Adventure hero and star of C4’s Escape Lyndon Poskitt covers over 45,000 miles a year
Q1 What are you riding?
My Dakar bike is a KTM 450 Rally with a green and white finish to match my sponsors Motorex. It’s got the factory suspension, so other than the engine and ECU it’s pretty much a full factory bike. My last 450 Rally was carburetted, so the current one feels a lot more powerful. Apart from the odd bolt that has rattled out, it’s been trouble free.
Q2 Which living motorcyclist do you most admire?
He’s no longer living, but I most admired Fabrizio Meoni. I first got into rallying by watching Dakar when I was younger and Fabrizio was racing the big KTM 950 through the desert. I always wanted an Africa Twin, until I saw Meoni riding the 950 and then I wanted the 950 because he was such an inspiration.
Q3 What’s your worst habit?
When I’m racing I drag the rear brake a lot. In the sand stage I went through half a set of brake pads.
Q4 If you could have one riding super skill, what would it be?
Speed. I’m comfortable at the pace that I ride, knowing that I’ll be safe. I can ride faster but I risk everything, so I’d like to be able to ride faster without risking everything.
Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?
I did over 200mph on my S1000RR at Silverstone and I absolutely s*** myself, because I nearly outbraked myself. That was pretty much my last experience on a road bike.
Q6 When were you last scared?
I don’t really get scared. I crashed on day four of the Dakar and while I was in flight all I could think was: “Please don’t break anything.”
Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year?
A year ago today I was in New Zealand for Races to Places, so I’d say about 45,000 miles since then. Do I win? I don’t know anyone that’s done more.
Q8 What’s the highest mileage you’ve covered in one day?
1107 miles. When I lived in Texas I rode to the Grand Canyon to watch the sunset but missed it by five minutes!
Q9 What irritates you most?
The whole gear thing – needing all the gear to ride. I get frustrated when I’m racing because you need so much stuff. It’s not like a car where you can just jump in and go. It kind of ruins the motorcycling experience.
Q10 You’ve got two weeks off: where are you going?
Hawaii or Iceland. They’re both places I’ve not been and you have to fly a bike in there, so it would be special to get to ride a bike around those places.
Q11 Got one pearl of wisdom?
I would say just go for it. I’m not Sam Sunderland or Marc Coma – I’ve never been to a motorcycle training school but I have done the Dakar twice. I’m just a normal guy that had a job in engineering, so I think if you’ve got a desire to do something just do it and enjoy it.
Q12 Ever fallen off somewhere embarrassing?
I nearly had a bad one at the Dakar. When you come up to a toll booth in South America, they have rows of yellow bricks to keep you in your line. I tried to overtake a car coming out and forgot about the bricks. The front wheel skidded down the side, then the rear wheel, and I nearly bit it.
Q13 Do you have one indispensable item of kit?
My Leatherman. I have one on every bike.
Q14 Which four people would you invite on a Sunday blast?
I’d invite some of the people I’ve raced rallies with from all over the world. I’ve a friend in Japan I raced in Mongolia with for instance, so it would be great to get those guys together.
Q15 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live without?
At home it would be my digital torque wrench, I love that thing. At Dakar it would be my Motion Pro T-handle spanners. I’ve got about 10 of them.
Q16 Do you adjust your suspension?
I spend some time getting the spring rates right and the oil levels, but generally I can’t feel the difference from the little clicker settings.
Q17 If you could have one old bike back, which would it be?
My Husaberg 650 Supermoto that I came 12th on in the British Championship. That was a good looking bike.
Q18 What would you never buy?
My old Yamaha FZR600 because it had a misfire that I couldn’t fix, so I just sold it. Never buy anything off me on ebay.
Q19 Which road (or track) would you build on your desert island?
The White Rim Trail in Utah. It’s the most breath-taking scenery.
Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?
I’d ban nonsense decision-making by governments, so I’d make it a law that people have to use their commonsense at all times.
‘If you’ve got a desire to do something just do it and enjoy it’
38-year- o ld Ly ndon is a Dakar hero and global adventurer
2017 saw him second overall in the Dakar’s unsupported Malle Moto class
Catch Lyndon on C4’s Escape on Sunday nights