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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Melanie Lucia

PeopleAnya Violet

It takes a sense of adventure to ride out on your motorcycle to meet up with a bunch of other riders you have never met and camp at an undisclosed location. Melanie found the adventure she was looking at a pivotal time in her life when she went to Babes in Borrego back in 2013. Read on to hear more about her story and what she has been up to over the past 5 years. 

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On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


 Melanie Lucia


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• Melanie Lucia

•  @hellsmels

• San Diego

• Hair dresser 

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I was invited to Babes in Borrego by a chick I met at a co-ed roller derby scrimmage. I had never ridden with chicks before, and she was a bad ass on the track, so I couldn’t say no! I got my first motorcycle when I was 21 and always rode with the guys. It only took 7 years to be invited to ride with some ladies, I was looking forward to it. 

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts? 

It was pretty intimidating!  It was also very inspiring. I think 8-10 bikes left the first meet up.  I had NEVER seen that many girls on bikes in one place at the same time.  Riding into the meet up in Temecula blew my mind. Women from every direction were pulling into that gas station on motorcycles.  When I heard there were 50, I couldn’t believe it!!

Did you know anyone there?

I didn’t really know anyone, I had met Machine at roller derby, once!  Then met a couple of her friends in the morning on the way to the first meet up. Later on that evening, I did run into a couple friends from San Diego by the camp fire!  

Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

A few months before Babes, I was going through a divorce and riding my bike was awesome therapy. I hopped on my old sportster and rode up to San Francisco. Solo. I had done a few longer trips, but not alone. 

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

Riding with all of the ladies out to Borrego was sooooo fun. That hill going down Montezuma hwy, hauling a$$ with chicks that knew how to ride....AMAZING!

Now, the dirt road heading out to the dry lakebed...that’s a different story. I had just bought my dyna, which is way heavier than my old sporty.  That dirt road was a nightmare. I saw spilled bikes and burnt legs. But we all made it!

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. 

Borrego was so cool. Ripping around the dry lakebed. Was this the year we brought the baby pool?!  S’mores.  Apple pie moonshine. Meeting tons of fun new people.  Massive campfire. Fireworks!!  

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?

Machine, T-bone and Genevieve were the crew I rode with to the first meet up. Thanks to roller derby for putting me in the right place at the right time! Since then Machine and I went to Seattle for roller derby national champs and have camped at multiple Babes Rides together! 

I remember meeting Jackie and Daniella at a gas station...or Carlees?  Daniella was the only other chick on a dyna, she was instantly cool. It took me about 6 months to find her on Instagram, only to realize she was the one that took a ton of killer photos that weekend.   

Rachel (or Brooklyn) and I met in between Long Beach and Temecula. Her saddle bag was open, after flagging her down then having to haul ass to catch back up with the crew, I knew we’d get along.  She was my campfire buddy, even threw my s’mores in the fire.  She came to San Diego 2 years ago and we got to party in Mexico for the night!!

How have you changed over the past 5 years? 

5 years ago I was going through a divorce. Rebuilding my life back in San Diego. Now I’m working with a group of awesome girlfriends.  I’ve gotten to travel a lot, meet tons of new people. Go on awesome adventures with my amazing super supportive boyfriend. Life can’t be better! 

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who? 

I rode up to Portland with Jackie, Genevieve, Chelsea, Daniella and Mitch. We camped and rode all up the PCH then shot over to Portland. Big Sur, Avenue Of the Giants, Oregon coast! We hit a ton of skateparks on that trip too. A skateboard fits perfectly between the bars and fairing! 

Bandit town one year for the 4th of July was a long fun ride and camp. Actually, the camp sucked, I hadn’t bought a good sleeping pad yet!  But the ride was beautiful, and hot.  Rode through Yosemite and watched fireworks at Bass lake. 

El Diablo run counts right?!  Riding then camping in San Felipe!! 

I was able to do the first Babes Ride Out UK!  Another trip that I joined knowing nobody!  About a week before getting to London, Andrea Dosouto asked if she could make the trip on the back of my rental bike. I was a little nervous renting a bigger bike (heritage softail), having a passenger AND riding on the opposite side of the road! That ride was a dream! I made that trip a huge loop of the UK. After riding through Wales with the girls I headed north solo and got to visit a good friend up in Scotland and meet a ton of awesome people along the way. Ps, the rain suits that come with Harley rentals in London ONLY fit XL men!!  

