Thursday 30 March 2017

Viking biker back in the saddle

Mark Slater, aka ' Viker Biker', from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, is with his Yamaha DragStar XVS 1100, at Flag Fen in Cambridgeshire
Mark Slater, aka ' Viker Biker', from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, is with his Yamaha DragStar XVS 1100, at Flag Fen in Cambridgeshire

A former oil rig worker who dresses as a Viking and cruises the roads on a motorbike is back in the saddle after a crash.

Father-of-three Mark Slater, 49, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, thought his days as "Viker Biker" could be over after the accident left him with neck injuries and ruined his Yamaha Virago 535.

But Mr Slater, who donned his costume five years ago and helps charities raise cash, said he decided to put on his horned helmet once more after finding another bike and toughening his armour.

"I had the accident in November," said Mr Slater.

"I hurt my neck and my bike was absolutely wrecked. I wasn't sure what to do.

"But I've got a Yamaha DragStar XVS 1100 which I've nicknamed Thor - and I've got my confidence back. I'm still a bit sore but I'm on the road again."

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