‘NC35s make more money, as they’re rarer’

RICK’S PEARLS OF NC30 WIS­DOM

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1 NC30 OR NC35?

NC35s are worth more money as they are rarer, but the NC30 makes more power and parts are more read­ily avail­able. Per­son­ally I’d go for an NC30 as they are a purer bike, where the NC35 has some point­less styling ad­di­tions.

2 WHAT’S THE PLAN?

If you are a de­cent me­chanic you can eas­ily re­store a dog of an NC30, but if you aren’t con­fi­dent, buy a good one and save your­self the time and ef­fort. NCs aren’t hard to work on and restor­ing one is very sat­is­fy­ing.

3 WATCH OUT FOR…

Orig­i­nal fair­ings are hard to lo­cate and the charg­ing sys­tem is weak, so check the reg/rec and al­ter­na­tor (there is a quick check I email peo­ple). In­spect the front en­gine mounts, which crack in an ac­ci­dent when the frame springs.

4 SER­VICE IT

Con­sum­able NC30 items are easy to lo­cate, so once you get it home give it a re­ally good ser­vice and change the oil and fil­ters, bal­ance the carbs and treat it to new spark plugs. And, if you can, check the rear hub isn’t seized.

5 TREAT IT WITH RE­SPECT

The NC30 en­gine is gen­er­ally bul­let­proof, but they don’t like be­ing con­tin­u­ally ham­mered into their red­line. If you over-rev it reg­u­larly it will throw a big end and land you with a size­able bill.

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