The perils of project purchases
‘He’ll have taken an angle grinder to the best bits’
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