That concept, which involved the majority of engine and chassis parts being shared between all six models, made immediate sense. But few could understand why Bloor, then 47, had invested so much time and money in a motorcycle company, given the industry's dismal record and the fact that he himself didn't ride. "Bikes are an end product and I like end products. They're engineering and I like engineering. There's no bloody ego trip for me," he said, warning us to take photos because he wouldn't be giving interviews in the future. He meant what he said: Two decades later, I still haven't spoken to him again.