Big Gary explains why you don’t need what you think you do
I’ve owned literally more bikes over the years than I’ve had hot dinners [are you sure? – JM] and forgotten more of them than I remember, but the ones that stick in the mind for all the right reasons have often been the cheap runabouts.
Buy them cheap, get them running right and safe to use, thrash about on them for a bit, then sell them on for a profit – that’s a tick in every win box.
And they come in all shapes and sizes. In the last year alone I’ve had a T-max scooter (brilliant fun and trebled my money), a ZX-6R, Slabbies, GSX1100S and more. I even had a Benelli scooter once – it’d do 60mph even with me on it.
You see, projects don’t have to mean months of work, thousands spent, and when it’s all done feeling so precious about the bike you barely ride it.
“Take the 600 Teapot on the opposite page. It’s dirt cheap and would make a great commuter or even a tourer – you don’t need a Gold Wing to ride to the Med”
Bikes are for having a laugh on, and I always make sure I have a hoot on whatever comes through my garage. Take the 600 Teapot on the opposite page. Looks a bit mingin’, probably needs a day in the workshop, but it’s dirt cheap and would make a great commuter, weekend thrash or even a tourer – you don’t need a Gold Wing to ride to the Med.
The point is, there’s a project out there for every wallet and every level of mechanical ability. If it puts a smile on your face, you’ve got the right bike.