Big G knows how to buy the right project

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Project Hunter -

Don’t just buy the first bike or bas­ket­case you see. There are plenty out there, of­ten bet­ter, more com­plete and cheaper than the first you find. Buy the most com­plete bike you can. Of­ten the bits miss­ing are the re­ally hard to find and ex­pen­sive parts that’ll end up caus­ing you a headache and hurt­ing your wal­let. And if it’s there it can usu­ally be re­stored. Make sure it’s got a V5; if it hasn’t, be sure it’s got the cor­rect num­bers so you can get a log­book. In­spect any project as thor­oughly as you would a tidy bike, so you can see what needs do­ing and work out how much it’s likely to cost. If you’re build­ing a spe­cial it’s still best to buy a com­plete bike so you can sell the parts you don’t need and use that cash to buy the bits you do want. Don’t travel miles for a bas­ket­case, un­less it’s a re­ally rare model. Ask loads of ques­tions be­fore you travel, too. If you end up driv­ing 12 hours to see a pile of scrap you’ll have burnt a lot of fuel for noth­ing – money that you could have put into your project.

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