The Repsol Blade

Barry Wilkinson and The Repsol Fireblade

13 years old and still looking good

It was love at first sight, those gorgeous curves. I knew she had to be mine. No- not Gail, I’m talking about the Blade.

It’s sad to say I was in my forties when I bought her, I know which has faired better. The bike isn’t any slower, just the old chap that rides her. Older and wiser, Licence retention and a will to live a little longer.

Broken collar bone, arm, leg and mangled hand. Don’t want to do hospital again.

But as any true biker will tell you, when you see those bends, it all goes out the window.