Henry Cole is a passionate motorcycle enthusiast and adventurer.
He is known by bikers worldwide for riding the iconic routes of World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides and as the presenter of The Motorbike Show. He also presents a number of The Motorbike Show specials.
Henry loves tinkering with and restoring vintage machines, demonstrated by his hands-on presenting roles on two popular daytime television shows, Find It, Fix It, Flog It and Shed and Buried.
In addition to his work as a television presenter Henry runs HCA Entertainment, his own successful television production company, that makes all the shows he presents and a lot more that he doesn’t.
Henry holds the world land speed record for a pre-1955 750cc motorcycle (of 104.298 mph), and is the founder of Gladstone Motorcycles, not named after Henry’s great-great Uncle, the Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, but after his great-uncle Dick ‘Redbeard’ Gladstone, the man who instigated Henry’s passion for classic British motorcycles at the tender age of eight. Gladstone Motorcycles manufactures bespoke British custom motorcycles.
Henry lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, two sons and his dog Bumble.
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I can't think of anywhere I'd less like to be than in a car. When you're driving a car, you're not taking part, you're a spectator. You're in a can; if it's cold you turn up the heating, if you're hungry you have a wine gum. You might be looking at what's going on, but you're definitely not a part of it.
A Biker's Life is the dramatic, humorous and candid memoir of one of the most recognisable names in motorcycling.
Henry Cole's passion for motorbikes began when, at the age of eight, he was first introduced to a 'man cave'. His great-uncle Redbeard's corrugated iron shed was 'stuffed to the gills with old motorbikes' which Henry helped rebuild and ride. Since then, Henry's life can be charted through the bikes and journeys he has been on - from a stifling public-school education, via many years battling addiction, to the big-sky iconic routes Henry has ridden for over twenty series as presenter of numerous TV shows.
This book reminds millions of motorcyclists why their bike gives them the freedom to be exactly who they want to be: to say 'I'm doing my thing.' When you ride a motorbike you become part of a worldwide community of kindred spirits - those of us who will not be pacified by driving a car, but instead live for adventure, escape and the sheer thrill of the throttle.