BIKES OF YOUR LIFE
EWEN MACDONALD builds a great special, and he can go through a stocker or 35 while he’s at it. There’s truly no stopping this fella
EWEN MACDONALD has been bike daft for as long as he can remember. “I always wanted a bike from when I was small and there were always older boys with field bikes I could have a go on. “Later on we had a teacher at school, Mr Urquhart, whose job it was to keep the less academically inclined kids interested in turning up at school.and he did that by showing us how step-thrus and trials bikes worked and we got to ride around cones in the school car park. He’d competed in the ISDT too,” he says.
Then parental incentives got Ewen on the road. “I’m not sure if that’s what they intended but that’s what happened,” says the 44-year-old construction foreman. “I was promised a moped for my sixteenth birthday if I stayed on at school. I didn’t get the moped because they were too expensive. I got a CD player instead. But a year or so later my mum gave me the money to pass my test and when I was 18 dad put down the deposit on a 1989 Kawasaki Kr-1.that motivated me to get a job to make the rest of the payments. I was hooked for good when I did the ton on the way home.”
That set young Ewen on a path that has seen him own no fewer than 35 bikes in the last 25 years. Do the maths and that comes in at an impressive more than one bike a year for a quarter of a century.you might well have seen his amazing Suzuki GT550 in our recent Special Build of theyear competition. He has ayoshi GSX-R project in progress at the moment and of the bikes Ewen hasn’t owned, he quite fancies a Slingshot Suzuki GSX-R750 and either of theyamaha RD500 or Suzuki RG500 stroker legends.
A former racer, Ewen still enjoys the odd trackday but most of his riding is solo blasts around Scotland’s central belt.the Nürburgring remains on Ewen’s to-do list and he harbours ambitions to do a Mondo Enduro-style global circumnavigation.
Ewen’s two sons, Brodie and Gillan aged nine and six respectively, have yet to show much interest in motorcycles, however they won’t be discouraged by dad if they do want to ride. “If they ever want to get bikes then they can,” says Ewen, “Even knowing what I’m like on a bike.”
Who wouldn’t be seduced by a Lucky Strike RGV?