Style Rider focuses on the intersection of motorcycle culture and individual style. Here we speak to Addy Senevong, Bourke Street Bakery barista and ultra-hip proponent of quality workwear.
Name: Addy Senevong
Residence: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Head Barista, Bourke Street Bakery
Today’s ride: 1973 BMW R75/5 750cc with minimal modifications as I still love the original look of the bike. I added a mid-rise, wider handlebar, new single seat making the bike a bit slimmer to suit my body and a new luggage rack. The new exhaust pipes are a little bit shorter than original and also louder for safety reasons. Everything else is all original parts.
Describe your style: I like vintage workwear for its combination of style and functionality. Riding to work every day, each item has to perform well both on and off the bike. Today I am wearing Evisu Japan selvedge overalls, a fisherman denim jumper by The Flathead, a vest by Freewheelers, sunglass by Effector Eyewear and a Momotaro railroad train driver denim cap. All of these items are from Japan as I appreciate their attention to detail, quality and style. A 1970s Seiko ‘Pepsi’ model diving watch and hightop sneakers by PF Flyers finish off the look.
Next purchase: I am looking for a pair of simple, minimal and classic style winer gloves from Japan.
Style inspiration: Elements from many stylish people over the eras, in particular, the 1950s and 1960s rockers. Japanese magazine Clutch has a nice mix of clothes for the motorcycle and hotrod scenes while Vice, architect and design in general and Lewis Leathers—the world’s oldest motorcycle apparel brand—all provide varying inspiration.
Best local ride: Newtown through Sydney’s eastern suburbs to Dover Heights, onto Coogee and then back home. This is my typical after-work unwind. My favourite day ride would include a run down the South Coast via the Royal National Park, Robertson and Kangaroo Valley.
Best distance ride: Up and down the NSW Snowy Mountains Highway from Cooma all the way down into Victoria, Falls Creek and Omeo. Anywhere in this region is amazing to ride.
Tip for stylish riding: Warm, lined gloves in winter and a waterproof jumpsuit in your kit bag make all the difference when riding any sort of distance.
Why do you like riding? Because it’s give me a sense of freedom and it clears my mind. Sometimes not thinking about anything, only the sound of engine, the feel of the sun and wind; just me and my bike. That’s all I need.
Note: you can see Addy on his 1971 Triumph Bonneville T120R here.