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? 

It’s sooooo different coming back to Babes!  I meet new people every year.  Some years there’s so much going on that I don’t run into people that I was hoping to see from previous years, but everyone is having a good time. It’s nice having food trucks and not having to bring tons of food, although we do anyway because it’s fun to cook over a campfire! 


 

 

 

Meet Cassie Bennitt @miss_lola_mae | She learned to ride with VC London

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Our Friends at VC London have helped several women learn to ride over the years! We are excited to help support their efforts at Camp VC this year by helping to sponsor the "new-to-motorcycle" training classes. Seeing all of the new riders was such an inspiration for us! Meet Cassie and read her story on how she found her way to motorcycles with a little help from VC London!

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Name: Cassie Bennitt

Instagram Handle: @miss_lola_mae

Location: London

Where are you from and where do you live? I’m from St Agnes in sunny Cornwall and I live in East London.

What inspired you to want to ride a motorcycle? My family has always been in to classic cars and my Dad has ridden bikes since he was 16. He’s not getting any younger and he has arthritis (just like Clay from ‘Sons of Anarchy’, except not mean and scary) so I decided to learn to ride so that I could ride with him before he hangs up his leathers.

How did you first find out about VC London? My friend was badgering me about doing my CBT for ages and I kept procrastinating and putting it off. Then he messaged me that VC London were doing their first all-female CBT so I booked in straight away and the rest is history.

Tell us about your experience learning to ride with VC? Gemma and Mai invited me to a practice session the night before my CBT. I was really nervous (because I had only been on a scooter about 10 years before and it was a DISASTER) but the girls were so supportive that I forgot my nerves, got on with it and just had fun.  

Was it harder or easier than you thought? It was far easier than I thought it was going to be.  

Were you intimidated? Not in the slightest.

Do you practice you skills often just to stay sharp on your bike? Yes I do and I want to do my advanced riding course later this year. To quote my Dad, ‘it’s a warzone out there for bikers’ so I want to do everything I can to make sure I ride safely.

Tell us about the first time you went to Camp VC? I’ve been going to Camp since it began. First up I signed up as a volunteer – I was fresh into riding and didn’t know that many people so I figured that if I didn’t get talking to anyone, at least I would be kept busy. Turns out that I needn’t have worried because everyone was so friendly and I made friends for life.

What are your favorite memories from the event? I have so many great memories from each year, it’s hard to pick just one. I think it has to be a general one - waking up in the morning to a beautiful view, riding all day with a bunch of kick ass, fabulous women and coming back and partying and comparing stories from the day’s adventures. Oh and Namin climbing in the giant fridge after we had drunk a LOT of rum. That was classic. Definitely a fun memory.

How has learning to ride changed your life? Riding has introduced me to some amazing people and it’s taken me all over the world. I only wish I’d learned to ride sooner.  

What are your goals as a motorcyclist? To ride safe, have fun and travel the world on two wheels. Also, after my first little race at the Malle Mile, I want to do more racing.

What advice do you have for others who are new to riding or thinking about learning to ride? Just get out there and do it. It will change your life and I promise it’s nowhere near as scary as you think it might be.

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Beulah Mae

PeopleAnya Violet
 Photo by Daniella Renee

Photo by Daniella Renee

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On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Beulah Mae


·       NAME - Beulah Mae

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE - @bornmean

·       LOCATION - Lake Elsinore CA

·       OCCUPATION - housewife/hustler

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

---- I saw one post on Facebook from my friend Sandra, I had been riding for just over 6 months and mostly by myself. I never really had the opportunity to meet and ride with other women like me. My husband didn't ride at the time and I was too intimidated to go to most events by myself. Everyone has their biker costumes on and you can't tell which women were riders until they got on their bikes and then it was too late because they were riding home. Not that I would have run up and said "Hey, let's be freinds!!!" This campout for sure felt like it was the place to do just that.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

--- I underestimated the scene before I got there, I was still in "mom" mode at the time and I actually had my husband follow me up with a dispenser full of ice water just in case you girls were thirsty.

