How to win Carole Nash Britain's Got Biking Tallent

Custom & modified bikes

 24 July 2008 07:00

Britain's got Biking Talent with Carole Nash is back for 2008, but fon't worry you've got a month to make any modifications to your bike before the deadline for entering.
To help, we asked some of last year’s winners to tell us about the inspiration behind their efforts so read their stories then get your overals on, finish your motorcycle and upload it to our gallery for the chance to win £1000s worth of prizes. 

Rider: Karl Galloway, 39, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Position last year: Winner
Bike: Kawasaki ZRX1200
“I BUILT my bike using money left by mum so I wanted it to the best it could be almost as a tribute to her. I wanted the ultimate ZRX in terms of power, handling and everything else. I’ve always liked naked bikes and muscle bikes. I wanted it to be aggressive looking and I wanted it to be something that had not been done before in such a way. The ZRX is a classic looking bike so they are not usually turned into the kind of bike mine is. There are some heavily modified ones out there but none as extreme as mine, at least not in the UK. Some people do the bodywork, some people do engine mods, some people do the suspension but nobody else seems to have done all of it.”

Rider: Dave Smith, 46, Nottingham
Position last year: Runner up
Bike Suzuki Hayabusa
“I’VE always wanted to build something special since I first rode bikes aged 11. I chose the Hayabusa because there’s nowhere to go from there in terms of performance. I made as many performance modifications as cosmetics ones. There are lots of engine modifications including nitrous but because it’s a Hayabusa and fully-faired you don’t get to see them. It makes 220bhp and will break 200mph. There are lots of one-off bespoke parts like the swingarm. It’s still a work in progress. Since coming runner-up in Britain’s got biking talent, it’s had 20 or 30 new modifications.”

Rider: Steve Taylor, 40. Builth Wells
Position last year: Top 12
Bike: Yamaha V-Max
“I got my first V-Max when I was about 20. Modified parts weren’t available for them then so I started making my own and this has evolved from there. The bodywork wasn’t a kit meant to go together. I just thought it would all look nice on one bike. A lot of people say it looks like a cartoon bike, partly because of the massive 330-section rear tyre. It’s got an MV Agusta pipe and an MV Agusta-style tail piece. I got some inspiration from German street fighters which are covered in lumps and bumps and almost organic looking. The fairing is like a very aggressive-looking face. The engine casings are machined from solid billet with windows in, so you can see the camshafts turning. It’s got nitrous, a 1570cc big-bore kit and stage-seven DynoJet kit. It’s partly a show-piece for my work, which is making big wheels.”

Rider: Steve Clarke, 55, Retford, Notts
Position last year: Top 12
Bike: TRIBSA
“THE inspiration for this bike spans back over 35 years. In the ‘60s there were a lot of Tritons, which were Triumph engines in Norton frames. I always argued that a BSA frame was better than a Norton frame but no-one seemed to put a Triumph engine in one of those. So that inspired me to make the TRIBSA: a 750cc Triumph Thunderbird engine in a BSA frame instead of a Norton one. It’s a bit like a Triton but more interesting because it’s much more unusual. I had a lot of fun making it look the part, which is pure café racer. It really runs well for its age. It’s amazing how many young guys with modern bikes take an interest in it.”