Attention all Perth motorcycle riders! If you like your custom-made bikes with great coffee and genuine people, then don’t miss out on this moto meet. Read on.
Perth Motorcycle Meet, Coffee & Ride Events
If you’re a motorcycle rider that appreciates a well-built motorcycle when they see one, then don’t ride past the 2 Wheels, 1 Love moto meet; a well-organised coffee, meet and ride event hosted by Rogue Motorcycles in Perth, Western Australia.
Who are Rogue Motorcycles? They are a custom motorcycle shop and garage located in West Perth, specialising in handcrafted and custom tailored motorcycles; and supplying parts, gear and accessories in store and online. With a passion for old meets new, they are part of the ‘resto-mod’ (restoration modification) culture, revamping customers’ motorcycles and breathing new life into them with modifications and performance enhancing parts.
Their 2 Wheels, 1 Love motorcycle meet-up is gaining in momentum and popularity, and there is a good reason why. This is one non-pretentious, ubercool motorcycle community event that you will want to be part of. Keep reading!
Different Strokes, for Different Folks
I’ve had my motorcycle license since 2018, when my very first motorcycle was a red Honda CBR250R. Considered a beginner-friendly bike for its all-round value and reliability, it was a sensible purchasing decision for a novice rider like me. However, I didn’t care to ride it that much, and I’m ashamed to admit it had limited use during the 2 years under my ownership. Why? The riding position, power delivery and general aesthetic simply didn’t suit or excite me enough to ride it. With that in mind, the Honda was sold onto a more enthusiastic owner in 2020, because I am now the proud owner of a new Husqvarna Svartpilen 401. Feeling elated with my new ride, it’s time to get involved with Perth’s motorcycle culture!
My Brand New Husqvarna Svartpilan 401
During the (in)famous year of 2020, I bought myself a Husqvarna Svartpilan 401, a scrambler-inspired street motorcycle.
There’s a lot of things that attracted me to purchasing this bike. First being its sleek appearance and design. It’s got this industrial-chic look to it, with a naked scrambler aesthetic. Second, it’s surprisingly affordable price point. As of 2020 these can be had brand new for under $7,500 ride away, which is a great deal by any standard, but especially so given they were over $10,000 when first released in 2018. Third, it’s origins, where it’s designed in Sweden and put together in India. Then when riding it, I just love how punchy the engine is – it feels nifty and nimble, with its light weight (under 150Kgs) and telepathic handling. I’ll write a more in-depth technical review on the bike, and will link it back here for those interested.
So, what’s a girl to do with a brand new motorcycle that she saved up for and is immensely proud of? Take it for a spin to the next ‘moto meet’ and show it off! Thanks to my boyfriend, Adam (he rides a 2018 Honda CB1000R), his suggestion of us heading down to 2 Wheels, 1 Love on the Sunday 18th January was a fun and confidence-building experience for me as a newcomer to the Perth motorcycle scene. I even received some professional photographs of me on my new bike!
Perth Motorcycle Meet – 2 Wheels, 1 Love
Perth’s regular “Moto Meet” is held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 8.30 am in the alleyway behind Rogue Motorcycles in West Perth. All makes and models welcome – classic, stock or custom. If you love your ride, come and show it off.
With a Kombi van on-site serving hot coffee and a talented photographer ready to capture you rolling in, there’s no better way to spend your morning than with likeminded, down-to-earth people who share similar passions and interests. Particularly, those who love vintage-inspired, custom-built and lovingly restored-mod bikes.
What makes 2 Wheels, 1 Love unique and more memorable than your typical Perth motorcycle meet-up is that it conjures up a mix of vintage and bohemian vibes, with its underground-style society meet-up held in a brick-laden alleyway. Located behind Rogue Motorcycle’s garage, you are able to see in real-time blokes with impressive beards (and crafty hands) delicately assembling naked bikes. As I walked through, it felt like a 1960s motorcycle science laboratory. I was in awe.
At the event, there’s also a solid chance you will have some professionally taken pictures of your motorcycle. Special shout out to the talented Ben from Rogue Motorcycles for taking epic photographs of the Jan 18th event. Have a browse of Ben’s photos below – where he even managed to capture Adam and I rolling into the carpark. Awesome! 🙂
While your at the moto meet, it’s worth having a peek inside the Rogue Motorcycles retail shop, because it is awesome! As a female rider, I have noticed that there are limited choices in stores when shopping for female riding apparel. For example, female motorcycle jackets typically come in black or pink in the same old common brands. Given I have a penchant for vintage-inspired moto clothing, it was a nice surprise seeing a solid range of female apparel that’s Australian designed and uniquely stylish. Speaking of which, I specifically have my eyes on the Queen Bee Motorcycle Gloves and some Black Arrow jackets…
So come on down, grab a morning coffee and show off your motorcycle, while getting to know likeminded riders in Perth and what bikes they have. After the meet, you will get the opportunity to partake in a ride around our fair city, soaking in the sights and having some fun – with a bite to eat and beers likely on the menu afterwards.
Rogue Motorcycles also boasts an impressive social media presence and are killing it with their motorcycle and event photography. Make sure to check their photos out and give them some love on Instagram & Facebook.
ABOUT: Rogue MotorcyclesRogue Motorcycles is a custom motorcycle shop in Perth, Western Australia, specialising in handcrafted and custom tailored motorcycles. They supply parts, gear and accessories in store and online, as well as run the motorcycle event “2 Wheels, 1 Love“, which is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Rogue Motorcycles is the brainchild of Marijn Kuijken, aka ‘Billy’, a Flemish-named, Belgium-born, custom bike builder who lives and breathes designing and building motorcycles; and enjoys expressing his creativity through his passions of fabrication and the industrial arts. Growing up in Belgium with three brothers, and having an architect as a father who was passionate about design, Billy spent his early years ‘tooling’ away in his father’s workshop, in total awe of his dads profound knowledge of manufacturing, woodwork and metal fabrication.
When his father first introduced him to metal, Billy was hooked immediately to the creative potentials of this versatile material. Growing up, he tinkered with scooters, mopeds and quads every night after school, altering frames, modding engines, making exhausts from scratch; and worked for a Belgium metalwork business before moving to Perth, Western Australia with his partner and joining the creative motorcycle team at Mean Machines. It was during this time his dream was fully realised. Setting off on his own path – Rogue Motorcycles was born.
We want Rogue to be the benefactor of our shared passion for art, form and quality. We want it to be more than just a garage. We want to create a community: A place where motorcycle magic is conjured. We are grateful for your support and we look forward to meeting and serving you.
CONTACT: Rogue Motorcycles
Tue 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Wed 8.30 am – 9.00 pm
Thu 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Fri 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Sat 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Sun – Mon, Closed
Rogue Motorcycle Disclaimer: All riders attending 2 Wheels, 1 Love Moto meet event are participating at their own risk, and are encouraged to ensure their motorcycles and riding gear are in legal, safe and functioning condition. Rogue Motorcycles and the organisers take no responsibility for damage, accident, injury, property loss and are excluded from liability associated from organised events. Unsafe and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated, all road & licensing rules and laws are expected to be adhered to. Have fun, but keep safe and look out for your fellow riders.