Style Rider focuses on the intersection of motorcycle culture and individual style. Here we speak to Melbourne based painter Michael Capraro about the customisation of his Yamaha Virago and why riding simply makes all his worries disappear.
Name: Michael Capraro
Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Occupation: Painting contractor
Today’s ride: A heavily customised 1981 Yamaha XV750 Virago. Transformed into a cafe racer, it has a custom exhaust, new paint, Savvas upholstery seat and front fairing by Airtech Streamlining. There is a Motogadget dash and M-Unit, LED headlight, tail light, bar end indicators and switches by Motogadget and Purpose Built Moto. Other custom modifications by Krank Engineering with the engine remapping and dyno by Peter West.
Describe your style: retro/classic.
Favourite items: My favourite part of the motorcycle build is the custom made front fairing by Airtech Streamlining in the USA based on a Ducati 900SS. I also love the matching grey Nardo helmet from Guang purchased from Grand Union Garage.
Next purchase: I’m thinking maybe a Scrambler or the new Benelli 800.
Style inspiration: My inspiration came from the 750SS Keira Knightly rode in a fashion shoot for Chanel. The styling of the bike spoke to me and I had to build my own version.
Best local ride: I like riding along beach road through to Mordialloc. Great views and sweeping bends.
Best distance ride: My favourite ride has to be the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Warrnambool. Over 300 kilometres each way of dramatic scenery, small towns and nice roads.
Tip for stylish motorcycling: Stylish motorcycling is not just about the bike but the gear. Safe but stylish gear is the go. Ugly Brothers and Saint riding pants look great along with a Fuel Division 2 riding jacket, Saint sweater, gloves by Grand Union Garage and Guang helmet mentioned above.
Next motorcycle trip: Next trip will be through the hills I think Reefton spur for sure when the weather improves.
Why do you like riding? Riding gives me a sense of freedom. When I’m on my bikes. I feel connected with nature and all my worries just disappear. Sometimes I burst in to laughter for no particular reason at all while riding. I just love it!