PB edi­tor Chris hides the jazz mags, then shows us round his sex prison

Performance Bikes (UK) - - Contents - Words Jon Urry / Pho­tog­ra­phy Paul Bryant

PB edi­tor Chris New­big­ging fi­nally lets us into his steamy granny an­nex-cum-garage.

FOR THIS month’s 360-de­gree garage we have stayed close to home. Very close. In fact, this sin­gle garage is the haunt of PB’s head-hon­cho, edi­tor Chris New­big­ging. Yep, the man who is re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing the work-shy layabouts that con­trib­ute to this mag­a­zine ac­tu­ally put (sin­gle) fin­ger to key­board has opened up his small slice of peace and tranquility to the world. Well, af­ter he kicked a granny out of it...

“I hon­estly bought the house be­cause of the garage,” Chris ex­plains. “The house was a house – it had all the nec­es­sary parts, such as a roof and walls – but out­side there was a self-con­tained granny flat with in­su­la­tion, heat­ing, and even a toi­let and shower. I reck­oned I could fit the bikes through the fold­ing French doors, so I was sold. I needed my own space for bikes be­cause at that time I was writ­ing lots of tech­ni­cal fea­tures

in­volv­ing strip­ping bikes down, so I needed a com­fort­able garage for work.” Like so many of us, Chris’s for­ma­tive years re­volved around bikes. But rather than a child­hood fid­dling with en­gines, Chris has learnt his me­chan­i­cal skills through moped rac­ing and work­ing on var­i­ous mag­a­zines such as Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes be­fore he ended up on PB. It was al­ways on the cards. “Grow­ing up, my in­ter­est was al­ways sports­bikes, skids and wheel­ies, so end­ing up on PB was kind of in­evitable. Es­pe­cially af­ter I twat­ted a Du­cati Desmo while work­ing for MCN and landed them with a £36k in­sur­ance bill... Look­ing back, I was prob­a­bly des­tined to join PB – I’ve read it for years, did work ex­pe­ri­ence on the mag­a­zine back in 2004, and Gus Scott used to be my neigh­bour.” Since tak­ing over the reins from dis­graced for­mer- edi­tor Matt Wildee, who was last seen search­ing for food in a bin around the back of Lidl and swear­ing at passers by, Chris hasn’t looked back.

“I’ve just cel­e­brated my one-year an­niver­sary of be­ing PB’s edi­tor,” Chris said. “So it seemed a fit­ting time to show read­ers that I’m not just some key­board war­rior, and that, in fine PB tra­di­tion, I do ac­tu­ally have a col­lec­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles in my garage that mainly run, and a few un­fin­ished projects that will prob­a­bly re­main that way...”

‘I bought the house be­cause of the garage. I needed my own space’

8 Hoover ‘Ev­ery garage needs a hand-me-down hoover. I think I do more in the garage than in the house. This one’s full of fil­ings and gunk.’ 10 1 Li­cence plate ‘My grand­fa­ther brought this home from work when I was a kid and I at­tached it to my go-kart. It has al­ways trav­elled around with me. I have no idea where he got it from – he’s never been to Canada, nor has he owned a Canadian car. Tea-leaf...’ 9 2003 MV Bru­tale 750 ‘This is an orig­i­nal first year Bru­tale and I re­ally like it. I only bought it be­cause it was cheap at £3200 and nearly im­mac­u­late. I’ve al­ways liked Ital­ian bikes, but a 916 was too ex­pen­sive and my other op­tion, a Su­per Duke 990, was too pricey. The MV was per­fect and it is far more re­li­able than peo­ple say. Its en­gine’s ar­chi­tec­ture is in­spired by a pre-SRAD GSX-R750 – it even rat­tles like one.’ 2 Track­day poster ‘That’s me be­hind Foggy in my MCN days. It was one of the first times he had rid­den af­ter his ac­ci­dent and he was on a road 996, but he was still fuck­ing fast. I fol­lowed him around with a cam­era on my bike. I fol­lowed Spencer the next year; he was riding an RS500 so bloody hard both wheels were drift­ing into cor­ners. It was amaz­ing to watch and shows how com­mit­ted they are when they are riding – their minds work so much faster than nor­mal rid­ers’ minds.’ 10 White board ‘I bought this think­ing I’d use it a lot as loads of 360° garages we have fea­tured have them – but I never use it. Maybe it’s me, my brain isn’t good with lists.’ 2 1 7 Hav­ing served time on Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes, he saved this ban­ner from a bin at the London show 10 8 9 11 Giant blue bog roll ‘This was a gift from PB reader Nathan, so thank you Nathan. We bor­rowed his 888 and he gave us this bog roll as well as the bike. He also gave us some thick rub­ber gloves, which are ace for lub­ing chains or re­mov­ing wheels as they are thicker than la­tex and won’t split.’

