Erik Lensson from the Central West Car Club is up to his 14th or 15th motorbike now, and seems to be losing count.
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And while he wishes that he'd kept some or probably all of them, his latest bike is one he's definitely going to keep.
"It's my last bike," he grinned, but after a little thought he clarified things.
"The last one I'll ever get rid of anyway - there's always room for more!"
After seeing Erik at the Parkes Street Meet with this intriguing set of wheels, I thought it was time to find out a bit more about him and his passion for bikes.
"My first ever motorbike ride was back in Finland as a young boy in 1965 when my brother sat me on the tank of his Ariel Square 4," Erik said.
But the real passion began in 1976.
Erik told me he was working for Telecom and one of the other apprentices let him take his sister's Honda SL175 for a ride.
"I'd never ridden a motorbike before," Erik laughed.
"So once I found the gears it was just easier to keep riding and I was gone for over an hour.
"Somehow three weeks later I had convinced my mother to go guarantor on a loan for a brand new Honda Four."
That was the start of a series of motorbikes and stories for Erik, including honeymooning to Fraser Island with his wife Michelle on a Kawasaki KLR600, complete with a fishing rod across the handlebars and a cast iron fry pan on the back.
Motorbikes were put on hold for Erik while family life took precedence and after a 20-year break he stepped back on with a Royal Enfield 650.
But it wasn't long until the Indian FTR caught his eye.
I didn't want a typical Harley like everyone else, I wanted a real bike!- Erik Lensson
"It's a 2019 Indian FTR 1200," Erik said.
"And at the risk of offending anybody - I didn't want a typical Harley like everyone else, I wanted a real bike!"
As the initials suggest, the Indian FTR is inspired by the Flat Track Racer.
Born on the dirt, the Indian FTR is a US-built crossover bike that can easily handle the twisty stuff, sealed or unsealed.
Erik has optioned his bike with a high exhaust and spoked wheels while some of the standard features on the FTR include ABS, cruise control and three riding modes - standard, rain and sport.
Be sure to look out for Erik hitting the streets on his FTR as he's loving getting back to the riding.
For more about the CWCC you can search our website http://www.centralwestcarclub.com/ or head to our Facebook page.
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