Bikes of my life

‘Soogo’ Sewell’s dogs and jewels

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - EDITED BY ALAN SEE­LEY

AF­TER 41 years of rid­ing and more than 60 bikes, Stephen ‘Soogo’ Sewell has a few tales to tell.the 57-year-old from Liver­pool also found time to have seven kids with part­ner Anne-marie too.

Their four boys and three girls range in age from 18 to 36 and all have in­her­ited Soogo’s petrol­head genes.there was no such parental in­flu­ence on the young Soogo, whose in­tro­duc­tion to rid­ing came on a Raleigh Run­about field bike when he was 15.

A year later he was on the road with a Puch Maxi.that ended when the throt­tle ca­ble broke. The so­lu­tion was to re­place it with a brand-new Honda SS50. In the in­ter­ven­ing 40 years from 1976 to to­day Soogo’s owned ev­ery­thing from a Cub 90 to a ’Blade. Soogo is not is sen­ti­men­tal.the Suzuki GS1000 he doted on for 19 years, spend­ing many hours and hun­dreds of pounds cus­tomis­ing was offed when a 600 Ban­dit made it feel slow.

Soogo has no plush garage within which to fet­tle his bikes.the al­ley up the side of his house is his work­shop.

His main sports­bike rides at the mo­ment are his ‘Blade, a Suzuki GSX-R600 and a cus­tomised Honda CBR600 for ev­ery day.

“I’ve found a keeper in the ’Blade,” he says.“even if I do find ayamaha R1 that I can’t af­ford.”

All of which goes to prove that happy as we might be with what we have, it’s never over.

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