EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HOARD TO GET YOUR JUNK PILE RIGHT
Let’s talk about hoarding. Believe me, this is just as much for my benefit as anyone else’s. Perhaps by taking about it we’ll all get a handle on the problem. It’s a slow build from a few extra spares to something that would rival a booming breakers yard – one without any semblance of organisation; a little like the alcoholic who started out as a social drinker before going street drunk.
The extent of my own habit – hoarding that is, rather than boozing – was recently confirmed as being even worse than I knew it to be when I had to clear my old workshops for demolition. Don’t worry, I am having a new one built.
Not only were there parts for bikes I no longer owned, there were spares for bikes I have never owned. For example I found half a dozen Yamaha TZR250 radiators. Although these I can almost explain away as they were part of a job lot of spares I bought because I wanted the stuff that the TZR has in common with the TDR. But six radiators? Come on. Less easy to explain was a Yamaha XS750 seat unit. I have never owned an XS750, and indeed I hope I never will.
Then there were two aftermarket screens for a Ducati 916. I would like a 916 but can’t imagine what use two aftermarket screens might be. So I kept one along with a carbonfibre tank guard. Maybe I’m getting a bit better, like moving from the top shelf to the beer pumps.
It wasn’t all embarrassing bad news. Some of the old Brit stuff I’d
“A SMALLER WORKSHOP MEANS THE ONLY JUNK THAT STAYS WILL BE PREMIUM JUNK”
hoarded fetched strong money when I put it to online auction. Pretty good given the tight-fisted nature of your typical old Brit bike fan, for whom the only thing that should go up in value is their old oil dripper itself. I do have three feet in that camp still.
So what have I resolved? If I don’t know what I’ve got, I probably shouldn’t have it. On the other hand, some parts are better than money in the bank. So I’m taking a physical cure. The new workshop will be smaller than the old one, so the only junk that stays will be premium junk. Alan Seeley
Alan (just out of shot) has been busy tidying up his back garden. It’s done now