THE MR MIYAGI OF MO­TOR­CY­CLES

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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’

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