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AT WHAT AGE DID YOU GET INTO BIKES?

I have been into bikes for as long as I can remember. My dad and his mates always had various bikes and, being a child of the 1970s, I was obsessed with Evel Knievel, the Fonz and later programs like 'Street Hawk' etc. I even imitated the great man himself (Mr Knievel) by jumping a local stream on a Batavus Go Go moped, aged around eleven, resulting in a broken leg... and a lot of explaining to do!

AND HOW SOON AFTER THAT INTO CUSTOMS?

I started spannering around fourteen years old and couldn't wait to hit the road at 16 on a Fizzie like most folks. Obviously this involved much chopping etc in the quest for speed, as everyone did in those days, but I guess the first real custom was a Norton chop that I built when I was seventeen out of everyone's leftovers using a BSA frame and a 6oocc Dominator engine. I then found my way onto a Z1100. This resulted in various trick Jappers in Moto Martin or Harris frames etc. These days you'd call them streetfighters - great fun. Then on to various customs, chops and street racers, for myself and others.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? WHO ARE YOUR HEROES? (BIKING OR OTHERWISE?)

There are so many people worthy of mention but I guess, hike wise, I have always liked bikes that are as much customised for performance as looks - like the Anthill Mob's Triumph T140 from the Eighties, you remember, Odgie's pink Triumph. I also like almost cartoon-like machines - my personal style is inspired by people like Big Daddy Roth, Andy Sparrow's 'Bloodrunners' cartoons, Dave Mann's paintings, and cutting edge engineering and stylised companies like

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Confederate in the USA. However, I really admire anyone who has an idea and follows it through as that's what it's all about. The only limit is your imagination.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIKE YOU'VE BUILT? AND WHY?

That is a really tough question because they mostly build themselves - they just evolve into their own style and often end up different to your original idea. But, if I had to choose, I would say the green meenie flat tracker that I am riding at the moment, because it's just so much fun and, as with all things in life, you have to move on and, I'm sure, my all time favourite bike has yet to be built.

I have always liked bikes that are as much customised for performance as looks - like Odgie's pink Triumph or really trick new and used parts coming from all over the world, and more affordable Harleys and other interesting donor bikes available, we should see allot more imaginative and fresh styles coming through rather than the industry setting the trend,

WHERE DO YOU SEE CUSTOM BIKE BUILDING GOING IN THE FUTURE?

I think that, due to the current economic climatc, the trend for super-expensive custom bikes heavily influenced by the USA builders has run its coursc. This, I think, is a good thing as off-the-peg custom bikes, in my opinion, are a contradiction in ¿¡M terms. Bike building will now, hopefully, revert V "^y^N

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