2016 GirlClutch Poker Run to Benefit Wounded Warrior Homes

Hi everybody,

GirlClutch (in conjunction with SBROC) presents our first Poker Run benefiting Wounded Warrior Homes (no affiliation with any other Wounded Warrior organizations).

Wounded Warrior Homes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides affordable housing and resources for Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

This event is open to all men and women, regardless of what kind of motorcycle they ride!!

The ride starts at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos (where coffee and pastries will be provided). Riders will then head out to the different poker stops (see below) in whatever order and route they wish.

All riders must arrive at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos by 1:30pm to hand in their poker hands. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

Prizes for best and worst hands TBD.

Raffle prizes include:
– Gift Certificate to Electric Tiger Tattoo
– Tattoo Balm from Drunken Sailor
– Free Track Day with TrackXperience, Inc.
– Date Night Basket (Dinner & a Movie!)
– Oil Changes by Rev Moto Industries
– $50 Gift Card to Cycle Gear
– 2-hour photo session with 1904Photography.com
– Men’s haircut by Mary at Stud Cuts
– Pair of 1-hour Paddleboard session at Carlsbad Lagoon
– Julian Apple Pie
– More being added all the time!

Poker Stops:
Stop 1: Biggs Harley Davidson
Stop 2: RevMoto Industries
Stop 3: Julian Pie Co (Santa Ysabel location)
Stop 4: CycleGear San Marcos
Stop 5: Biggs Harley Davidson

100% of the proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Homes.

To register, visit: https://www.classy.org/san-marcos/events/girlclutch-poker-run-2016/e80030

We also need volunteers. Register here to participate.

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Christin “Oki” Voros Tells All about Racing, GirlClutch and Her Tattoos

IMG_0229She’s a tattooed, half-Okinawan riding bad ass who rules the streets of Oceanside aboard her 2008 Honda CBR600RR. She’s also road raced at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway with CVMA racing and took home some pretty admirable finishes before retiring. But Christin Voros, a.k.a. Oki, is known for more than just her racing. She’s a YouTube vlogger that goes by the name OkiHondaGirl, a cross fit junkie saved by God and an advocate for women riders through her organization called GirlClutch.

Oki started GirlClutch–which is a woman rider organization dedicated to bringing women riders together to have fun and raise money for various charities–back in 2010. After a brief hiatus (due to the racing of course) she is revamping GirlClutch to continue her passion for uniting women riders through their love of two wheels. She also has some amazing ink. We caught up with her and she told us a little about why she rides and the stories behind her tattoos.

IMG_0222MI: When did you start riding and why?

CV: I took the MSF Basic Riders Course in 2006 but didn’t get to start riding consistently until 2008. I was riding pillion with my boyfriend-at-the-time and enjoying it, when I started noticing girls riding their own bikes and thought they looked amazingly cool. For some reason, I had never considered that I could be riding my own bike instead of sitting on the back. I somehow got talked into doing my first track day in 2009. I decided to make my bike full-race/track and I raced in the Femmewalla and Amateur Middleweight classes with CVMA from September 2011 until I retired in April 2014 (I got second in the Femmewalla class championships in 2011 and finished top 10 amateur in 2013, dropping about 40 seconds on my lap times). After retirement, I eventually converted my bike back to street-legal with the help of Armando Obregon at AR Motorsports in Temecula, and started going on joy-rides again in May 2015.

Photo by Tony Mino.

Photo by Tony Mino. As featured in SportbikesIncmag.com

MI: What do you love about riding?

CV: There’s freedom in it. I compare it to how a dog feels when he sticks his head out the window, or maybe a jet fighter.

MI: I’ve heard you were quite the prolific YouTube Vlogger.

CV: I’m slowly trying to get back into vlogging haha…It’s kind of hard for me to come up with content because 1) I’m a fair-weather rider (I don’t wanna ride if it’s too hot or cold!) 2) I’m not really the type of person to put my business or opinions out there (unless asked) and 3) I ride around the same places, so content is kind of hard to come up with. Maybe it’ll be an excuse to tow my bike out somewhere and come up with some moto-adventures.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

Christin racing at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway as an amateur.

MI: So what’s GirlClutch about anyway?

