At last year's first BRO in the East Coast we weren't sure what to expect. With fingers crossed for decent weather and a group of incredible women, we set out to produce our first event outside of California. I can honestly say we met some some the most sincere, kind, and good time loving ladies in the world at Babes Ride Out East Coast and because of them, we decided to make the event annual (you are stuck with us ladies!). Meet Meghan, BRO EC alumni, lover of street and offroad, and proud new owner of her dream bike, a 2016 Triumph Scrambler!
Name: Meghan Milligan @meggymilly
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bike(s): 2016 Triumph Scrambler/1996 Kawasaki KX125/1992 Suzuki DR350
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into bikes:
I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for about four years now and work in digital production at American Eagle/Aerie Corporate. Motorcycles were never in my life growing up. There wasn’t a family member to pass the torch or a friend that exposed me to the joys of two wheels. When I lived in Chicago I was addicted to the adrenaline of riding my road bike through moving traffic and weaving between lanes — but I wanted more. I started studying the motorcycle manual, but before I ever got to taking the next step I moved to Pittsburgh for a job. A few months later I met my boyfriend, Adam, the one who has completely changed my life with riding. He first taught me how to ride on his 2011 KTM EXC 450, which was definitely an intimidating bike to learn on. At that moment, I just wanted to ride street and would have never thought I would become as obsessed with riding off-road as I am today.
What is your favorite kind of riding?
OFF-ROAD! I love riding street (especially with my brand new baby — my Triumph Scrambler), but in my opinion, there is nothing better that riding dirt. I first started learning off-road with my 1992 Suzuki DR350 and have now moved on to the sweet life of two strokes with my 1996 Kawasaki KX125. You’re always challenging yourself with riding off-road. I love ripping through single-track trails coming across rocky terrain, log crossings, and other obstacles that our planet’s natural playground throws your way. And no matter your skill level, you’re continuously learning new obstacles. Riding enduro fuels your body with such an adrenaline rush that even when you wipe out you’re eager to jump right back up on your bike & go. It’s an addiction.
What has been you bike evolution? Walk us through your first bike to current bike and tell us a little about each:
My first bike was a 1972 Honda CL175 Scrambler — just a little guy to get comfortable with riding, however, I grew out of it pretty fast. Then I moved on to my 1992 Suzuki DR350 that was later stolen from our garage when I didn’t even own it for a full year. Miraculously it has recently been recovered by the police after almost two years of it being stolen, but it’s in very rough shape (I now have a project bike on my hands)! I was out of an off-road bike and then was surprised with a 1996 Kawasaki KX125 from Adam two Christmas’ ago — had a big red bow & everything! Since then, I learned how to rebuild a 1972 Honda CB500 with Adam showing me the ropes of moto mechanics, and also rode a 1976 Honda CB750 Super Sport. I was continuously putting money into my unreliable CBs and finally decided to take the plunge and put my money towards a brand new bike — my 2016 Triumph Scrambler.
Tell us about your new bike, that pristine Triumph Scrambler!
My moto dreams came true this past November when I bought a 2016 Triumph Scrambler from Mosites Motorsports — a local dealer outside of Pittsburgh. The older bikes I owned were not 100% reliable so I needed something that I wouldn’t have to constantly worry about. I always dreamed of owning a Triumph and finally decided it was the right time to make it happen!!
The Scrambler originally caught my eye since I ride off-road. It was everything I was looking for — a modern bike that notes to the classic street scrambler look from the 60s. Not only does the Triumph Scrambler look absolutely beautiful (especially with those head turning high-side pipes), but the bike handles great. I can take it on mild dirt roads without a problem thanks to the suspension and semi-knobby tires. Whenever I ride my Scrambler it feels like I’m starting up my own personal spaceship. The ride is so smooth it’s as if I’m flying through the road.
You came to our first ever BABES EC. Tell us about the experience:
Babes Ride Out East Coast was seriously one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Whenever I first heard of BRO I was dying to head out to the West Coast event, but it was difficult for me to attend living on the other side of the country. I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I saw that there would now be an East Coast event. Last year I wasn’t able to ride since I got in a motorcycle accident two days before BABES EC, but it was still everything I thought it would be. As soon as you pull up you are surrounded by positivity and feel as if you have known these ladies your whole life — nice girl central! The campsite is ideal and the roads throughout the Catskills are filled with beautiful scenery. It’s so great to be surrounded by hundreds of moto lovin’ ladies and party with them all weekend long!
What did you like the most?
The amazing ladies you connect with! I met so many incredible women at last year’s BABES EC and felt like I knew them my whole life. It’s great meeting so many female riders that live all across the country — near & far. It’s kind of like summer camp — you’re just so excited each year to go back and ride/party with all the rad people you met.
Who are you rolling with this year?
I’ll be rolling up this year with my ladies — The Maulies. We are a Pittsburgh female riding group where we strive to carve out a space for female riders in our area. Recently we have been working on events such as hosting a Ladies Season Kickoff Party so women who ride in our area can connect, along with a local event for International Female Ride Day that we have been planning with other female riders in Pittsburgh. I’m just super stoked to actually be able to ride this year. Not only am I excited to ride all throughout the Catskills with my ladies, but the journey itself to BABES EC will be great! After Babes Ride Out East Coast, I’ll also be riding my way down to North Carolina to spend a week in the Smokey Mountains (so I’ll definitely be breaking in that new Scrambler this June)!!
Any words of wisdom to ladies who may be on the fence about attending Babes Ride Out EC2?
DO IT! I was on the fence last year because of my accident, but after attending, I would have been full of regret if I didn’t go. The awesome energy of BABES EC made it seem like I wasn’t injured at all! I had the most incredible time, even without my bike. Once you get to Babes Ride Out East Coast you are immediately welcomed and feel at home. If you want to experience one of the best weekends of your life, BUY A TICKET!
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