Viker Biker hops on the bus

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

Viker Biker Mark Slater waits for the bus in Peter­bor­ough while his new bike is cus­tomised. PETER­BOR­OUGH’S very own Viker Biker has been turn­ing heads – af­ter swap­ping his trusty bike for the bus.

For Mark Slater, who is well known for rid­ing around the city dressed as a fully ar­moured cross be­tween a Vik­ing and a knight, has been hop­ping on public trans­port to get around while his new bike gets the Viker Biker treat­ment.

Mark is busy cus­tomis­ing his new Har­ley Sport­ster XL 883c with sil­ver horns, a chrome skull and speak­ers af­ter his old bike, ayamaha Dragstar XVS 1100 he calledthor, suf­fered en­gine dam­age.

Ea­ger to get back on two wheels, Mark (51), of Stan­ground, Peter­bor­ough, said: “I just love mak­ing peo­ple smile. I get my photo taken ev­ery day and I’m asked for au­to­graphs too.”

The fa­ther-of-three in­vented his Viker Biker al­ter ego in 2005 for a bit of fun and as a way of re­lax­ing from caring for his daugh­tertina (20), who suf­fers from autism.

Mark has also gained fame as Spoon­dini, a per­former who is able to bal­ance spoons and other me­tal ob­jects on his face.

Spoon­dini ap­peared ontv’s Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent in 2007, where he was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dis­missed by judge Si­mon Cow­ell, de­spite be­ing a crowd favourite.

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