a Desmo Niall’s wish list in­cludes

For­mer fac­tory 500cc Grand Prix star and the only man to have won three con­sec­u­tive BSB ti­tles

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Dream Garage - Chris Walker

The first bike I’d have in my dream garage is one I’ve al­ready got – the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. It’s the biggest, fastest thing Kawasaki have ever made. Fastest ever pro­duc­tion bike, most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion bike with 320bhp. Why wouldn’t you want one? It’s hor­ren­dous to ride, such a beast! Bru­tally fast but ex­quis­ite at the same time. I don’t know whether the bloke who made it wants lock­ing up or knif­ing.

Next, an RC30, which I haven’t got. I had an RC45 and it was a bit dis­ap­point­ing. The RC30 is the bike that got me into su­per­bikes. As a young lad, watch­ing Fred Merkel do his busi­ness on an RC30 was in­cred­i­ble. They are so tidy and al­most del­i­cate to look at.

My old RS250 Honda from Pad­getts would need a spot too. Lee Dick­in­son still has it af­ter buy­ing it from Pad­getts at the end of 1995, the sea­son I raced it. I raced it for a full year and only broke down once at Cadwell Park! I won the Bri­tish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship and fin­ished sec­ond in the Su­per­cup to Jamie Robin­son. It was amaz­ing, 90bhp, less than 100kg. You looked where you wanted to go and it went there. A proper race bike, built to go rac­ing.

I’d also have to have my WSB ZX-7R Kawasaki, as it’s the last full fac­tory 750 su­per­bike Kawasaki ever made. I was lucky enough to race it. It was 160bhp but 145kg and when you move it around it feels like the en­gine is hol­low as it’s so light com­pared to a mod­ern su­per­bikes. Mag­ne­sium en­gine cases, clutch cover with dry clutch pok­ing out, mag­ne­sium Öh­lins fork bot­toms, it was su­per trick and even had a twin exit Akrapovic ex­haust that you can’t buy. That’s why that de­serves its place, plus it’s al­ready in my show­room!

I’d also like a gen­uine Manx Nor­ton, I’ve just al­ways wanted one. Again, a proper mo­tor­bike!

Light pods, ramps, widescreen TV

My dream garage would have to re­sem­ble the ser­vice area I’ve got at the shop. It’s been kit­ted out like a BSB garage; you’d have the floor­ing down, the light pods over the bikes, the bikes would be im­mac­u­late on a ramp raised up so I could sit there and stare at them. I’d have a TV on the wall at the back with the races I’d done on those bikes or watch­ing Fred Merkel from the 1990s WSBS and just rem­i­nisce and do some­thing that nor­mal bik­ers do.

Who wouldnt want a 1988 Honda GP bike in their shed? Aside from Wayne Gard­ner...

Could you ever get bored of 320bhp? Chris thinks not and we agree The RC30 is a gem from the golden age of WSB It may be a clas­sic, but you can still thrash a Manx Nor­ton

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