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I was heart­ened by the let­ter from RL Smith in RC158 about ‘Zen and the Art…’ He ex­pressed the view I share about oily rag, well-used bikes vs trail­ered show bikes. Most of my bikes came as ‘be­yond re­demp­tion’ pro­jects and some have turned out quite posh, if not al­ways to man­u­fac­tur­ers’ colours.

Some time ago I was given an old 450 Honda. ‘You can have it but it’s never go­ing to work.’ Well it now does. Ad­mit­tedly it was a bit of a chal­lenge but it has an MoT and I’ve put a few miles on it around our Dorset lanes. Yes, it looks the same as when I got it (seems ap­pro­pri­ate some­how) and my only con­cern is that the donor might now want some money from me.

I’ve been a RC fan for years – I’ve tried the oth­ers and now I’m back Pete Robin­son, mem­ber 8874

As John Lay’s re­cent re­build of the pre-war BSA demon­strates, al­most any­thing can be brought back from the brink of be­yond if you’re pre­pared to ded­i­cate enough en­ergy and ef­fort! John went out of his way to make sure the B21 (seen here) dis­plays its age rather than look­ing like it just rolled out of the fac­tory. Mind you, I’ve noth­ing against shiny, smartly-turned out mo­tor­cy­cles. It just that they don’t tend to stay that way for very long when I own them… Rowena

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