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Passionate about Motorcycle Gear? Meet Cait from the California Moto Market

PeopleAnya Violet

After getting her first motorcycle, Cait found it really hard to find womens riding gear available for her to try on. She knew that there were some great companies out there but could not find it in stores anywhere. This inspired her to create the California Moto Market! What started as a local womens motorcycle gear shopping event has been growing into a multi destination roadshow that has making its way across the USA. She has pop-ups planned in Denver, Chicago and Seattle and much much more in 2019. Read on to learn more!

Alyssa Bridges @alyssab123

Alyssa Bridges @alyssab123

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, spending every winter on snowmobiles (which is practically required there) and vaguely remember my mother telling me never to get on the back of a motorcycle! I have been a hairdresser for nearly 10 years now, and will probably always keep that up. I almost don’t remember what it was like before motorcycles came into my life, and I think I’m really ok with that!

My first bike was a 1980 Honda Hobbit Moped. I might have bought it just for the name.. But the second I took off on that thing, the whole world shifted. About a year later, I sold it for gas money to get to California and once I was out here, I picked up a mint 1976 Kawasaki KH100. I found a helmet off Craigslist, a leather jacket at the thrift store, and set off learning how to shift in my neighborhood. I learned how to clean and tune a carb, rewire turn signals, and clean rust out of a tank. I even hauled that thing out to Babes Ride Out 4 ! It didn’t like being away from sea-level and mostly didn’t run.. But that definitely lit a fire in me. A month later I borrowed my friend Jayme’s Yamaha SR400 and after a quick 2 months and 2k miles.. I sold my car and bought my first Moto Guzzi V7. Might as well go all-in, right?

Amanda Bashir @musiqaddict26

Amanda Bashir @musiqaddict26

Somewhere along the way I started looking for riding gear, figuring that with the large amount of daily-riders in SoCal, it should be relatively easy to find some decent options. Oh boy, was I wrong. Here I was in motorcycle Mecca, and my only options are overly branded Harley jackets or sportbike-style track leathers, or even worse: riding gear designed by men who have only been described what a woman looks like, but has never seen one in person.

Now, there were definitely companies making awesome women’s riding gear back then.. but was it available in local retailers? Hell no. Were they interested in stocking it for us? Also hell no.

 This was the inspiration behind starting California Moto Market.. Bring together all the companies making women’s motorcycle gear in one place, so women can try things on in person and leave with the gear they love. [It’s not a new concept.. Stores have literally existed for centuries.] The side effects we’ve seen in the 3 years we’ve been running this market have been numerous.. riding groups started, brands created and launched, connections and collaborations everywhere.. we didn’t start the fire- but we sure as hell fanned the flames.

Our goal has been the same from the beginning: Get the gear to the ladies. One thing has shifted though, and that was how far we are willing to travel to make our point. Last year was the first time that the Moto Market has ventured outside of California, and it was interesting to see the reactions. Here we are bringing Stellar Moto Brand and Tobacco Motorwear to states that aren’t even used to wearing helmets… It’s been incredible seeing these women finally find something that fits them well, looks great, and offers all the protection they need while riding.

 And this year.. Well we’ve set our sights even further! We’ve checked San Rafael, Austin and Orange County off our list, with Denver, Chicago, Seattle and Las Vegas ahead of us! We’re so excited to work with local makers and share our favorite SoCal brands. The best way to find out where we’re going and who’s coming with is to follow us on Instagram: @californiamotomarket or check out our website www.californiamotomarket.com.

 

2019 Pop-Up Schedule

 Sunday July 28th, 11am-6pm

Triumph of Seattle

7409 Aurora Ave, Seattle, WA

More dates to follow, click HERE to stay updated

 

Sacha Braddock & her 2008 Harley Sportster 883XL | 1 Year in and a Lifetime to Go

PeopleAnya Violet

Sacha Braddock just had her 1 year moto anniversary! She didn’t grow up around bikes or have any friends that could introduce her to bikes but she found her way to a life on two wheels anyway. Through her experiences on her Harley-Davidson 883XL Sportster and her first ride to BRO6 she has found a great community of motorcyclists and a passion that will last a lifetime. Read on to get to know more about her.

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Sacha Braddock @Sacha_braddock

How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started? 

