‘I haven’t re­ally got any bad rid­ing habits’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn - John Reynolds

Q1. What are you rid­ing?

I’ve been de­vel­op­ing Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000.

Q2. Which liv­ing rider do you most ad­mire?

Valentino Rossi.

Q3. What’s your worst rid­ing habit?

It might sound big-headed but, I haven’t got one.

Q4. What would like to have as a spe­cial power?

To be able to ride like Rossi.

Q5. What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?

201mph at the Brunt­ingth­orpe test track on my BSB Du­cati.

Q6. When were you last scared on a bike?

The last time I rode one.

Q7. How many miles have you done in the last year?


Q8. What’s the high­est mileage you’ve cov­ered in one day?

Prob­a­bly about 600.

Q9. What an­noys you on a bike?

It’s got to be the wet.

Q10. You’ve got two weeks off: where are you go­ing to ride?

I’d ride to Lan­zarote.

Q11. What’s your pearl of wis­dom for new rid­ers?

The throt­tle works both ways!

Q12. Ever fallen off in a car park (or some­where equally em­bar­rass­ing)?

We’d had a prob­lem with the bike I was on in WSB. I’d gone out to check some steer­ing ad­just­ments and when I came back into the pits and turned into the garage I ran out of steer­ing lock. I fell off and went fly­ing into all the tool­boxes. I was rid­ing for Ben Atkins and his wife June said: ÒOH, he’s not very happy is he?ó She thought I was up­set about the bike and had chucked it in the garage.

Q13. Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

It’s all im­por­tant!

Q14. Which four peo­ple would you in­vite on a Sun­day blast?

I went out with MCN at But­lins last year and had a great time. I was out with John Mcguin­ness and Chris Walker, and I know it’s sad to say but Mcguin­ness was in front of me on the road and I was so tempted to pass him, just to say I’d passed Mcguin­ness! But that aside, I’d pick four good mates.

Q15. Do you have a tool you couldn’t live with­out?

My wife.

Q16. Do you ad­just your sus­pen­sion?


Q17. If you could have one of your old bikes back, which would it be?

My old Ve­lo­cette 250 MOV.

Q18. What would you never buy?

An MZ.

Q19. Which track would you build on your desert is­land?

Phillip Is­land.

Q20. If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?

I’d make life eas­ier for new rid­ers.

‘I fell off and went fly­ing into all the tool­boxes’

Reynolds is a de­vel­op­ment rider... a re­ally fast one

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