Style Rider, John Randall

Style Rider focuses on the intersection of motorcycle culture and individual style. Here we talk vintage style, armoured riding gear and the customisation of a Royal Enfield 350TT with John Randall.

Name: John Randall

Residence: Melbourne, Australia

Instagram: @johnrmelbourne

Today’s ride: 2017 Royal Enfield 350TT built by Mid Life Cycles. This project involved everything from lowering the suspension, lengthened the swing arm, the creation of a replica Norton tank, a de tabbed frame, larger 19 inch wheels painted black with Shinko tires and brass touches such as the rear brake rod and brass nipples on the spokes, all finished in classic black and gold pin striping. It is a rideable work of art.

Describe your style: More urban/cafe riding than anything, but always in full gear. Depending on weather, I choose either my Suus leather jacket, or if it is cold and dry, this suede one from Blackbird.

Favourite items: Definitely my Suus leather jacket. I haven’t found anything else like it and it just seems to get better with age. Other favourites include the Blackbird suede jacket, Style Martin boots, Deus gloves, Bell Bullit helmet, Suus jeans and Saint jumper I am wearing.

Style inspiration: Vintage style mixed with modern practically. That is why I chose to customise a modern Royal Enfield and not an old AJS. The clothes then follow the style of bike.

Tip for stylish motorcycling: I’m all about wearing protective gear on the motorcycle and look for smart, cafe racer style gear with hidden armour. Saint, Bell, Deus ex Machina, Blackbird and Belstaff are my go-to brands.

Next purchase: Another Royal Enfield customised by the guys at Mid Life Cycles. This time a 650 Interceptor finished in a Steve McQueen/Bud Ekins desert sled style.

Best local ride: From Mount Dandenong to Gembrook following the Puffing Billy railway, then home either the same way or up through Hoddles Creek. It’s a nice leafy loop that’s usually pretty free of traffic and if you happen to catch a glimpse of Puffing Billy on the way it makes for a great day.

Next motorcycle trip: A dream would be to ride the Himalayas on a classic Royal Enfield 500.

Why do you like riding? I love the sound and feeling of riding. Whether it’s putting along up Mount Dandenong and getting a nice note from the engine, or riding around Melbourne and going to cars and coffee events with friends, it just feels great to be on the bike.