The cofounder of Babes Ride Out is the queen of the road.
“When you say ‘biker girl’ I picture Gemma from Sons of Anarchy, who doesn’t exist in real life—I hope,” says Ashmore Bodiford. “If people think that is what female motorcycle enthusiasts are, then I’d like to dismiss that notion.” Last year, Bodiford, an online marketer by day, along with Anya Violet, a designer at RVCA, founded Babes Ride Out, an all-female motorcycle camping trip from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree, CA. They welcome all ladies who ride or want to know more about riding to join them on their next trip, in October. “This project is not only about getting to know each other without distractions but also to encourage girls who may be ‘moto curious’ to hop on one and give it a go,” Bodiford says. “At the end of the day, we want more and more women to feel comfortable going to events and being a part of the moto world.”
As a rider for many years (and the wife of Biltwell Inc. general manager Mike Ellis), Bodiford is very much a part of the motorcycle world. She even rode from Seattle to Sturgis, SD, for Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary with a GoPro camera strapped to her helmet. “My favorite memory was the night we arrived. Journey was playing and they had this harness system that allowed you to literally fly over the stage while the band was playing. The camera guy from GoPro rigged me with equipment and we jumped off the tower at the same time. We both had Coors Lights in our vests, and as we flew over the stage we shotgunned them over the crowd during ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’ It was the most American I had ever felt.”
The thrill-seeker was first tattooed at 18 and now has a full sleeve. Most of her work is done by Will Lollie at Empire Tattoo in Asheville, NC, and she doesn’t plan on starting another sleeve. “I really like having one arm clear and one tattooed,” she says. “I feel it reflects my personality best.” Her favorite piece is the skeleton arm holding its own skull in a casket on her lower arm. “It stands for being self-reliant and reminds me that I am responsible for all my actions and to never blame anyone else for my failures or shortcomings,” Bodiford says. “Some people think it means I worship the reaper, which is fine with me too.”
As someone who works in marketing, she is cognizant of evoking the right reaction from the right people. While some may find the word Babes in “Babes Ride Out” a bit derogatory, she says: “I think it’s fitting for this event because it is eye-catching and lighthearted. Ladies Ride Out sounds like a bagger ride to Old Town Temecula for a burrito, if you get my drift. We are young, we are now, and it’s exciting. The word babe isn’t made to be taken too seriously, and that is why I like it.”