THEOPHELUS “Bunny” Manzini from Pretoria is crazy about his Suzuki Hayabusa 1340, 2011 model.
Q: Is it your first bike?
A: No, it’s my ninth.
Q: Is anyone allowed to ride it?
A: No ways! My baby is still new and I don’t see myself sharing her with anyone. She’s like my girlfriend. I love her so much.
Q: Have you gone on long-distance trips yet?
A: Yes, I’ve just returned from Kuruman, in the Northern Cape and I’ll be heading to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape soon.
Q: Is this your dream bike?
A: To be honest, she’s not my dream bike. But it doesn’t mean I don’t love her.
Q: How often do you ride?
A: I always ride, but on weekends you’ll definitely find me riding my bike.
Q: When did you start riding?
A: I started riding in 2003 and consider myself a veteran.
Q: How often do you get traffic fines?
A: I hardly get a fine.
Q: How many bikes do you own?
A: At the moment I own three and all my bikes are superbikes. I think I also need a cruiser bike.
Q: Take us back to when you first rode a bike, how difficult was it?
A: I remember going straight from my house into my neighbour’s fence. People came in numbers to see what had happened.
The problem was that I never took bike lessons before I bought my bike. I just decided to teach myself how to ride and it went all wrong.
Q: Tell us about your outfit?
A: I have leather protective riding clothes that I always wear when I ride my bike. It’s important to safeguard myself.
Q: Do you belong to a bike club?
A: Yes, it’s called the Parias Locos MCC. It’s based in Secunda, Mpumalanga but we have members all over Joburg and Pretoria. I’m the president of my club.