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
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.
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