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Spotlight: Bruce Robson – Iron and Resin Garage

In Australia, when we come across those really good guys in life, the ones who are cool as they get, click with everyone, and have a really big heart, we call them a “top bloke”. Top bloke…. that’s what I feel about Bruce Robson from Iron and Resin Garage.

Iron and Resin is a moto business located in my neck of the woods in Currumbin, Queensland, Australia. I jokingly tell Bruce Iron and Resin is my office as I regularly meet moto-business contacts there. And, it is often the starting point for the East Coast Female Rider group rides that I lead three times per month from the Gold Coast.

From a Girl Moto point of view, what I really love about Bruce, and co-owner Luke, is they have a genuine desire to support women riders. They do this by providing a safe, welcoming moto-meeting place that slings a great cup of coffee, as well as by actively supplying unique and very cool riding gear through their online (and physical) store. Girl Moto is working closely with I&R to source and supply gear and parts that really work for ladies. Oh, and as I&R are exclusive Aussie suppliers of Icon, I am lucky enough to get my hands on one of the most beautiful, brand new Icon helmet designs. For the girls who like to be a little bit unique, I love love love the Icon brand “look”, and it’s only available in Australia through www.ironandresin.com.au

Where are you currently located?

Currumbin, Gold Coast, Australia

What’s your current ride?

hahaha… depends on today’s mood. Indian FTR1200, ’73 Harley Davidson FLH, ’87 Kawasaki Z1000P Police Bike, ’41 Indian 741 and whatever you’re selling this week…

What was your very first bike?

KLR650, don’t ask me to list them all!

How long have you been riding?

Only around 15 years or so legally.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

I’ll ride anywhere in the world, but I hate traffic and highways. The Indian Himalayas was mind blowing. Vietnam is almost my second home for riding these days. America was not as good as America thinks it is…

Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia honestly have some of the best riding I’ve done anywhere in the world. There’s not much need to travel further than our own backyard

Is there a bucket-list ride that you are yet to do? If so, where?

Still need to ride Tasmania but I’m open to wherever someone suggests next.

What is your usual riding style and with whom?

Alone is great, but a small group is second best. I prefer just a general direction to begin with, then explore as I go.

What is your involvement in the world of motorcycles?

Our business is basically a place for motorcycle enthusiasts. We have a coffee shop/burger joint that is full of old bikes and memorabilia and on any given day there’ll be a heap of bikes parked outside and riders just swapping stories.


We also have a retail store selling stuff you might not find anywhere else, including Icon, Roland Sands Designs, Biltwell, Akin, Death Collective, Saddlemen and our own Iron and Resin brands.


Then there’s our on-line stores:
ironandresin.com.au and our new partsoutlet.com.au full of hard to get parts (mostly Harley, but it’s growing to cover so much more).

What do you love about being involved in the world of motorcycles?

Just look at them… rolling works of art. Nothing beats riding them though, and being in the business means I get to pretend I’m working when I’m out riding! There’s not much in this world that can’t be improved by the twist of the right wrist.

What led you to be involved in the world of motorcycles?

My background in action sports commentary led me to being asked to commentate Freestyle Moto Cross, Super Cross etc.
Since I said yes to that, with no knowledge, I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world working with Nitro Circus, Crusty Demons, X Games, Super X and a heap of other motorcycle shows and events. Iron and Resin Garage just seemed like a good grown up motorcycle plan for when I was done with that crazy life.

Any comments/thoughts/observations specifically about female riders or riding?

I wish it were easier for girls to ride. The licensing system is tough (especially here in QLD), so I’m glad there are more and more support networks appearing to guide each other through the early stages. Relying on men to help, relying on men to have the required patience, and maybe even relying on men to slow down long enough to help others is tough. So please girls, look out for each other and keep reaching out to others who want to ride.

What is some advice you have for all motorcyclists?

Drivers do not know the rules, do not look, and do not care about you…

It’s not a fashion show…

You don’t need a gang…

Take the long way home…

And just bloody ride!

Any thoughts/observations/comments about Girl Moto?

Girl Moto is there for you. Share the passion, lean on each other and ride bikes your way. We are so excited to be involved with Girl Moto! Iron and Resin is just a couple of blokes who are keen to help share the passion, but we need help.

You, as female riders, now have a resource and a voice. Use it!

Final thoughts from Bruce:

I love motorcycles… that is all.

Loren
Lorenhttp://www.girlmoto.com.au
Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.
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