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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

Want to get the specs on Cheryl’s Triumph? Click HERE

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Triumph Moto Games at Babes Ride Out 6

EventsAnya Violet

One of our favorite activities at our events are the Triumph Moto Games! This year at Babes Ride Out 6 they will be better than ever! Games start at 5pm sharp on Saturday 10/20/18 in the lower lot! Sign up at www.triumphmotogames.com

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

How slow can you go?

Racers line up a the starting line and when the flag goes up each racer has to go as slow as they can on their bike without putting a foot down. Whoever reaches the finish line last without putting a foot down wins!!!

Two-up Relay

each rider grabs a passenger. There are 2 cones on the course. The first cone has an egg on top of it and the 2nd cone does not. The riders have to weave between the cones while the passenger grabs the egg off the first cone and sets it on top of the 2nd cone without breaking it. First team to cross the finish line without cracking the egg wins.

photo by Maddy Talias

photo by Maddy Talias

Barrel Race

Riders start with a metal barrel at their front tire. When the flag goes up you hit the throttle and the first rider across the finish line with the barrel and without touching the ground with your feet wins. The goal is to keep the barrel running straight so you don’t swerve off the course.

photo by maddy talias

photo by maddy talias

photo by heidi zumbrun

photo by heidi zumbrun







Triumph Rider Tracey Rose is Coming B-A-C-K to Tattoo at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3

Artist Series, PeopleAshmore Ellis

We are so grateful to welcome back our resident tattoo artist Tracey Rose! Being a mom to a beautiful three year old and full time tattoo artist means Tracey is one busy women. She shelved the riding for a bit (as life can require from time to time)  but this past year, while at Babes Ride Out East Coast, her passion to ride was ignited once more. After speaking to Brie from Triumph about their modern machines and her epic road trip to Babes, Tracey began her search and fell in love with the Triumph Bonneville T100. Please give a warm welcome back to Tracey Rose and make sure to stop by her booth at Babes Ride Out East Coast 3 to get on the list for a permanent souvenir! 

We were so lucky to have you tattoo at Babes Ride Out East Coast last year, what made you want to come back?

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It was such an amazing and inspiring weekend! I had the chance to meet so many great ladies, do some cute tattoos, and overall had a total blast. Because I’m tattooing all weekend I get the chance to talk to so many girls, and when you tattoo someone you really do get to know them pretty quickly. I looked forward to coming back all year - I’m totally hooked on BRO.

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Give us an update, what have you been up to this year?

We held a second TUHAS Show (The Upcycle Helmet Art Show), which was a HUGE success, and we are now in the process of planning the third. My partner Jim and I are also expanding and moving the tattoo shop to allow for more space, more artists and more availability, and we are also bringing on our friend who is an old tyme barber. It’s been tons of work to create a new space literally from floor to ceiling, but we’re hoping people will love it as much as we do. Basically, Lucky Soul Tattoo is looking to slay 2018!⚡️

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What was something you accomplished this this year? 

My daughter turned 3 and finally potty trained - parents will understand what a huge accomplishment that is! Do you have any motorcycle highlights from this year?

After leaving BRO I was fired up to get my own bike again, it had been years since my last few lemons. I was talking to Brie from Triumph and she told me all about her ride to BRO and how amazing the Triumph handled. So, shortly after I bought a 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 - and it’s awesome! The Triumph is an absolute breeze to ride. I’m so excited to be back up on two wheels and can’t wait to get more miles in this season.  

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Anything you’re looking forward to?

We are planning some great art shows at our new shop in 2018/2019, and as always I’m looking forward to painting more helmets. I’m also taking on a tank for the next TUHAS which will be really fun. 

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I am really looking forward to this year’s BRO East Coast this year. I can’t wait for another weekend to hang out with more righteous babes - Thanks for having me back! 

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Read the specs on the new Triumph Bonneville HERE

Take a test ride of your own by clicking HERE