" makes it ridiculously fun and palatable for all riders that originate from all styles of riding. When you think about it, back in the 50's every bike was a supermoto, you flat tracked or hill climbed the same bike you took to work and went on joy rides with. THAT is supermoto. It's not all about the bike, the body position, the location, the gear, the terrain...it is your ability to adapt to varying traction. The world is your supermoto track.

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How can it help improve your skills overall?

A supermoto bike is a raw machine. It is stripped down. It is basic. It is pure function. You must rely on your ability to read the feedback your machine is giving you to know where the bike's limits are which can change with every mile, lap even seconds! By relying on these very basic and vital skills such as looking through the turn, counter steering, staying light on the bars, trail braking, throttle control and so on and so forth over time you develop muscle memory for these techniques. That very muscle memory is your bodys immediate response to something as insignificant as coming to a stop or throttling out of loss of rear traction in the middle of a turn with gravel. No one is born with this, it MUST be learned and practiced over and over. These are not just performance skills, these are BASIC riding skills that most people forget or never learn but are heavily emphasized and used in Supermoto. The beauty of it is you won't even realize you're learning because you're having so much damn fun.

A day in the life of a Socal Supermoto Class:

We have 2 types of classes, asphalt only is different in 2 ways. 1.) it does not include the dirt section and 2.) is led by instructor Stuart Smith who is a world class performance riding instructor that worked for Keith Code at California Superbike School, has set many track records and accomplished countless podiums racing, and currently runs the racers school for Track Daz. Supermoto school with dirt is led by Brian Murray(CEO) and myself. We also offer private training on week days for those who want more focused training, the benefit is having your own very instructor and little to no traffic on the track. Instructors are myself, Bucky Sacrilege, Krino Pan, Hans King and Rafael DaSilva.

Each class will have between 16-20 students of varying skill level from brand new to riding to amateur racers. Everyone learns THE SAME DAMN THING, crazy huh? Not so crazy when you think about how we all put our lives on the line riding in traffic with cars daily and that all motorcycles are pretty much the same thing: seat, brakes, bars, clutch, throttle, frame, engine, wheels and a few other parts here and there. We have plenty of gear which includes one piece leather suits, mx boots, back protectors, gloves, and helmets. Our free gear rental is first come, first serve so we recommend bringing gear just in case everyone in your class is the same size as you.

We start the morning with a safety/track etiquette talk and introduction to the bikes(Suzuki DR-Z400 and Yamaha TTR125) and style of riding(foot out supermoto style akin to mx style). Your first session is always slow and easy.....no really, your job on the track is 2 things: 1.) ride around and 2.) don't crash. First sesh is also guided by Brian or myself, we initially tow each student around the track so they can see the right lines and body position. From there we continue the day with in classroom lessons and roughly 15 minute riding sessions in between. We also do coaching during sessions and give feedback to students if we notice anything of concern or that someone is struggling with something. If you book a supermoto with dirt class we open up the dirt section after lunch around 12:30-1:00pm. Lunch consists of the finest pizza in all of Riverside, seriously, its good! We also have a water dispenser but encourage everyone to bring their own water as well. Towards the end of the day around 3:00pm we run the infamous "Student Race"! We start by parking all bikes perpendicular to the track and set students directly across from their bike on the other side of the track, when the flag drops(or well when we yell RACE) students sprint across to their bike and continue on to the track for 4 laps. The rules are to race like gentlewomen...if someone shows you a wheel you give it to them, no dirty passing, no banging bars, no dropping banana peels or clobbering your opponents with a wrench. You are racing for the honor of a high five, granted its a good high five but it's really not hospital visit good. (But hey, if thats your thing AMA and WAR puts on great sanctioned races). At that point we hand out the goods! Every student earns their choice of either a super duper soft and comfy tank top, shirt or rad trucker hat and you have the ability to buy more rad gear from us if you want to bring home a souvenir for a friend or you can cop one of our sick classic flat track inspired MX Shaka Jerseys. We also consider this the end to "instruction". The track closes at 5:00pm so students are instructed they may go out and "free ride" if they still wish to get some seat time in but usually everyone is cooked by then because we get SO MUCH track time. Throughout the day you have been paparazzi'd generously and we'll email you a full gallery of your on and off track photos that you can save for freeeee 99 plus you'll get a couple other extra goodies in that post day email.

I'll close this with something that Brian and I joke about a lot, we are terrible motorcyclists these days, between work, kids, surfing, skateboarding and snow boarding, well life in general our current lives have transformed us as riders. We've sold off our personal bikes(well except one) and dedicated our life to having fun with whatever that means at that point in time. We aren't going to make you champion racers, we aren't going to show you how to connect your soul to your motorcycle, what we LIVE for as riders is showing you how to have fun because in the end thats all that matters, and the best way to do that is by enjoying yourself more because you are now better equipped with the skills to live a longer funner life as a rider.

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National Hare and Hound Association at Babes Ride Out 5

Interested in getting in to racing? Racing your motorcycle can seem intimidating to some, especially if you don’t know much about it. The crew at the National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes Ride Out 5 to answer any questions you have about getting in to racing as well as hosting the ever-popular mini bike races this year! Read on to learn more about NHHA and what they are all about.

