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Meet Priscilla White and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet

Meet Priscilla White and her Triumph Street Twin. Priscilla is the co-manager of Spoken Moto in Bend Oregon and she will be headed to BRO 6 this year to join in the fun! We caught up with her to hear more about how she decided this was the bike for her and why she rides! “In short, for the freedom, travel, and community it provides.  I have never felt more fulfilled in my life, thanks to motorcycles. “-Priscilla

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Name:  Priscilla White

Location: Bend, Oregon

Tell us about yourself:

I work hard and I play hard.

Tell us about Spoken Moto.

I co-manage Spoken Moto; among many things, the bulk of my job is PR, event coordinating, and retail management.  At its core, Spoken Moto is a moto/café/pub; it’s also a retail shop, music and event venue, and a mobile food and boutique pod.  Spoken opened its doors to the public 2 years ago, and has been thriving with the support from both the motorcycle and the local Bend community.

Where are you from?

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in St. Louis, MO from kindergarten through high school.  I came to Oregon after graduating high school and have been here ever since. 

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I used to rip around on a Honda Ruckus about ten years ago, but I didn’t get my endorsement until 2015.  This is my fourth riding reason. 

Why do you ride?

In short, for the freedom, travel, and community it provides.  I have never felt more fulfilled in my life, thanks to motorcycles. 

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past if any.

My first bike after I got endorsed was a Honda Rebel.  A few months later I upgraded to a Harley Sportster Iron 883; I never quite got comfortable on that bike, so I sold it and got my 2016 Triumph Steet Twin.  I’ve put 11k miles on the Triumph!  Since then I’ve also acquired a ’94 Kawasaki KLR 250 (the Barbie Bike), and a little Yamaha TTR125. 

What bike do you ride now?

Still loving on the Triumph Street Twin!

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What first attracted you to Triumph?

My husband and moto-bestie both had Bonnevilles and loved them, so after I decided the Harley wasn’t for me I turned my attention towards Triumph.  

How did you know it was the bike for you?

When I first put a leg over the Street Twin I instantly felt comfortable with the stance: straight legged and flat footed; plus it shaved about 100lbs off of what I had previously been riding, which helped me feel more balanced and in control.   

Where did you buy your Triumph?

Team Latus Motors near Portland, OR

Tell us what your bike is like to ride?

Holy heck, it’s a dream.  Truth be told, I’ve been working on developing confidence around turns (I took a low-speed spill around a 15mph turn on my husband’s Triumph a few years ago and I have struggled against the memory since), but between the weight distribution, the power, and the low-end torque, the Street Twin is confidence inspiring.  I generally place myself at the back of every group ride so that I can take turns at my own speed without holding anyone up, but once there’s a straightaway I’m able to throttle out and catch up with the literal flick of my wrist. 

What made you choose this bike over the other Triumph Models?

The Street Twin is just a little shorter and a little lighter than traditional Bonnies, which is exactly what I was on the market for. 

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

There are so many!  I guess if I had to choose one it would be last year’s trip to the Grand Tetons; I’ve never felt more alive than amongst their stunning beauty and grandeur. 

Would you recommend your bike to other riders? Why?

Absolutely!  It’s just an awesome little/big ripper!  It’s got a great stance, weight distribution, 900ccs, the stock exhaust sounds incredible as is, and it’s just pretty to look at!   Oh, and my gas range is nearly 200 miles a tank; I never worry about running out of gas. 

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

My moto-fam and I are taking 10 days off to go to Sierra Stake Out and to meander around the Sierras. 

Do you have any bucket list places you want to ride in the world?

I’d love to tour around Europe, specifically Italy and Spain. 

Have you been to any Babes Ride Out events before? If so, what was your experience like?

Sure have!  BRO3 was my first ever moto-campout, traveling 2000 miles round-trip just four months after getting endorsed.  It was life changing; there are no words to describe the sense of empowerment I felt from being surrounded by all women.

Any stand out memorable moments from BRO events?

Honestly, among all the countless good times we had at BRO3, my single most memorable moment was finally arriving on opening day.  After 3 days and nearly 1000 miles, Google decided to lead us onto a deep and loose sand road for the final 3 miles of the trek; those 3 sketchy miles took us over an hour, and were full hysterical tears and manic laughter.  Arriving to BRO was like arriving to the gates of heaven.  Included is a photo taken by Josie Perez, just moments after getting into the event.  It perfectly personifies the relief, excitement and pride that we felt for accomplishing something so wild and out of our comfort zones. 

