What, or who, in­spires you?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FRONT PAGE - Ber­tie Sim­monds

The ques­tion above has re­ally been an un­der­ground theme for this is­sue. Think of it. Who first in­spired you to throw a leg over a mo­tor­cy­cle? Did you re­cip­ro­cate and men­tor some­one else to get aboard two wheels? Ques­tions like th­ese abound in this is­sue. Scoop, pic­tured above, tells us in his col­umn this month that his dad in­spired him to ride. The bike he’s rid­ing is a copy of the replica in­spired by one of the great­est rac­ers ever – Ed­die Law­son. OK, so it’s a replica of a replica, but I can buy that. Back in 2006 I made my own ‘Steady Ed­die’ rep with a crash-dam­aged Kawasaki ZRX1200. It wasn’t as flash (Dream Ma­chine paint, Oh­lins shocks, Ren­thal bars, Kerker ex­haust) but I sure wish I hadn’t sold it. I’ll do a proper job of it one day. So, who got me on two wheels? Well, mainly my un­cles who al­ways had an at­trac­tive lady on the back of their 1970s and 1980s ma­chines. A school pal Paul Evans (thanks mate) did the rest by let­ting me ride his Suzuki X1 af­ter lessons. Thank good­ness our par­ents never knew what we got up to on the rugby field of a Fri­day night. It nor­mally con­sisted of cider, Suzukis and girls. I’ve since got a few mates onto two wheels and have also got CMM’S tal­ented designer on a bike at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School. I hope he’s hooked! In turn I hope you find some­thing in the mag that in­spires you to ride, build, brag or re­store.

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