Spotlight: Mike Chalmers


How did you get started with motorcycles – how/when did you learn to ride, and what was your first bike?: Whilst living in Germany, it was legal to ride at 15 which is when I started, first bike was a Batavus moped.

What bikes do you currently own? Are they riders or projects?: Own several. Most are riders but having a cull very soon.

BMWs: K1, K75s, R1150GS

Hondas: CX650 Turbo (2), CX500 Custom, CB400 Hondamatic twin, XL250 BAJA, 2018 Africa Twin

Moto Guzzi 1977 Convert

Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Yamahas: XJ650 Turbo (2), XS1100 Custom

If you race(d), what is your favorite race story?: I've done a few track days including the Nurburg Ring in Germany.

What is your most memorable motorcycle trip or adventure?: Five weeks through Europe as far south as the Greek island of Corfu.

What is your favorite piece of gear?: Custom moulded ear plugs with in-ear speakers for music.

You have $25,000 to spend on anything in the world of motorcycles - 1 new bike, several old bikes, track days, a trip, you name it. How do you spend it?: A long trip around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam etc.