PROJECT HUNTER

A smart Du­cati 900SS to recom­mis­sion, and an ab­so­lute bar­gain of an RGV250J

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in all shapes and sizes, but my cur­rent hunt­ing ground is any­thing un­der a grand. A bag o’ sand can get you a whole lot of bike. I re­cently picked up a tidy ’98 ZX-6R for £800. It’s a crack­ing lit­tle thing that I’ve been us­ing to get about on. I like it that much I might even keep it. Just don’t ex­pect me to wear one-piece leathers…

Honda VTR1000FS are also cheap as chips. In fact there’s no point buy­ing a shabby one be­cause I’ve seen even clean ones chang­ing hands for £900 or less – a 1000cc V-twin for less than a shabby FS1-E. That’s mad.

I’ve men­tioned here be­fore about mak­ing cheeky of­fers for stuff. Some­times it works, some­times it doesn’t. Ob­vi­ously – and wor­ry­ingly – it works the other way too. The small ads are full of ad­verts for bikes and projects with ask­ing prices that their sell­ers have clearly plucked out of the near­est tele­phone book.

There’s no guar­an­tee they’ll get any­thing like the prices they’re ask­ing be­cause some­thing’s only worth what some­one will pay for it, but only time will tell if th­ese in­flated prices have any ef­fect on values. I hope they don’t.

For now at least I’m hav­ing a ball pick­ing stuff up for pen­nies. Happy hunt­ing.

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