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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES - MEET THE FLEET MY2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to all of the Amazing brands that contributed to our Babes in the Dirt Raffle!

With the help of these amazing brands and The Kurt Caselli Foundation we were able to raise enough to cover the entire cost of the ambulance on site at Babes in the Dirt 5! So many ladies got to walk away with some insane prizes! We appreciate the support!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE BRANDS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE RAFFLE!!!!

Toyota SoCal at Babes in the Dirt 5!

We are so excited to have Toyota SoCal on site this year ! They have a ton of fun in store for us at Babes in the Dirt 5! Read on to see what they are up to!

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Join us for the Toyota SoCal welcome party on Friday night from 7pm-11pm with DJ LaFlaca Lee and DJ Val Fleury!!!

Rolling in to camp in your Toyota? Make sure and grab your Toyota Owner gift bag from Toyota SoCal crew!

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Saturday night we are having one awesome Karaoke party hosted by Toyota SoCal. We hope you have been practicing! Its going to be and awesome time!

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Participating in the Mini Bike Races this year? Well you could be going home with an awesome trophy provided by Toyota SoCal!

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5 Years Strong at Babes in the Dirt 5 | Meet the Husqvarna Team That Continues to Grow the Off-Road Community

Its almost impossible to put into words how much we appreciate the team over at Husqvarna USA. Ever since day one, they have believed in our movement to strengthen the ladies off-road community and have been the absolute best to work with on all Babes in the Dirt initiatives. Ask anyone of them and they will tell you “Its not what you ride, or how you ride, just as long as you are out there having fun”. Their passion for motorcycles (street and dirt) has been fuel to the fire of what we do. We encourage you to stop by their booth, check out the demo bikes, ask questions, and say “hi!” as they can’t wait to meet you all at Babes in the Dirt 5 this weekend.

ANDY JEFFERSON

Andy Jefferson of Victorville, CA began racing in 1976 and won his first professional purse race at De Anza Cycle Park in 1979. He raced as privateer on a Suzuki until an injury in 1981 and in October of 1981 he received a phone call from Mitch Payton of Pro Circuit Husqvarna offering him the opportunity of a full factory ride. This began Andy’s career on a Husqvarna racing all over Southern California chasing the CMC Series number 1 plate. He also raced selected nationals and supercrosses with his best finish in supercross at 17th place and earning a 10th place at Saddleback National 500cc Motocross overall. Andy retired from professional racing in 1985 due to injury. After 1985 he continued riding and remained relevant to the industry. In 2010 Andy took an after sales manager position with the re-branded Italian made Husky’s and followed the brand after the 2013 acquisition by KTM Group. He now currently serves as the Media Relations Manager for Husqvarna Motorcycles. This will be his fourth year at Babes in the Dirt, affectionately known as Andy’s favorite event of the year.

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TAYLOR RAULS

Hi Babes! My name is Taylor, and I recently moved from a Husqvarna specific Marketing Specialist position to a KTM Group Marketing position. Now, not only am I working on advertising, PR, and media for Husqvarna Motorcycles; I am working on it for KTM as well. It is an exciting new role and what makes it even better is I still get to participate in the best event of the year! This is my fourth Babes in the Dirt and every year that I have attended, has been one I will never forget. I started riding when I was a kid with my entire family. From there, I moved to racing truck and buggies. My passion for off-road and action sports runs deep and I am lucky to work in an industry that I love. Seeing ladies who are new to dirt and even new to riding anything two wheels is exciting and enforces why I love BITD so much! Anya and Ashmore pour their hearts into this event and it shows. Thank you for allowing me to be such a big part of the event and I look forward to seeing everyone out there and ready to ride! Come say hi!!

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VANESSA WATSON

My two-wheel background began in the early 2000’s in the mountain bike industry working for Intense Cycles in Temecula, CA. I have been with Husqvarna Motorcycles since shortly after the acquisition by KTM a little over 5 years ago. I was hired as the Office Administrator but hopeful that a foot in the door would lead to growth opportunities within the company. I am in my fifth year with the company and my current role is Marketing Specialist.

Aside from my daily duties of tracking print and digital press, I manage all brand social media and coordinate efforts for special partnered projects and demo events such as Babes in the Dirt. I work closely with the events team to translate the marketing message for Husqvarna Motorcycles by bringing awareness to the brand.

I have been riding motorcycles for a little over six years and although I have had my M1 endorsement for that entire time, I have only really been riding on the street for about 2 and half years. Before I felt confident enough to get on the road, I took my time learning to ride. I became a better rider through coaching at MX and road course track days and I jumped at every opportunity to ride off-road with riders more skilled than me. My coworkers and the motorcycling community I’m part of have always lent an encouraging and helpful hand in my growth as a rider. Outside office hours I spend time with my 16-year-old son Ethan. I ride motorcycles often, travel, and enjoy strengthening my friendships and picking up new hobbies.

