We first met Jasmine Rose when she hopped across the pond to ride Babes Ride Out UK with us. Clearly she has got a thing for all things British because she just got her self a brand new Triumph Bonneville T120 from Thousand Oaks Powersports ! Only days after riding off the lot she hit the road for a summer road trip. Currently en route to Yellowstone via Valley of Fire, Salt Lake City, and the Grand Tetons! Read about Jasmine and why she chose the Triumph Bonneville T120!
How long have you been riding motorcycles?
I learned to ride about a year and a half ago. As many others before me have experienced, learning to ride a motorcycle has changed my life dramatically. In the time that I have been on two wheels, I completely changed my career and met my best friends. My life currently revolves around motorcycles- I work for Harley-Davidson, the majority of my closest friends ride, and I no longer own a car.
Why do you ride?
Riding eases my anxiety, puts a smile on my face, and gets me everywhere I need to go. My bike is my main of transportation, so I ride to get groceries, go to shows, and grab dinner with friends. I ride to donuts. I ride to National Parks. I ride because it seems to be part of my DNA. My father has always had bikes. Unfortunately, it did not ever occur to him to share that with his eldest daughter as I grew up. We never had a close relationship, because he literally only ever talks about motorcycles. I didn’t understand it before, but I sure do now. It's the one thing we can bond over.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.
Previous to the T120, my first motorcycle was a Yamaha Bolt C-Spec. She was a lovely shade of British Racing Green.
What first attracted you to the new Triumph T120?
Styling, performance, function. I love the classic elements that this model drew from the 1959 Bonneville. Also, how could I say no to the perfect combination of black and white and gold? I love that the gold stripes on my tank are hand painted.
How did you know it was the bike for you?
My affinity for British culture extends to their motorcycles. I had always been drawn to the Bonneville, especially. Last summer before BRO4, I took my Yamaha in for service at Thousand Oaks Power sports. The guys at T.O.P. prepped some Triumphs for me to test ride upon my request. That was my first experience with the T120. I also test road the Thruxton 1200. Such a beautiful bike (that British Racing Green!) and fun to ride, but I knew that the riding position was not something I could sustain for prolonged periods. My bike is my daily commuter, and I like long rides and road trips. The Bonneville T120 felt right, is much easier to handle than my Bolt, and the 1200cc engine is the perfect step up from my 950cc. No more lagging behind my friends on their 1200 Sportsters and Dynas! Also, I have a long inseam and prefer to sit taller on my bike, which is one reason why, despite my working for Harley-Davidson, I chose a Triumph over a Harley.
Tell us what it is like to ride?
Riding a motorcycle might just be the closest thing to riding a witches’ broom as one might find.
“Before, I was not a witch. But now I am one.”
What made you choose the T120 over the other Triumph Models?
I test rode the Thruxton 1200, the new Scrambler and the Bonneville T120. The larger engine is preferable for how much and how far I ride, as well as keeping up with those I ride with most. The Scrambler was really fun, but the extra power of the T120 is ideal for me.
What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your new T120
The adventure is happening as I type! I purchased this bike just in time to break it in a trip to Yellowstone National Park with some of the best and most badass women I know. We just rode through the Logan Canyon, bubbling creek on one side and pine-covered canyons on the other. Today we did Utah to Idaho to Wyoming and back into Idaho.
Do you have any fun road trips planned?
Currently en route to Yellowstone via Valley of Fire, Salt Lake City, and the Grand Tetons! Can you believe how beautiful North America is?!
Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?
BRO UK was my first Babes Ride Out experience. I was fortunate to attend 2 BRO events in 2016, and let me tell you- it is beyond anything one can describe. Joshua Tree is gorgeous and conveniently located for us here in Los Angeles, but BRO UK takes the cake. Meeting the VC London girls, along with loads of new friends from the UK and friends from the US- and then riding from London to Wales with these girls… I would do it over and over again. I am in love with the United Kingdom, with their history, their landscape, their literature, their music, and their tea time . Two wheels across cobblestone streets, round roundabouts, twisting on narrow country lanes, skirting herds of sheep, crossing centuries old bridges, searching for crumbling castles, and turning corners into a galloping band of silvery wild horses. Simply put, you just had to be there.
Some of the London girls came out to BRO4, and it was the perfect reunion. Such vastly different landscapes, and such incredibly different women from all over, but the instant camaraderie is magical. We connect in a way that no other hobby or special interest has ever done for me. Those who ride have a particular instinct for risk and adventure and individuality, and Babes Ride Out has brought all of us together in one incredibly fun camping event.