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Spotlight: Annya Summers – TribalMoto

Annya Summers is an amazing communicator. I mean, it is her day job after all. But never have I come across someone who is able to communicate a “feeling” through print the way Annya can. Thank goodness she is putting this unique talent to good use through her business TribalMoto. This is the place where she takes imagery and words and turns them into beautiful moto-apparel. And the best part? Her online store is dominated by female selections, with a few nice things for the boys too!

After becoming active in the female riding community, Annya bought to life her vision to provide those who have a love of motorbikes with casual clothing designs that tell the story about them and their tribe. She tapped into a feeling that many female riders deliciously experience after they start riding with other women. That is, that they have found their tribe. Their people. A sisterhood of women who are connected by a passion.

Because Annya has a way with words, and not just imagery, you will see her around the Girl Moto traps as a regular guest contributor. And this Girl Moto will regularly be spotted in the next gorgeous TribalMoto creation!

On a personal note, Annya was the very first person that the Girl Moto vision was shared with. It was a tiny seed that I was trying to decide to cultivate… or not. Annya’s support, understanding of the vision, input, guidance and cheerleading was quite instrumental in helping to bring Girl Moto to life. Forever grateful x

What’s your current ride?

Triumphs…Speedmaster 1200 and Street Triple 660 (derestricted)

What was your very first bike?

Honda CBR 500

How long have you been riding?

Almost 3 years

Where is your favourite place to ride?

I recently rode from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. What an adventure filled with amazing new roads and scenery.

But I love the riding just outside my back door the most: Numinbah Valley, Beechmont, Uki, Tweed Valley. These rides have the ‘take your breath away’ moments as you pass mountains and valleys. You could be mistaken for thinking you were in Jurrassic Park.

Is there a bucket-list ride that you are yet to do? If so, where?

I’d love to ride through Scotland. We have family there and its a perfect opportunity. The scenery there is just amazing and who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with Scottish Coos?

What is your usual riding style and with whom?

As a learner, every weekend in those first 3 months I would head into the beautiful windy roads of the Gold Coast hinterland on my Triumph Street Triple 660 with my partner Andrew and daughter Hannah. It’s this reason I have a love for twisties.

Riding with my ECFR tribe is always full of laughs, love and inspiration. Usually a more relaxed ride depending on the group experience. It’s so empowering riding with other women and listening to their stories. I now have my unrestricted licence and bought my second bike, a Triumph Speedmaster 1200, which I love taking on these rides.

I am part of a small group of lovely ladies who like to ride in a little more of a ‘spirited’ fashion. Riding within my limits, but pushing past that 80% comfort zone gives me a chance to really hone my skills. Next step… the track!!!

BloodBikes Australia rides always give me a sense of pride. I’m generally riding alone and carrying very important cargo. Of course, we must abide by the same road rules as everyone else, but some of these rides require fairly immediate delivery, so I’ll lane filter if I can to make good time.

What is your involvement in the world of motorcycles?

It all started when I became an East Coast Female Riders member in January 2021. I remember my first group ride with ECFR Gold Coast like it was yesterday. Like everyone, I was nervous. Not only as a new rider, but meeting new people can be hard!

It was the best decision, that changed my life!

The ladies I met on day one, and every ride since, have been amazing. I’ve made new friendships, eaten, drank, laughed, danced and cried—oh and ridden of course! The support is priceless – whether bike related, emotionally or spiritually.

I’ve learnt so much about riding and the bikes, about myself and about the importance of having a tribe….

Enter TribalMoto!!!! Riding with the amazing members of EFCR Gold Coast was my inspiration for creating this new small business in July 2021. I wanted to help empower women, by providing casual clothing they would feel great in, and that told your story both on and off the bike.

There is a little piece of every member I’ve met in my designs. From classic and classy, to sassy and sexy. The support I’ve received from members has been fantastic. Not just in purchases, but ideas for new designs or garment styles. Many you see are ideas that have come to life.

For anyone considering joining a ride, don’t wait. Put on your big girl pants and go and say hi. Like me, you won’t regret it! I am so grateful for my ECFR tribe.

While I was still on my restricted licence, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Having monthly transfusions for life, my first thought was around how I could ‘give back’. At that very time, BloodBikes Australia had launched. I jumped at the change to become a volunteer, and try to do a run for each transfusion I have.

What do you love about being involved in the world of motorcycles?

As a lady rider, being part of BloodBikes is extremely rewarding and empowering. Plus you get to ride to interesting places like the movie set of the Elvis movie to collect Covid samples, to delivering precious cargo such as biopsies to health providers and products to patients who can’t travel. Being able to pay it forward is the best feeling. I would encourage everyone to consider being a volunteer.

What led you to be involved in the world of motorcycles?

My daughter Hannah is the reason I’m riding. Keen at an early age, as soon as Hannah was eligible, we booked to do our learners together.

I’m grateful for this time with her as most 21 year olds are off doing their own thing. You can imagine the excitement from my partner Andrew, who still had his licence but hadn’t owned a bike for some years and never thought riding would be on our radar. I’ve now ridden over 30000kms in just under 3 years.

Any comments/thoughts/observations specifically about female riders or riding?

There is something special about being surrounded by female riders. We are all strong, capable, independent women. From nervous to confident, fledgling to experienced and every kind of personality type to boot, everyone is there because of their love of motorbikes, freedom, and just plain living. Bliss.

What is some advice you have for all motorcyclists?

Ride like everyone is about to do something stupid. Stop with your wheels straight!

Any thoughts/observations/comments about Girl Moto?

Personally, and as a rider, I can’t wait to read the first edition of Girl Moto Mag. I know how valuable this online magazine will be to beginner and experienced riders alike. Not just the ladies, but I think men will get a lot out of the content, including understanding how the female rider thinks, what they need and how amazing they are.
As the owner of TribalMoto, I’m blessed to be able to support Girl Moto Mag from launch, and into the future.

Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.


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