CV: A community of women riders passionate about all types of motorcycles, who meet every month to ride, empower and support one another.

MI: What are some things in the works for GirlClutch?

CV: We’re planning to have charity or fundraising rides every quarter to benefit charities ranging from the homeless, U.S. Veterans, animal shelters, women’s health…you name it. GirlClutch is giving back to the community. I’d love to be able to make a huge impact on the lives of those who need help. But it takes help, volunteers and teamwork! “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

You may recognize this photo as a viral Facebook and Instagram sensation which features none other than, you guessed it, Christin Voros and Kimiko Donahue.

MI: What other organizations are you involved in?

CV: Right now, just GirlClutch. I also attend Femmewalla, an all-girl track day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, benefitting The Unforgettables Foundation, every year. But there is definitely room for growth. 😉

MI: How many tattoos do you have? 

CV: I think 14, if you count my sleeve by its individual pieces, 6 if you count my sleeve as one tattoo. I have gotten work done at Body Temple and About Face (both of which are in Oceanside), Chris at Absolute Tattoo in Claremont (though he’s not there anymore), Robia at Two Faced Tattoo in Fallbrook, Gary at Ace Tattoo in Ocean Beach, and Arnie at Electric Tiger Tattoo in North Park, who has tattooed the most real estate on me.

MI: Which one is your favorite tattoo? 

CV: As most of my tattoos have meaning and a story behind them, it’s hard to pick between my Okinawan folk dancer tattoo and my Phoenix; both are on the outside of my sleeve. The Okinawan folk dancer represents the fact that I’m half-Okinawan and there is something special about Okinawa that makes me feel real strong emotions and homesickness. I think the culture and history is beautiful. I have the Phoenix because it represents the beauty, strength, passion and delicacy of Jesus’s love for me, as well as my own resurrection out of depression and thoughts of suicide.

MI: Have any ideas in mind for future tattoos? 

CV: I follow an artist on IG out of Austin, TX, by the name of Andrés Acosta (@acostattoo) I would LOVE to get a motorcycle/rose hybrid tattoo by him. It’s on my bucket list 😉

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One of Oki’s Races at Chuck

Femmewalla: A Bunch of Chicks on Fast Bikes

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Femmewalla 2012 group shot. Olay!

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

Giggling through the bowl at Chuckwalla

So I attended my one and only track day this year at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the Femmewalla event. More than 52 ladies showed up and all money made from raffle tickets, track day fees, photos, tires and suspension services were donated to the Unforgettables Foundation, an organization that provides burial assistance for parents who have lost children. Jason Pridmore track instructors were there to give some advice as well and Jason Pridmore provided two-up rides for the ladies to find out just how low you can go.

Despite some cold weather and patchy grey clouds, it was a great day to ride and the track was in primo condition. The first session was kinda sketchy, as it was still wet since it rained the night before. It was like riding around on ice and the back tire would not stick coming out of the corners. But once the water dried up, it was balls, or should I say boobs (?) to the walls. There were some very fast Chuckwalla Valley Racing Association (CVMA) and AMA road racers out there, among them Christin Voros, Sofia Amadio, Krystyna Kubran, Melissa Paris and others.

I felt rusty and out of shape, but boy did it feel awesome to feel the g’s at mach WFO through the bowl. I had a great time.

I was lucky to have my loving husband Sal with me and to spend time with my friends Jenn and Pete Jaynes from M1 Sportriders, Jorie and Jerry Starr, Jenn Bauer and Janet Wang. Can’t wait to see what happens with next year’s event. At the end of the day, we even got a free ride around the track in a Ford Shelby GT Mustang. Epic!

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It rained like hell when we arrived the night before. Everything was wet. Luckily, Jorie and Jerry brought their camper so we didn’t have to sleep in the freezing cold. We were thankful as we listened to the rain pound on it all night long.

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad's gixxer 1K that's about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

I installed a light, Lithium battery on my Dad’s gixxer 1K that’s about half the size of the stock battery. Normally, I have no problems, but it did not like the cold. At least we got our morning work out in. Thanks Jenn and Pete for the bump start!

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

From left to ride: Me, Janet, Jenn and Jorie.

