BikeSocial Consumer Editor
Who is he?
I started riding relatively late in life, after a pillion ride on a Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP in 1996, but since then I've owned an ever-growing list of bikes with '90s sports 600s seeming to be particularly prominent – I've currently got a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R that I bought without testing, then stripped and rebuilt (it feels like new now), a Honda MSX125 that I customised to look like an Africa Twin – the Africa Grom – and a BMW S1000XR for when I want to be 'sensible'.
Here's the current list in roughly the order I bought them:
SYM Jet 100
Ducati Monster S4
Honda Vision 50
FunBikes supermoto pit bike
Ducati Monster S4R
KTM 1050 Adventure
Yamaha XSR700 that I customised then rode to Spain. It was on the Yamaha Stand at the NEC a while back, called Cada Dia.
They're the ones I've actually owned; Ive ridden hundreds of bikes over the years and loved them all (except one – ask me about it sometime). I've worked in media since 1995, the majority of which has been in motorcycling and a self-confessed geek, I’ll find things to tinker with in the garage just as an excuse to get the spanners out. I'm also more than a little obsessed with product testing, firmly believing that whether kit costs £1 or £1,000, bikers should be able to read the most thorough and honest reviews possible.
I ride every day, unless I absolutely have to take the car (our dog doesn't sit well on the back of the bike) as I hate being stuck in traffic. I enjoy track time but lack the competitive spirit to want to race – it's just a chance to enjoy getting my knee down.