Who is Hag Hughes?
Hag spent his youth riding freestyle BMX but when it came to getting a motor in his two-wheeler his folks were dead against it. As his family had a few bob, when Hag saved up for a motocrosser, dad relented and built his own track for Hughes junior in the garden, provided he never rode on the road. Hag recalls: “Thing was, I grew bored and wanted the rush and freedom that a road bike would give me. Secretly I began saving once more, this time culminating in a Suzuki X7 racer. Once at home and safely in the garage (a place where my dad would never venture) I set about making it road legal. On went a Meadspeed replica RG500 fairing and seat and a pair of Mel-lemoto rearsets: perfect for creating my first special, even if I wasn’t actually old enough to ride it on the road yet!” Being (too) young and foolish, Hag began to ride on the road – and began to get some unwelcome attention. “The police pulled me as it had a bicycle rear light and a banshee-like tone from the twin Micron exhausts. I decided to make my escape, but found myself down at the station instead of off into the distance. I went to court and found myself banned even before I’d got my licence, but that early X7 had given me
the bug for modification.” Eventually dad would find out about the bike and after a big family row, Hughes junior would go and live with brothers Jason and Sean Emmett – both were going to have big race careers and become (with Hag) part and parcel of Fast Bikes magazine – now a sister title to CMM. Hag – as well as the Emmetts – would race and write for FB, but it was Hag’s specials and amazing paint work that he was known for. A number of bikes made it into Fast
Bikes’ pages and legendary Crossbow calendars, including the legendary Harribox with FZR1000 motor and ‘The B*stard’, which was a mix of RC30 rear end, OW-01 frame, FZR1000 motor and Yamaha/ Ohlins front-end. Hag was also one of the first guys to mate the strong ZX-9R motor into the betterhandling ZXR750 chassis. Hag has had time as a self-help guru (he trained under Paul Mckenna) and an author, but we’re also glad he’s back into the bikes in a big way. Legend!
More oomph than the original and more bloomin’ noise, too!
Hag Hughes: something of a 1990s legend...