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
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!
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