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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

Roll Call | East Coast Rider Amy Batog Returns to BRO EC3 on a Triumph Bonneville.

Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Amy Batog has been helping us with Babes Ride Out East Coast for the past 2 years. She is one of the first faces to great you as you pull into event space as she is one of the kindest, most fun, and sincere ladies we know. Amy purchased her Triumph Bonneville last year after renting one to experience the Babes Ride Out JOshua Tree event. The classic look, perfect height, and incredible handling capabilities sealed the deal and a few weeks after she got home, a Triumph Bonneville was in her agarage. 

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

 

  • Name: Amy Batog
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Instagram handle: @acbatog

What you do for a living: Photographer for Anthropologie

How long have you been riding motorcycles?  A little over 3 years.

Why do you ride motorcycles? I ride because I got tired of riding on the back of my stepdad’s motorcycle.  My personality really thrives on going through new and sometimes uncomfortable situations.  Learning to ride was just another way to build my confidence.  Riding truly revitalizes my day to day and that’s something I really value.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past. 1986 Honda Rebel 450

What first attracted you to Triumph? The classic look.

How did you know it was the bike for you? I rented a Triumph Bonneville when I flew out for Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree in 2016.  It was the first time I had ridden one.  The way my body was positioned on the seat felt natural-I felt more in control in an upright position.  I was ready for an upgrade from my old bike, so this experience gave me direction on what I would be looking for in the next.

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Photo by Manuel Dominguez

Tell us what it is like to ride? All my senses are heightened; it’s a very stimulating and raw experience.  It feels more like I’m a part of the environment as opposed to just living in it.

What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models? One thing that really solidified my choice to buy the 2010 model was the slightly lower and narrower seat.  I had tested many others but this one really just fit like a glove for me.  What also appealed to me was that it had a pair of 17” wheels.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Babes Ride Out east coast last year!  It was about a month after I got it and the first long ride I took on it.

Do you have any fun road trips planned? I’m hoping to ride down to Shenandoah National Park to do some hiking and camping.  I’ve only driven through it several years ago, but I think riding would really amp up the experience.

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out?  I went into my first Babes Ride Out event feeling really nervous, having struggled with social anxiety since I was young.  I left feeling empowered, inspired, and with a deep sense of belonging.  Not only did I go on some unforgettable rides, I also gained some lasting friendships.  It’s an event I look forward to every year.

  • Click HERE to get the specs on the Triumph Bonneville
  • Click HERE to book a test ride
Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Triumph X Babes Ride Out East Coast 2

SponsorsAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 is less than 2 weeks away! We are so excited to have Triumph Motorcycles on site to join in the fun!

Make sure you get back to camp on Saturday in time for the Triumph Moto games! Nothing like a little competition amongst friends, right!? The, ever popular, slow race will be back as well as the technical course so practice your skills ladies this is going to be fun to watch!

Photo by Yve Assad

Photo by Yve Assad

photo by Yve Assad

photo by Yve Assad

Photo by Yve Assad

Photo by Yve Assad

A couple of lucky ladies will be taking home one of the 2 amazing jackets that Triumph has donated to this years raffle! Score!!!

Ladies Beauford Jacket

Ladies Beauford Jacket

Ladies Cara Jacket

Ladies Cara Jacket

If you haven't had a chance to really check out Triumphs new fleet of machines then now is the time! The Bonneville Bobber, Street Cup and Bonneville T100 will be on display throughout the weekend. Make sure you stop by and drool!

Bonneville Bobber

Street Cup

Bonneville T100