Thanks for having us again, the fifth year, WOW! Our entire team loves seeing the happiness that comes with the love of motorcycling brought to new riders and new fans of Husqvarna

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ANTHONY DA GRACA

My name is Anthony da Graca AKA “Meatball” I’m the Media Relations Specialist at Husqvarna Motorcycles. I’ve been in this position for a little over 3 years now. My role in the company is to build and prep our dirt bikes and street bikes for magazine testing and articles, I attend media motorcycle shootouts, to ensure that the motorcycles are set up for each test rider in order to provide the best feedback possible. This will be my 4th Babes in the Dirt and I’m really looking forward to being involved in another one. I started racing dirt bikes when I was 16 all just for fun. On my free time I enjoy going riding on the weekends and relaxing at home to mentally prepare myself for every Monday.

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SCOTT BURTNESS

Hello, my name is Scott Burtness, I am the Event Specialist here at Husqvarna Motorcycles. My role consists of scheduling events, mechanical work for all the demo and event bikes and looking after special projects for brand ambassadors. I have been working in the industry for 10 years and here at Husqvarna for 2 and a half, in that time I have been part of a lot of special things, from working with and on the bikes of past champions to someone riding a motorcycle for the very first time. I also work with people who have been around motorcycles their whole life and still have the same love for motorcycles that they did when they first started riding! I got my first dirt bike when I was 10 years old, but my love for motorcycles started around the age of 6, when I watched my first Supercross race, from then on, I was hooked! The motorcycling community is very special, and I love being part of it!

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JENNA PARKER

1995 was a year that changed my life forever. In that year I had been introduced to my first motorcycling experience. I am not like most of the riders you hear about today that have been riding since they were in diapers. I was well into my awkward preteen years and it took seeing a supercross on TV and making the connection to a couple of old rust buckets in the garage to capture my interest.

You see motorcycles were a huge part of my family on my paternal side and these old rust buckets would be an important connection point to many of the males in my family. My grandfather had been an owner of a motorcycle shop in Norwalk, California in the 50s and 60s and sponsored many racers in all facets of motorcycle racing – from flat track to hare scrambles and anything in-between. He himself also raced, and at a young age (maybe too young) had my dad and uncle racing. My aunt also rode, and even my grandma threw a leg over sometimes!

1995 would mark the return of the iconic Lake Elsinore Grand Prix and my dad would rebuild one of those cobweb collectors to race in the vintage and legends classes. It was a 1972 Husqvarna 450 and was adorned with a metal fuel tank, which is iconic to that era of Husqvarna Motorcycles. My dad spent almost 11 months working with a vintage motorcycle shop in San Marcos, California rebuilding the machine and restoring it to its former glory. I remember the very first time that I ever rode on a motorcycle. My dad finally got one of the bikes home and started it up. I hopped on with him and we ripped around the properties and through a hole in the back fence

which opened into some rugged, hilly, rocky, terrain. It was loud as hell and vibrated like a jack hammer. All the neighborhood boys had the newest Kawasakis and Yamahas, and laughed at my dad’s old Husky. But I really didn’t care. I didn’t have an understanding of what “cool” was yet and to me this was it. It was also the first time I ever thought my dad was cool (and he was a rodeo cowboy, military veteran, fire fighter!). Plus, the Husky was foreign to me and everyone else, somehow making it cool in its own right. It was also the first time I ever felt connected to a place outside of the US – Sweden. I knew I was part Swedish myself, but a Swedish dirtbike really made me feel cultured and unique.

Shortly after my dad alongside my grandfather returned to racing at that Lake Elsinore Grand Prix and our interest in watching Supercross and Motocross on TV grew, my dad got my brother and I our first dirtbike (which we had to share). It was a 1990 Yamaha PeeWee 80 and it was ugly as sin. My dad tried to modernize it for us by adding some modern blue plastics to the pink, purple and white colorway – but it just got uglier. Plus, I might have been already a bit too tall for it at 10 years old, but we rode it into the ground (and once into a tree). Not too many years later, I graduated to a shiny new TTR125 which was the best bike for me as a young teenager with the skill level I had. I enjoyed pinning it through the wash but wasn’t too fond if taking it off jumps yet. We enjoyed growing up with enough space to have an off-road loop and our own mini moto track which was built by an industry track building professional. We also enjoyed trips to the desert and local moto tracks. I, however, feel my skill level on a bike is still somewhere between where I was at during my time on the PW80 and the TTR125.