Last week, March 14th, was my first bike anniversary. For as long as I can remember I've wanted a motorcycle, I was not raised around motorcycles nor did I have anyone in my family or friend circle to introduce me to them. When I was living in Houston I decided a scooter would be my training wheels to getting a motorcycle (silly me I should have just gotten a motorcycle), so I got my license for that 150cc scooter. Finally a year ago my friend was looking to sell his bike and it happened to be perfect timing financially and I was able to buy it cash.

Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles? 

Honestly growing up I wanted to ride because anytime I would see a woman on a bike I could see myself on that bike. Women who rode were bad ass and strong. Now that I finally have a motorcycle I see that these women are so much more than just bad ass and strong, and being a part of such a wonderful community of women riders, getting on my bike to sum it up is simply freeing. My job requires me to spend tons of time in my car and on airplanes that when the weekend comes my goal is to not get in a car and only ride my moto!

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own:

My 2008 Sportster 883XL is my first and only bike, for now.

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What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson? 

I will have to answer this question by saying what first attracted me to my particular Harley Davidson was how shiny and clean the chrome was. I always knew that I wanted a bike and when my friend rode what is now my motorcycle to the gym, I sat on it and fell in love. I began to do more research on the Sportster in particular and absolutely feel in love. Ergonomically it seems like the perfect fit for someone my height, it was just a fly looking bike that I knew I needed to have.

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

I remember asking my friend if I could cruise around the neighborhood one day after we worked out. Mind you I hadn't actually ridden a motorcycle since my safety course so the ride itself I am sure was funny to watch. For me that first ride, I just knew, this was my bike.

Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike: 

To sum it up I would have to say powerful. Now I know my bike is an 883, but I went from an 150cc scooter to my sportser and to me it is powerful. Rolling the throttle makes you physically go faster but feeling that speed from the wind to my pipes, those 10 year old stock pipes still rip.

What made you choose your model over the other H-D models? 

I wish I had a compelling story, but in all reality all of the stars aligned and at the end was my Sportster. My friend was finally ready to sell his bike to me, I had just closed on my condo and I was able to buy this bike cash. Do not get me wrong there were plenty of bikes out there that I could have purchased but I wanted this Sportster and when everything just came together I knew this was my bike.

Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:

My bike only has a few modifications, I have Roland Sands adjustable levers because I have smaller hands. Keystone handlebars with Vans grips and I put an LED bulb in my headlight. I love the classic look of my Sportster so my next modification will be to upgrade my pipes and swap out all of my lights to LED. I need to be seen and heard!

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike? 

Babes Ride Out 6 through Joshua Tree through the park is hands down to date my favorite adventure. It was a dream come true that I didn't even know I had. Last year was my first Babes Ride out and I really didn't have much freeway experience so a few of my friends that I ride with every weekend, towed her out there for me. I am beyond grateful for those women at my camp at babes! Kim who was a Babes veteran guided us through Joshua Tree park, we cruised both sides of Pioneer town and all through 29 Palms. It was the best learning experience because I was surrounded by so many women who were helping me along the way.

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Do you have any fun road trips planned? 

This year I am riding to Babes Ride Out 7! Thankfully my local community of women that I ride with have really been awesome and taking me out on longer freeway rides getting me ready for Babes and all the future moto adventures to come!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?

A fucking dream come true! Babes was just about 6 months after I bought my bike and I still didn't have the time or confidence to ride that distance on the freeway so the women I ride with in long beach rented a trailer and towed my bike out for me. Being that I didn't grow up camping, naturally I had my concerns, where was I going to shower, would there be hot water and were there bugs. Lucky for me my friend was a camping and Babes professional not only did they tow my bike but I was one of the last few to check in Thursday night any my tent was all set up! Friday morning is when it really hit me, walking to "town" passing all the bikes and tents, I think I said good morning to every single babe I passed with the biggest smile on my face. I remember thinking to myself "this must be what those folks who love Disneyland feel like". Babes was my Disneyland. I met the most amazing women who really guided me on my longest rides to date. Riding through Joshua Tree 15 deep was magical to say the least. I am not a mushy woman but I probably hugged and thanked women I just met because I was simply happy to be surrounded by them.

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Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?

Always ride your own ride. There is a whole community of women out there that you can ride with, when you are ready and even when you are not they are there. If you have no experience or decades of experience find that community, that group of riders that you have seen mashing down the freeway, they look badass and they where you were once. Have fun, I often think way too much about everything but with my bike I gear up and get out, I can ride 5 miles or 50 it doesn't matter as long as you ride. Most importantly always gear up, summer time comes, people are cruising down PCH with tank tops and Vans. It will be tempting to not wear all your gear all the time trust me. Fight that urge, there are so many companies out there with protective gear that is safe and looks great.

