£3K USED LEG­ENDS

If you’re af­ter a good time, you don’t al­ways have to spend big, as Dan­ger­ous dis­cov­ers.

Fast Bikes - - FEATURE - WORDS: DAN­GER­OUS IM­AGES: CHAPPO

Sat­is­fac­tion comes in all shapes and sizes as most of Boothy’s es­capades would seem to in­di­cate, and the same can be said for bud­gets and age when you’re talk­ing about used two-wheel­ers. Typ­i­cally speak­ing, the older the bike, the cheaper it gets, and the tech and power drop a notch or two with it. Some peo­ple can’t live with hav­ing less than the best and, thank­fully, keep the in­dus­try afloat with new bike sales.

But there are a bunch of savvy spenders out there who, like my­self, can see past the odd scuff, faded reg plates and im­pres­sions on the sad­dle from some other owner’s fat arse, fo­cus­ing purely on the steal on the cards. Let’s face it, we’ve all grown up lust­ing af­ter the lat­est model that we could never quite af­ford, go­ing on to for­get about them as time ticks by and some­thing, lighter, pok­ier and shinier ap­pears… and I’m not just talk­ing about the op­po­site sex here.

Once the thrill of evo­lu­tion gets its claws into you, it’s a bug­ger to look back, but the used bike mar­ket is drip­ping with stonk­ing, in­ex­pli­ca­bly cheap won­der weapons, like the two steeds you see be­fore you. They are both owned by the same lucky guy, and each set him back just over a grand apiece… and he prom­ises they’re not stolen. Even on­line you can find plenty of Milles for un­der £3,000 and the same goes for the ZX-7Rs of this world – I know, it’s men­tal!

I was too young, too poor and gen­er­ally too in­com­pe­tent to own either one when they first came out, but this pair have al­ways been on my radar and hav­ing sam­pled the de­lights they’ve got on of­fer, I’m dan­ger­ously tempted to re­lease a few moths from my wal­let and part with some hard(ish)-earned read­ies. And so is Boothy, only he’s bat­ting for the other team. Who am I to ar­gue with him? Bikes are pretty damn sub­jec­tive af­ter all, and if they float your boat, that’s all that mat­ters. As to which we each pre­ferred and why, you’ll soon get the gist over the next few pages…

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