Buying countless tatty bikes. And that Marquez fella

Mackenzie's got a terrible disease

A South African friend of mine called Trevor Binder told me last weekend I’m quite obviously in the advanced stages of a terrible disease.

He recognises the affliction because he admits to suffering from the same condition for many years and so far hasn’t found a cure.  He says he can’t stop collecting bikes and while I didn’t think I had a problem, last weekend he pointed out I should be careful as I’m starting to acquire bikes at an alarming rate.

I wasn’t really worried about spending a modest amount of cash an old KTM 125 race bike, a 350 LC and a Fizzy over the past six months but Trevor says I’m on a slippery slope.  He says it always starts with bikes that have some sentimental value but then swiftly moves on to buying any old tat. 

Trevor is a wealthy man with dozens of nice bikes in his collection but more recently has been on Gumtree bidding for £150 Solex front wheel drive step - thrus, and doesn’t know why. 

Closer to home, James Whitham has recently confirmed he may also have these symptoms and is actively seeking therapy.  I’ll be monitoring the situation from now on but in the meantime if anyone hears of a reasonably priced Raleigh Wisp for sale please let me know.

It was interesting standing in the crowd last weekend as the Lorenzo/Marquez tussle unfolded. 

Even although the young Repsol Honda rider’s last corner lunge was a bit dodgy it seemed every Spaniard there wanted Marquez to come out on top.  And it’s the same when he is battling with Pedrosa or Rossi; Jorge never seems to get the home crowd on his side. 

Some say it is because the Majorcan was a bit too cocky coming up through the ranks and others say he did himself no favours with cringe worthy antics and the naff celebrations.  Whatever the reason he is one awesome, immaculate rider and now incredibly dignified when talking to the press after any conflict or incident.  I hope he soon starts to get the respect he deserves.

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