MY PIG & ME

Fast Bikes - - RACE FEATURE - GARY HARTSHORNE MO­TOR­CY­CLE PROD­UCT MAN­AGER BRIDGE­STONE UK

If you’ve never rid­den a pig, a mo­tor­cy­cle pig that is, then you have no idea how ut­terly bril­liant they are to ride. If you’re a half de­cent pi­lot you re­ally can em­bar­rass some very ex­pen­sive sports bikes. After see­ing this and me rav­ing on end­lessly like a bro­ken record to Char­lie how good they are, he too caved in and bought one.

After a few track days on the CB500 the urge to race was get­ting stronger and stronger and I fi­nally give in and booked in to race with EMRA at Mal­lory Park. I’d also booked in to do a track day there two days ear­lier to get some prac­tice in and this would also be Char­lie’s first time rid­ing a pig as he joined me. The smile on his face after the first ses­sion was no sur­prise to me; it’s only a sur­prise to those who’ve never rid­den one. They re­ally are that much fun.

Rac­ing is so very dif­fer­ent to track­days. The mixed emo­tions you go through to­tally wear you out. The con­cen­tra­tion and thought pro­cesses you ex­pe­ri­ence are mind bog­gling but it’s still the best thing you’ll ever do. It leaves you want­ing more and only now can I un­der­stand why rac­ers com­mit to what they com­mit to. You never know, you may even come away with a pot – fastest vet­eran it may be, but it’s still a bloody pot!

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