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Megan Margeson and her 1964 Harley Davidson Panhead Chopper

PeopleAnya Violet

It’s pretty hard to miss Megan Margeson at our events! She usually rolls in with her mom, both of them on insanely cool choppers. She has even won a couple of awards for her bike at our events over the years. Megan comes from a true motorcycle family and we got to catch up with her to hear more about her 1964 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper and one of the best moto trips of her life. Read on to hear more.

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Megan Margeson @MeganMargeson

What you do for a living? 

Middle School Science Teacher

How long have you been riding motorcycles and how did you get started? 

I got my first dirt bike when I was 7, rode on the back of my dad's Harley for the first time when I was 8, got my motorcycle license when I was 18, and finished building my bike when I was 23.

Why do you ride motorcycles / What do you get out of riding motorcycles? 

Motorcycles have always been something that my family did together. What started as family trips to the desert to go dirt bike riding (which still happens) has grown into 5,000 mile trips on our choppers. I think family is what makes motorcycles so important to me. While the feeling of riding is, of course, what keeps me getting on the bike, being able to share in these adventures with my family makes it even more special.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past / currently own:

Past- Honda 70, Kawasaki KX 65, Kawasaki KX 85, Honda CRF 250R Current- 1964 Harley Davidson Panhead Chopper, 2002 Suzuki RM125, and a mini chopper

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What first attracted you to Harley-Davidson? 

I was born into a Harley family. My dad got his 1949 Pan Shovel when I was 8, which was originally owned by my late uncle. Once I started riding on the back, I was immediately hooked. Shortly after, my mom purchased a Harley Davidson Heritage Classic. After riding that for a few years, she decided she wanted a chopper like my Dad's, so they started building her Shovelhead. Growing up, it was never a question as to 'if' I would ride but just a matter of 'when'. When I turned 18, I signed up for a motorcycle safety course and got my license. Once I started riding, my Dad said we could start building a chopper for me! About 6.5 years of building later, my chopper was complete!

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

I can't think of anything more special than having a bike that my dad built for me. The amount of love, sweat, and tears that went into this bike make it my most prized possession. We built it from the ground up, with me in mind every step of the way. I am more on the petite side and we built it to fit me perfectly. Since we built it, I was able to design every aspect of the bike: from the seat, to the sissy bar, to the paint, etc.

Tell us what it is like to ride your particular bike: 

I have ridden other types of bikes, but nothing has come close to my bike. Firstly, I am just very comfortable on my bike because it was built for me. Being comfortable is so important! Secondly, the feeling of a springer front end is my favorite! I just love hitting a bump in the road and feeling that bounce of the springer as I continue down the highway. It is a hardtail, so I am always sure to remember my kidney belt. While a bump in the road every now and then can be fun, going down the 405 freeway with no suspension can be quite painful.

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What made you choose your model over the other H-D models? 

In all honesty, when we started building my bike, I wasn't going to be picky. I was just happy to be building a bike! My parents actually got the motor by trading their friend their old 1954 Chevy Truck for my panhead motor. I feel like when I say that, people assume I'm really spoiled (which... I guess I am, in a way). My Dad always said his goal was to build me a bike. He said he didn't have a lot to leave me with, but a bike was something he could do. Because money doesn't grow on trees at my house, it took us about 6.5 years to build my bike. I'm not complaining by any means. If anything, it made me appreciate it that much more.

Any modifications? Tell us about them if so:

Since we built it, pretty much everything can be considered a modification. I designed the king and queen style seat with Danny Grey, even had memory foam and gel put into it... worth every penny! The mustang tank, custom fender, and wishbone frame were painted by Chris Morrison, Richard LaPorte, and Dennis Babin. I wanted the bike to be period correct, so I tried to make design choices to reflect that, as well as South Bay Chopper history. The 13' over Fat's springer front end, "South Bay Swoop" style sissy bar, stainless steel auxiliary gas tank, and Dick Allen two-into-one exhaust are all elements of "old-school South Bay" choppers.

What has been you favorite adventure you have taken on your bike? 

