Liv­ing in a bub­ble

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - News -

SOME BIKES are so pre­cious that ex­pos­ing them to the dirt and po­ten­tial haz­ards of the UK’S roads is not an op­tion. Re­storer Steve Jack­son has taken that a stage fur­ther with his Yamaha RD500LC – not only has he never rid­den it in the 12 years he’s owned it, but it ex­ists in its own bub­ble.

De­spite the fact it’s been ex­pertly re­stored, you’ll no­tice it’s miss­ing some com­po­nents... like the tank and plas­tics. “The body­work is so pre­cious I haven’t put it on yet,” laughs Steve. “To be fair it was very frag­ile even when the bikes were new – the body­work tends to crack around the mount­ing points. I’ve ac­tu­ally got two new, NOS sets of body­work which would go for about £4500 each, and I don’t want to dam­age them.”

The over­all value of the bike is one of the rea­sons Steve’s so pre­cious with it. “I bought it in 2005 for £1500. In the last two years prices have risen dra­mat­i­cally – I’ve seen them go for £14,000. Parts prices are crazy as well. Rear mud­guards in good con­di­tion can cost up to £400.”

With the Car­coon bub­ble cre­at­ing a per­fect, dust-free en­vi­ron­ment, there’s no chance of this RD500LC ever be­ing a barn find. “I’ve never rid­den it – I know that’ll sound strange to some peo­ple but I can’t even bring my­self to start it,” says Steve. “I’ve col­lected a lot of RD500LC stuff over the years and one day I’d like to set up my own mu­seum.”

For RD500LC resto ad­vice, turn to page 62

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