Introducing Greg Stevens, who takes the center stage of our ‘getting to know’ episode. Most people within the Australian motorcycle industry would already know who Greg is. How can you not? Stevens and his team at SignPro, based in Ringwood, Victoria, have been making motorcycle riders look fast and professional by decking them out with some kick arse graphic designs for the past ten years.
The Next Gen Motorsports team have been lucky enough to have Greg on board as part of the squad since 2011. He has always made our bikes look sharp while racing in the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), FX-Superbike Championship and various World Superbike (WorldSBK) appearances.
Besides running his SignPro company, like the rest of the team, Stevens has also had a long love of motorcycles. However, it’s only in the last ten years he has he started road riding, converted to track days and in fact, this laid-back character has also ticked a bucket list item and started racing in 2014. From 2014 – 2016, Stevens raced in the Victorian Interclub Series, Victorian Road Racing Championship (VRRC), Hartwell Club Championships, a couple of ASBK rounds and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the MotoGP support event at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
For those who might not know everything about the great man himself, allow us to paint a bigger picture of him for you…
D.O.B: 25th April 1979
Height: Not Very
Nickname: Lots of choice ones… but usually something about being vertically and follically challenged…
Facebook: Greg Stevens
Where do you live? Eltham North, Victoria.
Day Job: Maker of signs, sticky things & peacekeeper of employees and clients.
Racing achievement you are most proud of: Winning a club race at the Island.… in the rain on slicks…. wowser, pucker value was ALLTIME.
Hidden talent: Reversing trailers.
Favourite track and why? Got to be the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. I haven’t had the chance to ride a lot of other tracks, but I love the high-speed flowing nature of it the Island.
Favourite sport besides motorcycle racing? Watching my kids involved in their sports, lots of basketball games!
What can’t you live without? The family, kids and the missus, she’s a gun… and beer. And Bikes. And exercise. And bourbon. And friends. And potato chips. That’s about all.
Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere in Australia… so many awesome spots I still need to get too.
Favourite movie? Too many but probably Full Metal Jacket.
Favourite TV show: Anything motorbikes.
Favourite food? Chicken… Parmi… Curries… Salads.
If you could be any superhero for one day, who would you be? Batwoman… and hook up with me.
What is your favourite type of music/band or artist? Rock – Grinspoon, The Offspring, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Silverchair, Blink 182, Powderfinger, Pumpkins…. Too many to list!
Greatest inspiration and why: My parents, taught me to be a good man, kicked me in the a*$# when I needed it.
Who is your racing hero? Troy Bayliss 100%
Pub crawl or dinner for two? Pub crawl…. For sure!
If you could spend a day with any motorcycle racer, past or present, who would it be and why? Barry Sheene, as I’m tipping, he ran amok back in the day!
Two stroke or four strokes? 4 BANGERS – Less maintenance (not my gig)
Speedway or Motorcross? Motorcross. Those riders are seriously freaks with little to no regard of keeping bones unbroken.
MotoGP or WorldSBK? MotoGP, it’s the pinnacle, but I do love the chilled and open aspect of the WorldSBK paddock.
Who is the most famous person you have in your phone contacts? Patrick Li