172_Kevin_Cameron

By B.P. Goebel

MMM: How old were you when you got your first bike?

Kevin Cameron: I guess I was 18.

MMM: What was your first bike?

Kevin Cameron: It was a testosterone destroying BSA Bantam D1, making just under 5 HP at 4500 RPM.

MMM: When did you know that you were hooked on motorcycles?

Kevin Cameron: Well, I don’t know that I am. I’m sort of a technology guy and motorcycles make a nice christmas tree that I can hang all these other things on; Having to do with, you know, like rubber technology, materials, all that kind of stuff.

MMM: How many motorcycles do you have?

Kevin Cameron: I have one. It’s a 1965 Yamaha TD-1 B 250 road racer.

MMM: Of any bike, what is your favorite and why?

Kevin Cameron: Oh… there couldn’t be one because the things are so rapidly evolving, that, well for instance, at one point I had in my shop, and this would be more than twenty years ago, a Yamaha TZ750 and some late-model sport bike. And you could see, that the late-model sportbike, which might have been an early nineties, had a far superior chassis and suspension and instead of having the engine back against the back tire, which was pretty much what Yamaha did in 1972, 73 and 74, it was

up against the radiator. So there’s that TZ that I spent 10 years with, pretty much 1974-84, lot of familiarity with that motorcycle, but I have absolutely no nostalgia for it. Because there’s nothing as uninteresting as last years race bike.

MMM: What is it about motorcycle technology that you find so undyingly appealing?

Kevin Cameron: Well, I don’t actually know. But when I was a boy I liked my parents to read to me from the encyclopedia articles on the motor car, the aero-plane and the motorboat. I was frightened by, but loved steam locomotives which were still in service when I was a tiny boy. I think… its that technology can be so impressive and you can use it in a variety of ways. The Allies developed millimeter radar. The Germans knew they couldn’t possibly have developed millimeter radar because they themselves had not. And so, submarines were just cleaned out of the North Atlantic. Not over night, but very rapidly. The Germans withdrew the rest, because of that radar. So technology… think of the first person that managed to get on a horse and go. Suddenly instead of these pitiful little legs and problem ridden knees, you have this… look at a horses’ ass! It’s just bulging with muscles. The thing just throws you on your way. You can crash it too, but it multiplies you. That’s what technology does.

MMM

 

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