Spotlight: Pete Donaldson

Yamaha RT1.jpg

How did you get started with motorcycles – how/when did you learn to ride, and what was your first bike?:  First bike I rode was a BSA Bantam, first bike I owned was a 1970-ish YAMAHA RT1 360 trail bike which was a beast, should have turned me off bikes for life, but it didn't. Many bikes later I am still riding them.

What bikes do you currently own? Are they riders or projects?: 

  • 1972 BMW R75/5

  • 1975 Honda CB400F

  • 1976 BMW R90S

  • 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650

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?:  BMW R69S

What is your favorite part of a motorcycle to work on, and what tips or tricks do you have that would help the rest of us with that part?:  Servicing, I am a reluctant mechanic, but blunder my way through, I was a fitter by profession.