3 Du­cati towel ‘This was a gift from World Du­cati Week in 2007, I didn’t steal it. Al­though I did have a larger Du­cati towel and that was stolen from me at a race meet. But the joke’s on them, I had been floss­ing my arse crack with it...’ 12 Safe sol­vents parts washer ‘This is re­ally good stuff and was sent into PB for eval­u­a­tion. I don’t like hav­ing a vat of petrol or paraf­fin in my work­shop, es­pe­cially as I love to break out the blow­torch...’ 4 Kneeslider ‘This is a Wee­ble Rac­ing kneeslider that we had spe­cially com­mis­sioned. It’s a moped rac­ing thing, but hav­ing a de­signer kneeslider is pretty cool – the colours are hideous, I guess Ste­vie Won­der picked them.’ 5 Honda RC161 en­gine poster ‘This was a gift from the cu­ra­tor of the Bar­ber Mu­seum in Alabama. They stripped the en­gine and took pictures. The Bar­ber Mu­seum is ace and has some fan­tas­tic events in­clud­ing the amaz­ing Vin­tage Fes­ti­val, which is one of the best things I’ve ever been to. And the track is awe­some.’ 13 Moun­tain bikes ‘Down­hill bikes are great fun and ba­si­cally mo­tocross bikes mi­nus the en­gine. I’ve never got into mo­tocross be­cause it’s such a com­mit­ment, but this is as much fun, a lot eas­ier to trans­port and it’s a cheaper hobby, too. I reckon it helps my road riding and it’s a great stress re­lease.’ 14 NWS stand ‘This stand was built by NWS and I found it at the back of PB’s lock-up. It’s just like an ABBA stand but you don’t need dif­fer­ent adap­tors as the bits that stick in the bike are pointy. A great stand but sadly no longer made.’ 6 Flat track metal shoe ‘The idea is that you use it like a third wheel, to catch slides. I’ve only done one bit of flat track, but it was great fun. Maybe in the fu­ture when my son is older...’ 7 Honda NSR500 name sheet ‘I rode a Honda NSR500 at the Fes­ti­val of 1000 Bikes in 2012. It was Garry Mc­Coy’s Shell Ad­vance NSR500 V-twin. It was a lovely bike, like a 250GP bike but with more power. It only made 130bhp but it matched a Su­per­stock ZX-10R as it was so light. I got about 25 min­utes on it in the end, it was beau­ti­ful.’ 4 3 5 6 13 15 12 14 15 1989 Suzuki RGV250K ‘This started out as a box of bits. In fact, it didn’t even have a box, it was just bits. I got it from a sweary Aus­tralian who got it from a shouty Ir­ish­man and it con­sisted of ba­si­cally a frame and mo­tor. I got it for free and af­ter I did a bit of re­search I dis­cov­ered the frame and en­gine num­bers were the orig­i­nal pair­ing, so I re­stored it and got its orig­i­nal log­book. It’s stan­dard-ish but bet­ter with im­prove­ments where ap­pro­pri­ate. It’s a 124mph two-stroke, so is a lot of fun to ride.’

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