Babes Ride Out

triumph street twin

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

babes ride out

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!

babes ride out

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

babes ride out

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

babes ride out

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

 

 

 

 

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