As time went on I got more interested in other things besides riding dirtbikes (like dirtbike riders) and stopped riding. I went off to college and upon graduating found myself working as a personal banker (completely unrelated to any career path I had ever wanted to pursue in life). In 2011, after a very unusual twist of fate, a random stranger reconnected me to an old friend who had told me that there was a job opening at his company for a marketing coordinator – that company was Husqvarna Motorcycles. “HUSQVARNA STILL MAKES MOTORCYCLES?!” I exclaimed. Having been submerged into dirtbikes and motocross my whole life, I surprisingly had never wanted work in the industry. But Husqvarna Motorcycles?! This was the coolest brand, with such a rich heritage and provided a deep connection to the men in my family. I couldn’t believe they were still in existence and seeking to remerge in the scene. I took the job with Husqvarna (then owned by BMW), became a rockstar in my family and learned from some of the industries coolest people (including current colleague, Andy Jefferson). After a couple of years, the brand was sold to Pierer Industries and was realigned under the KTM Group umbrella. Through the transition I took on a role in KTM sales department but it wasn’t long before the Husqvarna brand was ready to take off again and I found myself heading up the marketing efforts, with the support of industry legend, Mark Blackwell.

Now the marketing manager for North America, I have a small but solid team that absolutely lives and breathes all things Husqvarna and together

we look after all aspects of marketing including PR, advertising, social media, motorsports, events and other marketing communications activities. We cover all segments of the brand from off-road to street, racing to lifestyle. I also serve on the executive board of a not-for-profit corporation known as the U.S. Motorcycle Coaching Association aimed at growing the sport of motorcycling. This is our fourth year being a part of Babes in the Dirt, and my third year attending. It is our favorite event of the year because the people are rad and the experience is priceless.

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ALLISON THOMPSON

Hello Babes!

I'm the Marketing Manager for Husqvarna Motorcyles Canada. As I write this we still have snow on the ground in many places in Canada so myself and our Canadian Husqvarna Motorcyles ambassadors Lexi Pechout and Desirae Hildebrand are super excited to be heading down for another edition of Babes in the Dirt!

This will be my second time venturing down to Babes. As an action and outdoor sports participant and marketer for 20 years, I was blown away last year by the community spirit and camaraderie of 700+ lady riders that came from throughout the United States and Canada. The diversity of riding levels was amazing to see.

I've been a recreational off-road rider for a few years and last summer I completed 40 hours of rigorous training in Montreal to get my street license. As a long time, snowboarder and mountain biker I'm now absolutely loving off-road riding more than ever now that I have some motorcycle training under my belt! So many skills/ fundamentals cross-over from other sports. (DO NOT LOOK AT THE TREE!)

I still may be a bit slow but there are so many women in this community that inspire me to improve and get faster each season. Meeting women that are absolutely ripping after 2 seasons is so rad. I will be fast!

I look forward to meeting all of you when you come and see us for your Husqvarna Demo rides!

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JAMMI ROBERTSON

Hi Babes! I started my career in the motorcycle industry at Thor Motocross. During my time at Thor, I worked in various roles, including supporting sales and marketing, and sports marketing with athlete relations. Athlete relations was where I found my true passion, and eventually I moved into the role of Amateur Motocross Team Manager. My role included contracting top amateurs and planning race events, social media and maintaining OEM sponsorship requirements.

After 12 years at Thor, I decided to make a change in my career. I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam where I taught English to Vietnamese students. While in Hanoi, I worked for a program funded by the US Embassy, English Access Microscholarship Program. The students earned scholarships to the program where they learned English, American geography, customs and holidays. In addition to that, students also worked on an initiative; Helmets 4 Hanoi, where students performed different activities to encourage youth of Hanoi to wear helmets while riding on motorcycles.

After a year in Hanoi, I came back to San Diego where I started my career at the KTM Group (KTM, Husqvarna and WP) as an Event Planner. I’ve had the opportunity to plan events for all three brands. These motorsports-driven events have included global and national press launches, team introductions, dealer meetings, consumer facing events, and motorcycle rallies in the US, Canada and Mexico. I recently received my motorcycle endorsement and I’m excited to take the streets on two wheels. I’m even more excited to experience my first Babes in the Dirt!

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Meet National Hare and Hound Association Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright

The National Hare and Hound Association will be on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5 to help encourage more women to get in to racing and answer any questions you might have about what it takes to line up at the starting line. Meet Series Chairwoman Meg Argubright . She picked up riding as an adult and with a naturally competitive spirit she went straight in to racing! Read on to hear more about her and make sure to stop by the NHHA booth, say hi and sign up for the mini bike races.

What is your name?

Meg Argubright

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

(My real job) Copywriter for KISKA. KISKA is the design company for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP. In my job I take all marketing materials and adapt them for the North American motorcycle market. I also help our clients and their management with their business strategy development.

What is NHHA?