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

--- I did not know a single person. My friend Sandra who posted about it in the first place wasn't able to go and I just wasn't going to let that stop me. I was WAAAAYYYY out of my comfort zone. I showed up with a motorcycle and a smile. I wasn't on IG so I was just following along from the FB event and the emails you sent out. I think that was probably what convinced me, seeing the kind of women that were responding with those first blog posts, it was intimidating but inspiring. I had NO IDEA what to expect or what I was in for. I had never even been on a group ride before.

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

--- There are a few moments that stick out. When we left the Starbucks parking lot, I just got in line and tried to stay in position. The first moment that felt like I was in the middle of some real biker shit was when we all pulled over to regroup after getting separated at the lights and a few women pulled out to block the traffic so we could all get going in one group. I felt protected by these strangers. (I just got a little verklempt, that just hit me really weird right now) The next super memorable moment was cresting the hill on S22 and heading down in to Borrego Springs, I think I've been on that road once before but not on my bike. It's a whole different experience, seeing the desert and the Salton Sea, it was pretty amazing. Those are the views I now cherish when I'm riding to new places, coming up over a hill and not knowing what is on the other side.  - I also remember the last gas stop before heading to camp and Ashmore was in front of me and her dude Mike "happened" to be  there (I'm really curious to know what he thinks of the event since he's seen it grow from Borrego) and Ashmore said to him "God babe, get out of here, you're so embarrassing!"

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

--- I was familiar with the area, I camp with my family out in Truck Haven so I knew what I would be in for as far as the weather and what the camping conditions would be. I can't really remember who I started talking with first, we were all just sort of shooting the shit with whoever was standing next to you at the time. There was no template back then, not for me at least. Everyone I met seemed very genuine, down to earth and excited to be there. I made it down that sandy road in to camp, set up my tent and then was just kind of in awe watching everyone ride around, laughing, the sun was going down, I mean it was the most perfect weather you could ask for out there. I brought a couple bottle rockets with me so after it got dark and everyone was kind of gathered around the fire it seemed like a good time to shoot them off. After that Lindsey said she knew she had to talk to me because I came prepared. I was really happy she adopted me that night and I ended up riding home with that group of ladies she came with: Caroline, Britt and Ana and we had breakfast in Temecula the next morning, I think Rebecca had breakfast with us too but wasn't riding, she came in her truck.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

--- Lindsey was probably the most important person I met that night, it turned out that she knew my husband from living in San Clemente and we had some mutual friends - it was just too weird to not remain friends. I don't see her often enough but I do try to keep in touch. I met a lot of other women afterwards, connecting through social media. We would ride together or see each other at events. I definitely have made very strong friendships with a few other ladies, some friendships fizzled out and other friendships are just a logistical issue of trying to find time to meet up, but I am always happy to spend the time that I get with them.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here).

--- Well the first big change was starting my IG account, and now I can't remember what came first the IG handle or the knuckle tattoos. Big changes.... When I wrote my first intro to you I was a carpooling mom of a couple of boy scouts and now I have one son who has been in the Navy for 2 years, and another son who just graduated high school and is heading in to the Army.  Since the campout I was lucky enough to be part of the group that started Belles On Bikes, the aim was to meet and connect other female riders the same way you guys did at Babes In Borrego, show up, make friends. I am now also co-hosting a podcast called Girl On A Moto with my friend Connie, just another way to be involved and also learn more about our moto community. I have only been riding for about 5 years now and still have a lot to learn, but I also feel like I have a lot to offer as far as supporting people in the community or encouraging people to get a bike and ride. I know for sure I have inspired my family, my mom got her M1 and a Honda Rebel and rides out to BRO with me, my oldest son got his M1 and we got to ride together a few times before he left for the Navy and my husband recently got a bike and we are looking forward to taking trips together once our last little birdie leaves the nest.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

--- Yup!! Plenty, and I've even planned a few campouts with Belles on Bikes. Our last campout we had 38 girls ride up to Palomar for a night of fun and games. I've been through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona on my bike with a few girls I met in Borrego and through Belles. I went up the coast with my friend Joyce, we saw a concert in Santa Cruz and then camped in Sequoia. I went to Dream Roll last year. I've taken a solo trip to Big Sur, I've been to every Babes Ride Out event. In 5 years I've put over 50,000 miles on my bike.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? 

