From Policing the Streets to Riding with Royals: Nick’s Motorcycle Journey

Posted On 17 Sep 2023
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This entry is part 34 of 44 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#1

In a fascinating episode of Biker Talk hosted by Ross, we got to delve deep into the exhilarating world of motorcycles, looking at it through the visor of Nick, a seasoned rider with a unique history.

Nick’s Motorcycle Origin Story

As a young 16-year-old in the UK, Nick’s desire to be part of the biking fraternity was as robust as any teenager’s zeal. Despite his parents’ reservations, Nick’s first ride was a Yamaha CS3 two-stroke 200cc. Recalling a mishap in the rain, he fondly reminisced about the sensation of freedom it offered, akin to riding a pushbike but without the pedalling.

A Career On Two Wheels

Nick’s riding passion seamlessly intertwined with his career. Starting as a civilian armorer, he later joined the police. After joining the Highway Patrol, he became a part of the esteemed motorcycle unit responsible for VIP escorts. Nick shared tales of escorting the Royal family, particularly noting the Queen’s distaste for the blaring sirens, blue lights, and roaring engines.

His Motorcycle Fleet

Nick’s garage currently houses three beauties:

  1. 1966 Triumph Bonneville: A tribute to his younger days when he admired the lads riding into the local disco on their Bonnevilles.
  2. Royal Enfield Interceptor: A gorgeous machine that Nick has slightly modified for added power, holding a special place as it reminds him of the bikes from his youth.
  3. Harley-Davidson Road King: His modified touring motorcycle, designed for comfort on those long rides.

Motorcycling – Dangerous or Misunderstood?

Addressing a common misconception, Nick opined that motorcycles aren’t inherently dangerous. Instead, the danger arises from riders pushing beyond their skills and not seeking appropriate training.

Advice for Newbies

Nick’s pearls of wisdom for novices were clear: ride within your abilities and never stop learning. He emphasized continuous improvement and seeking advanced training to hone one’s skills.

Bucket List Rides

Among the many places Nick has been and wishes to explore, India stands out. With friends narrating tales of the land and his connection through teaching Indian students, the allure of riding through India, perhaps on a Royal Enfield, remains strong.

The Therapeutic Power of Riding

For Nick, riding a motorcycle is akin to diving, an activity he’s equally passionate about. Both offer an escape, demanding complete focus and leaving no room for external worries. The open road provides a form of therapy where riders can breathe out their stresses.

In concluding, Ross shared a humorous anecdote about a fellow rider, Dottie Mead, mishandling his motorcycle while escorting the Queen into a mansion, a light-hearted reminder that even the best can have their off days.

As Ross rightly pointed out, while happiness might not be available for purchase, the thrill of riding a motorcycle is a worthy substitute. Riding is not just a mode of transport; it’s a journey, a therapy, and for many like Nick, a way of life.

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