Isle of Man TT winner and 132mph lap club member
TT rider James Hillier’s favourite things
AT THE 2015 Isle of Man TT, Bournemouth Kawasaki team rider James, now 30, joined the exclusive five-member 132mph Club when, on his way to second place in the Senior TT, he set the third-fastest lap in TT history, at 132.414mph. He also set a new lap record in the Lightweight TT, finishing second, and was third in the Superbike TT. He became a YouTube sensation with a million hits when he powered the new Kawasaki H2R Turbo road bike to 206mph on the TT course. James started trials riding at six but became obsessed with racing when his dad took him to the TT when he was 11. As a teenager he was 1998 Mini Moto British Junior Champion, finished third in the 2002 British Aprilia 125cc Challenge and fourth in the 2004 Yamaha R6 Cup, before progressing to British Superbikes. In his first IoM TT in 2008 he was awarded Best Newcomer, and in 2013 he won the Lightweight TT – then turned professional. He also races in the North West 200, at Macau and the IoM Classics. He’s recently started his own online motorcycle accessory business, www.YourMoto.bike.
1 // In the 2008 TT I won Best Newcomer and two silver replicas, but I was also awarded this Best Newcomer trophy by the marshals, and it really means a lot. I’ve got a real hunger to succeed at the TT and now it seems to be coming good.
6 // This Graham watch was the prize for winning my first TT, the 2013 Lightweight for 650cc twins. In four years I’ve had a win and three seconds and I hold the lap record at 120.848mph. It’s my slowest and least forgiving TT bike but I have to ride it the hardest to maintain the speed.
7 // I’ve raced at scary Macau four times and I wore this helmet in 2012 when I brushed a wall at 120mph. That woke me up. I dreamed up the ‘dynamite’ logo in 2005 and have used it ever since.
8 // This is from the Isle of Man TT lap board. I averaged 132.414mph on the final lap of the 2015 Senior TT race, which was my fastest-ever lap – but also the third-fastest in TT history. Everything just clicked and it didn’t feel that fast. I’m very proud of that.
10 // I wore these Dainese leathers when I won my TT in 2013 and they were pristine. In early 2014 I did a Superbike race at Brands Hatch and crashed at 160mph when the throttle stuck. They saved my skin but the accident ruined them.
2 // Guy Farbrother – in this sketch – was my best mate. We grew up together, raced in the Mini Moto Championship and always pushed each other on. He joined the Red Bull Rookies in the 125cc British Championship but in 2003, aged only 18, he was tragically killed in a road bike accident. I’m now racing for the both of us.
9 // A few years ago a load of us had Honda 90s and we had so much fun. We would tear up to London on them on the backroads. We’d be flat out and slipstreaming each other all the way, but they only do about 55-60mph.
4 // My 1997 VW T4 Transporter is my pride and joy. I bought it three years ago and converted it into a camper myself. A er the 2013 TT, my wife and son and I toured Spain and the South of France in it for six weeks, and we’ve had many more great times in it since.
3 // I started trials riding when I was six years old and now I’ve taken up classic twin-shock trials. I bought this 1986 Honda TLR 200 a year ago and totally rebuilt it. I enjoy working on bikes as much as I do riding them.
5 // I wore this helmet in 2012 for a video we made on the IoM TT course advertising the new Kawasaki 636. The police closed the roads and I had the whole mountain section to myself with a tracking helicopter above. It won an award and I’ve since done another six commercials for Kawasaki.