My name is Kelly and I am addicted to motorcycles. I am not ashamed to confess to this, but I used to spend about 90% of my day dreaming about bikes. So I decided that the best thing to do was to create my bike site as a form of therapy.
I have loved bikes since before I was born. It runs in the family. My grandfather was a military rider during World War II, and would race messages back and forth every day. Although he wasn’t quite Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, he used to tell us some pretty daring stories! During one mission he was thrown off his bike and badly injured his shoulder. His military-issued motorcycle helmet helped to save his life. After the war, he spent nearly 20 years campaigning for legislation to require all motorcycle riders and pillions to wear suitable helmets whenever they were out on the road.
My dad was also a bike fiend when he was growing up. He preferred off-road riding to on-road riding, and loved to do amateur trial rides. He used to keep his bike in the garden shed under a piece of tarpaulin. My brother and I would peek in through the window to watch him working on it. Once we were a little bit older, he would let us help with the bike too. Although we would only do minor repairs at first, we quickly progressed to being his personal mechanic team after all of his rides. Heading out to watch him ride was one of my favourite things as a kid. There are some brilliant amateur trials bikes areas in Wales (where I’m from), so it was a complete joy to be able to go out to watch him.
As soon as I was tall enough to reach the pedals, Dad would let me ride his bike off-road. I instantly loved the feeling that riding gave me. It somehow seemed to blend both power and peace. Even now I get a very primeval feeling when I am out on a trials bike doing some off-roading in some beautiful place or other. He taught me how to control a bike in off-road conditions, so that I can get the most out of every single ride that I do.
Of course, as soon as I was old enough to ride on the road I did my Compulsory Basic Training and bought my first motorbike. I’d been saving up throughout my teenage years, and it was brilliant to finally have a bike of my own. All the repairs training and riding practice of my youth put me in good stead to be able to enjoy my new found freedom on the road. Once I was out there, it was impossible to hold me back. Always riding safely, of course!
Over the last decade, I have owned and ridden over 100 different motorcycles in on-road and off-road conditions. My passion has allowed me to ride on some of the best motorbike roads in Wales, around the UK and across Europe. I am a member of various different motorcycle clubs and regularly race in an amateur track day league. These days out more than satisfy my need for speed!
I now aim to produce bike-related content for other people to enjoy. I hope that my passion can be translated through these articles, so that other people can get as much out of their motorcycle as I do.
If you want to share in my passion for motorbike riding or if you love my content (or not), please feel free to contact me and let me know. You can even make some suggestions about the type of content that you want to see from me in the future.