BIKES OF MY LIFE

SI­MON COOPER MUST BE ONE OF THE VERY FEW (NO, MAKE THAT ONLY) PEO­PLE IN THE WORLD TO HAVE HIGHSIDED A HONDA EX­PRESS

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Si­mon Cooper: not at all fussy what he gets hold of so long as he can turn a few quid on it

Si Cooper’s mo­ment of mo­tor­cy­cling epiphany came in the fourth year of mid­dleschool. “We had to write a piece of course­work and I was just about to start on wildlife of the Serengeti when the book, Su­per­bikes found its way into my li­brary and my 12-year-old brain went nuts for two wheels,” says Si, now 40 and a char­tered sur­veyor in Coven­try.

His con­ver­sion was com­plete fol­low­ing a ride around the fields aged 14 on a Honda MTX50. “My first foray into the world of bike own­er­ship came – af­ter the oblig­a­tory CBT af­ter my six­teenth birthday – in the form of a V-reg Honda Ex­press 50 that cost me £115,” says Si. “That epic beast would gen­uinely have strug­gled to pull the skin off a rice pud­ding, lim­ited to less than 30mph by the man­u­fac­turer. Then res­i­dent on the hilly south of the Isle of Wight, many turgid mo­ments of up­hill mis­ery were spent on it un­til it was re­placed the fol­low­ing sum­mer, af­ter no less than five crashes, in­clud­ing a high­side (re­ally) and one on the way to its MOT, by an­other of Honda’s finest; an H100A. That was 98cc of raw speed and bought for £275 from my cousin Juliet.

There have been many highs and a few lows since, some of which Si – who is a daily two-wheel commuter – shares with us here.

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

Si­mon fell early un­der and to the his his spell whole credit, of bikes fam­ily he’s in­volved keep­ing in the fun

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