Babes Ride Out 6 is coming up fast! Riding in a group? Riding solo? Riding with your road dog? Check out some of our favorite Sena communication devices that will make your trip fun and easy to navigate!
“So many of us have been loving the women’s collection of Red Wing Heritage. The women’s fit and slight refinement of the men’s styles without lowering the leather or manufacturing standards has made styles like the 6” Moc Toe, the Clara and the Iron Ranger “go to” boots for us riders.
Since Fall 2018 is upon us we get to be first to see the brand new women’s Round Toe which will be available in Black Boundary, Copper Rough and Tough, and Colorado Atanado.
Originally developed for farmers, Red Wing introduced the 6-Inch Round Toe work boot in 1919, making it one of our oldest models. The round toe eliminates the need for extra stitching, and the Traction Tred outsole was added in the 1950s for improved mud-shedding grip. Durable and well-designed, the Round Toe combines the comfort of an oxford with the strength of a work boot in a style that dates back almost a century.”
Riding in new territory, especially the Catskills, when roads often have multiple names since they were forged hundreds of years ago can be a nightmare. Thankfully we had our Senas with us to make the route a breeze. Read on to see where we wandered during Babes Ride Out East Coast 3.
The roads were a little bet up from the harsh winter the east coast had received. Our ride lead was able to communicate dangers well in advance.
Once we made it to Roscoe we enjoyed one of the best diner experiences. With a full stomach we were bound and determined to find the infamous Dundas Castle. The area the castle is located is thick with trees, so much in fact you can't see the stones of the house because it blends in so seamlessly with it's environment. Even with directions, we got lost. The best part about it is that even though we split up from the group to try and located this place, we were able to stay synced to our group via Sena Bluetooth.
Being able to stay connected, even when lost, was a true blast. Once we decided to turn around and head in a different direction, we quickly came up on the castle. Of course it was in the last diection we tried.
Finding our way winding through the Catskills was a blast and it was even more sharing instant laughs, "look outs", and jokes along the way. Cheers to staying connected!
Photos By: Maddy Talias
Every kind of motorcycle appeals to different people for different reasons. So many things factor in to the final decision of which bike you choose to make your own. I have been lucky enough to get to ride a fairly wide variety of Triumph Motorcycles over the past few years and they all inspire a certain kind of riding and make you feel a certain kind of way. I got to spend some time on the Speed Triple when I was in the UK and that made me feel super fast and nimble and inspired a more aggressive style of riding. The Street Scrambler is so light and has plenty of power so I cannot help but want to find me a fire road to explore. Well recently I was able to ride the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black through the Catskills on the East Coast.
The term “Bobber” refers to the stripped back style of motorcycle that was originally called a “bob-Job”. The rigid frame and shortened wheel base results in a lower, shorter machine. Like many styles of bike, the inspiration came from the race bikes of the 1930’s and was taken to the streets in the garages and shops of the average rider. The custom scene grabbed a hold of these “bob-job” style bikes and made it their own, as they do. Popular in the Hot Rod scene and always reflecting a home-built modified aesthetic; it wasn’t until the 1990’s that a commercially produced Bobber style motorcycle hit the market.
Here we are in 2018 with this lean mean Bobber version of the Bonneville from Triumph Motorcycles. The stats are all HERE if you want to geek out. Walking up to this bike for the first time it dawned on me that I had never actually rode a rigid frame motorcycle. The Triumph Bobber does have a mono-shock suspension so it is not truly a rigid bike but it still has that sweeping diagonal line between the steering head and the rear axle. The low seat height was pretty nice and definitely one of the first things I noticed once I sat on it. The forward controls took a minute for me to get used to, as always. Overall the bike was really comfortable.
As we took off for the ride to a haunted castle ( standard Catskills kind of adventure ) I realized how cool I felt on that bike. I know that is an extremely uncool thing to say, but it’s true. I felt cool. There is something about the stretched out body positioning that looks like you are just rippin’ without a care in the world. The blacked out paint job is pretty bad ass and the 1200 cc motor leaves nothing to be desired. No matter where we stopped ( a diner, a gas station, roadside ) people would come over to check out the bike and have all kinds of questions. This definitely added to the “me feeling cool” factor. I personally really dig that there is not really an option for a back seat. This bike is for one rider and one rider only which I think is pretty damn sweet. It’s about your own independence. I had an absolute blast on this bike.
I know that many people ride motorcycles for many different reasons. They are dangerous and the decision to ride can not to be taken lightly. Motorcycles can fill your life with so much thrill and excitement. I cannot bring myself to believe that looking cool is not at least a tiny bit part of it for nearly everyone, whether they admit it or not. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel cool even if maybe I don’t look cool on nearly every bike that I have ridden. This does not make up the vast majority of the reason I choose to ride but I'm sure it's in there. There is nothing wrong with feeling cool on a motorcycle, as long as you have the skill, training and responsibility to go with it. Cool is a state of mind anyway isn’t it?
Having seen Tamara glued to her 2008 Triumph Scrambler for the past several years at many B.R.O. events, we were so curious to hear what she thought after getting to experience the all new Triumph Street Scrambler. The grin on her face said it all! Read on to hear more about Tamara's experience on the old vs. the new Scrambler model.
