“I remember vividly the first time I went out with my dad after the accident, it was my first proper ride out and I just thought ‘Wow, this is what I’ve been missing for a year’. I took everything in - every sight, sound and smell. Riding my bike just allows me to be myself and gather my thoughts. I often call it my meditation time."
As part of the #MyIndianMotorcycle series, Nineteen01 will be interviewing Indian Motorcycle owners from across the UK and Ireland to find out about them and their machines.
This time, we spoke to Jen Winters - IG: @scouting.for.ponies - owner of a Barber Shop in Chelmsford, to find out more about how she got onto two wheels and why the Scout is her dream machine…
“I passed my motorcycle test around three years ago as I’d always wanted to have a bike. I used to horse ride when I was two and as I got older, I realised that horses were more expensive than motorcycles and bikes went faster…”
The Indian Scout wasn’t Jen’s first bike, but was responsible for aiding her to get her confidence back after a road accident.
“Like a lot of people who have similar experiences, I had a bit of a mental block and wanted to start fresh with a new bike.
“I went to a motorcycle show with my dad - in fact, we go every year. I saw the Indian Motorcycle stand and I knew straight away ‘that’s what I want’. I loved everything about the brand - the imagery, the bikes, the atmosphere on the stand…
“Soon after the show, I visited my local dealer and sat on the Scout, it was my dream bike. As soon as I tried it out for size, I knew it was right for me - I didn’t even take it on a test ride!”
Now that she’s back out on the road, Jen loves heading out with her motorcycle-riding dad and exploring with her partner as a pillion.
“We’ve got some great coastal roads out here and I’ve fitted a sissy bar so that my partner can be comfortable and secure on the back. It’s great to be able to share a hobby and go out together.”
Since purchasing her Scout, Jen has made some other changes to her bike to make it her own.
“Being 5ft7’, I like that I can customise the bike to fit me by changing the handlebars and seat. I don’t intend on changing anything about the styling as I love that already! I’ve also fitted a new battery, a dark screen and some custom pipes.”
What does the future hold for Jen and her Scout?
“I’ve got a big week-long ride planned in August which is called ‘BarberRides’ - up in the Scottish Highlands to raise money for Make A Wish Foundation. There’s around 50 of us planning to go - of which I’m the only female and Indian Motorcycle rider!
“My sister is planning on passing her test too so it will be nice to be able to ride out together as a family. I just aim to get out as much as possible and make the most of it! Although with my job, I feel like the next few months will be rather busy!”
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