We are excited to announce a healthy means of getting fed at Babes in the Dirt 5. Chef TLC has options for all types and will be on site serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Friendly reminder no charcoals or grills are allowed at the event space, only small camp stoves so please take advantage of the food truck to make life much easier on yourself :)
We are proud to have FMF aka Flying Machine Factory on site this year at Babes in the Dirt 5. When you are looking to add power, speed, and over-all performance you do not need to look much further than a FMF Racing exhaust system! Not only will FMF be providing on site support by speaking to ladies on how to enhance their riding experience, they are also hosting the track photographer to ensure you gets some pics of yourself catching air, and are also donating exhaust systems to the raffle to help us raise additional funds for the on site ambulance.
FMF founder Don Emler, built his business from his garage in 1973 into a prominent motorcycle parts company. Over the decades, FMF has seen an amazing transformation in the world of motorcycles and ATVs. The progression of the technology is one of the challenges that keeps them going. FMF was there in the days when the singleshock and watercooled engines were huge innovations and we’re glad to be here now for the aluminum chassis and electronic fuel injection. Their goal will never change – take the most advanced machinery to its limit by building the world’s best performing exhausts. And its a fact, they’ve build every exhaust by hand from start to finish right here in the U.S.
At the end of the day, there is always one major force keeping FMF motivated–throwing a leg over the bike and heading for the trails or the track. The biggest reward for them is knowing they are helping customers get the most out of their riding experience.
Every exhaust is made right here in California. Give this video a watch to see how its done & make sure to stop by their booth to learn more. Connect socially by clicking here @FMF73
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 team member Rily Castloo. She has a racing career of her own as well as a passion for the sport. 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?
-Hi my name is Rily Castloo formerly known as Rily Ellinger in my racing days.
What do you do for a living? Tell us about your job.
-First and foremost I'm a mom of two.. hardest yet most rewarding job in the world ; ) I am also a Operating Room Nurse and surgical technologist. And, I came on last fall as Social Media coordinator working along side all of the awesome staff involved with the National Hare and Hound Association (NHHA) and most recently took on the Weekend social media position for the RockstarHusky team covering SX, MX and us-offroad.
What is NHHA?
NHHA is a group of passionate Off Road enthusiasts that manage both the National Hare and Hound series and the West Hare Scramble series and are dedicated to making the best off-road races in the US.
Where are you from?
- Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Where do you live?
- I currently live in Lake Elsinore, Ca with my husband and babies.
When were you first introduced to riding dirt? Who introduced you?
-I started riding and racing a dirtbike at the age of 5. My whole family has been around riding and racing dirtbikes so really I was introduced to riding from my family as a whole.
How long have you been riding?
-23 years now
Why do you like riding dirt?
-To me, there is really nothing like throwing your leg over a bike and freeing your mind of all the hustle of daily life and just riding.
Two stroke or four?
- Four stroke for sure, I haven't ridden a 2 stroke since the 4 stroke 250f came out in early 2000's and now when I ride one I feel like a fish out of water!
Run us through the list of bikes you have had?
-I started on a PW50, went to a KTM 50, then jumped up to an 80cc for years, then 125cc for years, then multiple 4 stroke 250's, then 350sxf KTM ( my favorite).
What do you ride now?
- I actually sold my bike a few months ago and am currently in the process of getting a new bike (have been borrowing Meg's bikes to ride or my husband or really anyone that's willing to let me ride their bike, haha). I would like to get a KTM 350 or Husqvarna 350.
If you could have 2 bikes what would your other bike be?
-I would like to have a street bike actually, Husqvarna 701 Supermoto would be sick!
Tell us what you love about the bike you ride now? Why did you choose that bike?
- I originally only rode 250's but when I started racing Hare and Hounds I needed something with more power but was also not too heavy. It really depends on what I'm riding. If its Endurocross I like the lighter 250sxf. Motocross or off- road definitely 350.
What kind of terrain do you like riding the best?
- Ohh this is a good one. I love all kinds of terrain but Motocross is probably my number 1 favorite followed closely by Endurocross.
