Time for some sky­div­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

It’s fi­nally hap­pened! Af­ter 40 years of rid­ing (mainly fair weather th­ese last 30) I’m fi­nally go­ing to hang my leathers up. Why? Well it’s not through in­jury or the nag­ging girl­friend re­mind­ing me it’s dan­ger­ous ev­ery time I throw my leg over the bike, the rea­son I’m end­ing my love af­fair with the bike is the credit card peo­ple that have swamped the bik­ing world. When I was a lad the mo­tor­cy­cle was a cheap form of trans­porta­tion but now it’s a rich man’s pas­time. The bikes I used to buy for a cou­ple of months wages have be­come garage or­na­ments, for peo­ple who have a spare £10k to in­vest. I’ve re­cently had a com­plete brake fail­ure on my BMW K1200. I com­plained to my lo­cal dealer and he said “yeah mate that’s a com­mon fault”. I was flab­ber­gasted to think that not only that the fault was com­mon, but af­ter 23,000 miles, this ABS fault was go­ing to cost up­wards of £1500 to put right! Maybe I’ll take up sky­div­ing next, I can’t con­trol the speed, but at least I’ll have wind in my hair. David Shaw, email

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