I tried to take this bike out the preceding Saturday, but there was so much rain even Noah had to shut up shop. Monday morning turned out to be bright and breezy, so I thought, why not! I rang Motech, who were happier about letting this brand-new bike go out which they said “hadn’t turned a wheel yet”. I pitched up and the nought miles on the clock Suzuki was wheeled out.

It’s a handsome, purposeful bright yellow and blue beast. Sitting high with a 33.5-inch (855mm) seat height on gold painted rims and glistening in the afternoon sun (what was that sun word again this summer)? Mark from Motech and I admired it. He pulled the protective strip off the TFT display and fired the smooth and quiet bike up. It has a massive end can on it that looks like one of those cavalry sheaths for a Winchester rifle. A bright and easy-to-read TFT display which shows the simplest and straightforward modes of 3 throttle/5 traction control and 3 for ABS! Mark had ridden this Suzuki on the factory launch and said it handles like a motocrosser.

My guide walked away to allow me to get onto the bike. Because of its height and that it was straight out of the wrapper, I was a little hesitant. I elected to take the ‘mount the horse’ option, standing with my left foot on the left peg and jumping onto it that way. There was a little bit of tippy toes until I got used to it for the first ride out of the yard and onto the main road.

Good old Suzuki however – just up the road and you got used to it. The wide high bars with an albeit small screen give you a commanding view from your very comfy seat over all of the traffic. Easy away with no problems on the throttle and excellent response. You can’t fail to miss this bike which is in “champion yellow” (!) livery like previous big Suzuki off-roaders over the last 20 years. Filtering through the really busy urban traffic I picked the Coast Road and decided to go up the Northumberland coast V-STROM-Y MONDAY 46 and give this a run out. I didn’t go over 5,500 revs to help this bike. It is a parallel twin but as all of these adventure-type middleweights are now, they are not V twins but have a 270° crank which mimics the V twin engines. Very efficient layout and I’m told with balance shafts above and below the 766cc engine. Extremely smooth. Usual uber-slick Suzuki gearbox. I’m told this is an 83 bhp bike with 64 mpg and about a 200-mile range tank. It feels slightly more road-biased than off-road but has all of the tools to go off- road including a 21-inch front wheel and Showa adjustable forks. I realised part of the way through the ride that it had a lovely quickshifter. On the A19 North, I got used to all of the motorway traffic – this can run all day at motorway speeds. It was a little breezy on the motorway but you are sitting high. I think that I would go for the aftermarket tall screen if this was mine. Lifesaver shoulder glances were really easy on this bike with no neck craning required. Rock steady big mirrors. 5000 revs running in this bike equated to 70 mph in 6th gear. I took it through some of my favourite windy lanes off the A19 and it loved them. You could put this exactly where you want it to on a bend and it would go round with no bother whatsoever. As standard it has bash plates and hand guards and I will defer to the serious off-roaders as to its potential. It has a gravel mode. However, although it is agile on the road, nimble and changes direction very easily, it is also planted so it appeared to have the best of both worlds on my short run.

After I had tried all types of roads I thought of a pitstop on my way home and decided to cruise back down the north- east coast. I pulled into the new drive-in development by the Blyth beach huts and was spoilt for nosh choice. Fish and chips? Artisan Ice cream? Coffee and cake in the sun? I plumped for the latter in the brand-new Breeze cafe on the front. I had a marvellous Bistrot espresso macchiato and a chocolate brownie served by Natasha. Everything was new in the cafe. This is a brand-new bike with a new design of the Suzuki engine. It seemed fitting.

I breezed back out (sorry) and cracked on back to Newcastle with the wind on my back. The cut and thrust of all types of traffic were no problem. It just wanted to go. I even got over the seat height although I later found out there is a lower seat (by 20mm) height option. I had the mid-height seat! Roundabouts and traffic lights – were a right cheek (lower) slide off the seat and a right foot flat on the ground. Wind the engine on and we’re off!

Hats off to Suzuki for throwing their own hat into this very busy and contested middleweight adventure class with the Tuareg, the Ténéré and the Transalp scrapping for top dog place. The Suzuki is a worthy choice – I suggest you breeze on down to Motech and swing your leg over it. What a marvellous bike it is. Thanks again to the lads for lending me this brand-new bike – what a privilege it was to ride.

Mark Hipkin is a Partner/ Head of the Personal Injury and Civil Litigation department. He welcomes your e-mails or calls on the law (or your biking experiences) at wbay@aldersonlaw.co.uk or call 0191 2533509.

Mary was born and has lived all her life in the North East of England. Her first interest was science and she originally studied Biomedical Science at Northumbria and worked in the scientific research field and the NHS, before studying part time, again at Northumbria University, to obtain her degree in Law. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career covering many different areas of law, before specialising in Children Law, which she has done almost exclusively for the past 5 years.

Mary loves reading and history and at a weekend can often be found at one of the many historical sites the North East has to offer and has even been known to play video games when she can find the time.

Chris was originally a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives from 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

He has over 25 years experience in private client work comprising Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and other Court of Protection Work such as Deputyship applications. Chris has been a Partner in several firms in the North East, being Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

He brings a wealth of experience to his role and works closely with clients, providing them with a service tailored to their needs

Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East in 2012 to study at Northumbria University undertaking the M Law Exempting (BPTC) course (the only undergraduate course in England and Wales which incorporates the Bar Professional Training Course), graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm, before moving to another firm to work as a Family Law Paralegal.

In 2018 she joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal and before qualifying as a Solicitor within the Family Law Department based at our Morpeth office. Jasmine represents clients in a wide range of matters including; divorce and matrimonial finance, disputes regarding the arrangements for children as well as parents who are subject to Local Authority involvement both before and during Court proceedings.

In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach, going to the gym, watching live music and looking after her pet rabbit.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Alderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family and practising Tai Chi and Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blyth offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.