My motorcycling career began in the 1980s at the age of 16 on a sporty looking Kawasaki AR50, before moving on to my first MZ: A red TS125 on which I passed my test despite it having an ‘MZ’ moment, which gave a kindly and indulgent examiner time to go for a cup of tea before completing the test. I have since had a Honda 250 Superdream and later a Yamaha 600 Diversion Most of us (especially bikers and/or motorcyclists) live in one fantasy world or another. For most men in their heads they are either Barry Sheen or Guy Martin. Me? I scare much too easily to ride a sports bike! In my head I’m Ewan McGregor (on the Long Way Round, not Trainspotting), an inspiration that lead me to ride a rented Suzuki 650 3000 miles from Perth, Western Australia to Darwin, Northern Territories. I now have two bikes, both German. My ‘other’ bike is a modern BMW boxer twin (Just likes Ewan’s) perfectly suited to a long-distance trip like this! But that’s not the point, so of course I shall use my ‘proper’ bike a 34-year-old MZ TS150 just like Roger’s and very much like the 125 I first had all those years ago.