‘Crap bikes with prices be­ing driven up by a craze’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

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.


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.

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