What, or who, inspires you?
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.