‘You win some, you lose some... by one sec­ond’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - Neil Mur­ray makes a liv­ing buy­ing & sell­ing pre-loved metal

Well, the Sprint ST deal went through after all. The seller toted it to Me­trop­o­lis Mo­tor­cy­cles, who in­di­cated where they’d hid­den the alarm/im­mo­biliser, fit­ted the blank­ing plug (and a new bat­tery), and it runs like a charm. So that’s in the lock-up, await­ing fit­ment of the new ig­ni­tion switch, re­place­ment of the cracked panel, and a full cos­metic valet. 24,000 miles, fsh, lots of use­ful ex­tras, and a full three-piece lug­gage set, all for £840. I might even keep it for my­self.

I just missed out on a re­ally, re­ally clean low-miles Kawasaki GPX250. I’ve tipped th­ese be­fore as be­ing as­tound­ing value for money as, while the styling is very early-1990s, the en­gine is ba­si­cally the same as in the mod­ern 250 Ninja, and you can pick them up for stupidly low money. On ebay, I thought I had this nailed, but some­one slipped in a higher bid with one sec­ond to go, and I was out­bid at £560. Rats. I’m ab­so­lutely cer­tain that good used ones will be closer to four fig­ures next spring.

By the time you read this, I’ll have made up my mind whether or not to buy an old but very co­her­ent Yamaha FJ1200. Th­ese were ab­so­lutely the best value for money sport­s­tour­ers, when new in the 1990s. They had 130bhp, a bul­let­proof en­gine with su­perb torque, and great com­fort. The en­gine is still around to­day, de­tuned, in the XJR1300, one of the last big air-cooled fours you can buy. I think I can get a re­ally nice one for £1000 or so, and mark it up, after a go­ing-over and clean, for around £1500 in the new year.

Next week

Why Mk1 Speed Triples are the next fu­ture clas­sic.

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