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Despite enjoying the work, due to the amount of time it was taking to film his Speed series, time taken away from his maintenance job, Martin considered taking a break from television in 2015.He changed his mind after reaching a deal to film the India and wall of death programmes, and possibly a few more one-off Speed specials, including an unstated record in Europe.This switch to what was effectively a factory team meant the end of tuning his own equipment – for TAS he would simply be riding pre-prepared machines.For the 2016 season Martin decided not to race in the TT for the first time in 11 years, opting instead for a mountain bike race.His first job after leaving school was as a heavy vehicle mechanic, which he retained since, being unwilling to give it up for full-time racing and media.His father Ian was a successful privateer motorbike racer who had competed in several Isle of Man TT events, but he was forced to supplement his income with a job as a lorry mechanic, additionally selling bikes.Martin is also listed as the author of companion books for some of his television shows: How Britain Worked, published on 4 October 2012 In addition to his television and racing activities, Martin has continued to work as a truck fitter.

Martin attended Kirmington Church of England Primary School and The Vale Academy school, leaving at age 16.

In July 2015 it was confirmed that Martin was to pilot Triumph Motorcycles' attempt on the motorcycle land speed record (World’s Fastest Motorcycle), at the time standing at 376.363 mph (605 km/h), set by Rocky Robinson in 2010.

The attempt was originally scheduled for August during the FIM event at Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.

He then enrolled in North Lindsey College on a motor vehicle engineering course, believing at the time that it was appropriate as further education was what everybody did.

He quickly realised it was not for him – he was not being paid and was being taught things he either already knew, or thought would never need, and so decided to leave after a month, having secured an apprenticeship as a truck fitter with a Volvo centre, John Hebb Volvo.

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