If you are reading this, you probably like motorcycles and some of you may be on your 3rd or 10th one by now. These machines are always a personal choice and while we do value the technical side, we are always wondering what else draws riders to their motos. Some say they felt an instant connection to the bike, other say it was based on sheer performance, and then you got the ones that say "hell, it just runs who cares", either way, there are no wrong answers, just incredible stories worth sharing with you. Meet our first featured motorcyclist Uyen Hwang and her 2017 Bonneville Bobber.
Meet Uyen Hwang Uyen just picked up a brand new Bonneville Bobber from our friends at Triumph Newport Beach. We caught up with her to find out what made her choose this bike and what she likes about it.
B.R.O: How long have you been riding motorcycles and why do you ride?
Uyen: 18 years. To be free. I started riding at 19 because I wanted to know that I can do something that scares me. At 19 I bought my first motorcycle, a cruiser and rode it everywhere I needed to go. I didn’t have any friends who rode so I was a lone rider for years. In that time alone I realized something, I realized I was free. I wasn’t someone’s girl, I wasn’t tough girl. I wasn’t brave or cool. I wasn’t exciting, mysterious, or any other description people would give when they found out I rode. I was just me with my thoughts and the freedom to go wherever I wanted to be; nobody to anybody. Then I met my now husband who also rides. I started riding with him and his buddies and though they were all on sport bikes, which meant I was always behind, I was always looked after. So then I was riding for the comradery. I now ride to be with others even if I ride alone. There is always someone else on two wheels happy to give you a peace sign as you ride past each other or a little nod when you pull up to a red light.
B.R.O: Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.
Uyen: 1997 Suzuki Savage 650, 2007 Honda Shadow 750, and a 2017 Triumph Bobber 1200
B.R.O: What first attracted you to the new Triumph Bobber?
Uyen: The look attracted me at first. I love the classic styling and simplicity of the look. It looks raw yet complete in all that I need in a bike. Then I sat on it and it just felt like something made just for me.
B.R.O: How did you know it was the bike for you?
Uyen: The moment I sat on it I knew. It fit like a glove. Up until this point I had only ridden cruisers. I’ve test road a couple of sports bikes but wanted something more relaxed yet sportier than a cruiser. I knew with this bike I would definitely get my need for sportier bike fix without compromising too much of the comfort from the cruiser I’ve been accustomed to.
B.R.O: Tell us what it is like to ride?
Uyen: It rides amazing to me. There’s more torque than I’m used to but I like it. It’s definitely more nimble and accelerates faster than my last bike. I love that the power is there when I’m in a tight spot and need to get away from the cars on the road with so much more ease than what I was used to. I can’t wait to see how my riding style changes with the bobber.
B.R.O: What made you choose the Bobber over the other Triumph Models?
Uyen: I had been eyeing the other models for a few years but since getting pregnant 3 years ago I haven’t been riding at all. But it was love at first sight when I saw the Bobber and knew I would eventually ride again and I must have this bike.
B.R.O: What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bobber?
Uyen: I have only taken it out once so far. I just picked it up and haven’t had the time to really break it in. I road from Newport Beach to Long Beach along Pacific Coast Highway. I can’t wait to take it out on longer trips and with my husband.
B.R.O: Do you have any fun road trips planned?
Uyen: I don’t have any at the moment. We have a 2 year old and it’s been hard to take our bikes out on road trips these days. Short rides are all the time we have now. I’m just happy to be back on two wheels since having the baby so any ride is fun!