Bill told us about his Sinnis Terrain, Power Ranger-esque helmet, and rides around Sussex.
Tell us about your bike.
It’s the Sinnis Terrain 125. Lots of additions, larger top box, Toro exhaust, handguards, spotlights, screen extension and a bit of carbon fibre detailing. I’ve had it for 7 months and it’s an utter pleasure to ride. I actually look forward to my work commute. I service and maintain it myself and it’s now at 1700 miles so just had its second checkup. It starts on the button and never lets me down. I’m a bit obsessive, so I keep it immaculate and usually apply ACF50 after every wash… it still looks like dealership new.
How did you start riding?
Well, that was back in the mid-‘80s. I grew up with elder biker brothers so it was bound to happen.
I started out with a Yamaha TZR 125 in blue and yellow, which I used to for commuting as an apprentice engineer. We were all buying cars or bikes and hanging out. Loved that bike.
What’s your favourite route?
So far I’ve enjoyed riding to Tunbridge Wells via Newhaven, and from Brighton to Lewes the most. You get the best of both worlds – coastal roads along the cliff tops followed by twisty country lanes. I’m still determined to put the Terrain through its paces and do some byways or green lanes. It might be a bit easy for her but I’ve still got much to learn.
What’s your favourite piece of kit?
To do with biking, but not the bike – it’s my Bell MX-9 helmet. Superb. I managed to get hold of the snowmobile visor for winter, it’s got the Cardo intercom for music and chatting and the really cool Drift camera on the side. Looks a bit power ranger, I guess, but I love it all the same.
What’s your best advice for new riders?
Stay at a sensible speed, keep your distance, and expect the unexpected from other road users. If you ride safe, vigilant, and courteously, especially as a new rider, you’ll get a lot out of it. Take in the ride, take in the view – that’s why you do it. Don’t be in too much of a rush to get to your destination… it’s the bit in the middle that counts.
What have you learned about life from riding?
You hear all the talk about being on two wheels, wind in your face and the rest. But it is exactly like that – the freedom to just take off, maybe meet some friends and ride in a group to your favourite places. That’s what life is all about. You only get one go, so enjoy it. I mentioned before looking forward to my commutes, well I do. We all know work can be hard sometimes. You have bad days, but getting on the bike, the sense of occasion turning the key (it’s not the same in a car) and then riding off. It’s a real de-stress.
Well, that’s it for rider stories this week. A huge thank you to Bill for telling us his tale.
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