Last Summer, my parents and I took a 5,000 mile trip to Canada. We went up the coast from Torrance, CA up into Canada, down through Idaho, stopped by Sturgis, went all the way down to New Mexico, and back up to California. We had a few bike issues along the way, which just adds to the adventure. Riding old bikes means that break downs are inevitable. We come as prepared as possible and do our best to keep up on maintenance, but things shake loose and pieces wear down. Breaking down multiple times just reminded me how wonderful the Harley Davidson community truly is. Three different strangers invited us into their homes to work on the bikes. A tow truck driver, who happens to be Harley rider, gave us a ridiculous deal on the tow. One man in Montana let my dad borrow his bike while my dad's was taken apart. Another man let us borrow one of his tools and just asked that we mail it back to him once we get home. Phil and Lydia of Cycle Works in Lynwood, CA overnighted us a Shovelhead head to borrow so that we could make it home! And countless riders stopped on the side of the road to make sure we were okay. When I begin to lose faith in humanity, the motorcycle community is there to remind me that good people still exist!

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Do you have any fun road trips planned? 

This coming Summer, my parents and I will be riding up to Alaska and across through Canada!

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out? (if you have not attended, tell us what you are looking forward to the most): 

When people ask me what Babes Ride Out is like, I find it so difficult to put the experience into words. It is the most liberating experience. It is the one place in the whole world that I feel I can go and not a single soul is judging me. We ride together during the day, and dance like no one is watching by night. Every woman there is so, incredibly supportive and we are all there because we have a mutual love that we can connect with: motorcycles. I finished building my bike the night before Babes Ride Out 2017. It was my goal to be able to take its maiden voyage to Joshua Tree for the event and put it in the Real Deal Bike Show. Not only did I make it there with no issues, I took home Best Vintage Bike and People's Choice! Could not have picked a better place to take our first ride together. Babes Ride Out is a safe place where I can sit at a random table and eat dinner with women I have never met and by the end of the meal, feel as if I had known them forever. When I'm out in public and see a woman in a Babes Ride Out hat, I always run up and introduce myself. Even though we have never met, the experience of BRO unites us. Babes Ride Out isn't just a campout, its a community.

Any advice for ladies who want to get started on two wheels?

TAKE A SAFETY COURSE!! Since I had been riding dirt bikes my whole life, I didn't see the need in taking a riding course. However, since I was under 21, the state of California required I did and I am so thankful for that! To this day, I think back to techniques I learned in the course while I am out riding. It not only strengthened my riding abilities but taught me what to do in unsafe situations.

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Meet the Ladies of Triumph and See What They've Got Going On at Babes Ride Out 6

People, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

We are thrilled to welcome the ladies of Triumph Motorcycles to Babes Ride Out 6! On site they will be showing off their 2019 street line up, answering all your questions, hosting the MOTO GAMES (sign up by clicking HERE), and operating the BABES RIDE OUT 6 mobile post office! Bring your roladex full of addresses so you can send them a FREE postcard from Babes Ride Out 6. Meet Triumph’s best Teri and Emily below and make sure to welcome them both to their first Babes Ride Out events!

Teri Carter

I jokingly say that I crashed my way into the motorcycle industry; after nine years as a Marine, my military career was cut short due to some injuries sustained at Willow Springs International Raceway while testing tires on my Yamaha R6. Since that time, I have been fortunate to assist in the growth and development of brands such as Icon Motorsports, ScorpionEXO, Leatt Protectives and now, Triumph Motorcycles. I have ridden countless hours in the deserts of California and blew up more than one motor at full speed heading back to camp. I raced 600cc motorcycles nationally, winning a Super Sport championship in 2009. That same year I fell in love with a superbike racer and followed him all the way to Georgia from southern California. In 2010 we got married and decided to make the next moto super human (she’s still in training); our daughter, Petra, will be six next month.
Lately, I have found myself longing for adventure rides that will take me to quiet overlooks or a cascading waterfall. We have a garage full of motorcycles and truthfully, I don’t care what bike I ride; I am simply grateful for all the incredible things that two-wheels have brought tom my life. I am dedicated to growing motorcycle awareness and I feel compelled to get kids on bikes to build the future of our industry.
Insta: @TerGoLyn

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Emily Slaughter

Some of my fondest memories growing up were going to dirt bike races with my dad, and there was no challenge I wasn’t ready to meet when it came to pounding adrenaline.  I race obstacle courses, have competed in downhill mountain bike racing, rock climb, white water kayak, and even photographed brides on their wedding day for 12 years and survived (that's probably my biggest feat!).  I got my motorcycle license when I turned 18 and never fell in love with a bike until I was at a track day and saw a 2010 Triumph Speed Triple.  I was in love!  Little did I know that through a series of unfortunate events I’d end up working in their marketing department.  I have a Street triple that has given me so many smiles per mile, on and off the track, and have had such an amazing crazy ride.  The motorcycle industry has become a second home for this gearhead, and I can’t wait to see where the road ahead takes me.  But for now, I’m SO stoked for my first year at babes Ride Out!

