Fizzing around

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Letters -

Read­ing Tony Carter’s col­umn cer­tainly took me back to my first bike ex­pe­ri­ence. It was the sum­mer of 1976; I had a part time job stack­ing shelves in a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket.

Af­ter clos­ing time we had to col­lect the shop­ping trol­leys from the car park, af­ter which we would ride the bikes of the older lads around the car park.

This in turn led to a de­sire to own my own ma­chine and ex­plore the lo­cal coun­try­side. So for around £220 I be­came an­other Fizzy owner, com­plete with sta­dium hel­met, dodgy gloves and jacket. Petrol was around 80p a gal­lon! And off we would go, of­ten our am­bi­tion was lim­ited by time and money but ev­ery day was an ad­ven­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing the cold and wet days.

You can also join us at face­ Thank­fully equip­ment has im­proved to make life more comfy and the youth of to­day have the ben­e­fit of proper train­ing prior to tak­ing to the roads.

My fizzie was de­liv­ered by the lo­cal dealer in a van and I was left to work it all out as I went! I still en­joy the plea­sure and free­dom only two wheels can bring. Keep up the good ar­ti­cles in the best real world mag.

Times and bikes have cer­tainly changed since then, but the joy of rid­ing is here to stay. Thanks very much for your let­ter Garry, and here’s hop­ing for many more good bik­ing mem­o­ries to come.

msled­i­tor@mor­, Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport & Leisure mag­a­zine, Mor­tons Me­dia, Horn­cas­tle, Lincs LN9 6JR.

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