--- I love it, it's close to home and all my friends are there. Every year the accommodations get nicer and the event is more thoughtful, it feels like every concern is met and then some. If you go to Babes and can't have a good time, I hate to break it to you, but you're an asshole, and if you're not an asshole then don't be afraid to have fun! That's why we're all there.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

--- I don't know man,  my community is awesome. I try to avoid nonsense and be supportive and find people that are supportive of me. There are things in society that bother me in an equal way that there are things in parts of the moto community that just aren’t for me, so I try to avoid those situations. I don't go anywhere asking for trouble, riding my motorcycle is my happy place and I want to find and to spread as much happiness as I can in to my life and this hobby.

 

 

 

Camp VC | August 3rd-5th 2018 | Brecon Beacons, Wales | Hosted by VC London

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Our Friends over at VC London are gearing up for their annual campout called Camp VC in Wales. We had the best time with the crew at out Babes Ride Out UK event and we are so thrilled to see this event continue and grow! Read on to see more about how it all got started and what they have in store for this years event. 

 Photo by Laura Henry

Photo by Laura Henry

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Whats your name?

Gemma Harrison (one third of VC London)

Where are you from?

Originally from Leeds in the north of England & now living in East London

How long have you been riding a motorcycle?

Just a little over 7 years now (!)

 VC LONDON BY RACHEL BILLINGS

VC LONDON BY RACHEL BILLINGS

What inspired you to first start riding?

It was actually my husband that first got me into riding after giving me his first bike. That & the fact that I didn't want to hang out on the back anymore…Then I met Namin & Mai (the 2 other thirds of VC London) and motorcycles basically turned into our lives .

What do you ride now?

My daily ride is a 1966 Triumph 5ta custom bobber but I also have a CRF 100 for flat track, a Yamaha DT125 2 stroke, an SR125 & a KTM 250 EXC that I share with my other half.

When did VC London first start?

VC london first started in 2015. Myself & Namin met whilst working together in the fashion industry. I had already been riding a while & Namin was just starting out. The we met Mai who really wanted to start riding so we offered to help out & teach her on our bikes. It was this that started us thinking about the obstacles that women face in order to get into bikes & how could go about trying to change things. We put out a post on a little social media account that we started up asking women that wanted to give riding a go to get in touch & we were inundated so we started our free lessons. Since then we’ve given over 250 women their first try on a motorcycle. Our lessons are sort of a taster to riding so after this we then give advice on how to go get more training & go forward to get your license. Some girls go on to get their license, some girls go on to race but then some girls just do it that once & decide its not for them. Either way is cool with us & everyone leaves with a smile. The bottom line is that riding is a dangerous thing to do & you can never forget that. Its not for everyone but helping girls giving something new a try is often pretty amazing to be a part of. 

 Photo by Lucie Bascoul

Photo by Lucie Bascoul

How did it come together? How has it grown and evolved over the years?

Its grown really organically over the last 3 years from beginning with us teaching girls to ride on our old 125cc motorcycles in a disused parking lot in East London to organizing different events in London & all over the UK from dirt riding events in collab with professional motorsports organizations like the Dirt Track Riders Association & Greenfield Dirt Track to events that promote, support & celebrate inspiring women like hosting our live VC team talks (the most recent of which we collaborated on with Red Bull at their HQ in London). We’ve been very very lucky along the way to have had some incredible support from different individuals & organizations (Babes Ride Out included :) ) who really believed in what we were trying to do which has in turn helped us to make some pretty awesome things happen.

What inspired you to first start VC?

It was just a lack of female friendly spaces in the motorcycle world & access to motorcycles to ladies to learn to ride in a really fun, non pressured way. I don’t think we could have ever expected the traction that it would gain after we started out though.

What are some of your most memorable moments at a VC event or training day?

I think every time we teach a girl to ride its been pretty memorable. The great thing for us has been seeing the ladies we’ve taught to ride going away & starting going on their own road trips, starting to race or forming their own riding groups together with others as we always wanted for VC to act as a catalyst & not be your stereotypical idea of a motorcycle club. We dont have members or anything just a massive network of all these ladies doing the most incredible things all over the place and then coming back together once a year to ride, skate, party & hangout together at CAMP VC each year.

 photo by the Costa Sisters

photo by the Costa Sisters

Tell us about Camp VC? What inspired you to start a campout?

