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Get to know the team: Luke

POSTED: 29/11/2022

Say 'hey' to Luke at Maidstone Honda...

As part of our Maidstone Honda "Get To Know The Team" series, we're speaking to our newest addition to the team, Sales Advisor, Luke. Luke joined us a few months back and has been riding for a few years now on a varity of bikes and brands, including Honda, Triumph and Yamaha. Find out what he rides now and why!...

Africa Twin badge on side of tank

What motorcycle do you currently ride?

"I currently ride a 2020 Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 Manual in Gran Prix Red."


Do you like the bike and what made you purchase it?

"I absolutely love the bike. From the first time I rode the bike I was certain that one day I'd like to own one. The engine sounds are phenomenal and the way the power is delivered is fantastic - not to mention the seamless connectivity to my iPhone with Apple Carplay. The seating position is extremely comfortable and is confidence-inspiring when filtering as you're so high up.

I commute every day into work and riding a motorbike is my only mode of transport. I purchased my Honda Africa Twin after owning a Triumph Street Triple RS, as I needed something that could do everything and to me, there isn't a better bike which ticks all the boxes quite like an Africa Twin. It's the type of bike you could take touring, commute on, and still have a hell of a good time in your free days off - throwing it around the twisty A and B roads."

Africa Twin top of fuel tank

What modifications have you made to this bike?

"I've made quite a few modifications to this bike - it's quite custom-friendly and holds quite a large accessory catalogue. I have a full Akrapovic exhaust system installed which enhances the sound of the engine tenfold, and it's awesome to rev in all gears - let's put it this way... you'll definitely hear me coming! I also have numerous genuine Honda accessories like a centre stand, heated grips, knuckle guards, screen, top box, tank bag, quick shifter and tank pads to name just a few. In addition to these Honda accessories I've got a charging lead connector attached to the battery so I can charge the bike when I'm not using it too."


What got you into riding motorcycles?

"I originally fell in love with motorcycles when I was younger... watching Valentino Rossi race in MotoGP for Honda around 2002. From that point onwards I was always interested in motor racing and motorbikes. It wasn't until 2017 when I finally went for my CBT - the first time riding any motorbike and I instantly knew it was for me. Over the last five years of riding I've owned 8 motorcycles, and I can happily say I don't regret any of my decisions to become part of the biking community. It's awesome..."

Africa Twin exhaust Akrapovic full system

Where is your favourite place to ride?

"My favourite place to ride would have to be the south coast from new Romney down to Hastings along the A259. This route has some of the best roads in the country with some really nice twisty trails, and it ends at a gorgeous beach where you have the option to stop off at the Route 66 Café for a bite to eat. Can't think of a better day out to be honest. You should try it!"


What's your advice for newer riders?

"My advice to newer riders is to never worry about what you're riding or what the destination is, just enjoy the journey - the rest will follow. Never let others who are on bigger more powerful bikes make you feel intimidated, you can have just as much fun if not more on some of the smaller capacity bikes. Ride what you feel comfortable with. Being on 2 wheels in any form is a pleasure in itself and you're part of a wonderful biking community."

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