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Meet Ashley Ricart and her Triumph Bobber

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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!

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It's Cool | The Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

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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

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Mindi Poston Gay & Her Triumph Bonneville T120

PeopleAnya Violet

BRO: How did you get into riding?

MPG: I got into riding literally by accident. One that involved a crane, our car, and our motorcycle. But before that story, I’d like to tell you about my introduction to motorcycles that eventually led to a love affair with Triumph.

I was 16 years old the first time I was on a motorcycle. A friend let me hop on the back for a quick ride down the street. I remember being super giddy and excited to dart off. Being on a motorcycle was a completely new experience to me. We didn’t have one in our family, or so I thought until my Dad told me tales of owning a Norton back in the 60’s. In fact, he was part of the “ton-up” 100 mph club riding around Miami and the Florida Keys. Maybe I got it from him! But I probably wouldn’t have become interested in motorcycles, if weren’t for my husband. He has truly influenced me the most. He’s owned and ridden all kinds of bikes since he was a young lad, but ironically, did not have one when I met him.

About 7 years ago, I opened an architecture design studio in a space that was formerly occupied by a motorcycle shop. You could feel the moto vibe. The motorcycle shop moved right next door so we saw plenty of bikes coming in and out. And plenty of customers came into our studio expecting to find motorcycles. My husband became friendly with the owner who had his pristine, fully restored 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000 in the window. My husband wanted one too. He didn’t tell me, but came home one day and said, “honey what would you think about getting a motorcycle?” I said, “ Oh Ya!” which caught him by surprise (not the usual wifey-poo response). And he responded, “good, because I already bought one!”  So a cherry red KZ1000 he found in Maine became our date night bike. It was fast and fun. I loved riding on the back, but it was not my destiny to stay there.  

About a year later we were building a barn on our property. A crane on the construction site lost its brakes, and came barreling down the driveway, crashing into our car which then rolled over and crushed the KZ and busted out the back of our garage.  The bike was totaled!  Bike gone, my husband embarked on building his Triumph “dream bike”, a 1969 Triumph Tiger converted to a “bobber”. The only problem with a bobber is that you can’t ride two-up. That’s when I realized it was time for me to learn to ride.

BRO:  Why do you ride?

 MPG:  Motorcycles are moving works of art and technological masterpieces. It’s only natural to want to ride one.  A renowned architect and vintage moto collector said it best:

“The Connection to place, to the land. The wind, the stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles.  I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.”   - Master Architect Antoine Predock

When I ride, I feel like I am dancing in the wind. Especially in rural areas where the scent of mother nature enters the bubble shield like the bouquet of a wine glass – fresh cut grass, flowers, a horse farm, all smell great. If you’re like me, you feel most alive skimming across the same pavement that could result in a very unhappy ending. It’s that juxtaposition that’s so thrilling!  It’s also incredibly empowering to take on the role of a two-wheeled femme fatale on some epic adventure. Calm, but cautious. Feeling every moment. Total awareness. 

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

MPG: 1969 Triumph Tiger Bobber, 1970 Honda CB175 cafe racer (my first bike),1970 Honda CB500 café racer, 1985 Honda CB 750, 1976 Triumph Bonneville, 2006 Triumph Bonneville, 1985 BMW R100 RS brat/café racer, 2008 Suzuki DRZ125, 2010 Harley Sportster Tracker Custom 1250,  2015 Triumph Scrambler and my new favorite, a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120black.

BRO: What attracts you to Triumphs?

MPG:  Besides the classic British styling, clean lines and high tech engineering, I’m also drawn to the history and prestige that is Triumph.  I’m proud to be a part of the Triumph family. The brand aligns with everything I love about motorcycles. I feel the camaraderie when I see another Triumph rider on the streets. You get that instant connection when you see a rider on the same bike. I have a love of all things two-wheeled, but Triumphs are my favorite.

Our first Triumph was built by the legendary Triumph guru Don Hutchinson in Wakefield, MA.  It started with an engine, a matching frame and bobber dreams.  During the design/build process, I really started to fall in love with this motorcycle.  To this day, the bobber remains our most prized bike and has won awards at local shows. Our two young boys know that it will always remain a family treasure. Triumph is for life. 

BRO: How was your experience at Babes Ride Out East Coast?

MPG:  Phenomenal! And so was getting there and back with an incredible group of New England Ladies I ride with. Really one of the most fun, yet tiring, action packed, moto trips I’ve ever been on.  There were tough 12 hour riding days, and a few sleepless nights. But so much fun, mostly because of the friends, new and old, that all gathered at Babe Town. Nights were spent rocking. And days were spent rolling around the beautiful hills, valleys and twisty roads from Western MA to the Catskills of NY.  And a Triumph moto photo sessions with some of the nicest, most talented people in the industry. Just talking about it gets me all charged up. I can’t wait to do it all over again this June.   

BRO: Tell us about your T120? include the customization details.

MPG:  You’re the first person to ask me about it and I’m so excited to dish on it. Ok, so first it’s a 2017 T120 Black with the new high performance 1200cc, liquid-cooled engine, 6 gears, dual front disc brakes, heated hand grips, and so on. We’ve had other Bonneville’s and we just love them. But this Bonneville represents the perfect platform to customize your dream bike and execute a specific vision – in this case, sleek, sexy, and black with a few elements of brass to add glam.

In Japanese culture, black (“Kuroi”) is a symbol of nobility, age, and experience. It reflects style, sophistication, and class. This bike just seems to represent that. I’ve been customizing it with very personal touches having to do with my Japanese Samurai heritage (from my Mother’s side of the family).  As it all came together, the bike took on the persona of a “warrior machine” with a Samurai spirit that gives me strength and confidence while moving quickly down the road.

My favorite touches include predator-style pipes (loud and proud), a brass gas gap, black and gold painted classic eyebrow tank badge, brass tail light, black and brass turn signals, trimmed fenders, gold chain and much more. Perhaps the centerpiece of the bike is a custom black and brown leather seat. The design is one-of-a-kind – I used the concept of a Japanese martial arts belt as a contour detail on the seat aligned with the frame and cradle where I sit. This bike has earned its black belt!

Also worth mentioning for those with design aspirations: In architecture and mathematics, there’s the notion of the “golden triangle” or ratio that relates to specific angles and proportions of measurement found in nature (think of a Nautilus shell). We’ve found that many of the same concepts apply in bike designs when attention is paid to symmetry and points of alignment with the all aspects of the bike.

BRO: Why did you want to upgrade to the T120?

MPG:  I have been riding a 2006 Bonneville as my daily rider and had modified it as much as I could.  When the new line of Triumphs came out in 2016 we got to check them out during the Bonneville Reborn tour and were impressed, but I wasn’t quite ready to upgrade.  A year later, the 2017 models started to come out and it seemed like the right time to invest in a new bike. Once we gave it a test ride, we were hooked. The bike rides like a high tech space ship – modern, reliable with all the bells and whistles, but the soul of a vintage machine from decades past. I will always love Triumphs. 

Thanks so much for letting me share.  It was a fun project!  Now it’s time to Ride!

Miles of Smiles~MPG

Mindi Poston Gay

aka MPG  

@MPGmotozen

@moto_onna_bugeishas

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