A grand’s worth of gear, and Grandad’s gears

After dedicating hours to restoring his Grandad’s old BSA motorbike, John Moor was thrilled to pass his motorcycle test. But winning £1,000 worth of motorcycle goodies was the icing on the cake. 

Competition time! 

John entered the annual Win Bike Gear Competition run by TSO (The Stationery Office) the official publisher for the DSA (Driving Standard Agency) when he was learning to ride.

He was announced the lucky winner of £1,000 worth of vouchers to be spent in his chosen motorcycle shop – Proto, Westgate Road, Newcastle.

John won the competition by answering all the competition entry questions correctly and by completing the tie breaker: “Learning to ride will change my life, because…?”

John answered “when my Grandad died in 2011, I was left his old BSA. I’ve finished restoring her and it will mean so much when I ride her”. His honesty, dedication and passion won the judges over.


All geared up and ready for the road 

When John heard he had won he said “It took the whole day for it to finally sink in. I have entered things before and never won. I entered thinking it was worth a shot but never expected to win. It has been a fantastic start to the year and has made me extremely happy; the new gear will definitely be put to good use.”

Since entering the competition John has passed his test and says he couldn’t have done it as easily if it wasn’t for The Official DSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists book, which he used to help him prepare.

“I read through the book about three times, taking it to work with me and reading it whenever I had spare time…it went everywhere with me until I had passed.”

Passing his motorcycle test means that John is able to ride his Grandad’s BSA motorbike after successfully restoring it.

“I have so much more respect for my Grandad and anyone who has ever ridden a classic bike - it was so different to the modern 500 that I learnt on. The vibration, smell of burnt oil and just to know what he felt like when he was riding it was overwhelming. It is something I will remember forever.”