I started riding in 1970 when I was a schoolboy. The first motorcycle I owned was a brand new 1972 Yamaha RD350 which cost R989.00 from Jack’s Motors in Main Street. Since then I have owned and loved dozens of bikes. My passion is long-distance riding either with a tight group of good mates or ace pilot. In 1996 I sent an unsolicited article to Bike SA magazine. Simon Fourie published the story and that was the start of a 25-year relationship with Bark Essay. In those 25 years, I rode more than a million kilometres on more than 500 different motorcycles. Biking has enriched my life. I have made many lifelong friends and ridden amazing roads to remote destinations. That’s what life’s about and that’s why we ride.