‘It’s been more sell than buy’
Buying season is yet to begin for Neil this year, but spring is on its way
I sold the Kawasaki KH100 at Kempton Park for £775, or £125 more than it cost me in late 2015. So I scratched the lingering two-stroke itch, had some fun, and made a nice little profit on it. If I’d hung on, I know I could have got more, but the man haggled well and waved cash, and that always works with me.
All I spent on it, apart from road tax and an MOT, was a few quid for a new six-volt battery and a rear brake operating arm (the splines had gone). You could do the same - there’s no secret to it. Just buy wisely and at the right time.
I haven’t fully sorted out the Triumph Sprint ST simply because it’s in an unheated lock-up, under a blanket, and it’s just been too damn cold to venture in there. And I’ve been away skiing too, which was also cold, but was fun! I started the ST and warmed it up the other day, and it’s good. I was actually offered another one, same vintage, same colour, for just £675. No history, no luggage, had been standing for a while and needed some attention before it would run again. Just like the one I’ve already got, in fact. The pics looked good, and there was a big box of useful spares including new chain, sprockets, brake pads, filters plus some decent tools and other odds ‘n’ sods, but I passed. It was in Scotland, delivery would have cost at least £150, and nobody needs two project Sprints in their garage, really.
I had intended to go on a buying spree this winter, but it hasn’t ( yet) materialised, because there has been a distinct shortage of decent bikes to buy. I’m not sure where they have all gone, but I suspect that people have been storing them away until spring, I suppose. When the weather is cold and the sun is hidden behind a cloud or bank of mist, it’s never a good time to sell. Hopefully this will change soon. NEXT WEEK The mixed-up world of Triumph resale values