NHHA stands for the National Hare and Hound Association.

The top hare and hound series in the country is the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship Series. It is promoted and organized by the AMA’s promoting partner for the series, the National Hare and Hound Association. The NHHA works with local clubs in various regions to build the series to a National standard, and is responsible for round-to-round consistency, managing sponsor relationships and serves as a central information hub for racers.

In parallel to the Hare and Hound championship, the NHHA also holds the promotional rights to the regional AMA West Hare Scramble Championship.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada

Where do you live?

I have lived in Southern California since 2011, and currently am located in Lake Elsinore.

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

I worked for a racing series (WORCS) from 2007-2011. I didn’t know a thing about how to ride a motorcycle, but I eventually got tired of watching and said, “I think I could do this”. I’m naturally competitive, so in 2010, I bought a 2008 KX 250F and learned how to ride. My best friend at the time Jason Parsons taught me how to ride. Then I met my husband who took me out to the middle of the desert (not weird at all) and taught me how to race.

How long have you been riding?

Since I was 23 (2010/2011).

Why do you like riding dirt?

It’s an amazing feeling to “get out” of town, away from crowds and roads. In the type of riding I like (off-road), there is nothing more satisfying or educational than overcoming an obstacle or hill that made you nervous. You learn a lot about what you’re capable of and it carries over into your daily life in how you approach things.

Two stroke or four?

Four, I’ve only ever really ridden a two-stroke once or twice. I will ride either! But I trust in a four-stroke.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had?

In order:

○      2008 KX 250F

○      2012 KX 250F

○      2015 HQV FE 350

○      2014 HQV FC 250

○      2017 HQV FX 350

○      2015 YAM FX 250 F

What do you ride now?

2015 YAM FX 250 F

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

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Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now? Why did you choose that bike?

While I love the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand and what it stands for, the Yamaha suits my riding style better, and is most similar to what I learned on.

Where did you buy your bike from? How was your experience at the dealership?

I have never purchased a motorcycle from a dealership, always from a friend. BUT my first industry job was working in a dealership (Carter Powersports). It was the perfect place to start, you learn so much about what it takes to sell motorcycles, gear and accessories. And the efforts it takes to stay connected with the consumer. I enjoyed my time there. But, I believe there’s a real challenge for today’s dealers to be successful. The millennial generation is tough, and will take open mindedness from the older generation to adapt.

What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?

Lucerne Valley, California is hands down my favorite. Especially after it rains. Lucerne can be wide open, rocky, technical, flowing with sand washes, has high elevation.

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

Anything with moisture. I don’t ride it enough to be good at it, and it can totally transform the environment!

What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?

We had a National Hare and Hound in Murphy, Idaho, and while it wasn’t “gnarly”, it was relentless. 110-miles of tight trails, it seemed endless! But it was a different kind of “challenge” than I was used to.

Where are some of your favorite places to ride?

Lucerne Valley, California and the Baja penninsula

What is on your moto bucket list to ride?

Ride through Europe. Nothing more I would love than to eat and ride my way through Europe.

Tell us what it is like to race a Hare and Hound?

It can be very tough, or it can be the most amazing ride ever. Every single location offers a completely different experience. Some rounds are super fun and flowy, others are tight in terrain, sometimes the weather isn’t great and you’re 20-miles from camp! But no matter what, everytime you cross the finish line you gain a sense of accomplishment. And I think that’s important, especially for women who ride.

Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?

No, but the Women’s racing community is pretty tight. We all know each other, and we all support each other on and off the race course.

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

Right now, Ken Roczen. I appreciate his mentality and approach to the sport. I recently read an article and it just gave me chills. He’s intense and dedicated to the sport, you can tell he’s less about the image and knows that to be taken seriously you have to be serious.

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

Babes is so cool. I recommend it to women who ride, or want to learn to ride. It’s a “come as you are” vibe, and I think really important. There’s a great social atmosphere. I remember last year, all the women were standing at the Flat Track Coffee bar. No make up, freezing cold, messy hair and sweat pants. Some girls brought over breakfast to share, others were just sharing stories from the night before. It was like a big sleepover, and a neutral place for women to come together.

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

DO IT. It’s scary….at first. But isn’t everything until you’re good at it? Stay open minded to learning. Be patient, and know that you don’t have to figure it out in a day. Every skill learned is a new victory! Be humble, know your skill.  You’re going to fall, but dress appropriately and laugh when you get up. And don’t let any dude tell you that you can’t….It’s 2019- we can do whatever we want, the way we want! 

There are places you would never see other wise in your life riding dirt. The tallest mountain in the distance, you can sit at the top of it, and have fun getting there. It’s an amazing sport.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am super excited to bring a different element to this year’s Babes, and grateful to you guys for embracing the idea.