HOW TO B UY YO UR DREAM BIKE

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Dream Garage - By Jon Urry, crafty blighter

The key is pa­tience, tim­ing, knowl­edge – and a mas­sive over­draft. I had al­ways dreamed of own­ing a 916, but it wasn’t un­til I was 31 that I felt like I could take the plunge. Then fate played its hand.

When the fi­nan­cial cri­sis hit in 2008 I guessed that ex­pen­sive lux­u­ries such as sports­bikes would get sold, so I kept a con­stant eye on the classies. My hunch was cor­rect and a 916SP popped up. Time for ac­tion!

I was in a van and look­ing at the bike 300 miles away the next day, gazump­ing an­other buyer who didn’t act as quickly. I had al­ready agreed a £4500 over­draft with my bank man­ager (I told him it was for ren­o­va­tions) so I had the cash ready to go. As I had done my re­search I knew the mar­ket, knew what I was look­ing at, how to spot a fake (I wanted an SP, so needed to check its unique parts), what bits went wrong and what to pay. A few easy items needed fix­ing, but it was all there and so I snapped it up. It was a big in­vest­ment but I had my dream bike. Pay­ing for it was sim­ply a mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tion that lasted five years...

Buy­ing an ex­otic bike is all about be­ing in the right place at the right time with the money ready to go. I snapped up my Aprilia Tuono Rac­ing for less than it is worth as the dealer sell­ing it didn’t know how rare it was, but I did. The over­draft was still on my ac­count, so I used it again and ac­quired a sec­ond dream bike. My only re­gret is the fact I’ve nar­rowly missed out on two YZF-R7S – both times find­ing out they were be­ing sold a few days too late. That said, to buy one of those would re­quire a new mort­gage on top of the over­draft ( yep, it’s still on my ac­count af­ter nine years) and the wife may put her foot down on that one…

PAY­ING FOR IT WAS SIM­PLY A MI­NOR IR R ITATI O N THAT LASTED THETH E NEXT FIVE YEARS...

Why the grin? Be­cause Jon’s al­ready got his dream garage

Have the cash ready to go and you can trump ri­val buy­ers

A bit of knowl­edge goes a long way when you’re af­ter an ex­otic Tuono

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