Mechanical Engineering, Rear wheel drive cars, women in heels, Wing Chun kung fu
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Hi, My name is Mark and I'm a Bikeoholic!
I have a 2008 Triumph Street Triple R as my fun bike. The Triumph is an awesomely capable machine. Fast, light and sweet handling. Good if you want pure adrenaline.
My project bike is a Kawasaki KR1S. I've always had at least one two stroke sports bike ever since I rode a mates TZR250 2MA back in 2005. I suppose it harks back to my first ever bike, an NS125R. The KR1S is fast, frenetic and amazing fun although I've not had it out yet this year. It recently threw it's ring pegs out of the exhaust ports, so it needs a fair bit of work.
I recently bought myself a 2008 CBR600RR track bike which is also road legal. I've done about 8 trackdays on it so far, and it's amazing, but I need to give it some TLC over winter as the brakes are weak and it's now leaking oil. Even so I thoroughly reccomend one as a track bike, especially if you're small in stature.
I just sold a VFR800Fi-Y which was my work commuter. It was... alright actually, better than I expected but it needed a fair bit of TLC to make it right. It was ideal for what I want it for, but I wouldn't choose it as a 'fun' bike. Great value for money though.
I had to replace the VFR because of the ULEZ expansion, so I bought a Suzuki GSX-S1000F. It's a weapon. Sure, it might look like a giant glum bird of prey which has really let itself go since it's wife and kids left but it's quick, comfy and for some unfathomable reason handles like a GP bike. Maybe the softer suspension suits my weight? Anyway, it's an unexpectedly great bike. I wanted a sports tourer with the emphasis on sports, and I didn't need hard luggage, and I got what I wanted. This is the first bike where I've had the thought that I might not need the Street Triple any more... Blasphemy I know, but nevertheless that's how good this bike is.
I love solo riding and trackdays, and have been known to participate in the odd ride-out. All the way back in July 2005 I went touring in Scotland (with Bendy and Robby) and I enjoyed every minute. Since then I've been to wales a couple of times with my other half, and that has been great fun so I think touring is something I'll get back into, especially as I now a more suitable bike!
Recently I have got into pitbike racing and raced for a couple of years in the Matchams Pitbike series. I've knocked this on the head in favour of trackdays for the time being, but I might go back to it (now known as the Clay Pigeon Pitbike Series).
I have a strong interest in engineering and I'm a bit of a bike nerd so I might have a go at answering your technical questions too - if I can be bothered!
My previous bikes have included an NS125R, a VFR400 NC21, an SV650S, a Triumph Daytona 955i, two Triumph TT600's a Yamaha TZR250, a Buell XB12R, a VFR400 NC30, a Suzuki RGV250, a Kawasaki KE100, a Honda Fireblade 954, a GasGas Pampera 250, A Triumph Speed Four, 2x RD350YPVSs a RD350LC, another SV650S, a Buell XB12S Lightning, an MZ ETZ 301 Saxon Fun, a Yamaha FZR400RR, a Stomp YX140 Pitbike, a Buell XB12R (the second one) and a year 2000 VFR800 Fi (pre VTEC).
I work in London for a company involved in Broadcasting.
I live near Basingstoke and am originally from Reading.
As for music, I like Rock and Metal and electronic dance music of some types. My two favourite bands/acts are Iron Maiden and The Prodigy.