Some lovely stuff this month: Suzuki GT50, Yamagamma, Triumph Sprint RS955I
Some folk love a challenge and nothing less than a complete stripped back to the basics, nut and bolt resto will do. Fair play I say, but don’t dismiss the easy – they can be just as satisfying to buy and sort.
By that I mean recommissioning. We’ve found a couple this month. Take that Triumph Sprint RS on the opposite page. It’s a good bike, solidly engineered (many say overengineered), and it could be up and running and ready for a fresh MOT after just an afternoon on the bench.
The seller says it was serviced not long before being stored away; I’d still give it fresh oil, fluids, final drive and maybe tyres. That’s it. When someone would rather sell a bike than get it running themselves then they just want shot of it. That means they’ll move on the price, often quite a bit. A great bike for little effort and not a lot of wedge.
It’s a similar story with this BMW (right). It’d be a shame to lose the bike’s patina so a full resto isn’t needed. And although it didn’t make its reserve the shop selling it isn’t going to want it hanging around for long, so a cheeky offer may just break the ice.
The other advantage of an easy fix is, of course, that there’s money to be made. Flip a few of these and you’ll have enough to buy something you really want.
“When someone would rather sell a bike than get it running then they just want shot of it. That means they’ll move on the price, and often quite a bit”