Any recommendations for new riders?

Learn to ride on dirt first if you’re able.  Ride as many different motorcycles as possible before buying your first bike.  Get out of your comfort zone.  Invest it quality gear; it’ll give you added confidence.  Ride with responsible, experienced riders, but always ride your own ride and HAVE FUN at your own pace. 

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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Meet Ashley Ricart and her Triumph Bobber

PeopleAnya Violet
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How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I started riding Motorcycles November of 2015, so about 2.5 years. I wish I could have started riding sooner!

Why do you ride?

Initially, I started riding to save money on gas and to get through the soul crushing traffic of SoCal. I live in Long Beach and work in San Juan Capistrano so my commute is roughly 45 miles each way. After I took the CMSP course and got my M1 I fell in love with Motorcycles. I continue to ride for the pure joy, freedom, connection to the environment, and the amazing supportive and creative community of motorcyclist.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past.

My first bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan S which was a great starter bike. It was fun and gave me the confidence I needed to start riding. I started to outgrow the Vulcan and wanted something that fit me a little bit better and had a little bit more power. I traded in the Vulcan for the Bobber after about two years and 32,000 miles. I plan on having many more bikes in the future.

What first attracted you to The new Triumph Bobber? My partner first showed me the Bobber when Triumph announced it in 2017 and I fell in love with it, I knew I had to have that bike somehow. I love the classic look of the bike, the floating seat, the fact that its 1200cc, and low 500lb weight of the bike.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

The moment I sat on the Bobber at our local dealership, it just fit so perfectly.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

It is the smoothest ride ever. It has a comfortable seat position that doesn’t leave your legs or back cramped and hurting after a 30 minute ride. The Bobber is agile, responsive, and just so much fun to ride. It will make you want to miss your turn so you can keep riding for just a little longer.

What made you choose the Bobber over the other Triumph Models?

I was deciding between the Street Twin and the Bobber for a while. I love Triumph bikes so I knew I had to get a Triumph. In the end the 1200cc engine, lower seat height, and in my opinion better aesthetic was the deciding factor. 

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bobber?

Since I am a teacher I tend to do all my big trips during the summer when I have time off and I got my Bobber in November of 2017 so I haven’t be able to take it out on any long trips yet. But I have done some fun day trips. Riding down to San Diego, through Palos Verdes, but mostly all my miles are logged commuting. That will change this summer though!

To find out more about the Triumph Bobber click HERE

To find a dealer near you click HERE

For the Ride | Nathalie Kossek and Her Triumph Bonneville T100

PeopleAnya Violet

Meet Nathalie Kossek, a designer, photographer, model, and lover of all things outdoors. This adventurous thrillseeker tells us about her favorite trips, experience at Babes Ride Out, and why her Triumph Bonneville T100 was the best purchase she's ever made.  She also offers expert advice and recommendations for new riders that is absolutely priceless! 

Name: Nathalie Kossek

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tell us about yourself. 

I’m really quite routine day-to-day! Maybe even a little boring, ha! I love my motorcycle, surfing and camping whenever I can. Being outside and active is critically important to me or else I get a little stir crazy! I’m a photographer/designer/model living on the Westside in Los Angeles. I grew up in Ohio with Polish parents and that background is really important to me. I moved to the west coast almost 8 years ago and LA was a pitstop I never left. Other hobbies? I like to read a lot and pretty much carry a book with me everywhere. I tend to pick up a lot of random ones too… I’m currently learning 3D design, because, why not? Oh, and if I’m not reading (or eyeballs deep in computer stuff) I’m most likely listening to My Favorite Murder or another excellent podcast. Random fact: I’ve been 6’ tall since I was 13, and yes - it was very awkward! Most people find me intimidating due to my height/initial shyness/interests but I’m pretty nice! Don’t be afraid to say hi!

Where are you from? 

I was born in Toronto, Canada but grew up in Dayton, Ohio.

How long have you been riding motorcycles? 

Since about 2014 on my own. I always rode with my dad growing up and I think that’s where I really started to fall in love with it. 

Why do you ride? 

I don’t have a deep answer for this one. It’s a simple and honest joy in my life that I want to keep doing as long as I can so I can keep seeing the world around me. Small perks though, like finding a parking space at the beach during the summer seasons or splitting lanes to get to your destination faster, aren’t too shabby either.  

