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NEW HORIZONS FOR THE ANGRY ANT

Former motorcycle race star Paul “Angry Ant” Lewis, who went on to carve out a successful bike trade career both here and in his native Australia, is on the move again.

Lewis, who celebrates his 60th birthday this year, has resigned from a long-term role heading up Brisbane-based Morgan & Wacker Harley-Davidson, Australia’s oldest dealership founded in 1917.

In a social media post, he has just announced: “The last 10 years have been awesome but it’s now time for a new chapter for me and my family. Thank you to my brilliant M&W team and loyal customers that have supported me over this decade. Ride safe and have fun.”

An exuberant, aggressive and talented racer, Lewis made a splash as soon as he arrived on British shores in the early 1980s. That soon earned him a blue-riband GP500 Skoal Bandit Suzuki ride on the international stage. A penchant for gnarly big V-twins also took him to victory at Daytona and win the BEARS series on a Raceco Moto Guzzi. Latterly, he rode a Ducati 888 in the British championship.

After retirement from racing, Lewis cut his trade teeth managing Hein Gericke stores for Tom Walker. And he then had two stints running various Harley-Davidson dealerships in the UK, interspersed by four years back on home turf as retail general manager for the Fraser Motorcycles dealer chain in New South Wales. He finally returned to Australia on a permanent basis in 2010 to become dealer principal at Morgan & Wacker.   

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