Amy Batog has been helping us with Babes Ride Out East Coast for the past 2 years. She is one of the first faces to great you as you pull into event space as she is one of the kindest, most fun, and sincere ladies we know. Amy purchased her Triumph Bonneville last year after renting one to experience the Babes Ride Out JOshua Tree event. The classic look, perfect height, and incredible handling capabilities sealed the deal and a few weeks after she got home, a Triumph Bonneville was in her agarage.
- Name: Amy Batog
- Location: Philadelphia, PA
- Instagram handle: @acbatog
What you do for a living: Photographer for Anthropologie
How long have you been riding motorcycles? A little over 3 years.
Why do you ride motorcycles? I ride because I got tired of riding on the back of my stepdad’s motorcycle. My personality really thrives on going through new and sometimes uncomfortable situations. Learning to ride was just another way to build my confidence. Riding truly revitalizes my day to day and that’s something I really value.
Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past. 1986 Honda Rebel 450
What first attracted you to Triumph? The classic look.
How did you know it was the bike for you? I rented a Triumph Bonneville when I flew out for Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree in 2016. It was the first time I had ridden one. The way my body was positioned on the seat felt natural-I felt more in control in an upright position. I was ready for an upgrade from my old bike, so this experience gave me direction on what I would be looking for in the next.
Tell us what it is like to ride? All my senses are heightened; it’s a very stimulating and raw experience. It feels more like I’m a part of the environment as opposed to just living in it.
What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models? One thing that really solidified my choice to buy the 2010 model was the slightly lower and narrower seat. I had tested many others but this one really just fit like a glove for me. What also appealed to me was that it had a pair of 17” wheels.
What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Babes Ride Out east coast last year! It was about a month after I got it and the first long ride I took on it.
Do you have any fun road trips planned? I’m hoping to ride down to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking and camping. I’ve only driven through it several years ago, but I think riding would really amp up the experience.
Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out? I went into my first Babes Ride Out event feeling really nervous, having struggled with social anxiety since I was young. I left feeling empowered, inspired, and with a deep sense of belonging. Not only did I go on some unforgettable rides, I also gained some lasting friendships. It’s an event I look forward to every year.