‘It’d been fixed by someone who knew his onions’
Be wary (not scared) of write- offs
I recently saw a Cat C write-off 2009 Triumph 1050 Sprint ST that had been properly repaired (it had been on its side) sell for £2750. That was a steal. All the damage had been cosmetic, and it'd been fixed by someone who knew his onions.
Bikes like this command far lower prices than normal but I wouldn’t have any qualms buying a Cat C that had been properly fixed. Nor would I worry about buying one to fix up.
Remember to choose a popular model, which will make sourcing used spares easier. You’ll also find a crash-damaged 125 may not be a good move – learner bikes get pranged and used parts are hard to find.
I also clocked a six-year-old Honda CBF125 that went for £360. It needed a mudguard, clock housing, tank, fairing, headlight – parts that are hard to find and expensive. And you’d need a lot of fasteners. Unless you know you can get the parts cheap, this is not an economic repair. Not when you can get a decent running 200910 CBF125 for £800.