BIKES OF MY LIFE

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - STEVE PAN­TER

Steve Pan­ter, and his left field se­lec­tion. How about an XS250 with a 400 top end?

Steve Pan­ter will be a fa­mil­iar face to many PS read­ers. Sev­eral of you will be cus­tomers of the firm owned by the 38 yearold, Allen’s Per­for­mance which spe­cialises in Kei­hin and Mikuni carbs and spares and other per­for­mance parts.

As a kid Steve lived many miles from school. Reach­ing the se­nior years of his ed­u­ca­tion, he re­alised that the tra­vails of the lengthy cy­cle ride to sixth form would be mit­i­gated by some form of au­to­mo­tive as­sis­tance. He wanted a bike but his fa­ther of­fered to pay for driv­ing lessons if young Steve stayed away from two wheels – and he would be 21be­fore he got a bike. “I did Di­rect Ac­cess on a Suzuki GS500 then bought a Kawasaki ZXR400; it was a bit of a project,” says Steve.

For the mo­ment most of Steve’s rid­ing is done on track; ac­tual rac­ing rather than track­days and all on a va­ri­ety of pro­duc­tion­based Ps-era bikes. You can be sure that they all fuel re­ally rather well. “I do have one road bike at the mo­ment that’s taxed and tested – a Honda PC50. I keep mean­ing to re­turn my Aprilia RSV Mille to the road too,” says Steve. For the mo­ment he’s a busy boy com­pet­ing in Clas­sic En­durance, the PS Pro­duc­tion se­ries and var­i­ous post-clas­sic and Su­per­stock events.

Pre­serve your mo­tor­cyling life for pos­ter­ity and share its highs and lows in the pages of Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes. We all have a tale to tell and we want to hear your story. Scan your pics (300dpi min­i­mum), jot down a few notes and email the whole lot to psports­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk. Postal sub­mis­sion is also wel­come. Write to: Prac­ti­cal Sports­bikes, Bauer Con­sumer Me­dia Ltd, Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridgeshire, PE2 6EA

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