The good, the bad & the Fugly

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

2000 The worst one...

“Liv­ing in West Lon­don af­ter univer­sity I got a job in Sur­rey and got this CB750. The speed was fun af­ter the 250, but it weighed about dou­ble and had dodgy electrics, bar­muffs, and a habit of lock­ing the front up un­der ur­ban brak­ing.”

2001 The best one...

“One of the best bikes ever made – a 1997 Honda CB400SF ‘Su­per-four’ Ver­sion-r no less. I even changed the oil in it and in a fit of cool­ness (!) put a furry pur­ple cover on the sad­dle. Sold to a scouser for £800 as a project with 50,000km on it.”

2017 The one that got away...

“Bought it blind from a guy in Southamp­ton for £800 and raced it home en­joy­ing ev­ery minute. The LCD dash had gone like they do and even­tu­ally I sold it for £1495. Of course now I wish I still had it as it was great to ride and would suit my com­mute.”

2011 The cur­rent one...

“This is Juli on my 2005 Kawasaki Z750S. It’s fast, sleek and un­com­fort­able but eas­ing off the preload means it doesn’t bounce me out of the seat A ZX-6R shock was fol­lowed by a ZX-6R swingarm and rear wheel, fit­ted by me in the back gar­den.”

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