The per­ils of pro­ject pur­chases

‘He’ll have taken an an­gle grinder to the best bits’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Mcn garage - Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side

Lis­ten very care­fully: I shall say this only once. Don’t buy pro­ject bikes. Don’t buy pro­ject bikes. OK, that was twice, but the first com­mand prob­a­bly skated off the sur­face of your con­scious­ness.

On any given day, there are about 300 ‘pro­ject bikes’ on ebay. Of those, I’d guess that 250 are not worth con­sid­er­ing, an­other 40 might be good for parts, and a dozen or so might make sen­si­ble pur­chases.

There are two types of pro­ject: one is where the pre­vi­ous owner has tried turn­ing it into a café racer or some­thing equally hor­ri­ble, and given up af­ter tak­ing an an­gle grinder to any of the com­po­nents that might be worth sell­ing.

The se­cond type is some­thing dam­aged or with me­chan­i­cal faults or both. Th­ese might be worth look­ing at, but right now I’m star­ing at an ad for a crash dam­aged Tri­umph Sprint ST at £3850. And it’s also a Cat D write- off, so its value once fixed is less than an un­dam­aged bike. An­other £500 would buy you a 2013 Sprint ST in re­ally good con­di­tion. Think on it.

Look, it’s nearly fin­ished

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