After having the amazing opportunity of co-hosting our first large scale event in collaboration with Babes Ride out here in the UK we wanted to continue after this experience to create an event that was a little different to some of the other amazing womens motorcycle based events in the world & that felt really specific towards where we live, how we ride & all these great friendships we were making ,not only through motorcycles but by trying out new things like skateboarding & climbing & trading lessons with other girls for riding lessons.

We love trying out new disciplines with motorcycling so we wanted to bring lots of different riding experiences to site with professional motorsports athletes teaching classes. This year we’ll have enduro riding with Husqvarna & for the first time we have trails riding school which we’re pretty stoked about.

Also teaching ladies to ride & growing the community here in the UK further is also something thats really important to us so we also wanted to have beginners lessons for women that didn’t already ride to experience riding for the first time. This year we have Greenfield Dirt Track & pro flat track racer Leah Tokelove coming to teach the ladies with support from the lovely Babes Ride Out so they're in for a treat!

Finally we wanted to have some inspiring pro female athletes & adventurers get together onsite to present a live talk & Q& A so that women could listen to their experiences & also ask for advice on how to get started out in everything from planning a trip around the world on a motorcycle to  how to start out in flat track racing so VC Team Talks was born. We’ve also got a skateboarding ramp with beginners lessons & demos from quad skaters, bouldering wall, wellness area, yoga classes, off road & road ride outs & to finish everything off theres a massive party every night!

 Photo by rachel billings 

Photo by rachel billings 

What are your goals with Camp VC and VC as a whole?

We’d love to keep growing the event year on year & keep introducing different sports & bringing different women’s adventure & extreme sports communities together. This year were adding bouldering & Trials riding to the event so what knows what next year will hold. We’ve already got  some pretty exciting things in the pipeline for our 2019 event so stay tuned! :) At the bottom of it all though we’d just love to keep providing a gateway for women to come along & try out something new & have a great time

What are your thoughts on the motorcycle industry and community today?  

I still think the motorcycle industry isn't up to speed when speaking about the women’s community. We’re still massively under represented in terms of so much (gear, representation in marketing etc ) & also misrepresented when it comes to alot of stereotypes of how women should be within motorcycles but I’m a big believer that from a complete lack of options will always spring up new & exciting solutions to those problems from people & new grassroots businesses. With more new exciting womens labels, like for instance the amazing Atwlyd & VCC, popping up to more events across the world & opportunities for women to access motorcycles in new ways women are taking the problems into their own hands & solving them from the inside through experience which is awesome to see!

Its a very exciting time to be a female rider in the motorcycle world for sure!

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Jessica Anderson

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 Photo by Jennie Warren

Photo by Jennie Warren

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On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Jessica Anderson


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  • Jessica Anderson
  • @Playfulplumeria
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Senior Tax Representative

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I saw it on Facebook and had just started riding. I knew no one so I figured I had to go to meet people to ride with.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

I was nervous. I hadn’t been camping since I was a teenager. I sent a million annoying questions to Ashmore freaking out about gear and how to get it all there. I did not have a sissy bar and it was a windy day. I have since streamlined everything lol.

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

I did not know anyone. It was kind of out of my comfort zone but I try not to think or worry about things too much. I now go on long solo rides all the time.

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?

It was definitely interesting, especially once we hit the sand but that’s kind of the exciting part, no? Once we got there and got settled, I had a blast ripping back and forth on the dry lake bed. Loved the destination.

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

One night was perfect for the size of our group. I was able to meet, talk to, and make a lot of friends from that night. Everyone was so nice that I didn’t have to worry about food (I barely was able to figure out my camping gear lol).

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

I met a lot of women that day, many of whom I still talk to and hang out with them. A few who I have done long trips with and am looking forward to more. From these women, I was introduced to other guys as well and have a large moto family that I call friends.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here).

