YOUR CLAS­SICS

Paul Dale sent us his mo­tor­cy­cle CV and it made is chuckle, so we’ve printed it right here. Send yours in and we might do the same

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25 bikes and count­ing

From 1964 to 2018 I have owned 25 bikes. The early ones were mainly cheap rub­bish to get me about, the mid­dle pe­riod ones slightly bet­ter rub­bish, and then as I moved on to buy­ing new bikes, they were the clas­sics of their day. They have pro­vided mem­o­ries such as: drunk­enly rid­ing the length of the Deauville beach on my Royal En­field Con­nie 700, thun­der­ing thor­ough the Scheldt Tun­nel at 2am on my BSA A10, be­ing pur­sued by the cops down the Mas­sachusetts Pike on my Du­cati 750 GT and so forth. Many of the bikes that I gave away or sim­ply aban­doned now fetch huge sums – don’t know why, they are as hor­ri­ble now as they were then! Re­call­ing the his­tory of my bik­ing life, and all the var­i­ous scrapes, I am faintly sur­prised and grate­ful to be alive to­day. But life con­tin­ues – as you read this, I will prob­a­bly be up­set­ting my neigh­bours in North Lon­don with the Du­cati’s Conti ‘si­lencers’ bark­ing into life as, yet again, I head off for a spin PAUL DALE

Paul, about to an­noy his neigh­bours again with the Du­cati 750 GT he’s owned since 1975

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