Q&A with Vince & Tobi.
Community Hosts of #TheMotoSocialNEWYORK

 

With our 5 year anniversary fast approaching, there's a lot of exciting news coming down the pipeline. This includes our partnership with Vince Dickson and Tobias Lewis in NYC and launching #TheMotoSocial in New York City. Here's a fun little Q&A introducing Vince and Tobi–the community hosts of #TheMotoSocialNEWYORK.

 

 
 
 

Vince Dickson

@VinceDickson
 

Who are you and how are you still alive?

My names Vince. I grew up in South Africa and after I finished my studies there moved to London to start a travel company with a friend. We ran that for 5 years before I stumbled into modelling. It brought me to NYC where I have been ever since. Over the years I have really gotten into photography and filmmaking and am spending more and more time on creative projects each year. 

How did you end up in NYC?

I've been in NYC for 5 years now. I honestly never had real plans to live here long term. I came for work and kept coming back and then one day realized I was living here. I grew up in Cape Town so not a big city person but there is something about this place that makes you miss it when you're gone for too long! It's a crazy place and just keeps getting more interesting the longer you spend in it.

What have you been taught through riding motorcycles and the moto community?

Riding motorcycles and the people I have met through it have taught me a lot. One thing I learned through riding is that there is so much adventure to be had on a bike, no matter where you are. Also there is something about motorcycles that attracts people. No matter where you go, you will have someone come up to and start a conversation. Its a pretty cool thing. 

What are you most looking forward to in your first season as a host of TheMotoSocial?

There are a lot of motorcycles in NYC and so many small groups of friends that ride together. There aren't many big group events that bring everyone together, so I feel like its hard to meet people who aren't in your direct circle. I'm really looking forward to getting all these people together and forming a bigger, more social community. 

Who is responsible for getting you into riding motorcycles?

My dad has always been into bikes. Him and my mom did a 6 month USA roadtrip before they got married in the early 80's. The map from their trip hangs on the wall in the house I grew up in, so I think motorcycles were always in the back of my mind. I got my first one when I was 16 and taught myself to ride it, with a lot of lost skin!

Bucket list motorcycle trip?
Bucket list trip right now is a long dirt one. Either up through Africa from Cape Town or Alaska, through Canada down the west coast into South America and down to Patagonia. 

 

 
 
 

Tobias Lewis

@lewis.tobias

Who are you and how are you still alive? 

I'm Tobi, I'm French. For most that's enough said. We are a resilient breed. I don’t know how I’m still alive to be honest. I live my life, mainly through pain (bread in french), with the motto if it's not hurting you’re not trying hard enough. I love to race and to push myself further than I thought my body or brain could go. I think I can safely say that the reason why I’m still alive is thanks to the people that decided to ride some of the waves of life with me. Life wouldn’t be worth it if I couldn't share it with people (the same people that happen to save you from time to time).

How did you end up in NYC?

Long story short, I decided to leave France 10 years ago and bounced around between Canada, China, Europe until I settled in Japan for a few years. Having a big family, with siblings all over the world, it was getting hard to keep track of the time differences between where they all lived. So I decided to make it easy for myself to keep in touch with them and I came to NYC, central to everyone. 

What have you been taught through riding motorcycles and the moto community?

ALWAYS STAY FOCUSED!! 
The moto community is quite fascinating and weird. Everyone wants to talk to you when they see a motorcycle and explain to you how their uncle used to ride a motorcycle. It's an amazing conversation starter. However, between "bikers," it can be a little different. Harleys vs crotch-rockets vs hipsters.  It becomes mini subclasses, and we don't mingle enough. At the end of the day we all ride bikes, because of the feeling.  We should all bond around that.

What is one thing that you think people should know about you?

I like human interaction, don’t be afraid to talk to me.

Who is responsible for getting you into riding motorcycles?

Probably my dad and all the other cool cats looking awesome on a bike!

Bucket list moto trip?

Riding through South America on enduros.

Favorite new discovery?

Smooth parking.

 


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