a Desmo Niall’s wish list includes
Former factory 500cc Grand Prix star and the only man to have won three consecutive BSB titles
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.
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