Kevin's £1,000 prize
PUBLISHED: 10:47 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013
Biker, 61, says it's never too late to try something new
Leather jackets and motorbikes used to be associated with teenage tear-aways. But Kevin Lovett, from High Wycombe, has proved its never too late to take to the road on two wheels by passing his motorcycle test aged 61 and winning 1,000 of motorcycle goodies along the way.
Kevin won the money to spend on luxury motorcycle gear in a competition run by TSO (The Stationery Office), the official publisher for the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
Kevin has been cycling and mountain biking since his thirties, both of which he still enjoys, but riding a motorbike had always been a childhood dream.
When out cycling on Sunday mornings, me and my mates would stop at the Triumph dealers and peer through the windows, looking at the big bikes. We were little boys looking at big toys, he said.
But Kevin now owns his own bike; a Bonneville t100, and has not looked back since passing the test: Riding on a warm sunny day on a good country road takes some beating. At 61 years old biking has woken me up. The challenge and excitement are back.
Kevin entered the competition in the official DSA theory test revision materials recommended to him by his son, who is an approved driving instructor. He said: Im glad I used the materials, there was a lot to learn, and many things I thought I knew but didnt. He also used the DSA Hazard Perception DVD, saying: Without some practice on this you would fail the Theory Test.
He won the competition after proving his knowledge of safe motorcycle riding by correctly answering the competition questions included within the TSO-published material and by answering the tie-breaker question; Learning to ride will change my life, because..?
TSO runs the annual competition to encourage safe and responsible riding as part of learner motorcyclists preparation for their theory and practical motorcycle tests.
And for Kevins next challenge? Plenty of biking for sure, he said. Id like to learn to fly a plane, but Id need to win the lottery. Perhaps I will now my luck has changed!