To quote one my fave Rolling Stones numbers, â€˜Please allow me to introduce myselfâ€™ â€¦.
Fellow petrol head, or as a girlfriend once called me â€“ a boy dressed in a manâ€™s leathers!
We all try and lay blame on lifeâ€™s circumstances for what we have become, my excuse is the school I went to. I arrived at a school in Rhodies called Lord Malvern, which was home to amongst others â€“ the Petersen brothers. It didnâ€™t matter a ratâ€™s botty if you were First Team Cricket/Rugby/Netball/Water Polo, if you didnâ€™t ride a bike you were nobody!
Well that is where the bug startedÂ that hasÂ been chewing my buttÂ ever since.
I served my time racing just about anything that had a throttle attached. Hell I even tried four wheeled stuff like Hot Rods, Stock Cars and Rallying, but found that nothing gave me the thrill of racing on Two Wheels.
I am lucky enough to have ended up fulfilling my passion by extending it to the workplace. After running a BMW Motorrad Dealership for five years I went on my own and formed a company called Bling King Motorcycles.
Motorbikes are my passion and I love every aspect of biking. I love the people, I love their values, I love their passion. It doesnâ€™t matter what you ride, be a Fat Boy, a GS, a Kymco Scooter or a luxury Bimota as long as you are riding, it is all that counts.
I love getting onto my GS Adventure and heading off to discover a new road, new town, new pass or new people. The awesome thing about biking is you can stop somewhere in a car and no-one will notice you. You stop in the same spot in some pondokkie little town on a bikeÂ and someone will take up a conversation with you! I have also been blessed to see sights in this country and sub Saharan Africa that most donâ€™t see. I maintain that anyone who owns a GS or any Adventure bike will never emigrate, because they get to see how truly great our country is!
I am also passionate about Biker safety and served a good few years being involved with Think Bike and have tried as best I can to get people to think on a different level when it comes to staying alive on a bike.
We are very quick to blame others for the scourge of bike accidents that is on the increase on our roads. I always ask the same question, â€˜whose hand was on the throttle at the time?â€™
I just wish I had more time to dedicate to helping bikers stay alive just that little bit longer. I recently got appointed to the FIM S.A. to represent Leisure & Touring, Biker Safety and Environmental Awareness. So with that and pages like these I can try and help keep just one more person from becoming a white cross on the roadside!
A liitle bit aboutÂ Bling King Motorcycles. We are the S.A. Importers of Wunderlich, Pyramid Products, Cee Baileyâ€™s Screens and of course my real passion which is Wilbers Suspension Solutions AG.
How cool is my life, working in a toy shop!
In future pages, I will be sharing tips, tricks, news and plus you are going to get the odd lecture on bike safety. Yes, yes I know this has been covered ad nauseum, but I am going to try and give you real time tips based on events that has happened to me in my daily commutes and how near disasters can be avoided.
I will also throw in a bit of track torque and stuff that will help you in track days etc.
So stick around and enjoy the ride with me!