Flying Solo Gear Co. is a Melbourne-based motorcycle and apparel brand for sport, street, and adventure riders.
"Flying Solo" comes from the rush of freedom and adrenaline when we get on two wheels. The phoenix emblem reminds us that we will always come back stronger from a fall, and the killswitch marks the start of every journey.
Flying Solo Gear Co believes that every rider can be brave, whether you're a learner twisting the throttle for the first time, a competitive racer pulling throttle, or an off-road rider going through a water crossing. As long as you're on two wheels, you're part of the riding community.
Flying Solo Gear Co started in February 2016 in a tiny shoebox apartment in Melbourne by a Canadian backpacker who stopped taking herself seriously after spending 3 months on a chicken farm.
After totalling her bike, founder Amanda decided to create specialised carry equipment for motorcycle riders that keeps them safer and more comfortable when riding. Ironically, she later went on to gaffa tape the bike back together and ride it right around Australia.
With an empty wallet and a full heart, the first prototype of a Kevlar bumbag was created using a borrowed hobby sewing machine and scraps of polkadot tablecloth. The workspace was a single folding chair and a nightstand from Ikea. The total investment was just under $20.
The logo design, website, and branding was created in a day after a heavily caffeinated 8-hour stint at a cafe and a gruesome overnight work-a-thon, sitting crosslegged on the floor of the apartment.
Fast forward to 2021, and we're stronger than ever before, and it's in large thanks to the legends out there who proudly rep our gear. We're excited to bring back our Killswitch Pack, update our Ashvault Backpack, and we have just launched our Tully Tailbags.
We're still a microbusiness based in Melbourne, with big dreams to have a cafe-warehouse someday.
Most importantly, we love being part of the community, hearing about riders who have overcome their fears and unleashed their #BRAVE.
Amanda is the founder and sole operator of Flying Solo Gear Co. She has a Bachelor of Science, Human Kinetics (B.Sc H.Kin) with a specialty in sport-specific biomechanics and strength conditioning from the University of British Columbia.
For her post-secondary degree, she spent 6 years studying the movement of the human body. Amanda's passion lies in creating motorcycle gear that helps people move naturally and comfortably while riding.
She is an avid motorcycle traveller, lapping Australia on a Suzuki GSX-R600 sportbike and crossing the Simpson Desert (without prior experience riding off-road) on a Husqvarna FE450 enduro bike.
Flying Solo Gear Co strives to create tough, comfortable motorcycle gear that is both pleasing to the eye and confidence-inspiring to the rider.
Amanda believes in being kind and genuine to everyone she meets, so long as they do the same.
In her spare time, she enjoys doing Olympic weightlifting, calisthenics, and powerlifting at home. She's powered by caffeine and petrol most days.
Currently, the bikes in her garage include a 2017 BMW s1000rr, a Husqvarna FE450, and a track-only KTM rc390.
For the last four years, Grace has been living off her motorbike, riding from country to country on her KTM 690 Enduro, living the moto hobo lifestyle.
The original idea was to ride from Sydney to Paris, which then turned into riding around the whole world; but at the moment she's waiting out the Covid pandemic in sunny Thailand.
Grace helps work on the social media accounts at FSGC, as well as act as a sounding board for new ideas and is a huge moral support for Amanda - from the mountainsides and gutters across South East Asia.
You can follow her misadventures on her blog & facebook page @BikeHedonia.
Founder / Managing Director
amanda /at/ FLYINGSOLOGEAR /dot/ com
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