Style Rider focuses on the intersection of motorcycle culture and individual style. Here we speak to Triumph rider Yuchen HE about standing apart from the norm and the spirit of riding.
Name: Yuchen HE
Residence: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Manager, Hutaoli Music Restaurant & Bar
Today’s ride: 2018 Triumph Bobber
Describe your style: It’s a mixture of American vintage and hippie style; a little bit Bohemian with Chinese decorative elements.
Favourite items: Today I am earring an unbranded newsboy cap from Taobao (Chinese online shopping platform), henley shirt from Jelado, Bob Dong jacket, pants from Mr. Freedom, boots by Redwing (8111), Carhartt gloves and glasses with clip-ons from Moscot. I also love RRL, Dr Martens and Akubra hats.
Style inspiration: Johnny Depp. I like the way he wears traditional elements like suits and waistcoats, yet pulls these together with accessories. His style is unique in Hollywood. Everyone else is the same. He is different and gives me inspiration on how to look different, yet not weird.
Best local ride: From my home to Brighton Le Sands to the airport. I like the wide roads, the wind off Botany Bay and the sense of freedom as it is the only highway nearby in Sydney without too many cars.
Tip for stylish motorcycle riding: A tweed vest is an elegant and useful item. It keeps your core warm and layers your outfit at the same time.
Why do you like riding? Riding is a cool thing for me. And it’s never going out of style. No matter how many years go by, for every generation, it still feels great to ride a motorcycle. Riding is more a spiritual thing than simply a mode of transport.
Note: you can see Yuchen on his 1997 Suzuki TU250X here.