Babes Ride Out. Comes to an end.

Not much can be said about the kind of bond that is created between so many different groups of people all coming together based off of a single common interest. This is what this trip is. The diversity of women I met in Joshua Tree over the weekend was incredible. Women of all ages, personalities, riding abilites, etc… All with only two things in common; being a woman, and the love of riding.  Women riders used to be almost unheard of until very recently; which is why this annual all-female overnight motorcycle campout in California is spreading like wildfire. Beginning in 2013, only 50 ladies were registered. Even in 2013 this was an awesome turnout, but from there to this year in 2015 there were 1200 registered ladies in attendance!!

The best part? This year a group of The Lita’s – Salt Lake City decided to convoy down to California together. Not wanting to trust the weatherman in Utah, the Lita’s decided to trailer down to St. George and ride on from there, thanks to Timp Harley. Being able to ride together as a group is always a great experience. Getting to know these girls on a whole different level was an awesome experience.

Hands down, a pretty unforgettable trip for Harley-lovers everywhere. 

& I can’t wait until next year. 


Babes Day #2

Rode from Red Rocks through the Mojave Desert through about 30 miles of sand patches and rough roads. 


…But the ride was gorgeous.


Made it to Babes Ride Out right after registration began. 




🏍 Babes. Day #1 

Thanks to Timpanogos Harley Davidson for safely trailering us from Lindon, Utah to St. George, Utah. This way we were able to plan for whatever mother nature had planned for us as we leave on a motorcycle trip in the end of October. Extra special thanks to Rick Story for taking an entire day to drive us there and back in a day. 

We lucked out with perfect riding weather, along with the most beautiful sunset right above the Vegas strip. Wish there was a way for us to capture it to sow off! Made it safely to The Red Rocks campground here in Las Vegas to rest for the night before setting off to California first thing in the morning. 

All ladies and bikes in great condition! 🏍


Raise Hell, Babes.

The Litas – Salt Lake City

 The Litas, Salt Lake City.

The Litas are currently one of the biggest influences in the women’s motorcycle scene. The all-female riding group are setting trends and changing motorcycle culture worldwide. The goal is to inspire women to have the courage to ride and overcome fears. – Interview with Jessica Haggett written by Mark Weaver

Started in Salt Lake City, Utah by Jessica Haggett, the Litas has now opened up internationally to all female-riders around the world!!

Make sure you join us on our journey as we head to the 3rd annual Babes Ride Out trip this weekend. We will be traveling from Salt Lake City, Utah to Joshua Tree, California. Stay tuned for pictures and stories along the way!

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Raise Hell, Babes.

The History of Timpanogos Harley Davidson

The ultimate goal of building the new Timpanogos Harley-Davidson building was to memorialize Utah’s industrial history. Our country is rapidly losing it’s competitive edge because we no longer are a great producing nation, but great consuming nation. Timpanogos Harley-Davidson wanted to combine American industrial history with one of the greatest American companies, Harley-Davidson. This is the only all-American building, selling the great American motorcycle. This resort provides motorcyclists (and slider eaters) with opportunity to see the only remains (other than the huge slag pile across the street) of Geneva Steel- the economic engine of Utah for 50 years.

In approaching the front doors, you can see the foot impressions in the sidewalks of small children. You’re about to walk into a building that leaves a significantly smaller environmental footprint on Mother Earth by using primarily reclaimed, “green material” or “sustainable materials.” Over 70% of the building materials are reclaimed. History is preserved, a unique look is achieved, and Mother Nature is happy!

Mr. Willie G. Davidson and his family visited this new Harley-Davidson resort twice during construction. Mr. Davidson’s first remark as he walked the early stages of construction was “We are going to have to build cooler motorcycles.” On his second visit he exclaimed, “this is the most significant Harley-Davidson dealership in the world, there is nothing to compare it by.”

Parking lot light towers from an 1890’s bridge crane from 200 S 900 W in Salt Lake. The base or fill below the grounds (building and parking lot) is reclaimed or crushed concrete (mostly from the burned down truck stop that was once at this corner).

All the trusses in parts, showroom and lobby are from the same era and building. These trusses are from one of the original railroad buildings in Ogden. The trusses were built in the late 1870’s and were demolished in 1964. They were found in the bushes at the back of an old salvage yard where they had rested for over 40 years before being reclaimed for use in this building.
The main body of building was fabricated from trusses taken from the Salt Lake City Coca-Cola plant built in 1903 (the same year Harley-Davidson began building motorcycles). All the timbers you see in the ceilings and fixtures were harvested from the roofs and trusses of Geneva Steel buildings. Reclaiming these timbers literally save a forest from the land-fill. Demolition crews initially intended to crush the heavy steel beams for shipment to Korea, where they’d be melted down, formed into new “I-beams” and shipped back to the U.S. Think about the energy and pollutants generated by shipping millions of tons of steel by rail, then by sea, half-way across the world, coal-firing until molten steel, then shipping across the ocean back to the United States! Reclaimed timbers are far superior to new growth lumber you purchase at Home Depot.

Note the restored “Joe’s Spic and Span” neon sign near the kiosk. Located behind the old Provo Drug, Joes’ Spic and Span was a Provo landmark operated by brothers Joe and Ron. One could often find Steve Young dining at the lunch counter. Ironically, these two brothers and business partners were known for their dislike of one another. One could sit down for a plate of sausage gravy over biscuits, eat the entire meal, and never hear a word exchanged between the brothers.

On the second floor above the elevator, check out the marvelous Stinker Gas sign. The founder of Stinker Stations, Farris Lind began with a single station in 1936 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Farris built the company into a thriving enterprise. He was a large man, larger perhaps than life. “Fearless Farris” received a bad dose of polio vaccine and it put him into an iron lung. Farris laid in a chamber of steel, able to speak only as the iron lung forced air in or out. And from that entombed bed, Farris fearlessly built his corporate empire. His work provided food on the table for hundreds and hundreds of families.

Geneva Steel firehouse bricks were used to build the main center wall. Geneva was like a little city, with a firehouse, infirmary, carpenter and fabrication shops, and stores. The main wall vertical columns are from the circa 1880 Salt Lake City railroad round house, where the locomotives would roll in for service. The giant acorn-shaped lights along the center wall, dotted the railroad tracks behind the Steel plant (pheasant hunters shot-out half the lenses; replacement lenses have been unavailable for over 50 years).

Over the main motorcycle sales floor look up at the rare vintage Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield sign. Most of these were destroyed when the company changed advertising logos. When the Motor Company changed the logo, dealers were told to “toss the old ones.” The bar-and-shield was first used in 1910, and trademarked in 1911.

Scattered throughout the dealership you can see motorcycle history, beginning with a 1927 JD model. As primitive as this motorcycle looks, this bike represents 25 years of evolution for Harley-Davidson and ending with the 2003 Springer Softail. There is a 1963 Harley-Davidson Trike. A year later, Harley-Davidson would introduce the Servicar with an electric starter, that is popular with parking enforcement & police patrols. Notice how the look & lines of this 45 year-old bike are to all the new shiny bikes (especially the front end/forks).

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