‘ They could hit a gen­uine 55mph’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - TIM THOMP­SON MCN HEAD OF CON­TENT

“I don’t care much for Fizzys. It goes back to 1980 when I be­came faintly re­pulsed by their clumpy rub­ber bi­cy­cle ped­als and puny frames and pa­thetic small-bike looks. I loathed the way they herded to­gether out­side the newsagent op­po­site the school en­trance, three yel­low ones and one re­volt­ing bronzy-puke one, L-plates con­temp­tu­ously fall­ing or fallen off.

My bike was a Suzuki X-1, a proper sport­ing ma­chine that sat just the wrong side of the 1977 leg­is­la­tion that re­stricted fifties to 30mph. Those un­re­stricted Fizzys could hit a gen­uine 55mph down Stan­more Lane, the sec­ond steep­est hill in Winch­ester.

“The idiots on board came scream­ing past, 14-hole DMS stick­ing out at ten-to-two on those ped­als, feather cuts flow­ing, school blaz­ers flap­ping, be­fore leav­ing me alone with noth­ing but the heady whiff of cheap two-stroke oil and their un­con­fined joy. I’m not bit­ter.”

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