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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Britt Germann

PeopleAnya Violet

Britt Germann has not missed a Babes Ride Out event yet! She is one of the original 50 women who rode out with us 5 years ago to Babes in Borrego! She’s been riding since she was a teenager and in her words “ female rider were few and far between back then”. The BRO community has carved out a special place in her heart over the years “I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.” Read on to learn more about Britt! See you next week at BRO6!

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On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years. 


Britt Germann


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· FULL NAME - Britt Germann

· INSTAGRAM HANDLE - @brittgermann

· LOCATION - Los Angeles, CA

· OCCUPATION - Art Dealer

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it? Well, @blondezillagirl said I’d be missing out if I didn’t come. I was pretty new to LA - from Canada -  I was excited to explore Socal + meet other women who ride. Plus, I love camping.

When you arrived at the meet up, what were your first thoughts? Happy - tons of women riders, and everybody was excited. The buzz was real, big smiles all around.

Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing? I knew three people prior @blondezillagirl, @gringo_luva + @littlelindseymarie. Almost everybody, everywhere, in California were new to me at that time, and many of the 50 came from outside of LA - the experience was a new one in many ways! I have been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager in different parts of Canada, including the Pacific Coastal Mountain Range, where the season is short, wet and cold - women motorcyclists were few and far between.

To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy.  What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination? It was exciting, I got the feeling pretty much right away that the group + it's leads, knew what they were doing on the road so the camping part should be a no-brainer. It can be dangerous to ride with people you don't know. At times, other riders do not know what they are doing though this group was on their game, and it is a serious game. As @littlelindseymarie has said...'it isn't Bingo..it's Motorcycle Riding...!'

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. I  remember getting to the camp out, and as twilight grew, some of the women jumped back on their bikes and were ripping, and I mean fast, back and forth across the dry lake bed - leather bikini tops, hair flying. It made me nervous, and I tried to stop watching. Even so, it was great, I can still smell the freedom in the air. I hope to never forget that.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch? I have made a few good friends because of that night, for sure. I remember Sonora Jack - https://dirtyfree.blogspot.com/ - showing up in the wee hours that night - saw a single tiny headlight drive by and double back, then pick it's way on the dirt road toward the bonfire.  I could not believe my eyes....who is that? She must be thirsty ! - we grabbed cold ones and ran toward her, she'd just pulled in from AZ. I think she'd had a flat along the way, unreal that she found us! I get shy around people sometimes, though shared experiences, particularly the really special shared experiences - can be like a powerful hug pulling people close. Babes Ride Out is like that.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here) Lots of changes, loving LA - thank you, Angelenos. Working on a gallery project, it looks like we are opening in LA, next year.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who? Haven't missed a Babes Ride Out, and hope not to. I like to ride day trips in Malibu + Hwy 2, in Angeles Crest National Forest. Can recall this minute an epic trip to Palomar one wet summer day + Big Wheel/Little Wheel camp outs w The Cretins! Love those guys. 

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  It's been really interesting to see massive growth, in both Babes Ride Out + the Women's Moto Movement at the same time - Babes Ride Out has helped fuel growth in the Women’s Moto Movement. I sometimes see a woman on the sidewalk or in a car, looking wistfully as my bike rolls by, because motorcycle riding not only looks cool, it is a really exhilarating sport, it is just great. Sometimes, I think to myself that I don't know which I like more, the motorcycles or the motorcycle riders, and I'm just glad I don't have to choose.

