Style Rider, Cameron Rogers – Suzuki TS185

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 to Cameron Rogers about building a flat track racer called ‘Slim Dusty’.

Name: Cameron Rogers

Residence: Sydney, Australia

Occupation: Spare parts and bike sales, Deus ex Machina

Instagram: @cam.rogerss

Today’s ride: 1975 Suzuki TS185. I bought this motorcycle when I was 18 years old for $300. It was an agricultural bike that had seen a lot of use on the farm. I have only spent an additional $500 on it, undertaking all the work myself, building it into a flat track racer. This bike is designed for fun; not serious racing.

Describe your style: Day-to-day, I’m influenced by 80s and 90s streetwear. Working at Deus, I wear a lot of their clothes, choosing individual pieces that suit my style.

Favourite items: Deus x Alpha Industries bomber jacket.

Next purchase: A pair of RedWing Iron Ranger boots.

Style inspiration: Newtown. I love the diversity and unique style of the people in this neighbourhood. From your classic Addy pop style to the everyday workwear of Scruff Hamill to the younger generation wearing vintage 80s and 90s streetwear; It’s a giant melting pot of cool!

Best local ride: In my home town on the NSW North Coast, my favourite ride is the Waterfall Way between Coffs Harbour and Dorigo.

Best distance ride: Ride inland from Byron Bay to Nightcap National Park. This is a superb ride with its tropical vegetation, undulating terrain and lots of quirky little towns.

Tip for stylish motorcycling: Nothing looks as good as comfy feels. It is a lot easier to look cool when you are comfortable.

Next motorcycle trip: A fortnight riding in a big loop around Tasmania.

Why do you like riding? It’s the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground. I feel most natural on a motorcycle, more so than driving or even walking around.