Why We Ride Motorcycles: Told By an ’09 Triumph Bonneville Owner

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We love watching guys talk about their motorcycles, and how they came to fall in love with riding, and we thought this story from a British Triumph Bonneville owner currently living in Australia was really cool. For Carl Bellamy, the attraction to motorcycles came as a young boy while watching the Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Team performing. For many of us, a similar event or memory serves as the inspiration for our passion for motorcycles.

Carl first bought a Honda 250 CBF, but quickly realized it wasn’t what he was looking for – in his words, it was “boring”, and he wanted something with more power that could go faster when he wanted. Being from England, it made sense that he would choose a 2009 Triumph Bonneville to customize and call his own. He’s made a lot of modifications to this cafe racer to personalize it, everything from changing out the decals and headlight, to installing a custom front-end and putting in a British Customs Predator exhaust system.

We dig the bike, but we also love the way Carl talks about the “chemistry” of riding – the combination of the sights, sounds, feeling, camaraderie, etc. that can only come from just you and your motorcycle hitting the open road. Now that’s a feeling any bike enthusiast understands. What about you – what inspired you to begin riding? Share your story, too, and be sure to like and share with other motorcyclists.

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