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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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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

It's Cool | The Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Bobber

REVIEWS, SponsorsAnya Violet
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

If you want to know more about the Triumph Bonneville Bobber you can click HERE

To find a dealer near you and test ride click HERE

Meet Autumn Harrison and her Triumph Street Twin

PeopleAnya Violet

We met Autumn at Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 this year. She shared her story of coming to BRO EC 1 last year on her 1972 Honda 350 and upgrading this year to a brand new 2017 Triumph Street Twin! Read on to hear more about  her and how, after riding from Washington DC to Narrowsburg, NY, she realized she had made the perfect bike choice. 

How long have you been riding motorcycles?

I’ve been riding for 3 years.

Why do you ride?

The short answer is because someone told me that I couldn’t. And even if I could, I shouldn't because I am the mother of young girls. To my mind, that seemed like the best reason in the world to pursue the challenge. I wanted to be proof that a life well lived was one that didn’t avoid the things that scare us. 

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

I learned to ride on a 1972 Honda 350 four that I bought off eBay three months before I took the riders course. I loved her and thought I would have time to wrench but the reality is that when I have do have time, I want to ride. So I bought a brand spanking new 2017 Triumph Street Twin.

What first attracted you to the new Triumph Street Twin?

The first thing that caught my eye was that the bike has such lovely classic lines. The thing I loved most about my vintage bike was the riding stance. The Street Twin has a very similar upright stance and as an average stature woman it was reassuring to be able to flat foot it at stops.

How did you know it was the bike for you?

I rode everything. I begged rides from friends and sat on all the bikes I could. When I got serious about buying something new I went to the dealership and rode every model. I rode a bunch  of other makes as well. But the Street Twin was by and far the best fit and most comfortable ride.

Tell us what it is like to ride?

Riding a motorcycle is the closest thing I have felt to flying. I crave the singular focus that riding demands. When I’m riding I can’t do anything except ride. As a mother with a career, I feel I'm often doing two things simultaneously and that's not possible on the back of a motorcycle. I love that my senses are completely engaged by feel of the wind, the smell of magnolias in bloom, the growl of the engine.

What made you choose the Street Twin over the other Triumph Models?

Riding stance and maneuverability. The Street Twin was very comfortable and felt easy to turn and corner.

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

It was so much fun coming back to Babes Ride Out on my new bike. I made the trip from Washington DC last year on my vintage Honda and I felt outmatched engine wise on the roads. The ride was much more enjoyable this year.

Do you have any fun road trips planned?

I've organized my local women's riding group to be in our local Fourth of July parade and my daughters are going to ride with me, does that count? I’m thinking about riding down to New Orleans, my home town, for Halloween this year. But I really want to celebrate my 50th birthday in two years by riding out to BRO in Joshua Tree.

Tell us about your experience at Babes Ride Out East Coast II?

I have had two great weekends at Babes Ride Out. The camaraderie I’ve felt with other women, is fantastic. These are all women who took that challenge to ride and keep riding. Its like we all share the secret of a short cut to happiness. 

Find out more about the Triumph Street Twin HERE

Find a Triumph dealership near you HERE

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

Jennifer Pietrzyk & Her Triumph Street Scrambler

PeopleAnya Violet

My name is Jennifer Pietrzyk. I am a civilian police paramedic in Greenburgh, NY. I worked NYC as a 911 paramedic for several years, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. I have had a love of motorcycles as long as I can remember. I grew up with my Dad’s motorcycle. He had a 1973 Triumph Hurricane and a 1965 GTO but I just loved the motorcycle. I remember being very small and just waiting for my dad to take his bike out. I knew he would ride alone first but I would sit and wait in the garage for hours just so he might come back and give me a ride. I couldn’t wait to hit the road and I would smile the whole time with through the scratched up plastic on my blue snap on face shield of for my 1970’s original helmet.  My dad was in a couple motorcycle gangs growing up in Michigan. He and his buddies all were into Triumph, Norton, Matchless, Vincent..etc.. I am sure this is what fostered my initial love for the Triumph, it’s all I knew.

 I was born in Detroit but quickly moved to Phoenix, Arizona when I was 5. I am sure my ol man wanted my brothers to get interested in the motorcycles but they never did. It was just me, and he wasn’t interested in the girl liking motorcycles.  I wasn’t able to get my own bike until I moved to NY.

My first bike, which I still have today, is a 1973 Triumph Trident. She is inoperable for now but I plan to change that. She wasn’t so reliable so in 2006 I bought a brand new Bonneville. I had that for 11 years with not one problem. She was a 750 but I had no problem keeping up with anyone else. I took her on my one and only (so far) “long adventure”. My girlfriend and I rode to Washington D.C. She on her 1984 CB900C and me on the Bonneville.  It was a fun trip, she had been riding about a month and with my poor directional skills and trip planning we encountered almost every road and road condition one can encounter in a 5 hour trip that took 9 hours. I am not going to be the route maker again!

Our next trip will be out very first BRO trip. We’re going to the Babes Ride Out East Coast 2 and I am looking so forward to it! I won’t be taking the Bonneville because she was backed into while parked and was considered totaled by the insurance the company.

So, we now have a 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler. I have always wanted one and it gives me a bit of everything. It has the classic look I grew up with and love with much more versatility. And a gas gauge!!!!! I am still getting used to the Scrambler. So far, we are getting to know each other better and better. It handles beautifully, it feels like it wants to eat up the road and loves to hug the corners. I just feel so comfortable and like I can handle anything I encounter on the road. It is just so easy to ride and what I love about motorcycles is not just the freedom, the feeling of being in the world and not just watching it but the way that everything I encounter, all the stress in my day and the job and people and patients and trauma, and death and dying and people just being mean and demanding just all slides off me as I ride. I can relax and let everything go! I can sometimes just be in my own head and figure out my world as I ride. It’s just the bike and I becoming one and just sliding through life. 

What I would suggest to new riders is learn on what you want to ride. My ol man and all his buddies always said that.  If you buy a small bike you’re going to learn how to handle a small bike. You’ll outgrow it and just go get a new one which just helps out the people who sell motorcycles.  Take the safety class. I rode for years with no license. I decided to just take the course and get my license. They teach you great things. Take the class and most important….. WEAR THE GEAR ALL THE TIME.  I remember as a paramedic seeing a motorcycle ripped in half and on fire. My heart sank. The rider was married with kids. He was riding 120mph lost control and crashed. The bike was ripped in half and caught fire. He was thrown/slid 100 yards. When I got to him I was unprepared for what I encountered. He had an abrasion on one wrist and a hematoma on his other hand. Yes, that’s it. His only injuries were so minor if the mechanism of injury were not so crazy you would not even think to call 911. He was in absolute full gear Dianese leather pants, jacket, gloves, boots, full face helmet. His gear saved his life. ALL THE GEAR ALL THE TIME!!!   Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t ride or can’t wrench. Get the bike, learn, fix, gear up and have fun!

 

- @pietrzyk

- Jen Pietrzyk

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