Michael Rutter, BSB legend and winner of the Lightweight TT, takes his turn to fess up
Q1 What are you riding? I’ve got a Honda CRF250 enduro bike for the dirt and an old Foxeye Honda Fireblade for the road. Q2 Which living motorcyclist do you most admire? It’d have to be Kevin Schwantz because he was fantastic. He was just so fast and totally out of control. Q3 What’s your worst habit? Taking the piss and winding people up! Q4 If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To stay young forever. Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike? I was clocked at 206mph on my Bathams BMW S1000RR on the run down to University Corner at the North West 200 last year. Q6 When were you last scared? I’m always scared! You mean neardeath scared? I’d say at my last race meeting – the North West 200 in May. When you’re going down the straight at almost 200mph with slicks on and it starts raining and the thing’s going sideways. You’re always scaring yourself when you’re racing. Normally, when you’re winning it’s dead easy, it’s when you’re trying hard that it feels scary. Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year? Hardly any – I do like riding on the road but riding in Superstock in BSB, plus the NW200 and TT means I’ve just not had time recently. Q8 What’s the highest mileage you’ve covered in one day? Not much. Unless the sun’s shining and it’s 25 degrees with no chance of rain, you won’t see me out on a bike. I’m not one for blasting round on the roads, I like just cruising. Q9 What irritates you most when you’re out riding? Speed limits! 30mph on a superbike feels like you could walk quicker. Q10 You’ve got two weeks off – where are you going? Anywhere there’s a decent pub! I don’t like doing thousands of miles on a bike – it feels like a busman’s holiday to me. I’m happier just going down the pub with some mates. Q11 new Got riders?one pearl of wisdom for Yeah, take up golf!
Q12 Ever fallen off in a car park (or somewhere equally embarrassing?) Kind of. When I was very young I worked in Motorcycle Mart in Kidderminster and I dropped a brand new Honda CBR1000 onto a few other bikes and watched them all topple over like dominoes.
Q13 Do you have one indispensable item of kit? Not really. I always like to have my own helmet as I hate having to use someone else’s. I’m certainly not one for wearing any lucky T-shirts or pants because if you lose them then you’re doomed.
Q14 Which four people would you invite on a Sunday blast? Hmm, certainly not my old man – he’d do my head in. So I’ll say Kevin Schwantz, Steve Hislop, Joey Dunlop and Kylie Minogue because she’s cool. Steve was just so interesting, I could have listened to him all day. He
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‘My pearl of wisdom for new riders is... take up golf!’
Rutter on his way to Lightweight TT victory on a Paton Rutter took three top six TT finishes on his BMW
Rutter is still winning big races