Babes Ride Out

Chevonne and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet
Photo by Lanakila McNaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

Photo by Lanakila McNaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

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How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 

I got my license and first bike in 2010.

Why do you ride? 

My reasons over the years have evolved as I have. At the start it was simply because I loved being on a motorcycle and always on the back of someone else's wasn't enough for me. 

Once I was alone on the road with the bike I realized how incredibly focused I could stay. I could really truly drop into the moment, not thinking about what happened the day before or worrying about what's coming the next day. Like everyone else, I'm overstimulated in my daily life. On my bike I experience a moving meditation that brings much needed peace from all of that. I feel free. My head feels clear. 

After my daughter was born my reason to ride was to reconnect with myself outside of being a mom. 

And now, I still ride for all the reasons, but mostly

to have FUN! 

Run us through the bikes you've had in the past

1972 Honda CB250 cafe racer

2011 Harley Davidson Iron 883 bobber 

1982 Honda XL600 dual sport 

2017 Triumph Street Twin

What first attracted you to the Street Twin?

I went into the Triumph dealership originally interested in the Bonneville based on my husband's suggestion. He used to have one and always spoke so highly of it. He always brought it up as a good choice for me when we would talk about what bike I should be on. 

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

It fit me like it was custom built for me. I felt a sense of ease as soon as I sat on it. I'm on the short side at 5'1 and usually when I first sit on a bike I'm immediately trying to find a way to control this machine as gracefully as possible, feeling out the weight of the bike and how far I am from being flat footed.

Tell us what it's like to ride? 

Smooth. Not too much torque. But still very powerful at 900cc. Every year they try to make bikes lighter and faster...but then you get so much torque it's hard to ride comfortably in first or second gear, which is so often if you live in a city! 

What made you choose the street twin over other models?

Sitting on it for the first time I was like OK this is good but I'm also trying to temper my excitement...I wouldn't need custom shocks, and the stock handlebars feel great too, but how does it feel in motion? As soon as I got it off the dealership lot on a test ride there was no question the Street Twin was coming home with me. 

What has been your favorite adventure you've taken your street twin on?

 Once a week I try to leave the city and explore a new part of Oregon on my bike. I've got some pretty rad lady friends who ride that've been showing me the most beautiful scenic routes! 

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

 Not yet! I recently made a big move from LA to Portland, and right now with my other family responsibilities I won't be able to ride all the way to Babes Ride Out 5, but hopefully later this year there will be a big moto trip planned. 

Tell us your experience at Babes Ride out. 

Every October for the last 5 years I've been at a different stages in my life, and my experiences have reflected that. The first year I had literally bought my Harley the day before. So that whole trip I got to know and understand my new bike, and also met the best group of girls. The second year I was pregnant so I drove out instead of rode. The third year I was back on a bike but also running back to my tent to pump every 2 hours and it was my first time away from my 6 month old daughter. The fourth year I had just sold my bike and was sharing a trailer with my friend flying in from Portland, so I picked her up from the airport and we drove in together. My husband made us "MOM'S DRIVE OUT 2016" patches because he's cute like that. This year it looks like I'll be flying down and then hoping to rent or borrow a Triumph locally. 

You have been coming to the event since day 1, how do you think it has grown? 

Tremendously! It's extremely rare that you see any type of event grow at that rate. The first year there were 50 of us. The next year there were 500. The next year there were over 1000. Anya and Ashmore have done such a great job in nurturing and expanding this one local camp-out into a major brand known worldwide. 

What happened that very first Babes in Borrego weekend was so epic and the pictures and videos felt like they showed up everywhere. The timing was perfect. It was part of an emerging women riding motorcycles movement. I feel fiercely loyal and proud of the franchise, and I take a lot of pride in saying I was there at the start. I have really precious memories meeting and riding with women then who I now consider close sister friends now! 

To find out more about the Triumph Street Twin click HERE

To fin a local dealer and test ride one click HERE

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