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It's Cool | The Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

REVIEWS, SponsorsAnya Violet
Photo By Maddy Talias

Photo 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.

Photo by Maddy Talias

Photo by Maddy Talias

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?

Photo by Maddy Talias

Photo by Maddy Talias

If you want to know more about the Triumph Bonneville Bobber you can click HERE

To find a dealer near you and test ride click HERE

Chevonne and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet
Photo by Lanakila McNaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

Photo by Lanakila McNaughton of Womens Moto Exhibit

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How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 

I got my license and first bike in 2010.

Why do you ride? 

My reasons over the years have evolved as I have. At the start it was simply because I loved being on a motorcycle and always on the back of someone else's wasn't enough for me. 

Once I was alone on the road with the bike I realized how incredibly focused I could stay. I could really truly drop into the moment, not thinking about what happened the day before or worrying about what's coming the next day. Like everyone else, I'm overstimulated in my daily life. On my bike I experience a moving meditation that brings much needed peace from all of that. I feel free. My head feels clear. 

After my daughter was born my reason to ride was to reconnect with myself outside of being a mom. 

And now, I still ride for all the reasons, but mostly

to have FUN! 

Run us through the bikes you've had in the past

1972 Honda CB250 cafe racer

2011 Harley Davidson Iron 883 bobber 

1982 Honda XL600 dual sport 

2017 Triumph Street Twin

What first attracted you to the Street Twin?

I went into the Triumph dealership originally interested in the Bonneville based on my husband's suggestion. He used to have one and always spoke so highly of it. He always brought it up as a good choice for me when we would talk about what bike I should be on. 

How did you know it was the bike for you? 

It fit me like it was custom built for me. I felt a sense of ease as soon as I sat on it. I'm on the short side at 5'1 and usually when I first sit on a bike I'm immediately trying to find a way to control this machine as gracefully as possible, feeling out the weight of the bike and how far I am from being flat footed.

Tell us what it's like to ride? 

Smooth. Not too much torque. But still very powerful at 900cc. Every year they try to make bikes lighter and faster...but then you get so much torque it's hard to ride comfortably in first or second gear, which is so often if you live in a city! 

What made you choose the street twin over other models?

Sitting on it for the first time I was like OK this is good but I'm also trying to temper my excitement...I wouldn't need custom shocks, and the stock handlebars feel great too, but how does it feel in motion? As soon as I got it off the dealership lot on a test ride there was no question the Street Twin was coming home with me. 

What has been your favorite adventure you've taken your street twin on?

 Once a week I try to leave the city and explore a new part of Oregon on my bike. I've got some pretty rad lady friends who ride that've been showing me the most beautiful scenic routes! 

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

 Not yet! I recently made a big move from LA to Portland, and right now with my other family responsibilities I won't be able to ride all the way to Babes Ride Out 5, but hopefully later this year there will be a big moto trip planned. 

Tell us your experience at Babes Ride out. 

Every October for the last 5 years I've been at a different stages in my life, and my experiences have reflected that. The first year I had literally bought my Harley the day before. So that whole trip I got to know and understand my new bike, and also met the best group of girls. The second year I was pregnant so I drove out instead of rode. The third year I was back on a bike but also running back to my tent to pump every 2 hours and it was my first time away from my 6 month old daughter. The fourth year I had just sold my bike and was sharing a trailer with my friend flying in from Portland, so I picked her up from the airport and we drove in together. My husband made us "MOM'S DRIVE OUT 2016" patches because he's cute like that. This year it looks like I'll be flying down and then hoping to rent or borrow a Triumph locally. 

You have been coming to the event since day 1, how do you think it has grown? 

Tremendously! It's extremely rare that you see any type of event grow at that rate. The first year there were 50 of us. The next year there were 500. The next year there were over 1000. Anya and Ashmore have done such a great job in nurturing and expanding this one local camp-out into a major brand known worldwide. 

What happened that very first Babes in Borrego weekend was so epic and the pictures and videos felt like they showed up everywhere. The timing was perfect. It was part of an emerging women riding motorcycles movement. I feel fiercely loyal and proud of the franchise, and I take a lot of pride in saying I was there at the start. I have really precious memories meeting and riding with women then who I now consider close sister friends now! 

To find out more about the Triumph Street Twin click HERE

To fin a local dealer and test ride one click HERE

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