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Simon Weston’s new Triumph over adversity

Falklands veteran Simon Weston hopes to realise a lifetime’s ambition to ride a motorcycle, thanks to a campaign being launched by industry veteran and record-breaking rider Norman Hyde*.

“I was at a reception, saw Simon and just had to talk with him, inspired as I was, by his triumph over adversity, and his amazing resilience, “ explains Norman. “He told me of his desire to ride a motorcycle and I thought that, with help from fellow riders and friends in the industry, we can make his dream come true.”

The injuries that Simon sustained on Sir Galahad in 1982 make it impossible for Simon to operate the controls on a traditional bike so Hyde, who worked as a development engineer for Triumph in the Sixties and Seventies, came up with the idea of a modified trike.

“I have always wanted a bike, but wasn’t allowed one when I was younger” explains Simon. My injuries prevent me from operating hand controls on a normal motorcycle, so could never ride one. This makes me more passionate than ever about the sense of freedom that riding a trike would give me”

Norman has already received backing from Triumph Motorcycles, who have donated a new T120 Bonneville to be the basis for the trike, which will be built by Trike Designs in Simon’s home town of Caerphilly. 

Converting a standard road bike to a trike, specially adapted for Simon’s needs, is a lengthy and expensive operation. Norman has already received offers of support from fellow-motorcyclists impressed by Simon’s determination and charity work, but more funds will be required to complete the job. If you would like to support the campaign visit the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simonwestontrike

” It’s a big job and a long one,” Hyde said. ” We are looking at a total cost of £25,000.”

*Norman Hyde captured the World Sidecar Land Speed Record in 1972 on his Roadrunner III 850cc Triumph Trident powered outfit, at an average speed of 161.8 mph, a record that remained unbeaten for over 35 years.

Simon Weston (middle) collects the donor Bonneville from Bevan Triumph. Others, from left: Hank Hancock of Trike Design, project organiser Norman Hyde, Charlie Bevan of Bevan Triumph and Paul Hughes of Trike Design 

Photo Courtesy of Tony Smith

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