I must also say, I try never to forget that Motorcycle riding is sometimes without warning, a very scary and deadly sport. I try to remember that when I get on a motorcycle I may never get off that motorcycle. Sometimes, I wonder if riding motorcycles comfortably requires a touch of stupidity, or something close, especially when I'm in a car watching riders hurdle down the highway. Which I love to do. I ask my friends and family to know that if I die, or get close, doing this, know that I loved it and knew the risks.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole? I try to encourage women to come to Babes Ride Out even if they are only thinking or wishing that they rode. Anya and Ashmore have created a really wonderful and welcoming community, in founding Babes Ride Out. It takes a long time to learn how to ride, and ride comfortably, for some people. It is ok. People need to take time with this sport. Babes Ride Out is a great place for women to ask questions and seek answers, to meet people, to make friends, to learn more about bikes and riding. I ski a lot, and motorcycling riding is a lot like skiing, if I see someone with their gear, or someone sees me, it's an instant hello. It's really nice.


  

Cheryl Maples Explains Why Her 2018 Triumph Bobber Black Was the Perfect Combination of Speed, Response, and Beauty

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Dealerships can be a tiny bit intimidating to a rider who is looking to purchase off the showroom floor as the choices can be overwhelming as every bike has their own appeal. Cheryl Maples found herself staring at 2018 Triumph Bobber Black, a bike she didn't even know was on the market, while accompanying her friend to look for her first bike at Motoprimo Motorsports in Lakeville Minnesota.  Sure, it was perfect visually, but was it perfect for the style of riding she liked to do? Cheryl went home to do her research and found herself back at the dealership 4 days later asking for the keys to her new Bobber. Read on to see what she found out about this beautiful machine and what won her over in the end. 

  • Name: Cheryl Maples

  • Location: St. Paul, MN

  • Instagram handle: @chmeryl

  • Occupation: Student & Crew at Trader Joes

How long have you been riding motorcycles? My first time on a motorcycle was in 2013. I had my permit but never went through with taking the riders course and getting my endorsement until May 2018.

Why do you ride motorcycles? For the feeling when you and your motorcycle move as one. The adrenaline rush, the stress relief, and going fast.  The feeling of being free, open, independent, and liberated.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past: I learned on my husbands 80’s Kawasaki enduro, I had a 1983 Yamaha Virago for a very short period of time and then I got my 2018 Triumph Bobber Black.

What first attracted you to Triumph?  The styling of their bikes. I’ve always thought they looked the most attractive, plus they have a great reputation.

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How did you know it was the bike for you? It just felt right. My friend and I went to a dealership for her to find her first bike, I didn’t even know that this Bobber existed.  It caught my eye and I instantly fell in love with it. From the fat 16” front wheel to it’s matte blacked out muscular body, it was my dream bike. I left the dealership empty handed but couldn’t stop thinking about that bike.  I went home and did some research, learned a bit more about this motorcycle and bought it four days later.

Tell us what it is like to ride? This bike is a blast to ride! I like it because it looks old school and stylish, but it has a very modern sporty feel to it. It has a very responsive throttle because of the “ride-by-wire” technology. Once its spooled up it has plenty of power to get up and go. The bike is a little resistant to turning compared to some other bikes I’ve experienced, which is actually nice because it wants to stay up straight when riding, requiring less effort from the rider to keep it from drifting. Despite this, it does not have any difficulty cornering when you want it to. The bike is very maneuverable and can really lean into a turn. The suspension also does a great job at eliminating most of the feedback from the road. The brakes are very effective and do not lock up no matter how hard you squeeze them. All of the electronics are easy to manage, with the controls right at your fingertips. It has a digital fuel indicator, as well as features a fuel range indicator that makes it super easy to plan your next stop for gas. The modern tech and the old school style really make this bike an absolute blast to ride, whether its to the gas station for a soda, or down the road for a day-trip.

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What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models?  The options that this bike has are amazing. It has twin front disc brakes, ABS, traction control, rain/road mode, and features that my car doesn’t even have. I just thought it had a lot to offer along with the way they styled this bike. Triumph did a phenomenal job when they built it.

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Riding alongside the Mississippi River on the Great River Road in Wisconsin. Our area has a very winding and beautiful stretch that follows a few hundred miles around Lake Pepin. There are various intersections and bridges so you have the option of completing an all day lap around the lake, or taking a short trip by crossing a bridge early and coming back up the river on the Minnesota side. No matter how long you choose to ride these roads, its always a beautiful trip.

Do you have any fun road trips planned? I don’t currently have any planned right now but I have definitely started a list of places I want to go. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to experience a Babes Ride Out event but I follow their Instagram page and the women are a huge inspiration for me.  It makes me want to be more and do more. I look up to all of these amazing women riders.

Want to test ride the Bobber Black? Click HERE

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Babes Ride Out
Babes Ride Out
Babes Ride Out