Style Rider aims to document the world’s most stylish motorcycle riders, be they riders of classic, custom or cafe racer steeds. Focused on the intersection of motorcycle culture with individual style, here we speak Baljit Singh about handmade shoes, wearing a turban and riding a Triumph Thruxton, Ace Cafe Racer Special Edition.
Name: Baljit Singh
Residence: Melbourne, Australia.
Occupation: Company Director, All Transportation Solutions
Today’s ride: 2015 Triumph Thruxton 900, Ace Cafe Racer Special Edition. This special Thruxton model celebrates Triumphs’ association with the legendary biker hangout, ACE Café, London. Only 325 Bikes were made available worldwide and the Thruxton Ace Special Edition has the silhouette of a classic Triumph racer. Pure White and Jet Black, Ace Café logos on the side panels, tank, and tail, are all a nod to the historic tie with the café. The chrome exhausts are modified on this model as is the oxblood custom seat, a detachable seat hump, real bar-end mirrors, and a special handlebar plaque … nothing to modify on this one!
Describe your style: Old school, with a touch of glamour. I love including something that tells a story. Foremost is my Turban and the heritage it represents. I also love handmade shoes, silk handkerchiefs made out of vintage fabrics and a quirky watch.
Favourite items: My Turban. It is so important to me and my culture. Also, my U-Boat U42 Italian watch with its chunky Titanium case and hand finished calf leather strap. And finally my bikes. That goes without saying! I’m currently restoring a 1974 Royal Enfield Bullet and hope to have it on the road soon.
Next purchases: An Indian Motorcycle, Chief Classic. I’m also looking forward to a pair of custom Umberto Luce Boots, and fingers crossed, a Ruby helmet.
Style inspiration: No one person. I absorbs inspiration from all around me.
Best local ride: Great Ocean Road, along the Victorian Coast.
Best distance ride: Hoshiarpur in Punjab to Govind Ghat in the Uttrakhand Pradesh (altitude 6000ft), before trekking to the valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib in the Himalayas.
Tip for stylish motorcycling: Be yourself, and own it.
Next motorcycle trip: Short Rides; I love riding with the Sikh Motorcycle Club Melbourne Chapter. Distance Ride; my dream is to ride Cape Town, South Africa to the Skeleton Coast in Namibia via the Garden Route.
Why do you like riding? The freedom I feel. My beast and me. Riding makes me happy.