This video of former Top Gear and now Grand Tour presenter James May reassembling a Honda Z50 “monkey bike” over 30 minutes is not a mechanic’s guide to reassembling a motorcycle.
It’s actually quite an entertaining ramble through the motorcycle fanatic’s philosophy of motorcycles, riding and keeping your tools tidy.
Apparently the average time viewers look at a YouTube video is just over a minute and the first thing they do is check how long the video is and then pull the scanning bar to the most interesting points.
Not so with this half-hour video in his series, “The Reassambler”, in which he reassambles household items such as a food mixer, record player and Hornby train set.
James May is Captain Slow
Like slow cooking, the infamous “Captain Slow” presents his version of slow TV and it must be enjoyed in its entirety.
I never once felt like scanning ahead, just relaxing in May’s warm and avuncular Pommy tones and going along with his observations about life and the art of motorcycle maintenance.
It actually took about 13 hours to record the half-hour video which is distilled down to an entertaining 30 minutes.