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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Medium G

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”

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