One for rid­ing, one for drop­ping

Life’s more in­ter­est­ing when you aren’t wor­ry­ing about every­thing, es­pe­cially dam­ag­ing your shiny new bike. So don’t…

BIKE (UK) - - BIKE LIFE - Ben Lind­ley Staff writer

I’M A SERIAL BUYER. In the last three years I’ve owned a ’99 R1, ’05 R1, L1 GSX-R750 and an ’08 RC8. My two cur­rent bikes are a K3 GSX-R600 bought for crash­ing, and a K6 GSX-R1000 for rid­ing. Com­pared with some mod­ern sports­bikes, I love the K6’s soft sus­pen­sion set-up and fit midrange. I bought the 600 with a friend three years ago, for a grand. The list­ing im­plied pre­vi­ous at­tempts to sell the thing had re­sulted in fail­ure. ‘This is my fi­nal price and you take it as is,’ ran the de­scrip­tion. ‘No tyre kick­ers.’ It was ob­vi­ously in even worse shape than the pic­tures made out. Perfect, we thought. Some­how the bike had passed its MOT: the af­ter­mar­ket brake light rat­tled around in­side its hous­ing, the num­ber­plate was held on with wood screws and the front discs were warped to the point where brak­ing felt like a kick drum ham­mer­ing the head­stock at 128bpm. We handed over the cash and rode it from An­gle­sey back to York. Pur­chased for crash­ing on, you say? Yes sir. I de­cided the main bar­rier to im­prov­ing my rid­ing was worry. What hap­pens if I drop my beloved mo­tor­cy­cle? Will it break? Will it lose value? Buy a cheap ma­chine you don’t care about crash­ing, and your con­fi­dence soars. I haven’t ac­tu­ally dropped it yet, other than putting it on its side to make un­der­belly clean­ing eas­ier. £101 crash rails from Pol­ish out­fit Forstunt ( will shrug off any hit. They’ll touch down be­fore any­thing else.

Buy two bikes and be­come a bet­ter rider

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