Words & Detail Photos: Tamara Raye Wilson
Riding Photos: Kingdom Creative
Suffice it to say that I’m a motorcycle polygamist, through and through. I love all my bikes for different reasons - for their varied strengths, styles and adventure potential. And while I try not to pick favorites, one has always risen above the rest - my 2008 Triumph Scrambler. My bond with this bike runs so deep that I cannot even fathom camping, road trips, or a daily commute without it. So when Triumph America afforded me the opportunity to take the brand new 2018 Street Scrambler for a spin, I jumped at the chance to see first hand what had changed in the ten years since my own Modern Classic rolled off the assembly line.
The ride, scheduled to take place in Carlsbad, was actually organized to introduce our group to the new Bonneville Speedmaster. I walked by a tidy line of UK license plates hugging the curb when I arrived at the sunny seashore, and admired more than a dozen pristine identical Speedmasters. This re-imagined cruiser has the distinguished style characteristics of its T120 cousin, with a look all of its own. The forward riding position, beach bars, and low rider seat height give it a signatory California-cool attitude. But as I strolled along slowly like a kid in a candy store, I stopped abruptly at a lone Street Scrambler tucked away at the end of the row. Feeling an irresistible gravitational pull towards the Scrambler, I screamed with zero hesitation (and zero tact), “HEY GUYS, CAN I RIDE THIS ONE?!” My enthusiasm must have been convincing...
Moments later I was proudly perched atop the Scrambler, and we were twisting up the tight turns of Palomar Mountain. I immediately noticed a correction in the one major flaw its predecessors are known for - an awkwardly high center of gravity. The 2018 model has been perfectly proportioned with a weight distribution that allows the rider to effortlessly it flick around on the tarmac. Triumph describes the riding position of this motorcycle as ‘commanding’, and I wholeheartedly agree.
At 454 pounds (dry), this bike sports a whopping 3 pounds more than my 2008, but handles like a much lighter and sportier model. Triumph has wisely outfitted the stock Street Scrambler with Metzeler Tourance tires, a service-proven selection that can reasonably handle both on and off-road conditions. This model is almost an inch and a half shorter than previous incarnations, although it may still keep inseam-challenged ladies on their tippy-toes with a relatively tall seat height of 31.1 inches.
The performance of this machine has also been meticulously addressed, quelling any worries I had of keeping up with the 1200cc Speedmasters on our ride. The Street Scrambler spools up in a jiffy, boasting a max torque of 59 ft-lbs at 2,850rpm. The overall maximum power of this model has largely been consistent from year to year with a BHP in the mid-to-high 50’s, but the added ‘oomph’ in torque is clear and apparent off the line. Needless to say, I had no problem catching up to the big twin cruisers on the long winding back roads of our route through Julian. When you’re racing towards a pit stop for Apple Mountain Berry Pie at the Julian Pie Company, speed counts!!!
From sea-level to high elevations, and back again, the Street Scrambler provided a thrilling ride that had me grinning from ear to ear. The neutral positioning and favorable ergonomics of the bike delivered control and maneuverability that translated in a very versatile way to many types of riding - be it bopping along down a dirt trail or putting down some serious miles on a long road trip. Truth be told, I even felt a bit guilty for cheating on my trusty 2008 air-cooled Scrambler with the newer, younger model. Don’t be jealous, ol’ girl, but there may be a new member of the family in the garage sooner than later!
"Slow down and focus on the technique" is the first advice you'll hear from Socal Supermoto's Brian Murray, teacher and owner of this track experience that provides everything including the bikes, gear, pizza, and all the encouragement you can handle. I have to admit, as a first timer I was a little bit intimidated. I am not a fast rider and racing around a track with 13 other ladies I didn't know quickly turned out to be the one of the best experiences I've had on a moto to date.
So what is it exactly? Socal Supermoto is a school that is designed to make you a better rider. The skills you learn in the class translate to any motorcycle (dirt and street). The classes are small which means you get hands on guidance everytime you are on the closed track. Classroom instruction breaks up the day and allows you to hydrate in between your track time (trust us, in full leather riding gear you need it). The school's philosophy is that proper technique not only makes you a safer/better rider, it makes riding much more enjoyable.
What were my biggest takeaways? The biggest take away I learned was slow is OK! I also learned how to effectively use the front braking system safely & to my advantage in turns. I can now read my turns way better and understand where to enter those turns and exit them. I also entered my first race and even though I am 100% non competitive, it somehow came out of me and I had an absolute blast chasing new friends around the track.
How can I take the class? We are glad you asked! We are proud to announce we've teamed up with Socal Supermoto and are supporting 2 more ladies only classes for 2018.
- MAY 19th 2018
- DECEMBER 1st 2018
Click HERE to sign up for this incredible experience. Spots do fill up fast so rally you girls and make a day of it. You won't regret it.
*All inclusive Supermoto School includes Supermoto rental, training, trackfees, photography, t-shirt or hat, and lunch. We also have gear that we rent out for free! Just show up with your gear and water, and we'll cover the rest. We guarantee you'll have the best time you've ever had on two wheels! Need more reasons to take the class? Here ya go!
10 reasons to do a Socal Supermoto Trackday via Brian Murray:
- It's really, really fun
- Speed all you want, no tickets
- Pit next to pros! Guys like Toni Elias, Max Biaggi, Darryl Atkins, etc can be found training at socal supermoto tracks
- Riding on the track is far safer than the street
- Become a better rider
- Valentino Rossi's street bike is a supermoto
- Back it in!
- Can't decide between street or dirt, ride both!
- That person in the cubicle next to you would never do it
- It's really, really fun