My first encounter with motorbikes was more out of necessity than a desire for getting a bike. I was sixteen years of age and had just started work at GKN in Smethwick in the IT department. As I was going to be on shift I needed a way to get around, I asked around and one of my friends at the time said he new of someone who was selling a bike as he was emigrating.

I went to see the bike a gleaming white, green & black KH250 B4 (EFD 121T), being sold by Mr Ada Deeming. 30 minutes later the deal is done and I am off to the bank to get some money to pay for the bike and insure it.

And as they say that’s where it all started…..

I managed to find a couple of old back and white photo’s of the bike on FB where we can see a very young Ada Deeming and friends and a couple of glimpses of the bike. I don’t have any pictures of my own but I had such a great time on the bike and I was hooked.

I did a check on the bike on the DVLA website and it shows:

Date of Liability 01 04 1983
Date of First Registration 04 04 1979
Year of Manufacture 1979
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 249CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE

I rode the bike for about 8 months and then decided to take my test. On the morning of the test in Quinton I could not start the bike, the plugs were fouled up. I borrowed by Uncle Ken’s Honda C90 step thru and managed to pass my test at the first time of asking.

I remember the examiner saying “I bet you will go out and buy a bigger bike now you have passed!”…I just smiled and left him to it…..

What he didn’t realise is that I had the KH and a RED z500 waiting for me at home.

So then started the second chapter in my biking life…..