What kind of terrain is a challenge for you but you want to master?
- Definitely Endurocross. It is so rewarding to accomplish an obstacle that I once did not have the confidence to do.
What is the most challenging riding experience you have had?
- By far a National Hare and Hound. Hosted by the club 'DMC' in 2014 to be exact,( HAHA if you raced NHHA this year you would know exactly what I am talking about ). Select Endurocross rounds and WORCS would be a close second.
Where are some of your favorite places to ride?
- My absolute favorite place to ride is back home with my dad at a place we call the 'Sands' out in the New Mexico desert especially after a rain. Can't beat it.
What is on your moto bucket list to ride?
- I would like to go ride some epic trail riding near Mammoth.
Tell us what it is like to race a Hare and Hound?
- Whew. Its tough. no denying that. But it is also very rewarding to have accomplished it when its all said and done.
Do you ride with a lot of other female riders?
- I do. I have a huge number of other female riders that I have become friends with over the years!
Do you have anyone in the moto world that you look up to?
-There are a lot of women I look up to actually, there is always something you can learn from another.
We are thrilled to announce we will be releasing the 2019 Husqvarna demo next week but wanted to give you a sneak peak on what the Husky crew is bringing out for you to joy ride….
This year at Babes in the Dirt 5, Husqvarna Motorcycles will bring 20 demo motorcycles for beginner, new, and experienced riders. Beginning with the small displacement bikes, best for those “New to Moto,” we have four 2019 TC 85‘s. From there, the bikes go up in engine size and seat height. Read on for a brief overview bikes that will be available at this event and visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com for full model range and technical specifications.
The 2019 FE 250 will comprise much of the demo fleet at Babes in the Dirt 5. FE models are dual-sport motorcycles, which are capable off-road bikes that are plated and ready for the road. The engines are second to none in terms of overall performance and versatility, making the bike accessible to both novice and experienced riders. These models will be lowered by shortening the Rear Shock 50 mm, which lowers the seat height from 37.7 inches to roughly 35 inches. The forks are also lowered 50 mm balancing out the front and rear of the bike.
Featuring seven updated models and an all-new motocross line, Husqvarna Motorcycles 2019 motocross range combines cutting-edge technology with high-end componentry to offer riders of all ages and riding levels one of the most efficient and sophisticated motocross line ups on the market.
The 2019 TC 85 17/14 is our standard size 85 cc, meaning the wheel size is standard with a 17’’ front wheel and 14’’ rear wheel. This is a great beginner motocross bike with a low seat height of 33.5 inches. A lower seat height gives a new rider the necessary confidence to feel comfortable while riding and stopping.
The 2019 TC 85 19/16 is our big wheel 85 cc, this bike has the same engine as our standard size 85 cc but with larger wheels. A 19’’ front wheel and a 16’’ rear wheel offer a slightly taller seat height of 34.8 inches.
The 2019 TC 125 is a 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 outgrowing their 85 cc and wants something bigger but with a minimal jump in power; perfect for those who are still gaining confidence in the dirt.
The 2019 FC 250 is a standard size Motocross bike and raced by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders Michael Mosiman, Thomas Covington and Jordan Bailey in the 250 class. It features a 21’’ front wheel and a 19’’ rear wheel. These models will be lowered by shortening the Rear Shock 12 mm, which lowers the seat height from 37.4 inches to roughly 36 inches. The forks are then raised in the triple clamps balancing out the front and rear of the bike.
2019 FC 350 is a standard size Motocross race bike 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 inches.
2019 FC 450 is a standard size Motocross bike, the same bike Husqvarna Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Race Team riders Jason Anderson, Dean Wilson and Zach Osborne ride in the 450 class for Motocross and Supercross. The FC 450 features a 21’’ front wheel and a 19’’ rear wheel. This bike will be available for demo at the seat stock height of 37.4 inches and should only be ridden by the most experienced riders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Check running condition
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
What is Supermoto?
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.
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.
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.