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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"Prior to 1986, many hare and hound races were called “National” races, but they were not recognized as a series by the AMA until 2009. It was during this time that the AMA officially promoted the “National” series by arranging the race series with interested clubs. Following their efforts, the “National Hare and Hound Association” was formed to manage the series with the support of the AMA. The National Hare and Hound Association is the promoting partner of the AMA for the AMA National Hare and Hound and West Hare Scramble Championship series'. Our group works with local clubs in various regions to build these series' to a professional standard, and we are responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers. We are a team made up of 75% women who are actual racers, motorcycle riders and fans off off-road racing. 

The NHHA is excited to be onsite at Babes in the Dirt 5 to serve as a source of information for all women who are curious about how to get started in racing! Whether its motocross or off-road, we are excited to educate women who are interested in unleashing their competitive side on two wheels. We invite all ladies to visit us on-site and ask any questions they may have, and we'll have plenty of resources and handouts on site to get you started on the right path. Our goal is simply to help break down the entry barriers for women so that they can feel confident they belong in motorcycle racing. On Saturday night we are also hosting the Babes Mini Bike race, so be sure to stop by the our ez-up located next to Husqvarna Motorcycles to sign up and ask any questions you may have about how to get started in racing."

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GARRAHAN OFF-ROAD TRAINING AT BABES IN THE DIRT 5

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We are excited to announce that Garrahan Off-Road Training will be on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5!

Garrahan Off-Road Training is California’s top school for off-road motorcycle riding and racing. The organization was founded by champion racer, Brian Garrahan, with the vision of creating a first-rate venue to share his knowledge from a lifetime on the trails.  Brian will be hosting classes throughout the weekend for beginner level riders as well as advanced riders at an amazing discounted rate.  Classes are only $100 per person for a 3 hour lesson with Brian! 20 spots available for each session, 12 include bikes and gear, 8 bring own bike and gear.

(Note: you must also be registered for the event to attend. click HERE to register)

Class schedules are listed below. Training Schedule: 20 spots available for each session, 12 include bikes and gear, 8 bring own bike and gear.

FRIDAY 4/26/19

2PM-5PM

SATURDAY 4/27/19

8AM-11AM

11:30AM-2:30PM

3PM-6PM

SUNDAY 4/28/19

8AM-11AM

11:30AM-2:30PM (Advanced Class)

Contact Brian for any questions at brian@garrahanoffroad.com

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1st Responders CPR/First Aid certification training course hosted by The Kurt Caselli Foundation, Fox Racing and Babes in the Dirt

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We are proud to announce that we will be partnering with The Kurt Caselli Foundation and Fox Racing to host a ladies only CPR/ First Aid training course. There are only 30 spots open so please join us and register now!

REGISTER NOW by clicking here! 

This will be The Kurt Caselli Foundation’s 3rd open registration for a First Aid/CPR certification and training course in conjunction with Babes In the Dirt.   The KCF first introduced this new Foundation safety initiative in 2017 when we took the top off-road riders in the U.S and offered this course to help bring awareness to things they could use on and off the trail.  Their goal know is to offer these courses a couple times per year to the community with instruction of  Life Goes On (certified licensed teaching company).   We are honored to partner with The Kurt Caselli foundation to offer this class for ladies who want to get certified! You can reserve your spot today with a $25 donation at (link )  100% of your donation will go directly to the KCF and help fund future safety initiatives and Riders 1st Responders CPR courses. The KCF will be funding the majority of the cost for each participant as the CPR/First Aid certification and lunch is a $175 value — saving you $150, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
 
The Kurt Caselli Foundation’s mission is Protecting and Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders. The Foundation has budgeted allocations and planned safety projects for 2019 and years beyond, setting this year’s safety budget to $120,000 to host and support safety events and fund educational scholarships for riders.
 
 “Our group at The Kurt Caselli Foundation continues to strive to serve our community the best we can and to promote safety. The Kurt Caselli  Riders 1st Responders is the latest initiative that will be providing courses in CPR/First Aid certification and training for participants in off-road racing. We rolled this out December 2017 with huge success and teaming up with the Babes In The Dirt is a great fit for our Safety Foundation.” — Donny Emler Jr, President of the Kurt Caselli Foundation
 

Babes in the Dirt East September 20-22nd | Greeneville Tennessee at i81 Motorsports Park

Introducing Babes in the Dirt East taking place Sept 20-22nd 2019 in beautiful Greeneville, Tennessee at I-81 Motorsports Park and will include tons of open track and trail riding as well as sign ups for training courses in flat track, moto X and enduro cross. You will not want to miss this one. Tickets and all info launch April 29th.

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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Come Ride With Us! Fox Women's Ride Day

We've got the entire vet track to ourselves ladies! Babes in the Dirt is proud to support Fox Womens Track day along side Husqvarna Motorcycles Jan 26th at Fox Raceway from 9 AM - 4 PM. The track will be yours the entire day but kids and your dudes can still come and rip the other tracks in the park. No need to preregister, you'll simply pay the standard entrance fee at the gate. FREE Fox Women's tank top while supplies last so get there early! 

THE BREAK DOWN: 

  • 8am – 4pm, everyone is welcome / all ages 

  • Free tank top with paid entry while supplies last

  • Designated track / times for women riders only

  • Rest of park is open to all 

  • Fox Racing raffle and giveaways

  • Husqvarna demos

  • NO preregistration, just show up!