Michel Couque


Current Bike(s): Ducati Multistrada

Fantasy Bike: Come on that's not fair, in a perfect world you need three bikes: an awesome road bike – Ducati Panigale, a great all-rounder – Ducati Multistrada and a bike for FUN - KTM 690.

Preferred road/area to ride in the UK and Overseas: Wales and France

Age when you first rode a bike and what bike was it: I was 12. Being half French, I was riding mopeds then an off road 125cc on the farm (yeah right). Riding was an immediate addiction. It was an awesome bike called an Ossa Phantom, would loop the loop in first gear! I borrowed it from my dad’s friend and never wanted to give it back.

When and why did you develop an interest in riding a bike: Riding a bike makes you feel happy to be alive, even if commuting. When I ride alongside the Thames by bike, it is far more interesting and involving than doing the same by car. On a bike you are closer to nature, feeling the breeze and catching the odours, both good and foul.

I loved my CBX for its acceleration and noise. My GS750 was an awesome all-rounder. While a dispatch rider, anything that started was good. I do have a love affair with Ducati; they seem to fit my way of thinking.

Aside family members, who would you like as a riding companion: Very few qualify, if they read this they already know who they are. We traditionally go away every year, having done so for the past ten years.

Reasons behind becoming an EAMG Observer: I have ridden bikes for a very long time, quite frankly, it's a miracle I’m here, bearing in mind how I rode in my twenties etc. To say I’ve mellowed is putting it mildly.

There are 2 main reasons I became an Observer. Firstly, after joining EAMG, it was immediately clear to me that I had a lot to learn and I had been shown a system that made absolute sense to me. I just wanted to carry on improving that corresponded with me getting so much more pleasure out of my riding. I want to pass on this good fortune to others; it really gives me more pleasure than just about anything else (family excepted). To connect with different types of people is a privilege, seeing them smile after observing, even more so.

Many years ago, I was involved in a fatal accident. I was 100% cleared of any blame but always think about what I could have done to change the outcome. Having learnt the skills to prevent that scenario happening to someone else, is proof it's all been worthwhile.

Scariest or most embarrassing moment on your bike: Most embarrassing moment on a bike must be when I was trying to mount the pavement to park near Arsenal for a match. I sized up the task and my son jumped off the back. Knowing I had the speed and power to mount the pavement, I needed to turn and stop before going into the wall ahead. Thousands of euphoric fans around, here we go! I didn’t mount the kerb properly so, feet dangling in the air, I toppled over. Ouch, I thought, my leg really hurts. Luckily the fans got the bike off me and helped me up. Well, stiff upper lip and a match to go to, I hobbled in and up the stairs. I was in pain so couldn’t enjoy the game. I hobbled back out and could not sleep a wink that night. I went to hospital, yes, I had broken my leg. What a Wally! I damn well knew I really should have just got off the bike and pushed it onto the pavement!!! Just shows we are all human.

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