Oct 5, 2020

Proper Freedom Machines // Freddie Dobbs’ Triumph Bonneville

Kelly Kozakowski

Motorcycles are proper freedom machines. I love the feeling of freedom as much as I love my bike. It doesn’t matter what bike you ride.

freddie Dobbs sitting on Triumph Bonneville

Why did you choose your Triumph Bonneville?
I’ve had a Honda CB500, Suzuki RF600, Triumph Speed Triple, Suzuki Bandit and now my current (and by far my favorite) - Triumph Bonneville. I chose the Bonneville for three main reasons:

Its classic looks. If you asked a five-year-old to draw a motorbike, they’d draw a Bonneville without realizing it. It’s exactly how you’d imagine a motorbike to look.

It’s versatility: it’s so easy to modify and adapt. It can be a two-up tourer that’s genuinely come for both people, a stripped-back cafe racer, brat style, it’s brilliant for riding around London because the weight is low down and it’s a narrow bike too. Plus it’s also perfectly good at cornering on twisty roads and is fast enough to keep up with most bikes on real world riding.
It’s incredibly easy to live with: it’s cheap to buy (mine was about $4,300), incredibly easy and cheap to maintain and is super reliable (I’ve never had one issue with it.) It’s very easy to ride (my girlfriend rode it straight off the first time, even though she’s never ridden a motorbike before!)

Tell us your story, how did you get into riding?
I always loved cars, but then at the age of 25, I suddenly became totally obsessed with motorbikes. I was working the graveyard shift at a warehouse when I started learning to ride and one of my colleagues was an Irish biker who massively inspired me. He gave me his old leather jacket from the 1990s and told me stories about his biking experiences and the biking groups he used to be involved with. I loved listening to his stories and that was a huge inspiration for me. It’s often the case that the first person you meet in a certain area (whether it be a new job, hobby, or geographical location) is the person who stays in your mind and inspires you most and that’s certainly the case for me.

What inspires you to ride?
Motorbikes are proper freedom machines. I love the feeling of freedom as much as I love my bike. It doesn’t matter what bike you ride, whether it’s a Harley or a Vespa, they all give you that same feeling of freedom.

Freddie Dobbs riding through mud

Why did you start your account? Is it a passion project or full-time?
I started my Instagram account to turn my passion for motorbikes into my full-time job. I owned a recruitment company for eight years and then that went bust, so I became a delivery driver in London for a year while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do.

I wanted to see if it was genuinely possible to follow your passion (as opposed to the money) and things will fall into place naturally.

Thanks to Instagram, I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to test different motorbikes and try out lots of motorcycle gear. I’ve also traveled quite a bit for different projects- I’ve got a big project in Italy and Spain coming up in October, which I can’t wait for!

What would your top tip be for someone getting into riding?
When you pass your test, go out and buy your dream bike straight away if you can afford it. Don’t get scared off by big bikes or think that you need a small bike for your first bike. Any motorbike can be as safe or as dangerous as you want it to be.

Freddie Dobbs riding on trail

Tell us about the most exciting adventure you’ve taken on your bike
So many. I’ve ridden with my friend from London to Croatia! I had a Triumph Speed Triple and my friend had a Honda CB600R. We rode through France, Italy, Slovenia, and all the way down to Croatia- it was incredible! I’ve ridden all around Bali on a custom motorcycle with my partner, Monika. We also rode a 125cc scooter around Indonesia and Thailand too- so fun!

I rented a Harley Davidson Deluxe and rode it all around Tenerife, and a Street Bob around Majorca, which was mind-blowing!  And riding a Harley in Las Vegas was also a great experience!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
You can’t justify buying a motorbike- it’s a passionate purchase. So forget about being sensible and enjoy!

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