‘Crap bikes with prices being driven up by a craze’
Customs and excess
More and more people are buying custom bikes. Why, I'm not quite sure. I think it’s got something to do with the explosion of café racers and bobber bikes being churned out by custom shops, and diametrically inept would-be owners.
Stick a 'custom’ tag on any used bike, and interest and the price seems to double. Recently, I saw a 20-year-old Yamaha Virago 1100 sell for well over two grand. And it was in Scotland, so not exactly easy to get to, unless you’re Scottish yourself.
And it was horrible. Home-made chrome side covers, extra chrome lights, studded chrome metal mudflaps, and a chromed pair of wings on the front mudguard. Even Liberace would have pursed his lips and shaken his head.
Still, if prices are firm, there’s money to be made. Somebody even paid £3700, yes nearly four grand, for a Honda CB360 (one of the worst bikes Honda ever built) given the same treatment.
Don’t do it. Just don’t. These are crap bikes, whose price is being driven up by a craze that will be short-lived. You’ll be throwing money away.
DUCATI XDIAVEL S
EMMA FRANKLIN Summer with 2016’s show-stopper will be a chrome-clad whirlwind. Once I’ve mastered its dizzying high-tech functions, I’ll be setting off for a European custom show to see how it measures up.