I fell for the Triumph Scrambler on back roads along the Delaware River this summer. It was the lightest street bike I had ridden and taking it on off road detours with a "hey, let's go see where that road leads to" mentality was the theme of the day. I loved it so much I borrowed one for Babes Ride Out 5. I didn't know it then, but this bike was the catalyst for my great escape...
I won't bore you with the details that go into producing Babes Ride Out, but it's a lot of work. Often, Anya and myself do not get the chance to leave the property so when we do, we are incredibly grateful. When I was tossed the keys to a brand new Triumph Scrambler with a full tank of gas, I immediately grabbed my helmet, 1 friend, and left the campsite in my dust. As the event space distanced itself in my mirrors, I felt an overwhelming sense of calmness and an increasing sense of exhilaration.
With wide handlebars, low seat height, and incredible suspension, I felt in control and the bike seemed more predictable. This sort of smoothness and the ride by wire system (enhances throttle response for even more control and response) gave me more confidence to pick up my speed. I headed to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance to see how it would handle on the wide twisting roads.
Flying through the park on the Scrambler felt like a baptism of sorts with all the worry, anxiety, and tiredness washing out of me the moment I took the first corner. Floating through the pristine desert landscape with such ease almost felt like I was cheating. Time seemed to go by way too fast as I neared the exit of the park. With a renewed sense of energy and excitement from the ride, I headed back to camp.
Once off the bike and back to work I realized just how badly I needed that time to myself. The Triumph Scrambler was my escape, a time to clear my head and appreciate the most beautiful landscape on one of the most fun machines I have ever ridden. I was able to create lasting memory with a friend, completely de-stress, and truly connect myself to nature and machine.