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past if any.

I mistakenly got a vintage bike as my first one without any great mechanical knowledge… blame my ego. It was a Honda CB550F Super Sport. Beautiful, but never ran well. I bought the bike with the intention of learning to fix it myself; but honestly I didn’t have the resources at the time nor did I know of the great communities that helped you get your bike working. I got rid of it real quick and got my current one that just WORKED. Bit of a learning curve on that experience.

What bike do you ride now?

A 2014 Triumph Bonneville T100 SE.

What first attracted you to Triumph?

I liked the classic style - plain and simple. I’m such an aesthetics person - perhaps it’s the designer in me?

How did you know it was the bike for you?

Um, it ran?! No, I’m kidding. But honestly, It felt good when I sat on it - as if it were a pretty seamless fit to me. The Bonneville was also such a clean aesthetic that I didn’t have to do anything to it (modifications wise) if I didn’t want to. 

Where did you buy your Triumph?

Drove it new off the lot at a dealership! I’m the first owner of my bike.

Tell us what your bike is like to ride?

I love how it’s great for a lot of different types of riding. You can have it for city riding, the freeways, long rides, etc. It goes a lot of places. The ride is smooth and really easy to maneuver as well. I have some great saddlebags too that enable me to take a good amount of stuff with me and the bike handles it like a champ.

What made you choose this bike over the other Triumph Models?

The Bonneville is just romantic. It makes me feel nostalgic and I liked the vintage aesthetic. 

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

I feel like I’ve exhausted my LA to Moab story, but the experience really was amazing. It was a completely solo ride to a destination I’ve never been to. I really had to learn to trust my instincts and entertain myself. I cannot wait to ride longer rides this summer. Last fourth of July, a group of us ride up to Mammoth Lakes and day long rides to destinations are always fun too.

Would you recommend your bike to other riders? Why?

I definitely would! It’s beautiful, comfortable and so easy to get on and go. 

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

I’m planning a trip up to the Montana/Dakotas area this summer. Right now debating if I should take the same route back or go through Montana. I’m willing to crowdsource ideas ;)

Have you been to any Babes Ride Out events before? If so, what was your experience like?

I’ve been to every one since the second one. I really look forward to it every single year and pretty much immediately block off my calendar that weekend. I really want to bring ALL my girlfriends, even non-riders; because I have that much fun. I want to share this world with everyone I know and hope that I can even more people on bikes. I found BRO on Instagram a few years ago and it’s definitely something that has made my life more fun!

Any stand out memorable moments from BRO events?

Too many to name to be honest! But I’ll condense it down to last year. It was crazy windy, we’re talking about 30-40mpg feeling winds. I mean, my tent was blowing down onto me as I was sleeping! I thought it would die by the next day but it didn’t. Hoping it would be okay at Big Bear, a small group and I went down Old Woman Road to the mountains. It was like pins and needles with the wind and sand; I don’t think we made it 10 miles. Jessica Renich (@splitendslayer) said she couldn’t stop playing Darude’s “Sandstorm” the entire time, which made the whole ordeal pretty hilarious in retrospect. Pretty sure the group of us stopped and went straight back to Pappy and Harriet’s like everyone else! 

From years past, you can’t go wrong with the dance parties, beautiful desert rides, awesome vendors, beautiful new triumphs on display, delicious pizza after you’ve had one too many brews and sitting around under the stars after everything dies down and getting to know the people you’re with better. 

Any recommendations for new riders?

Um, a few! haha! 

IMPORTANT: BUY A BIKE THAT WORKS. Unless you’re handy and/or have the time and resources, I feel like the most important thing is to know how to ride and how to ride well. You need to practice as much as you can, just like any other thing you want to be better at. Don’t buy something to make yourself look cool or because it’s popular. Ask around and test bikes that you’re interested in. It can be a big purchase and you don’t want to waste your time and money.

Second, Take the safety classes that are available in your city, they really are indispensable and will make you more comfortable behind the handlebars.

Third, don’t feel intimidated by groups and feel like you can’t ride in them. I’ve never been with a group that didn’t respect my limits, but I’ve certainly felt the personal pressure to go as fast as more experienced riders did. Now, I LOVE going fast; but back then I didn’t yet have the skill set. New riders need to know it’s okay to be safe, follow the road rules, to speak up and know their limits. It’s actually better for everyone around if you keep your ego in check and be honest! And you’ll have more fun!

