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Garage-Girls Profile: Karlee Cobb

Karlee answers some questions about her life.

Text and photos by Sara Liberte

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Most known for her land speed racing, the second generation of the Klock Werks family, Karlee Cobb, 21, just launched her first design effort at the Tony Hawk Foundation’s “Stand Up for SkateParks” event held in Beverly Hills, CA. Perry Farrell, lead signer of Jane’s Addiction and founder of Lollapalooza, along with wife Etty, won the bidding for the 2014 Triumph T100 desert runner Karlee designed.

The Kustom design is based off a 2014 Bonneville T100 donated by Triumph Motorcycles and proudly sports modified and custom made parts by Klock Werks, along with carefully chosen parts from Triumph, British Customs, Joker Machine, Metzeler Tires, Nash Motorcycle Company and Hagon Shocks. Brad Smith of flawlessly applied the Custom Paint job.

“Our team at Klock Werks did a great job of executing on timeline and budget.” Karlee explained. “It was an honor to work with The Tony Hawk Foundation as they help youth around the world enjoy the benefits of skateboarding and the safety of skate parks.
It’s a great event and great cause! I was so excited that Perry Farrell bought my first custom! He loved it!”

With her recent build under her belt, we decided it would be fun to ask Karlee some questions about her life and share them here at Garage-Girls with you.

GG -Tell us about you, where are you from, what are you into and what do you like to do with your free time?

KC - I’m from Mitchell South Dakota, I am into a lot of things. From being thrown from school to school and state to state growing up in a few different family’s and having a very open mom, I got the pleasure of putting my toes into a lot of water. I enjoy camping, fishing and hunting. I enjoy doing hair and makeup. I enjoy people watching and shopping, to go karting, swimming and working out. I LOVE spending time with animals (it’s almost uncontrollable). I enjoy spending time with my family and just relaxing. Just taking long drives in my car and not looking back.  I love to ride motorcycles and travel the world because of motorcycles.

GG –   How did you find your passion for  Racing bikes how long have you been doing it?

KC - As long as I can remember my sister and I always wanted to race some sort of anything to be honest, from regular peddle bikes to scooters to snowmobiles to four-wheelers, and we were lucky enough to be thrown into the motorcycle world. 

Our mom, in 2006, decided to take the bagger they were building for the TV show “Biker Build Off”, to the Bonneville Salt Flats. It took one look of how fast she was going for us to jump all over the idea!!!!

My sister and I have also grown more and more into road racing and have taken a few classes; we are officially knee and elbow draggers!

GG –  What do you love most about it?

KC -I love the fact that when I’m on my bike at the starting line its mentally and physically only my bike and me. We have no distractions. It’s at that point that I just get to focus on the best time to shift, when’s the best time to get into my tuck. I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and take off. After that it’s just so gratifying to be on the track that the feeling is something that nothing else can give me. A lot of people can’t say that and I’m blessed for it.

GG –    Do you have a sweet car or a motorcycle other than your race bike?
KC -My car, to me as a girl, is pretty sweet. I have a Subaru WRX STI and it does have the bug eyes; it also came with the momo steering wheel.

I also have a few Buells that I adore, Buells were always my first love for racing and just riding!

GG –     What are you most passionate about in life?

KC -I am very passionate about family because they have always surrounded me and pushed me to go forward.

I am passionate about racing because it’s always something my sister and I have chased for so long and it’s something my whole family does together as a team. I am constantly learning something new, not just about the sport and technique, but about myself and goals and so much more.

GG - Where would you most like to visit?

KC -I would LOVE to go to Australia. Not only am I an animal freak, and Australia has some of the goofiest animals; but it is very, very beautiful there.

Most of all, Australia has a dried up lake with “salt”, that they race on. I always think, Bonneville in a whole different country, you’re kidding right!?! It’s a dream come true.

GG –  What type of music do you normally listen to?

KC - Depends on the people I am around and the situation/place I am at. I can listen to just about everything, but sappy country.

GG - Do you collect anything?

KC - Weirdly enough I do collect heart shaped rocks, helmets and random furniture/pictures.
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