Monday, June 20, 2016

Rider profile: Ed Thomas

Name: Ed Thomas
Find me on Earth: Toronto (Leaside)
Find me Online: No website or blogs.
Interview Date: June 2016
Interview Location: Cyberspace
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Life on two wheels: When did you start riding, how old were you?

Ed: Not sure, 1967 or 1968, so fourteen or fifteen. I was licenced at 17 (M before G). Though I was on hiatus from ‘78 thru ’08.

Life on two wheels: How many motorbikes have you owned?

Ed: Three, not including a ‘50s NSU moped.

Life on two wheels: What is your current bike, and is the current bike your favorite?

Ed: I still have the same three bikes: a ‘61 Puch DS60; a ‘66 Puch 250 SGS (Twingle); and an ‘87 BMW K75S.

Can’t say I have a favorite. Each is better at different things.

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Life on two wheels: Talk to me about the most challenging riding skill you learned.

Ed: Still working on it. Locked over u-turns (feet up of course).

Life on two wheels: Are you a moto-commuter, a tourer, or a fair weather rider?

Ed: Yes, yes, and no. If we were face-to-face I’d show you a few camera/phone shots ...(ed.: the wonders of the interwebs means that face-to-face is only one way of doing things.)



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Life on two wheels: Are you a solitary rider? How about riding in a group?

Ed: I really enjoy both. Although as a sweep/tailgunner I mostly don’t have to ride ‘in’ the group. :-)

Life on two wheels: I dare you to share an awkward or embarrassing riding moment.

Ed:  Back in 2009. I dumped the scoot on Queen West on account of some street car tracks. It was embarassing 'cause it was dry and I wasn't paying attention.

I’m not going to share my most embarrassing moment.

Life on two wheels: What is the best place your bike has taken you?

Ed: It was on a rental bike, a 125cc (?) Lambretta in 1971. Rode from my Grandmother’s flat in London to visit my Grandfather near Invergordon, Scotland. That summer was the last time I saw my Grandparents.

Life on two wheels: Tell me why you ride.

Ed: One needs a reason?

Life on two wheels: If I could grant you one riding wish, what would it be?

Ed: A week or more of intense wok cooking lessons. During a road trip of course.

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7 comments:

  1. This is the stuff of legends. I mean take a look at the brick bike and the man's outfit.

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    1. Strangely entertaining: the juxtaposition between how others perceive us; and how we see ourselves. ;)

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  2. Ed is an amazing guy. He sewed those gauntlets. The gauntlets, the Beemer and the helmet all match. It's just awesome.

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    1. Actually, the gauntlets were made to match the scoot, and the coat & helmet were for the Twingle. All predate motobrick ownership. I should have sent a pic of all 3 bikes together.

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  3. Love Ed's Puch's, a nice mix with his K bike.

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    1. Of the 3, the scoot is the bike most likely to start a conversation ...

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    2. Doug I knew Puch as a brand of desireable mopeds, but knew nothing about their scoots and motorcycles until I met Ed.

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