Lastly, don’t be afraid of the bike. It’s a learning curve and eventually you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. 

Ih you want to learn more about the Triumph Bonneville T100 click HERE

To find a dealership and test ride on click HERE

Meet Charlotte Dellea and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet

There are countless reasons why any of the bikes in the Triumph Motorcycles Street series are such a perfect bike. They are powerful enough to keep you satisfied no matter your ability.  They are light and maneuverable enough to inspire you to hop on one whether you have been riding your whole life or less than a year. They are classically stylish, versatile and easy to make your own. Meet Charlotte, the proud owner of a brand new Triumph Street Twin. See you in October Charlotte!

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Name: Charlotte Dellea @Misscharlottee

Location: Long Beach, CA

Where are you from?

Huntington Beach, CA

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

About 3 years, but have been riding the most in the past year.

Why do you ride?

Ultimately I love the feeling I get while riding. Once I started, it just became a part of me. My dad actually taught me to ride, so I have him to thank for introducing me to this part of my life. It’s a great father, daughter way to spend time. I’ve also met so many great people and made such amazing friends from riding.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past if any.

My first bike was a 1970 Honda CL350. I first learned to ride on my grandpas older Honda 175 that my Dad held onto over all these years. So naturally I wanted one myself and got the 350.

What bike do you ride now?

Now I ride a Triumph Street Twin.

What first attracted you to Triumph?

I have always loved the look of Triumphs, even before I ever thought I would have gotten into riding. The Bonneville was always my dream bike. I was just too intimidated to start out on it.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

Once I started getting more comfortable riding, I knew I needed something more powerful than my Honda 350. I was starting to go on longer and further rides with the riding friends I made and it was hard to keep up with them. I was finally ready to look into my dream bike, a Triumph. Initially I thought I was going to go with the Bonneville T100, but after researching and test riding, I fell in love with the Street Twin (which is still in the Bonneville family actually).

Where did you buy your Triumph?

From the Triumph Newport Beach. I was lucky enough to have a girl from my riding group working the day I went in to test ride. I hadn’t met her yet at the time but she saw my Litas sweatshirt and came right over and started helping me. I’m so happy it worked out that way because she really made me feel more comfortable with testing out the bike and asking questions.

Tell us what your bike is like to ride?

It’s amazing. It’s smooth, reliable, and fast. I loved my first bike, but it was from 1970 so it wasn’t uncommon for something to go wrong or suddenly need to be repaired. My Street Twin on the other hand is always ready to go.

What made you choose this bike over the other Triumph Models?

I was drawn towards the Street Twin because I felt confident on it and felt that I could handle the bike. I was instantly comfortable on it, even though it was quite a bit more bike than I had been use to previously. The weight is distributed so well on it, making it easier for me to maneuver. Also it’s GORGEOUS! I’m really into that modern classic look.

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

I’ve had a few adventures on this bike, but I think my favorite so far was my first ride I took after bringing it home from the dealership. I was off work hours early and itching to ride my new bike. I had no idea where to go, but decided to ride south down PCH. I just kept riding and riding until I felt like I had gone far enough to turn around. I know I’m going to have some great adventures in the future on this bike, but there was something about that first ride that I won’t forget.

Would you recommend your bike to other riders? Why?

Absolutely. I think it’s a great bike for anyone. Its maneuverable but still has a lot of power. It’s a bike that you can have for a long time without growing out of.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

Babes Ride Out is currently the road trip I am looking forward to the most! I’ve been wanting to go for years but am finally making it happen this year. A group of friends and I are already starting to plan out what we need to bring, how to bring it, etc. because we’re so excited.

Any recommendations for new riders?

I definitely recommend taking a safety training course. I had been riding for a while before I took the course and I still learned so much from it. It gave me a lot of knowledge, confidence, and overall instantly improved my riding skills.

 

To find out more about the Triumph Street Twin click HERE

To find a dealer near you and test ride the Triumph Street Twin click HERE

 

 

 

 

Katie McCanna and her Triumph Bonneville T120

PeopleAnya Violet
Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

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Name: Katie McCanna ava @unicornfancy

Location: San Diego, Ca

Where are you from? I’m one of the rare and elusive San Diego natives.

How long have you been riding motorcycles? 6 Years

Why do you ride?

