Cricket nut David Lloyd has qualified to ride any motorbike he chooses.
And the Accrington dad-of-four has bought himself a BMW 800cc Sport Tourer as a reward for passing after honing his skills in Rossendale.
Bumble, as he is known in cricketing circles worldwide, took a break midway through his three-month learning curve to commentate on the World Cup 20/20 competition in the Caribbean – but returned to Rossendale to pass his exam triumphantly.
The dad-of-four, pictured right, who lives near Macclesfield, said: "I have been learning direct access with Valley Bike School. The end product is you can ride any motorbike. Now I’ve passed my test. I’ve been learning for about two years on and off because I’m away a lot. It is not like it used to be because there is so much traffic it takes quite a lot of discipline to pass your test.
"I’m very happy that I have done it," he added.
Bumble – who has opened the batting for England and coached them – took theory tests, and finally awareness and practical exams while wired up to instructor Joe Vaiders of Valley Bike School in Rawtenstall.
The former Accrington Cricket Club player said: "You have to be very wary and aware when you are on a bike. You are watching everything in front of you. But the people up at Valley Bike School were fantastic."
Joe Vaiders, 56, who runs Valley Bike School with his wife, Michelle, said: "David’s a wonderful guy. He comes across as what he is – a right grand bloke. He enjoyed every minute of the time when he was with us and the other students enjoyed him being there. On his test day I said to him ‘this is nothing is it? You could be walking out at Lords facing a fast West Indian bowling attack’. But he did the whole thing right. He wasn’t prepared to rush his learning. He wanted to dig himself in rather than go with a swish of the bat and be out straight away."
Bumble says he goes back to Accrington twice a week, when he can to see his children who all live in the area.
But his post-cricketing ambitions don’t stop at motorbikes.
He said: "I want to ride a horse and catch a fresh salmon from the sea. I have only caught one salmon in 15 years so I want to do it properly."
Comparing cricket to biking Bumble added: "Tough situations at cricket have to be worked out but you know the answers eventually through experience. Biking is a different experience every day and awareness and thinking ahead is vital. Biking then is a bit like captaincy -– you have to be ahead of the game."
- Bumble signed a four-year deal with Sky Sports in January and has just released his book ‘The World According to Bumble, Start the Car’.