This is Oliver Kho's dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make 'Hooch' jealous. Yummy.

This is Oliver Kho’s dog. It could also be mistaken for a pony. Anyway, this guy had drool that would make ‘Hooch’ jealous. Yummy.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Coolest camping chair ever. I called it the throne. Jenn and I took advantage of the rare sunshine and lounged like lizards in this chair to absorb the warmth.

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Where else will you ever see a tutu at the track?

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn't seem to mind.

Janet rode on the back with Jason Pridmore a whopping three times. We practically had to peel her off the back seat at the end of the day. But Jason didn’t seem to mind.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Jenn and I posing for the camera in the hot pit lane, about to lay down some hot laps, or warm ones. But who cares.

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

Me and Jenn in the bowl. Good times! Photo by CaliPhotography

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My leathers are about seven years old now. They were made by Bates Leathers in Long Beach. Best investment I ever made. I love them.

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The highlight of my day was getting a few laps around Chuckwalla in my dream car, a Shelby GT Mustang. I had a grin from ear to ear. The guys were jealous of us girls getting escorted around in style. It was great.

Dena Sodano Lives Beautiful

Dena Sodano with her 2003 Kawasaki 636.

I remember when I first found out about Dena. I was combing the Chic Riders forums, fascinated by the number of women stunt riders populating their pages – women like Jessica Maine and Alicia Speck to name a few. After perusing a few myspace pages connected to Chic Riders, I stumbled across some video of Dena skitching (assuming I have the terminology right). Anyway, she rode a sport bike like it was a bmx bike – easily and flawlessly. She was smooth and her movements controlled. She was the only other female I’d seen who could ride like Jessica did. Amazing.

Dena rides her motorcycle with none of her appendages actually touching the handlebars or the seat. I didn’t know that was even possible?

Fast forward a few years later and Dena became the first woman to do circle wheelies on a full-size motorcycle. Now she does wheelies effortlessly aboard her 2003 Kawasaki 636. Dena erupted onto the scene at a time when women were finally starting to populate the XDL series and she was able to take two women’s XDL championship titles before the XDL eliminated the series due to a lack of consistent participation.

Dena makes wheelies look easy.

Dena is the first of few women to take the risk of competing and be successful. I think too many women are pushed out of the stunt scene because of pressure from the audience and their peers. This proves that the successful ones have walked through fire and come out perfect on the other side because their love of riding outweighed the scrupulous eye of the “stunt scene.”

There is a small group of elite women stunt riders emerging as the new power circle amongst professional women riders. Dena is undoubtedly a member of this group and I think Dena is doing a pretty good job of proving that stunt riding, like road racing, is a level playing field for both men and women riders as long as you have the heart to live your life fearlessly chasing your dreams and the discipline to train for hours a day.

Read on to discover a small visible secret to Dena’s inspiration – her “Live Beautiful” tattoo.

From Dena:

Dena’s visible reminder to live her life in a way that’s best for her.

“My favorite tattoo isn’t big. It’s located on the inside of my left forearm and reads ‘Live Beautiful’ in a calligraphy font called “Scriptina.” I got it in 2009 when I was really fed up with where I was and what I was doing in life. It suddenly dawned on me the only reason things weren’t going the way I wanted was simply because of me. So I skipped out on work that day and got this tattoo as a reminder to live my life the way I want and happily. I learned you simply go fix it and move along. I have a life and your damn right I’m going to live it! Live Beautiful.”

Thank you to Dena’s sponsors because without them, we’d have no Dena!

Sodano Auto Body & Paint (You’re the best Dad!)

Speed & Strength – www.ssgear.com

Racing 905 – www.racing905.com

Shinko Tires – www.shinkotireusa.com

HEL USA – www.h-e-lusa.com

SARTSO Jeans – www.sartso.com

Bikemaster Parts & Tools – www.bikemaster.com

Motul – www.motul.com

Team Lojic – www.Lojicindustries.com

Righteous Stunt Metal – www.righteousstuntmetal.com

Zombiemotoworkz- zombiemotoworkz.com

Hindle Exhaust – www.hindle.com

Team Motion – www.teammotion.com

Check out this video to see some of Dena’s mad skills.