Not much has changed besides my moto family. It has expanded, changed, and morphed into something amazing and am so grateful for it.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

I have gone on a million camping/riding trips since then, including BRO. Seems like there are almost one per month if not more. I went to Sturgis a couple years ago with a woman I met at Babes in Borrego and just got back from an almost 3K mile trip with another woman I met in the women’s riding circle.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  

I love watching it grow and seeing all the successes it has brought but in all honesty, I prefer smaller groups. Last year that I went to BRO, I had multiple friends there that I didn’t even really see all weekend which was kind of a bummer.  The nice thing now is you can make the experience whatever you want it seems.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

The moto community holds a special place in my heart and probably always will. I have met lifelong friends but the thing I love the most is the comradery. As a whole, it’s like being in a special club or family just because you ride, where everyone watches out for each other. I have watched complete strangers reach out to help random people just because and it warms my heart. I only wish it was like this in everyday life because I believe we would be a lot better off as a society if we looked after each other more.

 

 

 

Meet Charlotte Dellea and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet

There are countless reasons why any of the bikes in the Triumph Motorcycles Street series are such a perfect bike. They are powerful enough to keep you satisfied no matter your ability.  They are light and maneuverable enough to inspire you to hop on one whether you have been riding your whole life or less than a year. They are classically stylish, versatile and easy to make your own. Meet Charlotte, the proud owner of a brand new Triumph Street Twin. See you in October Charlotte!

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Name: Charlotte Dellea @Misscharlottee

Location: Long Beach, CA

Where are you from?

Huntington Beach, CA

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

About 3 years, but have been riding the most in the past year.

Why do you ride?

Ultimately I love the feeling I get while riding. Once I started, it just became a part of me. My dad actually taught me to ride, so I have him to thank for introducing me to this part of my life. It’s a great father, daughter way to spend time. I’ve also met so many great people and made such amazing friends from riding.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past if any.

My first bike was a 1970 Honda CL350. I first learned to ride on my grandpas older Honda 175 that my Dad held onto over all these years. So naturally I wanted one myself and got the 350.

What bike do you ride now?

Now I ride a Triumph Street Twin.

What first attracted you to Triumph?

I have always loved the look of Triumphs, even before I ever thought I would have gotten into riding. The Bonneville was always my dream bike. I was just too intimidated to start out on it.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

Once I started getting more comfortable riding, I knew I needed something more powerful than my Honda 350. I was starting to go on longer and further rides with the riding friends I made and it was hard to keep up with them. I was finally ready to look into my dream bike, a Triumph. Initially I thought I was going to go with the Bonneville T100, but after researching and test riding, I fell in love with the Street Twin (which is still in the Bonneville family actually).

Where did you buy your Triumph?

From the Triumph Newport Beach. I was lucky enough to have a girl from my riding group working the day I went in to test ride. I hadn’t met her yet at the time but she saw my Litas sweatshirt and came right over and started helping me. I’m so happy it worked out that way because she really made me feel more comfortable with testing out the bike and asking questions.

Tell us what your bike is like to ride?

It’s amazing. It’s smooth, reliable, and fast. I loved my first bike, but it was from 1970 so it wasn’t uncommon for something to go wrong or suddenly need to be repaired. My Street Twin on the other hand is always ready to go.

What made you choose this bike over the other Triumph Models?

I was drawn towards the Street Twin because I felt confident on it and felt that I could handle the bike. I was instantly comfortable on it, even though it was quite a bit more bike than I had been use to previously. The weight is distributed so well on it, making it easier for me to maneuver. Also it’s GORGEOUS! I’m really into that modern classic look.

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your bike?

I’ve had a few adventures on this bike, but I think my favorite so far was my first ride I took after bringing it home from the dealership. I was off work hours early and itching to ride my new bike. I had no idea where to go, but decided to ride south down PCH. I just kept riding and riding until I felt like I had gone far enough to turn around. I know I’m going to have some great adventures in the future on this bike, but there was something about that first ride that I won’t forget.

Would you recommend your bike to other riders? Why?

Absolutely. I think it’s a great bike for anyone. Its maneuverable but still has a lot of power. It’s a bike that you can have for a long time without growing out of.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

Babes Ride Out is currently the road trip I am looking forward to the most! I’ve been wanting to go for years but am finally making it happen this year. A group of friends and I are already starting to plan out what we need to bring, how to bring it, etc. because we’re so excited.

Any recommendations for new riders?

I definitely recommend taking a safety training course. I had been riding for a while before I took the course and I still learned so much from it. It gave me a lot of knowledge, confidence, and overall instantly improved my riding skills.

 

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