Current Bike(s): Suzuki V Strom 650
Fantasy Bike: I really like the idea of owning a Hyabusa but realise it’s heavy and too fast for me so my present 650 V Strom is ideal for me.
Preferred road/area to ride in the UK and Overseas: I think the Lake District has been the most challenging and therefore the most fun but Scotland is great as there’s so little traffic up there. Overseas, has to be Germany and Austria, both for great scenery and fantastic mountain passes.
Age when you first rode a bike and what bike was it: I was 16 when I got my first wheels, it was an old Lambretta LD 150. I didn’t have any formal training (there wasn’t any around at that time) I just got on and rode. In hindsight, I was very lucky, as I had no bike riding skill whatsoever.
When and why did you develop an interest in riding a bike: When I lived in London my uncle lived in the same street as me; he always had several motorbikes parked outside that I used to climb on and pretend to ride. When I was older he used to take me out on pillion; that was it, I was hooked!
It’s difficult to describe my feeling of enjoyment being in control of my bike while pushing through a series of bends and getting it just right. You also see far more and smell the air around you.
I haven’t had that many bikes, as I tend to keep them for a long time. My favourite is probably my 1995 Honda ST1100 Pan European although it’s getting a bit heavy for me now. The Pan has taken my wife and I over a great deal of Europe and the UK and given us a huge amount of pleasure and differing experiences.
Aside family members, who would you like as a riding companion: I cannot think of anyone other than my wife as pillion. Obviously she’s family but she’s been very ill so it would be the best thing for us if we could both be on the bike again.
Reasons behind becoming an EAMG Observer: I chose to become an Observer to give something back to the Group in appreciation of the training and friendship I have received and to pass this on to others.
Scariest or most embarrassing moment on your bike: On my first scooter I managed to get squeezed in between two London busses at a set of traffic lights. I was so scared they would pull away and squash me that when the lights changed, I pulled away so hard I did a massive wheelie (imagine an old scooter doing a wheelie) and frightened myself half to death. As I said earlier, I think I have been very lucky. If you asked my wife this question, she would undoubtedly say when I took her up the Stelvio Pass and Col de l’Iseran.