I grew up around motorcycles - my dad always rode Harleys (red ones) and my mom always rode on the back. While I had been on the back of motorcycles as a kid and teen, I wasn’t really interested in them until the day my boyfriend (now husband) took me down to a big parking lot to goof around on his 1969 Honda CD175 (that’s not a typo - CD is the Canadian model). As soon as I figured out the clutch, I was hooked. I bought my own bike and got my license within a month, and I haven’t gone longer than a week without being on the bike since then. I’m now so deeply obsessed that I have 3 bikes and run the women’s motorcycle blog redraggarage.com with my platonic life partner Sanna - one of the original 50 Babes Ride Out attendees.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past if any.

My first bike was a 1981 Suzuki GS450 that I bought at a swap meet for $800. I put new tires on it, got it registered, and rode it for about 6 months before deciding I wanted something I could ride on the highway at more than 65 mph. I picked up a used 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 (a yellow one) - which was an ambitious choice for a second bike. I was a little worried that I was going to die every time I rode it, so about a year later I sold that bike and got a 2014 Triumph Street Triple R. I LOVED that bike - it was the perfect balance between a sport bike and a standard and I felt totally at home on it from day one. Buuuuttttttt - that’s the bike I rode to MY first Babes Ride Out and I realized that it wasn’t giving me what I wanted in a motorcycle. I loved the experience of riding somewhere with my stuff and exploring the world by motorcycle, and while it’s totally possible to do that on a naked sport bike, I was ready for something more practical.

What bike do you ride now?

My everyday (literally) ride is my 2017 Triumph Bonneville T-120. I bought it from San Diego Triumph and traded in my Street Triple (like 20 miles before the 12k service light was going to turn on). I knew I wanted something that had enough power and sporty enough handling to keep me engaged after two sport bikes, but I also wanted a flat seat and room for luggage. I thought briefly about the Street Twin line, but something about that 1200 motor just totally caught me. I love how it sounds and how it pulls off the line while still looking like a classic bike.

In a weird twist - I also happened across a 1972 Triumph T-120, so I’m in the process of rewiring that and getting it running again too. And - also - I have a ¾ built 1975 Honda CB360 in my dining room I should probably finish.

What first attracted you to Triumph?

My very first Triumph appealed to me because it was different. I’d been looking at sport bikes and it's a sea of GSXRs and R6s out there, so the Daytona stood out.  I like my vehicles to be reliable, sporty, fun, and head turners, and each of my Triumphs have been each of those things. (Except the ‘72, which isn’t running right now, but it’s hard to blame the bike for that.)

How did you know it was the bike for you?

I wanted something that could keep up with me - I loved the Street Triple but sport bikes need more frequent service and I never went to the track to really test my skill on it. I ride a lot of miles in a year, and I need a bike that isn’t going to quit on me 2 years into our relationship or require a $1000 in service every 10 months. I also wanted a bike I could commute on and hit the twisties with in addition to taking epic road trips loaded down with gear. Something I knew I could ride 300 mile days on without being too beat up by the posture. The Bonneville does all of that for me - though I have added a few accessories to make her my own. The fairing and sissy bar are not popular choices for the Triumph classic line, but they make it easier for me to ride more miles. Plus my bike stands out in a parking lot now thanks to that nice round tush Ria the Welder made for me.

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

I’ve put some serious miles on the Bonneville since I bought it in January 2017. It’s about to roll over to 14k miles and it’s only 14 months old. It’s been to the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Big Bear, Joshua Tree (a couple of times), Palm Springs, San Felipe Mexico, pretty much all of Southern California. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think the time Sanna and I rode to the Grand Canyon and back over a weekend without taking any time off work stands out the most. (https://www.redraggarage.com/2017/09/ride-report-the-grand-canyon-on-two-wheels/) The last 100 miles were in a huge storm. Sanna’s air filter clogged with water and my Sena drowned, but the Triumph didn’t seem to think that 100 miles over a mountain in a downpour was a big deal.

Would you recommend your bike to other riders? Why?

Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! I looooooveeee my Triumph(s) and I loved the ones I had before. They have such cool character while being useful and sporty bikes. I may drag my pegs on the Bonneville all the time - but I also keep up with big cruisers on the freeway and can hit the occasional dirt road without concern. So if you need a bike that can be everything, the Bonneville is hard to beat.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

DO I EVER! I’m plotting a two-week, 4000 mile round trip ride to Banff National Park in Alberta Canada this July. We’ll be going up via Utah and Yellowstone and heading back through Glacier National Park. I’m probably going to need to buy tires again before we hit the road.

