BIKES OF YOUR LIFE

EWEN MAC­DON­ALD builds a great spe­cial, and he can go through a stocker or 35 while he’s at it. There’s truly no stop­ping this fella

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Bikes Of My Life -

EWEN MAC­DON­ALD has been bike daft for as long as he can re­mem­ber. “I al­ways wanted a bike from when I was small and there were al­ways older boys with field bikes I could have a go on. “Later on we had a teacher at school, Mr Urquhart, whose job it was to keep the less academically in­clined kids in­ter­ested in turn­ing up at school.and he did that by show­ing us how step-thrus and tri­als bikes worked and we got to ride around cones in the school car park. He’d com­peted in the ISDT too,” he says.

Then parental in­cen­tives got Ewen on the road. “I’m not sure if that’s what they in­tended but that’s what hap­pened,” says the 44-year-old con­struc­tion fore­man. “I was promised a moped for my six­teenth birth­day if I stayed on at school. I didn’t get the moped be­cause they were too ex­pen­sive. I got a CD player in­stead. But a year or so later my mum gave me the money to pass my test and when I was 18 dad put down the de­posit on a 1989 Kawasaki Kr-1.that mo­ti­vated me to get a job to make the rest of the pay­ments. I was hooked for good when I did the ton on the way home.”

That set young Ewen on a path that has seen him own no fewer than 35 bikes in the last 25 years. Do the maths and that comes in at an im­pres­sive more than one bike a year for a quar­ter of a cen­tury.you might well have seen his amaz­ing Suzuki GT550 in our re­cent Spe­cial Build of theyear com­pe­ti­tion. He has ayoshi GSX-R project in progress at the mo­ment and of the bikes Ewen hasn’t owned, he quite fan­cies a Sling­shot Suzuki GSX-R750 and ei­ther of theyamaha RD500 or Suzuki RG500 stro­ker le­gends.

A for­mer racer, Ewen still en­joys the odd track­day but most of his rid­ing is solo blasts around Scot­land’s cen­tral belt.the Nür­bur­gring re­mains on Ewen’s to-do list and he har­bours am­bi­tions to do a Mondo En­duro-style global cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.

Ewen’s two sons, Brodie and Gil­lan aged nine and six re­spec­tively, have yet to show much in­ter­est in mo­tor­cy­cles, how­ever they won’t be dis­cour­aged by dad if they do want to ride. “If they ever want to get bikes then they can,” says Ewen, “Even know­ing what I’m like on a bike.”

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