Coly Curran waited for just the right moment to strike – and scored
NEW SERIES where readers reveal their canny buys and lucky breaks. This month Coly Curran and his ZX-9R
We’re often blamed by our readers for two things – driving up the prices of older bikes and causing our audience to add their collections. In the case of Coly Curran’s latest acquisition, a two-owner, 24,000-mile 1999 Kawasaki ZX-9R C2, we’ll happily take the rap for the second complaint. However when it comes to the first there can be no moaning about the price – Coly bagged the ZX for 1200 Euros, which is around £1050.
Coly’s mate Jimmy Mckillop had been trawling a selling site called Donedeal, whose name if you squint and read it quickly sounds like a charming little town in Ireland. In fact it’s an Irish automotive buying and selling forum.that’s where Jimmy spotted the bike for sale in Dublin.
Jimmy had first brought the C2 to Coly’s attentions a few months back when it was up at 1800 Euros.then the asking price dropped to 1500 Euros and Coly knew it was time to strike.
Even with the asking price down to 1500 Euros (£1320), Coly saw some haggling points. “The wheels are in a bit of a state. The previous owner breeds some kind of terriers and I suspect they’ve been cocking their legs up against the bike,” he says.
Tatty wheels or not, they were fitted with new tyres and the chain and sprockets had seen recent replacement too. Fresh powder coat will sort the wheels. Other negotiating points were a scrape on the tailpiece paintwork and a weeping fork seal. However inclusion of the original exhaust, indicators, service book and a Haynes manual sweetened the deal, once Coly had beaten the seller down to 1200 Euros.
However Coly didn’t have it all his own way. “My mate was going to take me in his van from Newry to Dublin to fetch it but the turbo blew. So I had a 1hr 10min ride in 0°C to get it home,” he says.
Coly’s looking forward to some warmer weather scratching on the ZX-9. “I broke my wrist falling into a mechanics pit in a garage so missed the Classic TT,” he says. Coly will make up for that this year. Bought yourself a bargain? Tell Alan. alan.see[email protected]ticalsportsbikesmag.co.uk
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