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CONOR

CHARLES O'DONNELL

I'm one of those people who didn't have a clear idea of what they wanted to do when they grew up. I studied Product Design with Engineering at the University of Sussex. After graduating with a 2:1, I decided to move away from the industry and instead tried my hand at Sales and Partnerships. Thinking back over the last seven years and various positions I have been in, there has never been a time where I felt I had found my career or a role that made me happy. My mind was prone to wandering and craving excitement and adventure, something you don't get sitting behind a desk for 9 hours of the day.

Every evening, no matter the weather, I would go for a ride to clear my head and wind down from the day's events. With the help of my girlfriend, Julie, the act of riding every night turned into more than just my daily meditation. It became an opportunity to show a different side of me to the world, and thus TheBritishMotorbiker was born.

As this persona has developed, I've started to rekindle my love for all things mechanical, and finally, I remember why I chose my degree in the first place. This led me to build Julie her first motorbike and has given me the confidence to pursue content creation as a career.

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my story

 

 

 

At 13 years old, I suddenly developed neuropathy (inflammation of the nerve endings) in both my feet. This meant that when I started learning to drive, I found it incredibly difficult and tiring on my feet, especially as I was adamant about learning in manual.

 

Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried, I would always end the lesson defeated and, after a while, had to give up on the idea altogether.

I became dependent on public transport and the goodwill of friends and family to get me around, which I found frustrating as I hate being extra weight.

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

At 24, I decided to book my CBT and was doubtful it would be different from driving as the feet play a vital part in controlling the machine. 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 I am still very much at the start of my motorbiking journey. It has changed my life; riding is so mind-clearing and therapeutic. I finally have my independence back. I now dedicate my free time to riding, maintaining, and building motorbikes. 

I grew up with an obsession with cars and mechanics. I would regularly go to car shows with my brother and father, watch Formula 1, collect cards, build remote control cars - the list goes on.

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MOTORBIKE GEAR

Trousers

Bowtex Standard Leggings Jaune

Bull-it Jeans - Covert Blue Straight

Oxford Original Approved AAA Jeans - Single Layer Armourlite - Dark Aged

Riding Boots

TCX X-Blend Waterproof - Brown

TCX Rook Waterproof - Brown

Gianni Falco Ranger Boots - Dark Brown

Gianni Falco Dixxon Boots - Black

Oxford Merton Waterproof Boots - Black

Luggage

Malle Single Moto Pannier

Malle Hybrid Tank/Tail/Small Pannier

Malle Moto Module

Oxford Aqua Range

Comms

Cardo Freecom 2+

Helmets

Shoei Ex-Zero - Grey

Shoei JO - Brown

Exklusiv Duke 2.0 - Cream

Goggles

Biltwell Overland 2.0 Goggle - Tri-Stripe Black

100% Strata Sand Outlaw Smoke Lens

Pollution Mask

Rare Bird London Black Wool Winter Mask

Rare Bird London Grey Linen Summer Mask

Rare Bird London Vintage Paisley Pollution Mask

Gloves

Segura Connor Waterproof Short Leather Gloves

Tucano Urbano Gig Gloves

Fuel Storm Waterproof Gloves - Blue

Revit Massif Gloves - Ocher Yellow

Oxford Tucson - Brown - Perforated Summer Leather Gloves

Jackets

Merlin Perton Jacket - Olive

Merlin Expedition Wax Jacket V2 - Brown

Rev'it Bowery - Sand

Knox Urbane Pro

Oxford Rainseal Pro - Grey/Black/Fluo

Oxford Hampton - Classic Leather Jacket - Black

Oxford Holwell - Dry2Dry Wax Cotton Jacket - Red

Belstaff Trialmaster Pro Waxed Jacket

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