Interview: Ben Spies

Ben Spies
Ben Spies is one fast guy. He started racing when he was just eight years old, and in the most recent MotoGP season, won a race and stood on the podium four times, despite missing the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix due to injury. As you can imagine, Ben doesn’t get much free time, but he was kind enough to take a quick run through the Bike EXIF questionnaire.

What was the first motorcycle you bought with your own money? Yamaha TTR 125 (below) and that was a long, long childhood time ago.

Yamaha TTR 125
What do you think is the most beautiful production motorcycle ever built? The 50th anniversary R1 (below).

Yamaha 50th Anniversary R1
What motorcycle do you despise? Probably none. I like Harleys also, but I do not like the annoyingly loud ones. What is the point?

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I think for me it’s being content with the surroundings at that moment. That’s happiness.

Electric motorcycles: Yes or No? NO.

What is your favorite journey? It has been travelling cross country in the USA. Whether I stop and run up a mountain, or cycle with a mountain bike or do some training on my road bike (bicycle) or touring in my coach. With my profession as a motorcycle racer, I do not mix pleasure with business.

Which ‘everyday’ modern bikes do you think will become future classics? The equivalent of the Honda CB750 or Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, if you like? Probably the Ducati Desmosedici (below). It’s already rare.

Ducati Desmosedici

Who are your real-life motorcycling heroes? Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey.

Are you optimistic for the future of motorcycling? Absolutely. With emissions, crowded cities and parking spaces, fuel costs and pure enjoyment for less money than cars, there is a tremendous turnover in Europe and Indonesia.

What is your current state of mind? Content.

With thanks to Chris Ronan. Follow Ben’s career via his website and Facebook page.

Ben Spies