The Brain Bucket

Therapeutic Value in Riding // Matt Kinley's Triumph Scrambler 1200

Oct 12, 2020 10:37:22 AM / by Kelly Kawasaki

Riding Triumph Scrambler 1200

Why did you choose your Triumph Scrambler 1200?
I have a real soft spot for the Triumph brand, it’s heritage, it’s styling and what it means in motorcycle culture. Growing up in the Norfolk countryside meant I started out on enduro bikes, Hyosung XRX, Yamaha WR etc, they were perfect for bombing about back lanes and traversing fields. I wanted a ‘do it all’ machine, and the Triumph Scrambler 1200 ticked all those boxes, after spending a full day on one giving it a test ride, I was instantly sold. I turned it into my own little weapon, and I absolutely love it.Tell us your story, how did you get into riding?
My dad used to ride, and following his passing when I was younger, the memories I had of him were left through photographs, and his love for motorcycles. I recall a snap from the late 80’s where he’s riding a Suzuki GP100 with my mum on the back, open face retro lids, rocking some Levi’s, a pair of shades, the lot. My friend used to get dropped off over the summer holidays, on the back of his dads Suzuki GP125, which I found coincidentally badass, always standing on the wall, waiting outside our cottage for the sweet sound of the 2 stroke in the distance. I did slightly envy that father and son connection, but instead of letting it eat away at me, I let it motivate me. Not long after I got my license and the rest is history.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 in field
What inspires you to ride?
Adventure, friendship & Mental Health. There is incredible therapeutic value in riding, a blitz down some back roads for an hour can really clear your head. I’m constantly inspired by the folk and friendship circles I’ve actually made through social media, and the culture surrounding it all. I guess I’m just inspired by positivity and what riding brings. I once said “I feel like the best version of myself when riding” and it’s a statement I still stand by.

Why did you start your account? (passion project or full-time)
I actually started it through the recommendation of my friend Tim (@tcandthundercat) as I’d been spamming my personal page with so much moto related stuff, I think some peeps we’re getting fed up of seeing my bike from all angles! I wanted to express that passion and push it in it’s own direction, and do what I love, so kickstarted @unparalleledtwin to reflect everything I adore about motorcycle life.
Triumph Scrambler 1200 and man in suit
What would your top tip be for someone getting into riding?
Get something fun and quirky as your first bike, purchase second hand, experiment and explore its capabilities as well as your own. Understand you will drop it, you will come off, but it’s all about getting back up and learning from those mistakes. More importantly, just enjoy it, go places, see things, do things, engine displacement is just a number.

Tell us about the most exciting adventure you’ve taken on your bike
 I spent a week wild camping through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales & Lake District earlier in the year. 1000+ miles of great memories. Ripping through an old quarry, tearing down gravel tracks, and soggy mountain bogs. I traversed the steepest roads in the UK and each night found shelter in the wilderness. Just man and machine. It was an amazing experience, something I want to do annually. Being at one with your ride, pushing yourself and understanding you and your bikes limits. An adventure is all about coming in and out of your comfort zone, and I genuinely loved every minute of it. The Triumph Scrambler 1200 was absolutely spot on, if I could go back and do it again, I’d do it on the Scram, no questions asked.


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Topics: Rider Diaries, Triumph

Kelly Kawasaki

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