Style Rider, Paul Disspain – Triumph Bonneville

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 NSW Central Coast-based Bonneville rider Paul Disspain.

Name: Paul Disspain

Residence: MacMasters Beach, NSW

Occupation: Manager, family architecture practice, Dianna Thomas Architect

Today’s ride: Stock 2005 Triumph Bonneville 790cc. It’s old school without needing to be a mechanic. I previously had a 1973 Triumph Tiger and had to carry tools in my jacket at all times. 

Describe your style: It’s called ‘Vintage’ or ‘Classic’ now, but early seventies motorcycles and gear are it for me; or at least, the slightly more modern version thereof. Jackson’s Monza leather jacket, Saint waxed cotton jeans, Gasolina Dapper lace-up boots (custom made in Mexico and available online), Jackson ‘roo skin gloves, AGV open face helmet with Halcyon goggles, or Bell Bullitt full face and Quay sunglasses.

Favourite items: The Triumph’s analogue speedo. I love the way the little numbers on the odometer slowly click over as I ride.

Next purchase: Lewis Leathers Lightning 392 jacket.

Style icon/inspiration: John Cooper Clarke is my sartorial god, but I suspect he’s never been anywhere near a motorcycle. Peter Fonda’s sunglasses and Paul Simonon’s leather jacket are up there in my motorcycle world.

Best local ride: NSW Central Coast to Jerry’s Cafe in Kulnura (Lower Hunter Valley), or to Pie In The Sky on the Old Pacific Highway.

Best distance ride: NSW Central Coast to Walcha via Thunderbolts Way.

Tip for stylish motorcycle riding: Apply a little more moustache wax if you’re wearing an open face helmet. Don’t slouch or tailgate.

Why do you like riding? It’s the closest I can get to flying in my dreams.