WHEN DID YOU START?
I was a late bloomer. Didn't get my licence until very recently at age 57. It was something I always wanted to do but believed all the "it's too dangerous" advice and never pursued it.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIKE?
It's the one I'm riding now as I'm still on my RE licence. It's a 2010 250cc Suzuki Intruder. I feel a bit like a grasshopper on it as it's really a bit small for my frame but hey, I'm just enjoying being out there!
WHAT BIKE HAVE YOU GOT NOW?
WHAT BIKE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE?
I already have it! It's the white Suzuki Boulevard C50T below. It was love at first sight when I saw it at Rick Gill Motorcycles and I knew I had to have it. It's basically a clone of those classic 1950's Harley cruisers and is what I've long had in my mind as a "real" motorbike if ever I should get one. Only problem is I can only ride it on L's for now so it sits in the garage a lot of the time. Doesn'…
They say you never really grow up until your mother dies. And I would say that motorcyclists never really grow up until they've dropped their bike.
So now I've done it. Yes! The White Knight ended up on its side in the carpark yesterday as I practiced some tight figure eights. Too tight as it turned out. And the bike was too heavy for this old codger to save. No damage bar a few scratches but a whole lot of weight off the shoulders. And a whole lot wiser to boot 😜. (I also found out how easy it is to lock the rear wheel on a long wheel-base cruiser under heavy braking: REAL easy 😬).
I was reading yesterday that guys hire bikes to take to rider training so they can't drop their Harleys, Goldwings etc. Meh. It might cost you a few battle scars but I reckon it's invaluable to find out where YOUR bike's limits are. Now to find out what it feels like to lean over far enough to scrape a floorboard on the White Knight. Still working up to that one 👀.
I then had an accident on a mate's 250 Norton. Crash helmets were not compulsory in those days but speeds were also a lot slower so I was a lucky boy - no serious damage just general soreness and six stitches in my head. However Dad and Mum then banned me from riding bikes. They were crafty in that they encouraged me to buy a Morris 1000 convertible!
I then joined the Metropolitan Police Transport Department. In my climb up the ladder I became a vehicle tester at the age of 24. Part of the promotion was to attend a two week driving course at the Metropolitan Police Hendon Driving Training College which included class room training, skid pan driving, on road training then finally a full written and on-road test for cars.