Bikers can seem like a tough bunch of humans, even for those of us on the inside. It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve been riding or what kind of bike you ride, when you roll into that car park during your Sunday ride and the guy with the 1% patch on his leathers pulls up along side of you, chances are you won’t be making a joke about his gnarly beard any time soon. That’s not to say that the guy himself isn’t a stand-up bloke, but to the casual observer he might seem just a little challenging, conversation-wise. Now the owner of this Tiger is definitely no Hell’s Angel, but to the uninitiated his shaved head and no-nonsense ride may throw you a little. And yes, when I say “you,” I really mean “me”. But once you overcome the irrational preconception crap, you’ll find one Mr. Chris Atkinson – probably one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet and his sweet Triumph bobber that looks tough, but has been know to help old ladies across the road when not carrying its owner around. Honest.
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