THE MR MIYAGI OF MOTORCYCLES
Everett started his career with Mick Grant at Kawasaki and wherever Grant went after that, he took Everett with him. He started restoring race bikes in 1989 and, apart from two years when he was called back to WSB, he’s done it ever since. As you might imagine, spare parts can be the biggest challenge.
“Suzuki are really helpful and they’re just getting better and better. It can be difficult for some of the stuff we need for this as the race stuff is a little more specialised, so it’s often a matter of having to make parts now,” he says.
“On some bikes – the forks, yokes, brakes – I make the parts because you just can’t get them, so if you want to do it properly you have to have them made. It’s great because there’s almost nothing we can’t do – except tyres. Tyres are the real difficulty for keeping bikes as original as possible but I’ve got some old ones we can stick on as I never throw anything away – you can’t afford to when you do this.”
‘Tyres are the real difficulty for keeping originality’