Riding fast (or even slow) motorbikes is a
sensation which, once experienced, is never forgotten. It all started
quite a while ago for me, but I still really can't imagine not having a
bike waiting in the garage.
I meet up and ride with a lot of people
from the usenet news group uk.rec.motorcycles.
People here talk about everything, occasionally including
bikes. Dip in and see what's going on. I would direct you to the FAQ, but that's long gone, sadly along with it's author Windy.
I've got a scanned and kept a collection of Shobba cartoons - to my my mind the cartoonist who best understands biking as it was in the UK.
I passed my test on 7th February
1980. So, on (or near) the 7th February 2000, I threw a party
to celebrate 20 Years on
Bikes I've owned
It all began at the age of 16 in 1979, and one thing just led
- 1979 - Honda SS50 moped - first bike
- 1980 - Kawasaki Z200 - first 'proper' bike
- 1981 - Kawasaki Z400D (twin) - pretty cool for the sixth
- 1982 - Kawasaki Z650B2 - just arrived at University
- 1983 - Kawasaki Z750E1 - Z650 died after dispatch riding
- 1984 - Kawasaki GPZ750 turbo - first job, first pay packet
- yee haw!. See my End to End Run
article. 36 years later, I even made the Daily Telegraph
- 1986 - Harris Magnum 3 (with Kawasaki 750 turbo engine) - I
fancied a special. Pictures here.
- 1987 - Kawasaki GT750 - as well as the Harris, for holidays
and two-up trips
- 1988 - Kawsaki GPX750 - I fancied a bit of racing. Some
(rather poor) racing photos are here
- 1989 - Kawasaki ZXR750 (first in the UK) - try racing on
- 1989 - Kawasaki ZX10 - ooh, this racing is a bit expensive,
so back to road bikes
- 1989 - Yamaha FJ1100 - 6 months riding round Australia
- 1990 - Kawasaki ZX10 - for when I got back to the UK
- 1991 - Kawasaki ZZR1100 (C2) - faster than a ZX10. Picture
from the Bol d'Or here
- 1994 - Kawasaki ZZR1100 (D1) - and now it's got a fuel
- 1999 - Kawasaki ZX9R (c2) - enough of practicality - let's
go crazy! (Here's a picture)
- 2001 - Suzuki GSX-R 1000 - early mid-life crisis made me do
it. A mad, bad
machine. And, even when two years old and with over 20k miles
on the clock, good enough to win
the street class at Ramsey
- 2002 - Kawasaki ZX7R - racing again. We raced in
the KRC Endurance series for 4 years, and had some great times.
And only a few lousy ones.
- 2003 - Kawasaki GPz750 turbo - For old times sake, and still got it. .
- 2005 - Kawasaki ZX10R. The Suzuki was a little
long in the tooth, and I've always been a Kawasaki man at heart.
And this thing is a monster.
- 2010 - Suzuki Hayabusa. Still got this one.
- 2014 - Kawasaki ZX10R (gen 4) - bought it, raced it at the TT, sold it.
- 2014 - Kawasaki ZXR750J2 - nut and bolt rebuild and conversion to Classic TT bike. Still got this one, too.
- 2015 - Kawasaki H2 (supercharged). When big K announced a limited edition supercharged bike, it coincided with me having a redundancy cheque in my hand. Oh dear.
- 2016 - Yamaha TZ 250 - when the Classic TT opened a class for GP250s, I had to get one of these. A very steep learning curve.
- 2018 - Kawasaki H2 SX. The H2 was a one-trick poney, but this one does everything.
- 2021 - Kawasaki GOz550 unitrac. My mate needed to move his on, so I said yes.
- Went to the TT in 2002 after a ten year break (I first went
in 1984 - eh, them were't days...), and then again in 2003, where I won
my class in Ramsey Sprint, as did my mate Keith on his Jota.
See the grinning fools here,
and a rather dull picture of me leaving the line here.
Oh, and Keith let me do a lap on his Jota
- a boyhood dream come true.
- In 2004, 20 years after first visiting the Isle of Man, I
raced at the Manx Grand Prix. Read my Manx diary here.
- In 2006 and 2007, I raced at the Manx again, on better
machinery each year, and getting faster each time. Diaries
for both years are here.
- In 2013 and 2014 I raced in the TT. Won a replica in the Lightweight class in 2013. Put myself in Nobles in 2014. And then from 2015 to 2018, I raced in the Classic TT.