Ride retro better with Mackenzie!
Dear Bertie, Niall Mackenz ie and all at CMM. I think I’ve got a really good idea for you. I stress the word think in that sentence! Okay, here goes. I’d not ridden a bike in uite a while when I threw a leg over my new to me’ 16 year- old Honda CBR900RR Fireblade back last summer. I’m in my 0s, by the way. In my previous existence’ before the old bag left me for someone else, I’d ridden bikes most of my life until the previously mentioned witch decided that we couldn’t afford’ for me to have a motorcycle. As many of us do, I wanted to keep her happy so I had a lay off. That was back in the early 000s, when you Bertie lad, were working on a magaz ine called Two Wheels Only which was my favourite read of the time. Anyways, by 003- 004 I’d been forced to say a fond farewell to biking, but when the old D- I- O- R- C- E came through I realised I could do what the heck I wanted, so I went out and bought the Blade. I figured that getting a bike that was around at the time of me uitting bikes would be better than the latest hot- totrot road rocket. How wrong I was… To cut a long story short, I hooked up again with my old mates who had never stopped riding and I was… out of my depth. Thankfully, the only bad thing that happened was a low- speed spill which damaged my confidence and bar- end/ engine cases. Since then I’ve grown in experience once more and love my riding. And here’s the idea. hen I got back into biking I was arrogantly thinking I could slip straight back in: you never forget how to ride a bike, eh? ell, I do recall your old mag doing a Ride Better ith Mackenz ie’ supplement or was it a feature? Either way, why not get the old bugger back into his leathers to impart his knowledge once more? Or do a CMM riding day with him? Come on! Bill Walls Bertie says: “Bill, you’re a good man as it’s hard to admit these things. I’m sure we could spanner up a ‘better riding’ or ‘ride your classic better with Mackenzie’ day. Maybe make it free for subscribers? What do the rest of you think?”
Old Niall can still ride a bit!