PROJECT HUNTER

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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.

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