‘Bodges will always return to bite you on the arse’
THE EDITOR’S TOP TIPS
Don’t cut corners
There are so many jobs when you think, ‘Can I get away with that by bodging it instead of doing it properly?’ Don’t bodge; in the long run it always returns to bite you on the arse. Don’t be a twat – do it right the first time.
It’s only money…
Bikes are money pits. If you can’t accept this, perhaps you shouldn’t have a high-powered motorcycle! I’ve seen some amazing restos and specials destroyed by scrimping on tyres after spending £1000s on shiny stuff.
Buy quality parts
I’ve been stung before by cheap, crap, pattern parts. I once skrimped on my RGV’s fork seals, saving a few quid. The result was oil all over the fork legs and a missed Cadwell trackday, which cost me far more than the OE seals would.
Break it into chunks
When I’m restoring bikes, I concentrate on one area at a time – that way, you have lots of small successes to keep your motivation up. It definitely helps keep you going when a project is in danger of going to shit...
Know your limits
I’ll happily pay for a specialist to do a job for me. That said, unless it requires a qualification and industrial machinery, do a bit of research and have a go. Ducati cambelts are within reach of anyone with a toolkit and a few hours...