Have you been to any Babes Ride Out events before? If so, what was your experience like?

My first Babes Ride Out was in 2016. I knew about the very first one, but I wasn’t able to actually make it until the 4th. It was AMAZING. I am totally sure I was in shock for my first time. It’s so deeply empowering to be surrounded by so many badass women on bikes. I’ve never felt so welcome and like such a part of something until Babes Ride Out. I came back for BRO5, and you can bet I’ll be there for 6!

Any recommendations for new riders?

Check out RedRagGarage.com! We have a whole Riding 101 series aimed at new riders including what gear to get, how to learn, how to pick a first bike, and more. We also address reader questions.

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

to learn more about the Triumph Bonneville T120 click HERE

To test ride a Triumph Bonneville T120 click HERE




 

 

Mastering the Speedmaster

Anya Violet
photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

As a true fan and long time owner of the Triumph Bonneville T100, it is hard for me to wrap my head around any other version of this bike. It’s perfect just the way it is. The body positioning is just forward enough to feel like you are connected to the bike but not so forward that it is uncomfortable on a long ride. The mid controls encourage a solid grip on the tank with your knees which helps maneuverability on technical roads . It all makes sense to me and has become a body position I am so familiar with that anything else just feels odd. When Triumph invited us to take a ride on their all new Triumph Bonneville Speedmasters I will honestly say that I had no idea what the model was all about.

As we arrived in sunny Carlsbad, California on a particularly beautiful January day I was greeted by a fleet of gassed up bikes ready to ride. Upon first glance I was pleased to see what it wasn’t such a far departure from the classic Bonneville styling. Sitting on the bike the first thing I noticed was the swept back beach style bars which positioned you more upright and felt quite comfortable. Once I put my feet on the forward controls I realized how different of a ride this was going to be from my old T100.

A wise person once said that a good motorcyclist can master any type of motorcycle. While I have never been much a cruiser type of rider, I found myself excited for the challenge of mastering a new riding position. Forward controls and beach bars are quite a stretch from the more café style riding position I am used to. There was a new Thruxton R and Street Scrambler in the fleet as well and I kept side-eyeing them throughout the day. But that would have been the easy way out. I wanted to get in the spirit of the cruiser!

photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

The Speedmaster lived up to its name on the beautiful open roads and big sweeping turns of San Diego county. I found the comforts of a cruiser set-up changed my hold demeanor as a rider. Rather than pushing myself in to my usual thrill-seeker style of riding, I allowed myself to sit back and take in the gorgeous scenery and really relax. That’s what cruising is all about isn’t it? That was until we found ourselves is some super tight more technical mountain roads leading up to Palomar Mountain. The competitive side of me wanted see how smooth yet fast I could take the tight turns on the cruiser and still feel comfortable. While the fundamentals are the same, doing tight turns on a cruiser bike can feel very different then on a more aggressively positioned bike. It took a while to master but by the end of the day it felt like second nature. A few drag marks on the foot pegs never hurt anyone.

photo by Kingdom Creative

photo by Kingdom Creative

After an absolutely gorgeous 150 mile route from Carlsbad, up to Palomar Mountain and over in to Julian for some pie, we pulled back on to the beach. I felt energized after getting to spend some time on such a fun bike and stepping a little outside of my norm as a rider. A Triumph motorcycle has been responsible for some of the most thrilling moments of my life. The Speedmaster offered a new kind of thrill for me and proved to be a very versatile bike that can accompany you on any type of ride you want to have. I’m looking forward to the next cruise!

-Anya

To read more about the Triumph Speedmaster click HERE

To find a dealer near you click HERE

And now on to the important stuff...SNACKS

Nothing more crucial on a day ride then a proper snack stop.  The Yellow Deli  was amazing!

Nothing more crucial on a day ride then a proper snack stop. The Yellow Deli was amazing!

For the best damn vegetarian lunch, you must try  Mother's Kitchen  on Palomar Mountain

For the best damn vegetarian lunch, you must try Mother's Kitchen on Palomar Mountain

Best way to finish a nice ride is with some pie from  Julian Pie Company

Best way to finish a nice ride is with some pie from Julian Pie Company