Who is Hag Hughes?

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - MIRA FILES -

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...

Cross­bow class!

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