CONOR CHARLES O'DONNELL

I grew up with an obsession with cars and mechanics. I studied engineering at university, went to car shows with my father, watched Formula 1 religiously - the list goes on.

At 13 years old, I suddenly developed a neuropathy (inflammation of the nerve endings) in both my feet. This meant, when it came to the time I could start learning to drive and get my licence, I found it incredibly difficult and tiring on my feet, especially learning manual. 

I became dependent on public transport, and the goodwill of friends and family to get me around, which I found frustrating, having always wanted to drive. 

At first, motorbikes weren't really on my radar, at least not as much as cars were. I had appreciated them in films such as The Great Escape, The Matrix Reloaded and Mission Impossible 2. Still, it wasn't until I had watched Tron Legacy (you know which scene) that a real interest developed.

At 24, I decided to book my CBT and doubtful that I'd be able to control the gears as it's all done through the feet. However, the day was a total success, and I felt real excitement and freedom for the first time in my adult life. I felt like a kid again! 

 

I now have a full licence and ride a Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, but still very much at the start of my motorbiking journey. It has changed my life; riding is so mind-clearing and therapeutic. I have my independence back. I dedicate my free time to riding, maintaining, and building motorbikes. 

To read more about why and how I chose a motorbike, click here

I invite you to follow my moto journey.

IG : @TheBritishMotorbiker